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Mysterious Island

HARRYHAUSEN MAGICIAN OF THE MOVIES

(Edit) 25/08/2013

AS A FILM HISTORIAN I DO NOT BELIEVE IN RATING A FILM. AS THE MASTER OF SPECIAL EFFECTS RAY HARRYHAUSEN NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. WHEN HARRYHAUSEN WAS FINALLY RECOGNISED BY THE ACADEMY AWARDS HE RECEIVED A SPECIAL AWARD FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE ART OF SPECIAL EFFECTS. TOM HANKS PRESENTING THE AWARD SAID THAT PEOPLE SAY THAT STAR WARS AND SIMILAR MOVIES ARE GREAT, BUT JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, IS THE BEST MOVIE IN THE GENRE, OF FANTASY AND IMAGINATION. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND IS OF COURSE THE SEQUEL TO JULES VERNES 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA,AND IS SET ON A ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC 8 YEARS AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE NAUTILUS OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO, WHERE CAPTAIN NEMO HAS BEEN CARRYING OUT HORTICULTURAL EXPERIMENTS, TO GIVE THE WORLD AN INEXHAUSTABLE FOOD SUPPLY,GIANT OYSTERS, A GIANT CRAB, PHOROHACUS BIRD, GIANT BEES AND A HONEYCOMB, ALL POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENIUS OF HARRYHAUSENS STOP MOTION ANIMATION. ALL CREATED BY HANDS ON APPROACH, LONG BEFORE THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTER ANIMATION.THE MOVIE IS A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT TELLING OF THE VERNE TALE. WITH A GREAT CAST, THE MUSIC OF BERNARD HERRMAN, IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE MOVIE PROVIDING A COMPLIMENT TO THE OVERALL THEME OF THE FILM, THAT WAR IS FUTILE,AND ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN NEMO PLAYED BY HERBERT LOM, CONTACT WITH HIS OWN SPECIES HAS ALWAYS DISAPPOINTED HIM.THE MOVIE CARRIES A MESSAGE THAT HUMANS SHOULD STRIVE TO CREATE A MORE PEACEFUL AND BOUNTIFUL WORLD. MYSREIOUS ISLAND IS A CLASSIC, AND WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY, DVD REMASTERING, CAN CONTINUE TO STIMULATE AND INSPIRE TODAYS GENERATION OF AUDIENCES. A FILM THAT PROMOTES HARRYHAUSENS PHIOSOPHY THAT THE CINEMA IS ESSENTIALLY FOR ENTERTAINMENT.

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