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Mysterious Island
« on: August 23, 2002, 14:54:58 »
From: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ray Harryhausen's Stop-Motion Classic Mysterious Island Arrives On DVD OCT. 29 From Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Based On Jules Verne's Novel Featuring Characters From "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea"

Culver City, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2002) -- Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release Mysterious Island as the next installment of its Ray Harryhausen Signature DVD Collection Oct. 29. The DVD will be priced at $24.95 suggested list.

Considered the sequel to Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mysterious Island pits Civil War POWs against mutant animals created by the crafty Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus. When the POWs escape a Confederate prison in a balloon, a raging storm pushes the aircraft to a remote Pacific Island. Along with two shipwrecked women, the soldiers fight gigantic crabs, bees, and other beasts who Nemo has made to increase the island's food supply. But when a volcano on the island erupts, the group must pull together to survive a fiery death.

Legendary special effects wizard Harryhausen developed a number of breakthrough technologies for Mysterious Island, including new stop-motion effects for its giant bee sequence. The effect is so realistic that fans call it one of Harryhausen's best. In another innovation, he also intercut shots of a live crab in scenes involving moving mandibles to create a realistic and more exciting scene. Longtime Harryhausen collaborator, composer Bernard Herrmann scores Mysterious Island, which followed a string of hits he made with Alfred Hitchcock, including Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho. Herrmann also scored Harryhausen's The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts, produced after Mysterious Island.

The Mysterious Island DVD will be presented in widescreen and full-frame versions and has been digitally mastered in audio and anamorphic video. The film has also been remastered in high definition.

Bonus Features Include:
The Making of Mysterious Island
The Harryhausen Chronicles "This Is Dynamation"
Featurette
Photo Gallery
Widescreen Presentation E
nglish, French and Spanish Subtitles
Theatrical Trailer
Interactive Menus
Scene Selections

Mysterious Island
Not rated
Original Theatrical Release: 1961
Color/Closed Captioned/approximately 100 minutes

DVD #07894
UPC Code: 0-43396-07894-9
Order close: Sept. 26
Street Date: Oct. 29

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