Ray Harryhausen Legendary Science Fiction Series

Ray Harryhausen Legendary Science Fiction Series

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Ray Harryhausen was arguably the first famous special effects coordinator in Hollywood. He perfected a style of stop-motion animation that allowed any number of creatures to battle both humans and each other with a level of realism that had not yet been achieved. This box set contains five films that showcase his unique style. The films are H.G. Wells' The FirstSee more details below

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Ray Harryhausen was arguably the first famous special effects coordinator in Hollywood. He perfected a style of stop-motion animation that allowed any number of creatures to battle both humans and each other with a level of realism that had not yet been achieved. This box set contains five films that showcase his unique style. The films are H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, and It Came From Beneath the Sea.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although his pioneering special-effects work seems quaint in today's era of hyper-realistic computer-generated imagery, Ray Harryhausen remains legendary among Hollywood filmmakers for the extraordinary passion and perfectionism he brought to the many critically and commercially successful movies on which he worked. Harryhausen, a disciple of King Kong effects wizard Willis O'Brien, specialized in stop-motion animation, the laborious process by which miniature models were animated by ever so slightly moving them and shooting each new position one frame at a time. Costly and time-consuming, stop-motion work nonetheless yielded impressive results when properly done (with realistically crafted models and the animator's infinite patience), and nobody topped Harryhausen. This five-disc gift set collects a quintet of his best-remembered films from the '50s and '60s. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), the first collaboration of Harryhausen and longtime producing partner Charles H. Schneer, stars The Thing's Kenneth Tobey in the spine-tingling tale of a giant octopus that emerges from the Pacific Ocean to wreak havoc on San Francisco. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), a particular favorite of Harryhausen fans, deals with an invasion by aliens who target Washington, D.C., and lay waste to our most beloved national landmarks before being defeated. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) boasts some of the master's most impressive stop-motion effects; its spectacular climax unfolds in Rome's Colosseum, where a giant monster from Venus makes his last stand against puny Earthling soldiers (including Perry Mason's William Hopper). Shot in color on a bigger budget, the Harryhausen-Schneer adaptation of Jules Verne's Mysterious Island (1961) boasts a terrific musical score by Bernard Herrmann and stars Herbert Lom as Captain Nemo. First Men in the Moon (1964), based on the H. G. Wells novel, suffers from some heavy-handed comic relief but benefits enormously from Harryhausen's inventive visual effects. This set is the perfect stocking-stuffer for the sci-fi fan in your midst, and we guarantee hours of fun with these delightfully campy "epics" of an earlier era in science-fiction cinema.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
UPC:
0043396094475
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
7:26:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; FIRST MEN IN THE MOON: ; Photo Gallery ; This is Dynamation Featurette ; The Harryhausen Chronicles Featurette ; Theatrical Trailers; Interactive Menus Scene ; Selections; 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: ; The Harryhausen Chronicles ; This is Dynamation Featurette ; Theatrical Trailers ; Interactive Menus ; Scene Selections; EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS: ; Documentary: The Harry Hausen Chronicles ; Featurette: This Is Dynamation ; Featurette: The Making Of Earth vs. The Flying Saucers ; Photo Gallery ; Theatrical Trailers ; Interactive Menus ; Scene Selections; MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961): ; Photo Gallery ; The Making of Mysterious Island ; The Harryhausen Chronicles ; This is Dynamation Featurette ; Theatrical Trailers ; Interactive Menus ; Scene Selections; IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA: ; Featurettes: The Harryhausen Chronicles, This is Dynamation ; Theatrical Trailers ; Interactive Menus ; Scene Selections

Scene Index

Side #1 -- H.G. Wells' First Men in the Moon
1. Start [1:51]
2. First Men on the Moon [4:36]
3. We Found Something [2:23]
4. Checking the Records [3:25]
5. Arnold Bedford [1:16]
6. 1899: Cherry Cottage [4:17]
7. Joseph Cavor [3:57]
8. Cavorite [9:17]
9. The Sphere [3:13]
10. The Furnace Blows [2:39]
11. The Greenhouse [3:49]
12. Shot Into Space [6:00]
13. The Sphere Lands [4:53]
14. "Hello Moon!" [4:38]
15. Surface Breakthrough [3:05]
16. Looking for His Helmet [2:07]
17. A Selenite [2:23]
18. The Honeycomb [4:57]
19. Kate vs. the Selenites [2:18]
20. A Harmless Vegetarian [:52]
21. Examination Chamber [3:15]
22. Communication [1:22]
23. Lunar Eclipse [5:59]
24. The Selenite Leader [:54]
25. Disrupting the Trial [1:01]
26. Cavor's Decision [6:13]
27. Back to Earth [4:57]
28. The Present [3:08]
Side #2 -- 20 Million Miles to Earth
1. Start [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 Fishermen & 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 [1:43]
18. News Conference [3:19]
19. Giardino Zoologico [2:55]
20. Her Latest Nightmare [2:54]
21. The Ymir Awakes [2:14]
22. Ymir vs. Elephant [1:19]
23. Hit & Run [4:12]
24. At the Tibor [2:16]
25. Loose & on the Rampage [2:04]
26. In the Coliseum [2:10]
27. Mortar-ly Wounded [2:38]
28. Costly Question [2:13]
1. Start [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 Fishermen & 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 [1:43]
18. News Conference [3:19]
19. Giardino Zoologico [2:55]
20. Her Latest Nightmare [2:54]
21. The Ymir Awakes [2:14]
22. Ymir vs. Elephant [1:19]
23. Hit & Run [4:12]
24. At the Tibor [2:16]
25. Loose & on the Rampage [2:04]
26. In the Coliseum [2:10]
27. Mortar-ly Wounded [2:38]
28. Costly Question [2:13]
Side #3 -- Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
1. Start [2:35]
2. Dr. & Mrs. Marvin [2:26]
3. "Do You Hear Something?" [3:36]
4. General Hanley [1:54]
5. No Longer up There [2:43]
6. Foo Lights [4:37]
7. The Saucer Lands [2:31]
8. Closing Down Sky Hook [1:48]
9. Translating Device [4:23]
10. Finding an Answer [3:42]
11. Alien Wavelength [3:15]
12. In Pursuit of Dr. Marvin [1:37]
13. Chesapeake Bay [2:02]
14. In the Spacecraft [6:49]
15. The Pentagon [2:23]
16. Testing an Ultrasonic Gun [4:56]
17. Belmont Lab Landing [3:26]
18. Humanoid vs. Human [2:00]
19. Search & Destroy [2:21]
20. Translating Alien Messages [3:15]
21. Trying the Helmet On [1:19]
22. "Look to Your Sun" [6:27]
23. Red Alert [1:55]
24. Saucers Over Washington [3:20]
25. At the White House [2:28]
26. The National Monuments [2:06]
27. The Capitol Building [:33]
28. "Present Danger Is Ended" [2:34]
Side #4 -- Mysterious Island
1. Start [3:03]
2. Prison Escape [6:44]
3. Introductions & Terms [4:10]
4. Closing the Valve, Permanently [3:15]
5. The Balloon Tears Open [3:11]
6. Survivors [6:02]
7. Strange & Beautiful Landscape [2:45]
8. A Giant Crab [2:42]
9. After-Dinner Entertainment [4:53]
10. Lady Mary & Elena [5:53]
11. The Cave [3:21]
12. An Ex-Pirate's Diary [4:11]
13. The Comforts of Civilization [2:16]
14. Remembering Nemo & the Nautilus [2:45]
15. The Phororhacos [3:15]
16. Wedding Plans [1:02]
17. The Honeycomb [2:04]
18. The Nautilus [4:56]
19. Cannon Attack & Sinking [6:01]
20. Captain Nemo [1:23]
21. Aboard the Nautilus [4:17]
22. The Incredible Electric Gun [:19]
23. Remains of an Ancient City [5:34]
24. The Volcano Erupts [1:08]
25. Harding's Idea [1:12]
26. The Cephalopod [2:53]
27. Ship Afloat [4:33]
28. The Island Self-Destructs [2:22]
Side #5 -- It Came From Beneath the Sea
1. Start [4:03]
2. Bigger Than a Whale or Sub [8:39]
3. Strange, Inexplicable & Alarming [2:46]
4. Drafting Professor Joyce [6:38]
5. "Here Is Your Villain" [1:55]
6. Professor Joyce's Hypothesis [3:09]
7. Tramp Steamer, Lost at Sea [6:45]
8. A Survivor's Tale [2:52]
9. Lesley's Turn [3:12]
10. Team Meeting [3:52]
11. Harpers Cove [3:39]
12. A New Breed of Women [1:38]
13. The Sheriff & the Sea Serpent [:41]
14. The West Coast Makes Ready [2:52]
15. The San Francisco Navy Yard [:14]
16. First Line of Defense [3:48]
17. The Golden Gate Bridge [1:21]
18. Carter Pulls the Switch [2:18]
19. Destroying the Bridge [1:35]
20. The Sea Beast Strikes [3:24]
21. "It's Lifting Itself Out of the Water!" [2:38]
22. Taking In Market Street [1:02]
23. Flame Throwers [1:30]
24. "Number One Torpedo, Fire!" [1:06]
25. Planting the Plastic Explosive [1:14]
26. Carter's Turn to Try [1:26]
27. Obeying the Captain's Last Orders [1:41]
28. Unsung Heroes [1:22]

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