The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo, a 1972/73 French/Spanish/Italian co-production, is arguably the ultimate cult TV-series and the most faithful adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel to date. Sure, the Ray Harryhausen adaptation is cool in it's own way, but has precious little to do with the source material.
To a lot of people all over the world, including countries as diverse as Peru, Iceland and Egypt, the series represents a happy childhood memory. Most remember it only vaguely, though: Omar Sharif as Captain Nemo, futuristic ray guns, evil pirates, Jules Verne, exciting adventure etc. But what exactly was it and where did it go?
For decades fans all over the world hunted whatever video copies we could locate, trying to piece together a complete version. There were numerous variant prints of the truncated feature version on home video as well as Super-8 - and even tantalizing rumours of a complete French tape set (which turned out to be true - well, more or less). And of course posters, programmes, lobby cards, soundtracks etc. I should know, because over the years I bought a lot of that stuff :)
But now, astonishingly, the search is over. I originally uploaded this web page as a tribute to a forgotten TV-series, hoping to attract fellow fans and with their help track down the elusive episodes. A Don Quixotically quest it seemed at that time. Recent developments have changed the situation completely though. Once so rare that it barely existed, The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo is finally available to the world in the DVD format. Read on! - Henrik Larsen
NB. My current email address (as of November 2006) is email@example.com. Sorry, I closed the cultmovies one because of overwhelming amounts of spam! Also, apologies for this website being somewhat out of date.
Trying to catch up with new events...
The story - how loyal is the TV-series to the book? A work in progress...
Quest for "The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo" Article originally printed in my fanzine Obskuriøst
"The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo" on DVD/VHS/FILM Breakdown on various releases, cover gallery
Something's missing - scenes not included in the French TV-series Screen captures, with my comments
Selected Screen Captures, Episode 1 From the German TV-series
It doesn't make sense! Screen captures from the final episode of the German TV-series - spoiler alert
The aspect ratio of "The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo"
Artwork Gallery A couple of theatrical posters etc.
All text © Henrik Larsen 2001-2006 unless otherwise stated. You're welcome to reproduce the text or parts thereof as long as you give me credit. Those who neglect to, be warned: I often trawl the Internet for material related to the TV-series. All audio files recorded from original video tapes. Thanks to fellow fans of THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND OF CAPTAIN NEMO from all over the world, for your kind support. I'm always interested in additional info on the series. Feel free to mail me any time!