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post #61 of 94
I had a chance to watch the first half of Mysterious Island and, wow, not only does it look beautiful (can't believe some shots), but I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying the movie.
(Thought it might be a let down). I even love the matte paintings of the island. As obvious as they are, I've always loved fanciful, romantic visuals employed in many of the old matte paintings (King Kong, First Men In The Moon etc).

And, of course, that muscular Bernard Herrmann score!
post #62 of 94
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I even love the matte paintings of the island. As obvious as they are, I've always loved fanciful, romantic visuals employed in many of the old matte paintings (King Kong, First Men In The Moon etc).

I'm right there with ya. Sometimes they're the best part of the movie, or at least the part that really doles out the "Fantasy" aspect of the film.

I will also say that the CGI backgrounds used in today's films are nothing short of spectacular.

The field, whether old school or new, has really produced some imaginitive, and artistically creative geniuses. They have lent so much to the expansion of my visual interpretation, especially when re-reading the classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Adventure tales of old.
post #63 of 94
I just ordered this, I'll get every Twilight Time release in the hopes that they'll release the 1990 remake of "Night of the Living Dead" or perhaps "Body Double".
post #64 of 94
I have a new copy of Egyptian on the way. Mysterious Island played just fine for me and I didn't even notice any audio dropouts (in the mono track). I was actually shocked at how robust the mono audio sounded.
post #65 of 94
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I even love the matte paintings of the island. As obvious as they are, I've always loved fanciful, romantic visuals employed in many of the old matte paintings (King Kong, First Men In The Moon etc).

And, of course, that muscular Bernard Herrmann score!

The mattes always looked so much better in dye-transfer Technicolor, alas.

But the Herrmann score still has it!
post #66 of 94
Bit the bullet and purchased my copy. I know the moment it's sold out I would've been kicking myself for not grabbing one. Really looking forward to watching it. Pre-ordered Fright Night while I was at it too.
post #67 of 94
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Bit the bullet and purchased my copy. I know the moment it's sold out I would've been kicking myself for not grabbing one.

You'll be glad that you did. It's so much better than the DVD.
post #68 of 94
I sure wish I was aware of this release sooner.mad.gif I hope I can find one in excellent condition for a decent price.
post #69 of 94
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I sure wish I was aware of this release sooner.mad.gif I hope I can find one in excellent condition for a decent price.

Hopw you find one...it's a fine disc....and the best I've ever seen the film look and sound..
post #70 of 94
So what's gonna be the next Harryhausen release??? I'm guessing FIRST MEN IN THE MOON! (in 2:35 LunarScope!)
post #71 of 94
Would be nice to get FMITM, One Million BC or Valley of Gwangi through Twilight Time. However the first two are 20th Century Fox and the other is Warner Bros so I'm not sure we'd get Mysterious island or Jason And The Argonauts-level transfers which were Sony.
post #72 of 94
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Would be nice to get FMITM, One Million BC or Valley of Gwangi through Twilight Time. However the first two are 20th Century Fox and the other is Warner Bros so I'm not sure we'd get Mysterious island or Jason And The Argonauts-level transfers which were Sony.

First Men In the Moon *is* a Sony/Columbia title, so I expect we'll get a TT release of it.
post #73 of 94
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First Men In the Moon *is* a Sony/Columbia title, so I expect we'll get a TT release of it.

Do'h! You're right.
post #74 of 94
I know I'm gonna get shot down for this, but I like Sinbad and The Eye of The Tiger. I would be happy with just a standard Sony BD release at a lower cost. smile.gif
post #75 of 94
I like Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger too. Good adventure film. It features excellent animation (especially the baboon). Just have to over look some of the stiff acting.
post #76 of 94
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I know I'm gonna get shot down for this, but I like Sinbad and The Eye of The Tiger. I would be happy with just a standard Sony BD release at a lower cost. smile.gif

Sinbad has been out for a while on Blu-ray. It's $15 at Amazon right now and it also has some nice special features.

Eye of the Tiger unfortunately is only available on DVD - usually packaged with the DVD version of Sinbad.
post #77 of 94
"The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" is on Blu-Ray, but I'm referring to a single film called "Sinbad and the Eye of Tiger" which is not yet out.

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Sinbad has been out for a while on Blu-ray. It's $15 at Amazon right now and it also has some nice special features.
Eye of the Tiger unfortunately is only available on DVD - usually packaged with the DVD version of Sinbad.
post #78 of 94
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"The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" is on Blu-Ray, but I'm referring to a single film called "Sinbad and the Eye of Tiger" which is not yet out.
Gotcha. To many Sinbads out there, including the unfunny one...
post #79 of 94
M.I. will be played on the Direct TV Sony Station 563 in HD 04/20 and 04/28, missed out on the purchase.....set to record! 90 day free trial currently.
Edited by TS45 - 4/19/13 at 3:06am
post #80 of 94
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M.I. will be played on the Direct TV Sony Station 563 in HD 04/20 and 04/28, missed out on the purchase.....set to record!

Actually, all of the Sony Harryhausen films are available via their OnDemand section. The real choice is the first (AKAIK) HD showing of FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. Unlike the usual policy for the Sony channel, it's one of the few that is OAR.
post #81 of 94
So sad to hear Ray died today. He was a huge part of my childhood and he will be sorely missed. I hope his other 7 movies will make it to blu-ray. I am sure I'm in the minority but my all time favorite is "Valley of Gwangi"......I can only hope it will make it to blu. Rest well, Ray....your legacy lives on. Thank you for your talents and the memories you've given me.

Ralph
Edited by RalphoR - 5/7/13 at 1:31pm
post #82 of 94
Man, I'm bummed to hear that pioneering special effects animator Ray Harryhausen passed away today. For many here, especially those under about 25 - 30, his films must look rather quaint or even cheesy with his now outdated style of stop motion animation but back in my day, especially in my pre-teens, his films were hugely imaginative and unlike anything else anyone was doing. Along with Hammer horror films and Toho Godzilla flicks, Harryhausens films were the three cornerstones of my youth. Even though he retired from films in the early 80's and lived 3+ decades to enjoy his retirement, his work remains hugely influential to many film makers.

I met him once, pretty much by accident at a mid 90's San Diego Comic Con. I happened to be in San Diego for a few days for my wife's surgery and on the Saturday had nothing to do for a few hours so I went to the Comic Con at the convention center. Wandering around, I noticed this old guy sitting alone and unbothered behind a table with some books and models he was apparently plugging and autographing for a toy company and recognized him as Ray Harryhausen. I'm not a guy who approaches "celebrities" under just about any circumstances no matter how much I may have admired their work but I had to at least say "hi." We talked for just a couple minutes before a group of people also recognized him and mobbed the table but it was cool actually talking to someone who had a huge influence on my childhood imagination.

For better or worse, I expect the various movie studios to capitalize on his passing and release more of his films on Blu-ray in the coming months. Perhaps coincidently, the Sony channel had been running the 2nd and 3rd Sinbad movies in HD for the first time this week (AFAIK).

Here's a decent compilation video of his movies although the music is wildly inappropriate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9kmjW73-v4
post #83 of 94
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Harryhausen to my home in 2005 to see my media center dedicated to him and his films. He was quite a gentleman and I was blessed to have gotten to meet him.

As you can see from my avatar, I couldn't be happier than standing next to him in my home and him admiring my media center...what a rush!!! That photo is one of my prized possessions.
post #84 of 94
Oh man, just saw the news. I was beginning to think Ray was immortal. No such luck.

Huge fan of his movies to say the least. First Men In The Moon, 7th Voyage, Jason and the Argonauts etc would show on Sundays, on a Buffalo channel we'd get in Toronto, and I think I never missed a broadcast of them growing up.

Two thrills as a fan.

I do sound effects and had a blast working on the Sinbad TV series, a lot of which was a tribute to Ray's Sinbad. It was fun coming up with a constant array of new creature sounds every week.

I also did the sound effects for a short film Exec Produced by Ray Harryhausen. He was fairly active in advice to the director, though unfortunately I never met Ray myself. It was nice enough just to be involved in the same project as my hero.

Found a video of that short stop motion animated film here:

http://vimeo.com/54401735
post #85 of 94
I'm still mad that I didn't get Mysterious Island before it was sold out! There's one on ebay right now but it's already at $145... Maybe I'll get the iTunes HD version, as a compromise before they re-release it on Blu-ray...
post #86 of 94
Anyone else feeling a Harryhausen movie binge coming on?

Boy it's amazing how melancholy his passing makes me feel. His movies are so integral in my childhood.
post #87 of 94
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

Anyone else feeling a Harryhausen movie binge coming on?

Boy it's amazing how melancholy his passing makes me feel. His movies are so integral in my childhood.

I did a binge a couple of years ago, and reviewed them in the pre-1979 thread. Time to seek out the ones I didn't get around to.

Listening to the commentary tracks on the Blu-rays, it's striking the affection movie people had for him, and their envy that he had such control over his work, his own time, techniques and schedule. You can't do that anymore.

FX guys and directors really appreciate cheap, doing more with less.

-Bill
post #88 of 94
Harryhausen's coffee table books are terrific. I absolutely love The Art Of Ray Harryhausen. His drawings and paintings are so dark and evocative.

Regarding his films, it's interesting to me that Clash Of The Titans seems to be among his most well known and popular films - the one that you don't have to necessarily a Harryhausen groupie to know. I like that probably least of all his films. Generally, I agree with Variety's original scathing review. It's just sort of flat, tedious and charmless for the most part (and that owl cashing in on the R2D2 craze was a Jar Jar Binks move, to me). The stand out scene is certainly Medusa, though.
post #89 of 94
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

Harryhausen's coffee table books are terrific. I absolutely love The Art Of Ray Harryhausen. His drawings and paintings are so dark and evocative.

If you don't have the 2 volumes already published and out of print (which now go for $500+ each on eBay), I'd highly recommend at least pre-ordering the final book of the the beautiful hard cover "Master Of The Majicks" trio. I have Volume 2 and 3 which covers his films, the upcoming Volume 1 will basically cover his pre-film and post-film life and as a whole, they are just an incredible visual document of the man's life and work. Supposedly, the writer *may* do a second printing of the other books perhaps selling all three together in a huge slipcase in the next few years.
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

Regarding his films, it's interesting to me that Clash Of The Titans seems to be among his most well known and popular films - the one that you don't have to necessarily a Harryhausen groupie to know. I like that probably least of all his films. Generally, I agree with Variety's original scathing review. It's just sort of flat, tedious and charmless for the most part (and that owl cashing in on the R2D2 craze was a Jar Jar Binks move, to me). The stand out scene is certainly Medusa, though.

I'm right with you on Clash Of The Titans. It's the only Harryhausen movie I've never bought on home video. I saw it during it's initial theatrical run and left the theater kind of depressed that aside from a few nice set pieces like the Medusa bit, it just wasn't a good movie. I just watched it a few weeks ago on one of the cable HD channels and was reminded that it really lacks much of the sense of wonder even his 2nd and 3rd so-so Sinbad movies had. It also reminded me that having a great music score by the likes of Bernard Herrmann or Laurie Johnson makes a huge difference in his films.
post #90 of 94
Most definitely! I watched "It Came From Beneath the Sea" last night on blu-ray. Also had the chance to see the Sony HD Harryhausen marathon just recently and am hoping for a rush on the remaining movies to come to blu-ray.
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