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Old 10-16-07, 02:18 PM
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Ray Harryhausen Gift Set - Due Dec.?

Amazon shows this info in a review:
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Ray Harryhausen Gift Set (6pc)

This title will be released on December 4, 2007.

This six-disc boxed set features two-disc special editions of 3 early Harryhausen classics:

"20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition"
"It Came From Beneath the Sea"
"Earth vs. The Flying Saucers"

All three are in both digitally-restored black & white original versions and newly colorized versions. "20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition" is the same one currently available. The other two make their 2 disk debut with this set.

"It Came From Beneath the Sea" DVD Special Features are to Include:
Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Visual Effects Specialists
Featurette: Ray Harryhausen on It Came From Beneath The Sea
Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop Motion
Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero
Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
Still and Production Art Gallery
A Video Discussion of It Came From Beneath the Sea's 1955 marketing and advertising campaign by producer Arnold Kunert
Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book It Came from Beneath the Sea...Again!

"Earth vs. The Flying Saucers" DVD Special Features are to Include:
Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Other Visual Effects Specialists
Featurette: Harryhausen on Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop Motion
Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
Featurette: Interview with Joan Taylor
Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero
Featurette: The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon
Video Photo Galleries
Advertising Artwork video montage of film's ad materials by Producer Arnold Kunert
Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book Flying Saucers vs. the Earth

According to the press release, included in the gift set is a collectible Ymir figurine based on Ray Harryhausen's original 1957 hand-crafted design.

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Has this info been confirmed? Any pics of the figurine anywhere?

Want to see before paying over $40.00.

Thanks,

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Old 10-16-07, 07:17 PM
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Glad I found your post - I must have this set!

A bit more info I found on AMC.com - the press release mentions that viewers will be able to toggle back and forth between black and white and color, sounds cool. Also, I was not to sure if the colorized versions of these films was a good idea, but after reading below what he says about how he wanted the movies to be in color in the first place, well, if that's the way Mr. Harryhausen wanted it, it's good enough for me!....



Sony's New Harryhausen DVD Gift Set
Posted by Harold Goldberg on September 24, 2007
Since the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I'd mention the new, six-disc Ray Harryhausen gift set, Ray Harryhausen In Color, which hits shelves on December 4. There are a bunch of cool things in this set, including

-A Ymir figurine, based on Ray Harryhausen’s original 1957 hand-crafted design
-The ability to see the colorized versions along with the black and white version
-Tons of featurettes, including Tim Burton chatting with Harryhausen

If you don't think these movies should be redone in color, think of what Harryhausen himself has to say: “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.” Hit the jump for the skinny on each film.

20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition
The 20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition contains extensive new bonus features including audio commentaries by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett; 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; 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 producer Arnold Kunert; and video photo galleries.

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 today. A disciple of stop-motion pioneer Willis O’Brien (King Kong), Harryhausen adapted O’Brien’s techniques. O’Brien developed and created his own genre of film from the 1950s to the 1980s utilizing his 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.

SYNOPSIS
Upon its return from a mission to Venus, an American spaceship crash lands in the sea near Sicily. The rescue party discovers that the astronauts have brought back a curious gelatinous mass that soon hatches and evolves into a strange bi-ped creature which rapidly increases in size. While being subjected to laboratory experimentation, the creature, now 20-feet tall, escapes its confines, goes on a destructive rampage through Rome, battles a zoo elephant and swims in the Tiber. It eventually takes refuge in the Colosseum, where the film’s pyrotechnic finale occurs during a climactic showdown with the military.

DVD Special Features Include:
* Featurette: Remembering 20 Million Miles to Earth
* Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Other Visual Effects Specialists
* Featurette: The Colorization Process
* Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
* Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
* Featurette: Interview with Joan Taylor
* Advertising Artwork video montage of film’s ad materials by Producer Arnold Kunert
* Video Photo Galleries
* Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book 20 Million Miles More
* Audio: English
* Subtitles: English

It Came From Beneath The Sea
Directed by Robert Gordon (Tarzan and The Jungle Boy), the newly colorized film, depicting a giant octopus attacking San Francisco stars Kenneth Tobey (The King From Another World), Faith Demergue (Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers), Donald Curtis (Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers) and Ian Keith (The Ten Commandments). The two-disc DVD contains all new video and audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett; video photo galleries; original artwork video montage by Arnold Kunert; a sneak peek at the digital comic book, plus the film music (Film Music’s Unsung Hero) and Tim Burton featurettes (Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen) also included on the two other titles in the collection.

SYNOPSIS
A giant stop-motion-animated octopus attacks San Francisco. A pair of scientists and a nuclear sub captain try to stop the monster before it tears down the Golden Gate Bridge.

DVD Special Features Include:
* Featurette: Ray Harryhausen on It Came From Beneath The Sea
* Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Visual Effects Specialists
* A Video Discussion of It Came From Beneath the Sea’s 1955 marketing and advertising campaign by producer Arnold Kunert
* Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop Motion
* Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
* Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
* Still and Production Art Gallery
* Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book It Came from Beneath the Sea…Again!
* Audio: English
* Subtitles: English

Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
Earth vs. The Flying Saucers, with its ground breaking visual effects techniques, was the first of several collaborations between producer Charles H. Schneer and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. The film about the invasion of earth and destruction of Washington D.C. was masterfully directed by Fred F. Sears (Crash of Silence) and stars Joan Taylor (20 Million Miles to Earth), Hugh Marlowe (Another World), Donald Curtis (The Ten Commandments) and Morris Ankrum (Invaders from Mars). The two-disc DVD features new commentary by Harryhausen, the featurette A Present Day Look at Stop Motion, video photo galleries, original artwork video montage, a sneak peek at the digital comic book; plus the Interview with Joan Taylor, Music and Tim Burton featurettes included on the other films in the collection.

SYNOPSIS
Dr. Russell Marvin heads up Operation Skyhook, which is tasked with sending rockets into the upper atmosphere to probe for future space flights. Unfortunately, all the rockets are somehow disappearing. While investigating this strange occurrence, Russell and his new assistant/wife Carol Marvin are abducted by a flying saucer. The aliens claim to be from Mars and demand to meet with certain people in order to negotiate. But it was a trick; the Martians only wanted to kill them. The invasion has begun and if Russell and Carol can't find a way to get past their defenses and stop these creatures, it may be the end of the human race.

DVD Special Features Include:
* Featurette: Harryhausen on Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
* Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Other Visual Effects Specialists
* Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop Motion
* Video Photo Galleries
* Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
* Featurette: Interview with Joan Taylor
* Advertising Artwork video montage of film’s ad materials by Producer Arnold Kunert
* Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
* Featurette: The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon
* Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book Flying Saucers vs. the Earth
* Audio: English
* Subtitles: English

20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition has a run time of 82 minutes and is not rated.
It Came From Beneath the Sea has a run time of 79 minutes and is not rated.
Earth vs. The Flying Saucers has a run time of 83 minutes and is not rated.

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I also read somewhere, don't recall where, that he was actively involved in the colorization so that kinda helps too.

And as long as the B/W ones are there, and remastered, the people who dislike colorization can skip the colored ones.

Just need to find pics of the figurine. Just to see if it's worth the extra as they will probably sell just the DVDs on their own as well later on.

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Put it out and I'll scoop it up. Sounds great.
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Well I pre-ordered it. Lowest Price guarantee seems good.
It's $62.13 at DDD and Amazon Canada wants $72.77 CDN (which is
a real rip as the CDN dollar is worth $1.03 US - LOL!)

Anyway, I can always cancel later on.

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Are there plans to eventually remaster all of Harryhausen's Columbia movies? I have the two sets they put out (Legendary Monsters and Legendary Sci-Fi), but pretty much every movie in those sets could stand to be remastered.
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Originally Posted by JamesDFarrow
Well I pre-ordered it. Lowest Price guarantee seems good.
It's $62.13 at DDD and Amazon Canada wants $72.77 CDN (which is
a real rip as the CDN dollar is worth $1.03 US - LOL!)

Anyway, I can always cancel later on.

James
DVDTimes is reporting a $59.95 SRP. Anyone know what the actually SRP is?
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I may have to get this. Arnold Kunert was my teacher for science fiction class in high school!
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I received this memo on the set the other day:

"Please note that the Ray Harryhausen In Color Gift Set will not be available in December. Ray Harryhausen In Color Gift Set DVD will now be releasing in June 2008."

Bummer, but it should be worth the wait.
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Are these repackagings or new versions?
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Found this:

http://www.monstersinmotion.com/cata...ducts_id/11516

http://www.monstersinmotion.com/cata.../11516/image/1

http://www.monstersinmotion.com/cata...D/8021/image/0

Click on the pic for a larger view.

Will look around for more.

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What, no Jason and the Argonauts?
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That 3rd link has a picture of the set that already came out. It's a set of 1-disc editions of the movies in thinpaks (without the supplemental goodies or colorized versions) that was released 2 years ago. They have it at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Harryhausen-Gi.../dp/B000BMY2KG
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Originally Posted by hanshotfirst113
Are these repackagings or new versions?
These are new 2 disc versions of Harryhausen's three early B&W films for Columbia. If you read the press release, they all contain both color and B&W versions of each film, plus tons of great new supplements.

Originally Posted by Takeshi357
What, no Jason and the Argonauts?
Jason is a color film, and really wouldn't make sense in this set.
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I really hope Columbia will follow this up with a set of 2-disc special editions of the Sinbad movies.
Then perhaps a set of 2-disc special editions of the remaining Columbia films: Jason, Mysterious Island, Gulliver and First Men In The Moon.

A double-dip after almost ten years is certainly warranted, especially with these classics. The existing discs are adequate, but not that great.
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