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Old 05-28-07, 04:45 PM   #1
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20 Million Miles To Earth - 50th Anniv. Edition! IN COLOR

There will be 3 versions on the 2-disc set; FS (b&w), WS (b&w), and WS (colorized). I'm really not a big fan of colorization, but Harryhausen has "Lucas-ed out" on us on this one; he says "audiences will be able to see 20 Million Miles to Earth as I originally intended.” You can see the new cover art, too, at this link:

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment marks the half-century milestone of one of the earliest films by stop-motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen with the July 31 debut of 20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition. The two-disc DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $24.95.

The film, which depicts the destruction of Rome by a reptile from the planet Venus, was directed by Nathan Juran (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, First Men ‘in’ the Moon) and stars William Hopper (The Bad Seed) and Joan Taylor (Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers). In addition to the pristine, digitally-restored black & white original, the classic film will now be available in a newly colorized version supervised by Harryhausen himself.

In a recent interview, Harryhausen said “I am thrilled that this film is finally being seen in color. I had wanted to do the film in color in the 1950s, but our budget was 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 20 Million Miles to Earth as I originally intended.”

20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition also contains extensive new bonus features including audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, and producer Arnold Kunert; Remembering 20 Million Miles to Earth, wherein Harryhausen and others discuss the film’s production and influence; Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen; The Joan Taylor Interview; Colorization; a video discussion of 20 Million Miles to Earth’s 1957 marketing and advertising campaign by producer Arnold Kunert; Mischa Bakaleinikoff: Film Music’s Unsung Hero; and an elaborate still and production art gallery.

Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, the highly-imaginative and incredibly detailed work by Ray Harryhausen in his legendary films continues to hold audiences spellbound today. A disciple of stop-motion pioneer Willis O’Brien (King Kong), Harryhausen adapted the techniques O’Brien developed and created his own genre of film from the 1950s to the 1980s utilizing his own 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). His amazing body of work continues to inspire many of today’s special effects wizards.
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Old 05-28-07, 05:03 PM   #2
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No thanks. Colorization makes baby Orson Welles cry.
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Old 05-28-07, 05:55 PM   #3
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No thanks. Colorization makes baby Orson Welles cry.

The original version is on there too, you know. In WS & FS.
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Old 05-28-07, 07:09 PM   #4
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This is a must-buy for me. I'm guying it for the original b/w but I'll be curious how the colorized version looks. If it's okay by Ray, it's okay by me... especially since he supervised it himself.
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Old 05-28-07, 08:08 PM   #5
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Colorization techniques have really improved dramatically over the years. And although I have a "take it or leave it" attitude about it, the fact that all 3 versions are being included should make everybody happy.
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Old 05-28-07, 08:26 PM   #6
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Yeah, I have the old version, but I'm gonna double-dip.
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Old 05-28-07, 09:18 PM   #7
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Call me crazy, but I'll blind buy this. Looks like a decent sci-fi classic. It's great that three different versions will be present. Props to Sony!
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Old 05-29-07, 02:58 AM   #8
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Is the one in the current Harryhausen box set not in WS?
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Old 05-29-07, 07:15 AM   #9
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As long as the BW is available let the guy colorize a version. Definitely will be interested in this one.
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Old 05-29-07, 07:46 AM   #10
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I'll buy the B/W version and probably rent the colorized one.
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Old 05-29-07, 08:47 AM   #11
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I'll buy the B/W version and probably rent the colorized one.
I believe all 3 versions (FS b&w, WS b&w, colorized) are included in the same 2 disc set.
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Old 05-29-07, 09:12 AM   #12
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I believe all 3 versions (FS b&w, WS b&w, colorized) are included in the same 2 disc set.
I must have mis-read the article. I guess that would explain the list price then.
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Old 05-29-07, 09:14 AM   #13
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guess I can get rid of my laserdisc edition of the film now.
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Old 05-29-07, 01:56 PM   #14
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Is the one in the current Harryhausen box set not in WS?
Yes, it's in WS (its OAR). And it looks pretty good, too. If you have it already, then I don't see any urgent reason to "upgrade" -- except maybe for the extras. (The only title in the box sets not in its OAR is The Three Worlds of Gulliver.)
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At Comic-Con, I picked up a signed cover that I'll swap out when I get the DVD. Click for large version.

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Old 07-30-07, 06:50 PM   #16
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^ Nice. I've always thought the cover looks very old school, but not the good kind of old school like when Warner or Fox use the original movie posters. It looks more like a $1 DVD rack public domain release from Good Times or something like that!

Regardless, it's still on my wishlist. Anyone plan on picking this up tomorrow?
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Old 07-31-07, 08:30 AM   #17
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the wait for the BluRay edition in December is ridiculous.
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Old 07-31-07, 08:05 PM   #18
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At Comic-Con, I picked up a signed cover that I'll swap out when I get the DVD.
I went last year with family and friends, and we stayed at a condo near a beach. After last year's Saturday madhouse crush of attendees, when I got back late that night, I made an offhanded comment to my wife about not knowing if I wanted to attend another ComiCon.

Yes...in hindsight, this is probably in the top 5 most stupid things I have ever said (right next to "I do." ). I can only blame it on exhaustion.

This year, my wife decided we needed to spend more time with hometown families and arranged for us to spend summer vacation in that metropolitain paradise of the midwest...Toledo, OH.

Otherwise known as Hell...with humidity.

Man...I could just kick myself for not going this year (and offhanded comments...from now on, I keep my mouth shut).

Guess I'll just do this instead.
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Old 07-31-07, 08:24 PM   #19
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Great Harryhausen flick and being a huge Harryhausen whore.....sealed deal. Colorized version?
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Here's an interesting pic I took on Saturday at Comic-Con. I was walking by the booth where Ray Harryhausen was signing and I spotted Clive Barker talking to him.

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Here's an interesting pic I took on Saturday at Comic-Con. I was walking by the booth where Ray Harryhausen was signing and I spotted Clive Barker talking to him.


Good job. I think if I came across Barker chatting with Ray here in the toasty cornbelt.....I'd die on the spot.

C'mon you guys, you ARE talking about that film you'd like to do together, right?
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ch.com members: Though it never was available for pre-order, it is now available on the site as of today for only $9.98 shipped. SOLD!
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Old 07-31-07, 09:59 PM   #23
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C'mon you guys, you ARE talking about that film you'd like to do together, right?
Now THAT would be interesting!
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Here's an interesting pic I took on Saturday at Comic-Con. I was walking by the booth where Ray Harryhausen was signing and I spotted Clive Barker talking to him.
Damn! I was at the booth on Sunday for about 40 minutes. My old science fiction high school teacher was the moderator for the "Rays" panel. Sorry I didn't show up the day before!

I heard Clive was really messed up (had to be helped on/off the stage of the panel he was on). I didn't even know he was there!
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Neither did he.
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