20 Million Miles to Earth

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Nathan Juran's science fiction horror film 20 Million Miles to Earth comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials concentrate mainly on this film's best feature - the work of special effects master Ray Harryhausen. Two ...
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Sealed in manufacturer's shrink wrap~Fast shipping. Fans of 1950s sci-fi monsters will relish 20 Million Miles to Earth, one of legendary special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's ... pre-Seventh Voyage of Sinbad efforts, 20 Million Miles to Earth borrows a few pages from King Kong and then builds more character development in the speechless creature than in all the human characters put together. From the moment he appears as a baby, rubbing his eyes because the light is too bright, this monster has personality and he captures our attention and our loyalty, even as he's causing destruction. The effects are not as skillful as today's CGI-derived effects, but they pack their own punch. Thank you for your consideration. Read more Show Less

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Nathan Juran's science fiction horror film 20 Million Miles to Earth comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials concentrate mainly on this film's best feature - the work of special effects master Ray Harryhausen. Two different featurettes reveal information about the man and his work. Trailers round out this entertaining package from Columbia/TriStar.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & video; Widescreen & full-screen presentations; Remastered in high definition; Audio: English (mono); Subtitles: English, French; The Harryhausen Chronicles; "This Is Dynamation" featurette; Theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of 1950s sci-fi monsters will relish 20 Million Miles to Earth, one of legendary special effects master Ray Harryhausen's earlier efforts. It's a typical genre effort in terms of the script, borrowing liberally from King Kong in its tale of a huge creature brought down for the safety of the human populace. Unlike Kong, however, Miles doesn't develop the characters or the story to create great empathy, preferring for n easier "by the numbers" approach. Like many other sci-fi films of the period, it's also saddled with a cast that doesn't make very much of an impression. William Hopper is the typical stolid hero and Joan Taylor his inevitable, forced-in love interest. Logic doesn't really enter into the actions of the characters, as they instead act in the manner that is most likely to guarantee that the monster escapes and/or wreaks havoc. But ultimately what really matters in Miles is Harryhausen, here doing spectacular work on a limited budget. There's more character development in the speechless creature than in all the human characters put together. From the moment he appears as a baby, rubbing his eyes because the light is too bright, this monster has personality and he captures our attention and our loyalty, even as he's causing destruction. The effects are not as skillful as today's CGI-derived effects, but they pack their own punch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • UPC: 043396077379
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hopper Calder
Joan Taylor Marisa
Joan Taylor Marisa
Frank Puglia Dr. Leonardo
John Zaremba Dr. Judson Uhl
Thomas Brown Henry Gen. A.D. McIntosh
Tito Vuolo Comisario of Police
Jan Arvan Signore Contino
Arthur Space Sharman
Bart Bradley Pepe
George Pelling Mr. Maples
George Khoury Verrico
Don Orlando Mondello
Rollin Moriyama Dr. Koruku
Ray Harryhausen Man Feeding Elephants
Dale Van Sickel Stuntman
Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff Score Composer
Edwin H. Bryant Editor
Lambert Day Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Harryhausen Special Effects
Charlotte Knight Original Story
Christopher Knopf Screenwriter
Irving Lippman Cinematographer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Bob Williams Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. 20 Million Miles to Earth [1:35]
2. Crash Landing [3:01]
3. Rescue Party [4:51]
4. Major General A. D. McIntosh [2:01]
5. A Third Survivor [4:31]
6. 200 Lira for an Ymir [1:42]
7. Dr. Sharman [4:21]
8. The Ymir Is Born [5:00]
9. The General Arrives [1:36]
10. Strict Secrecy [3:12]
11. The Fisherman & Pepe [2:37]
12. The Ymir Escapes [2:50]
13. At the Farm [3:37]
14. Not Ferocious Unless Provoked [7:25]
15. Calder's Proposal [1:41]
16. Testing the Trap [1:41]
17. Baited & Trapped [5:03]
18. News Conference [2:01]
19. Giardino Zoologico [2:54]
20. Her Latest Nightmare [2:14]
21. The Ymir Awakes [1:19]
22. Ymir vs. Elephant [4:12]
23. Hit & Run [2:16]
24. At the Tibor [2:04]
25. Loose & on the Rampage [2:10]
26. In the Coliseum [2:38]
27. Mortar-ly Wounded [2:13]
28. Costly Question
1. 20 Million Miles to Earth [1:35]
2. Crash Landing [3:01]
3. Rescue Party [4:51]
4. Major General A. D. McIntosh [2:01]
5. A Third Survivor [4:31]
6. 200 Lira for an Ymir [1:42]
7. Dr. Sharman [4:21]
8. The Ymir Is Born [5:00]
9. The General Arrives [1:36]
10. Strict Secrecy [3:12]
11. The Fisherman & Pepe [2:37]
12. The Ymir Escapes [2:50]
13. At the Farm [3:37]
14. Not Ferocious Unless Provoked [7:25]
15. Calder's Proposal [1:41]
16. Testing the Trap [1:41]
17. Baited & Trapped [5:03]
18. News Conference [2:01]
19. Giardino Zoologico [2:54]
20. Her Latest Nightmare [2:14]
21. The Ymir Awakes [1:19]
22. Ymir vs. Elephant [4:12]
23. Hit & Run [2:16]
24. At the Tibor [2:04]
25. Loose & on the Rampage [2:10]
26. In the Coliseum [2:38]
27. Mortar-ly Wounded [2:13]
28. Costly Question
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Full Screen
      Play Movie
      Subtitles
         English
         French/Fran├žais
         Subtitles Off
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
         "This Is Dynamation" Featurette
         The Harryhausen Chronicles
         Trailers
            20 Million Miles to Earth
            The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
   Widescreen
      Play Movie
      Subtitles
         English
         French/Fran├žais
         Subtitles Off
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
         "This Is Dynamation" Featurette
         The Harryhausen Chronicles
         Trailers
            20 Million Miles to Earth
            The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    20 Million Smiles

    This movie is great! Sure the flaws outnumber the reality..would NASA allow a lost crash site..could a creature exist or breathe in this atmosphere from the uninhabitable Venus, or why would we even want to go there..would people be so ignorant to pick up a highly contaminated parcel from outer space? It all seems like bunk, but that's what made the 50's sci-fi flicks such pure escapism fun. The special effects still hold up well today..yeah, the space ship crash is hokum, the miniature creature looks like a doll, but the larger creature's movements(simulated breathing,mannerisms,facial reactions) and it's interaction with the on-location scenes of Rome and Italy, not to mention the classic coming-at-you in the barn, and picking-up-a-man in the street scenes, are nearly flawless in movement. These scenes all courtesy of the talented Harryhausen, showed the greatness to come in this earlier effort. The characters leave you feeling a bit like: why'd he do that..what are you doing?? The brave spaceship commander, the befuddled scientist and his intelligent,resourceful daughter, the uncompromising Italian official, and the incorrigible brat Pepe, all add to the enjoyment of this film. It's well worth the rent and repeated viewings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elephants to the right, Ymir's to the left

    The other review pretty much summed it up, Rocketship crashes into the ocean on way back from venus. Lands right near a bunch of fishermen. I will say that the sound of the rocket before it crashed sounded pretty real. The fisherman approach and pull two men out of the ship. It promptly sinks. One of the two survivors dies. Enter Pepe', One things for sure, this kid dont plan to make fish'n a livi'n. He winds up finding a vial of gelatin like substance. He then sells it to a a zoologist for enough money to get a Real cowboy hat. Apparently they were all the rage in that part of Italy. Off goes Pepe'. One thing leads to another and the ymir starts to grow. The zoologist puts him in a cage and drives off down the road. But, then the tarp comes off, just as he and the pretty young lady go to fix it, the young lady gets grabbed. But, in the mean time, pepe' has struck a deal with the US goverment to buy him a load of horses to go with his cowboy hat. They eventually find the Ymir and by this time, he is real big. He eventually gets cornered in rome and one shot takes him down, end of movie. Enjoy!-Patrick S. McCoy psmsmallengines@juno.com

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