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Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set And THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition DVD And Blu-ray
Sony Pictures Home Ent. will release some of the most popular film classics from stop-motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen in a Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set and a THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition DVD on October 7. The six-disc DVD boxed gift set features two-disc special editions of IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, and 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50th Anniversary Edition.
Each film is available in a brilliant colorized version, in addition to the pristine, digitally-restored black and white original version, and viewers are able to toggle between the two as they please. Also included in the gift set is a collectible Ymir figurine based on Ray Harryhausen's original 1957 hand-crafted design and signed by Harryhausen. The Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set will sell for $80.95 SRP.
The collection is also being released day and date, in a Blu-ray High-Definition Disc four-pack including IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50th Anniversary Edition, and THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition in bold bright color for $107.95 SRP.
With the cutting-edge high-definition colorization technology developed and patented by industry leader Legend Films, Harryhausen has been able to visually recreate his black and white films. Harryhausen said, "I am thrilled these films are finally being seen in color. I had wanted to do them in color in the 1950s, but the budgets were not large enough to accommodate that luxury. Now, thanks to the marvelous advances made in the colorization process by San Diego's Legend Films and others, audiences will be able to see the movies as I originally intended."
THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition, also available on October 7, arrives on a single-disc DVD and Blu-ray High-Def disc, both loaded with special features including audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects experts Phil Tippett and Randall William Cook, author Steven Smith and producer Arnold Kunert; a documentary; six featurettes and more. THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition will sell for $19.94 SRP, while the Blu-ray High-Def release will sell for $28.95 SRP.
Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, Ray Harryhausen's highly imaginative and incredibly detailed work continues to hold audiences spellbound. A disciple of stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien (KING KONG), Harryhausen adapted O'Brien's techniques. Harryhausen developed and created his own genre of film from the 1950s to the 1980s utilizing this stop-motion process (eventually identified as "Dynamation").
His memorable films include THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953), IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958), JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963), ONE MILLION YEARS, B.C. (1966), THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974), and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). Harryhausen's amazing body of work continues to inspire many of today's special effects wizards.
The 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50th Anniversary Edition contains extensive new bonus features including an audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, and producer Arnold Kunert; featurettes such as "Remembering 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH," with Harryhausen and others discussing the film's production and influence; "The Colorization Process," a look at Legend Films' work; an interview with Joan Taylor; "Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen;" "David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero;" plus a video montage of the film's marketing and advertising materials by Arnold Kunert; and video photo galleries.