The remarkable career of the movie industry's most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso's definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan.
Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen's seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as 'The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms','It Came From Beneath The Sea','The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad', 'Mysterious Island', 'Jason And The Argonauts' and 'The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad' - the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.
Audio Commentary with Gilles Penso, Alexandre Poncet, Tony Dalton and Tim Nicholson
- Featurette "A Treasure Trove" 13'36
- Q&A at the Cinémathèque française 18'05
A Chat With...
- Edgar Wright 4'13
- Peter Lord 2'20
- Rick Baker 4'55
- Simon Pegg 3'35
- Colin Arthur 2'33
- Dennis Muren 4'59
- Greg Broadmore 4'01
- Joe Dante 5'41
- John Lasseter 4'44
- Ken Ralston 3'24
- Martine Beswick & Caroline Munro 2'
- Nick Park 6'35
- Phil Tippett 4'41
- Randy Cook 3'41
- Steve Johnson 7'26
- Vanessa Harryhausen 3'17
8 Deleted Scenes
- Intro 33''
- First Take 1'15
- Sharp Stars (with Douglas Trumbull and Jean-Pierre Jeunet) 2'03
- Nathan Juran 45''
- Dino on Wires 28''
- Chaffey & Cooper 29''
- Hessler & Rozsa 59''
- Fighting Kali 46''
- The Touch of Harryhausen 52''
- Special Effects Titan Trailer (2'30)
- On the Set of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (3')
- A Message to Ray (2'15)
- Trailer collection : Mighty Joe Young, The Beast From 20 000 Fathoms, It Came from beneath the sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth Vs The Flying Saucers, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, Mysterious Island & Jason and the Argonauts.
Cast and Crew:
Featuring Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, John Landis, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam.
Directed by Giles Penso.
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Ray Harryhausen looks fantastic on Blu-Ray; it's certainly a documentary that every film fan should be checking out. It just goes to show what the passion of one individual can do within the film industry and nice to see not only the likes of Spielberg and Cameron getting involved, but also the likes of the special effects experts like Phil Tippett showing their appreciation and fandom of Ray Harryhausen's work. This excellent documentary opens the eyes to even the fans of Ray's work.
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