Friday, 25 September 2015

The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen: Blu Ray Review

The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen: Blu Ray Review

Rating: PG
Released by Madman Home Ent

There is just something about Ray Harryhausen's old films.

In this world of CGI, where soulless flicks roam with nary a heart but a plethora of special effects, there's something incredible that a world of stop motion can still thrill.

Harryhausen was the master of his domain and this four movie collection (Jason and the Argonauts, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger) still demonstrates his power (Though I will confess to being surprised that Clash of the Titans is not on this set).

Remastered on Blu Ray, the stories look as good as they ever will but maybe don't quite hold up as much as you'd hope but were still way ahead of their time in the 1970s. Documentaries and insights into the films add much - even with Leonard Nimoy beaming in to narrate one of them) but it's the timeless fantastical element which still thrills to this day.

Perhaps, sadly, some will never marvel at the power of imagination and creation given the FX heavy world we live in, but true cinephiles will adore this set and the endless creativity of Harryhausen.


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