Titles Comprise: 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957): A US army rocket ship returning from an exploratory flight to Venus crashes into the sea of Sicily freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size it threatens the city of Rome. Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956): Aliens travel to Earth to seek help for their dying planet. However when they arrive at a U.S Army base the Army mistakenly greet them with gunfire... It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955): Submarine commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and scientists Lesley... Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) battle an angry sea monster driven from the depths of the ocean by an H-bomb explosion. In search of non-contaminated food this tentacled tyrant counts among its victims a fishing trawler and its passengers a family sunning at the beach several San Francisco skyscrapers and even the Golden Gate Bridge! [show more]
As Ray Harryhausen says these monster movies were planned to be filmed in colour but due to financial restraints by the studios were produced in glorious black and white.I've seen these movies time and time again in this format ,but now we have a huge WOW!!! factor in the equation with the involvement of Legend Films.This fantastic DVD set allows you to watch them in the original format or with the flick of a switch unprecidented full colour quality.And quality it is forget the old attempts to colourize film ,noteably the insipid King Kong,here it's like Dorothy going through the doorway to OZ,miraculous.The whole package reeks nostalgia with the main sleeve design,and bright;y coloured dvd cases for the double disc sets of each movie.
One downside to the set is that some of the extras are repeated between films giving the impression that they have just been grouped together rather than fully designed for this special edition.That said there's enough diversity and background information to satisfy both the curious and fan of Ray Harryhausen.
See how it was all done before computers got in on the act, the empathy you'll have for these critters will blow the competition out of the water.
A MUST BUY for anyone interested in animation and for the true fans don't forget 'THE EARLY YEARS OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN'which compliments this set perfectly and all for well under £20!!!!!!!!!!
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Box set of films featuring the special effects wizardry of Ray Harryhausen. In '20 Million Miles to Earth' (1957), a US army rocket returning home from a mission to Venus crash lands in the Mediterranean. The surviving astronaut has brought back an egg from Venus which hatches, producing a fast-growing monster. In 'Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers' (1956), a flying saucer arrives at a US airbase looking for help in saving a dying planet. The inhabitants have tried to contact a Dr. Russ Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) to let Earth know they have come in peace, but the army opens fire and the fleet of UFOs that is waiting in the sky has to retaliate. With the task of trying to save the entire human race, Dr. Marvin has to find the aliens' Achilles heel. In 'It Came from Beneath the Sea' (1955), a submarine spots a giant mutant killer octopus in the Pacific and tries to destroy it. The octopus escapes and heads for San Francisco, where it wrecks the Golden Gate Bridge and more...