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Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set (Earth vs. The Flying Saucers/It Came From Beneath The Sea/20 Million Miles To Earth) + Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (Sony DVD)

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: A+     Films: A

 

 

Sometimes an exciting re-release gives us a chance to revisit classic films we've already explored here at FulvueDrive-In.com, and the release of the Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set provides us an excellent opportunity to once again highlight three wonderful films brought to life by one of Hollywood's special effects pioneers.  The three films included in this box are Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, It Came From Beneath the Sea, and 20 Million Miles to Earth.  If you follow the following links, you'll see our previous coverage on these amazing films:

 

Earth vs. The Flying Saucers/It Came From Beneath The Sea

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/6546/Earth+Vs.+The+Flying+Saucers/It

 

20 Million Miles To Earth

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/5766/20+Million+Miles+To+Earth

 

Blu-ray editions of all four films

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/7654/Ray+Harryhausen+Collection+(Sony

 

 

This boxed set packages these previously released classics with an amazing cold-cast statue of Ymir, the creature from 20 Million Miles to Earth.  This incredible collector's piece stands over seven inches tall and looks amazing beside the computer or in a glass case. 
 
Fans who missed the digitally re-mastered versions of these films when they were first released singly might find it interesting to know that each film is presented in its original black and white, and in a newly colorized version.  Fans of colorization will appreciate the time and care taken with these films, but one cannot deny that they are still best enjoyed in their original black and white formats. 
 
Overall the set will make an amazing holiday gift for anyone who loves the fantasy and fiction genres, and appreciates Mr. Harryhausen's unique role in shaping them. 
 
Another recent Harryhausen release is The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.  This was the first of Harryhausen's three Sinbad films (the other two being The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger).  This version of Sinbad (played by the painfully Caucasian Kerwin Matthews) battles some of Harryhausen's most enduring Dynamation monsters.  The horned Cyclops, giant roc, and even a fire-breathing dragon all menace Sinbad and his crew.  In a precursor to his more ambitious fight scene in Jason and the Argonauts, special effects wizard Harryhausen conjures a single animated skeleton to battle Sinbad.  In Argonauts, he would test himself to a greater degree by having Jason battle a half-dozen of the amazing animated creatures. 
 
Processed in gorgeous Technicolor, 7th Voyage also features Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound that delivers every creature's cry with gut-wrenching audio clarity.  The film also features a bevy of extras including audio commentaries, interviews with Mr. Harryhausen, photo galleries, several documentary features, and much more.  As one might expect from the oldest of the three Sinbad films, 7th Voyage is a bit more rooted in classic Hollywood than its two sister movies.  This disc would make an excellent introduction for anyone new to the work of Mr. Harryhausen, or to the swashbuckling sub-genre of fantasy that Sinbad inhabits.

 

 

-   Scott R. Pyle


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