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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Jules Verne's Mysterious Island")

directed by Cy Endfield
U.S.  1961

Mysterious Island (1961) opens with a spectacular clash of signature Bernard Herrmann brass; from then on, it’s a headlong rush from one thrill-packed set-piece to the next. This classic fantasy adventure tale, the best of many screen adaptations of Jules Verne’s sequel to his own Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is the inspired collaboration of a superb action director—Cy Endfield, who would give us one of the greatest of all true-life epics, 1964’s Zulu—and an authentic Hollywood genius: Ray Harryhausen, inventor of the film’s “SuperDynaMation” stop-motion animation process and a “total” filmmaker, spearheading the story, art direction, and design of such masterworks as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963).

Excerpt taken from the Julie Kirgo liner notes on the Twilight Time Blu-ray and online located HERE

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Distribution Columbia Tri-Star Region 1 - NTSC Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:40:39  1:40:45.205
Video 1.78:1 Widescreen anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,338,037,072 bytes

Feature: 32,284,434,432 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes

Bitrate: Columbia Tri-Star

 

Bitrate: Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)   DTS-HD Master Audio English 3518 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3518 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
* DTS-HD Master Audio English 1643 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1643 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1044 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1044 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles (yellow) English, French, Spanish, None English (none), None
Features

DVD FEATURES:

·        16/9 Presentation, 1.78:1 anamorphic

·        Optional English, French or Spanish subtitles

·        Theatrical Trailers - "Mysterious Island", "Golden Voyage of Sinbad" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger"

·        Scene Selection - 28 Chapters      

    Special Features include 

·        A Photo Gallery ( 4 sketches, 8 Production Stills, and 2 poster stills )

·        This is Dynamation Featurette (3:24)

·        The Harry Hausen Chronicles (57:45)

·        Mysterious Island Featurette (9:00) 

 

DVD Release Date: October 29th, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 28

Blu-ray FEATURES:

· Isolated Score Track (2.0 Stereo)

·Original Theatrical Trailer

·TV Trailer Spot #1

 

Blu-ray Release Date: November, 2011
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 10

Comments:

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Twilight Time- Region FREE - Blu-ray (November 11'): The major attribute of the 1080P bump are brighter colors - but the transfer is also in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio and shows much more information in the frame. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate. Harryhausen's effects are great but not as seamlessly blended into the film as in some of his other films. The Blu-ray resolution can exemplify these moments - but overall I love the grain and the image is far visually richer with more deft contrast.

 

Twilight Time offer three lossless tracks - all in DTS-HD Master. The 5.1 bump has a whopping 3518 kbps and there is also a less robust mono (original) and the isolated score is available in stereo (2.0 channel). Herrmann's score sounds magnificent and there is some subtle separation in the surround. English (SDH) subtitles are available on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

Outside the isolated score (very cool!) extras are lean with trailer and TV spots. Still one of my favorite of the Harryhausen's and I've been waiting for it since the advent of the new format. Easy purchase for the little boys in us.

 

 

 

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ON THE DVD: Yes, the DVD image is not perfect, but it stems from bad source material. Regardless, it is far superior to any other version you will see on TV or video. How can you not swoon back to boyhood when the combination of Ray Harryhausen, Jules Verne and Bernard Herrmann get together? The upgraded sound ( to DD 2.0 ) was also fine but why didn't they use the wonderful stereo soundtrack that was on the limited edition laserdisc? I was hoping for much more. The colors seem more abnormal than I remember... too vibrant in stages (especially where there is special effects). It looks to be film sourced and the extras are a nice added feature. Still a boyhood fav! out of


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