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Beast From 20000 Fathoms The

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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Icelandic, Swedish, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Dutch, Turkish, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Classification: 12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DC1GI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,497 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic family fun 29 Jan 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
An absolute Harryhausen classic.
When you consider the age of this film, the special effects are still great, and a testament to Harryhausens work.
The film is far better than similar films of today, mainly because it does not rely on using actors for their ability to look good rather than act, some bint with more mamory glands than talent, or C-G-bloody-I!
The whole family can watch this and enjoy it, and the extras are a must for any Harryhausen fan, though if you already own a Harryhausen DVD the chances are you already own the extras as they all seem to have them.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is an important film in the history of the medium. Honest! The first film in which the great Ray Harryhausen had full control over special effects, the first proper `creature feature', the first to use man's messing with the nuclear bomb as the cause of the problems. As well as these notable firsts, it is also a great romp, with classic effects from the Master.

Paul Hubschmid (here credited as Paul Christian) and Kenneth Tobey are in the arctic (a setting that would serve Tobey well in his most memorable film `The Thing') testing out a nuclear bomb. The blast melts some ice and releases a mezozoic dinosaur which is soon on the rampage. Hubschmid has seen the creature, but as usual no one believes him and he is soon on a psychiatric ward. The creature starts to make its presence felt, suddenly people believe him and the hunt is on. The creature is heading towards New York, where its old mating grounds were (hilariously overlooking the continental drift that would have occurred in the last 100 million years, after going to so much trouble to give scientifically plausible explanations for the existence of the beast!) and for reasons best known to itself it goes on the rampage, destroying everything in sight. It is up to nuclear physicist Hubschmid to come up with a plan to kill the beast, in a thrilling conclusion.

With all the standard creature feature fare of the time - a scientist in the middle of it all who just happens to have all the answers, a dotty old professor who dispenses wisdom before dying dramatically, the most implausible of dialogue, screaming hordes of citizens running down the street, military types unwilling (at first) to listen, and most importantly a well realised monster of epic proportions this is a classic of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You couldn't make this up! 20 May 2012
By Qarumba
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Nuclear test melts frozen dinosaur which then attacks New York City. A black & white science-out-of-control classic. Only for the hardcore amongst us. Note my rating isn't a commentary on the quality or watchability of any part of this film; it just indicates that I love old 50's SciFi movies.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is an important film in the history of the medium. Honest! The first film in which the great Ray Harryhausen had full control over special effects, the first proper `creature feature', the first to use man's messing with the nuclear bomb as the cause of the problems. As well as these notable firsts, it is also a great romp, with classic effects from the Master.

Paul Hubschmid (here credited as Paul Christian) and Kenneth Tobey are in the arctic (a setting that would serve Tobey well in his most memorable film `The Thing') testing out a nuclear bomb. The blast melts some ice and releases a mezozoic dinosaur which is soon on the rampage. Hubschmid has seen the creature, but as usual no one believes him and he is soon on a psychiatric ward. The creature starts to make its presence felt, suddenly people believe him and the hunt is on. The creature is heading towards New York, where its old mating grounds were (hilariously overlooking the continental drift that would have occurred in the last 100 million years, after going to so much trouble to give scientifically plausible explanations for the existence of the beast!) and for reasons best known to itself it goes on the rampage, destroying everything in sight. It is up to nuclear physicist Hubschmid to come up with a plan to kill the beast, in a thrilling conclusion.

With all the standard creature feature fare of the time - a scientist in the middle of it all who just happens to have all the answers, a dotty old professor who dispenses wisdom before dying dramatically, the most implausible of dialogue, screaming hordes of citizens running down the street, military types unwilling (at first) to listen, and most importantly a well realised monster of epic proportions this is a classic of the genre.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It may come as a surprise to many, but Godzilla was not the first ancient "monster" reawakened by the testing of nuclear weapons; in fact, there is reason to believe that Godzilla was influenced to a significant extent by this 1953 classic. Produced on a miniscule budget of some two hundred thousand dollars, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms features high quality all across the board: an intelligent script, some pretty good acting, and wonderful direction (by first-time director Eugene Lourie) - the film even showcases a rare example of beneficial stock footage. What make it particularly special and memorable, however, are the special effects by Ray Harryhausen, the veritable king of stop-motion animation. Remember the incredible animation of King Kong in the original 1933 film? Well, Harryhausen took those same animation techniques to a whole new level, using actual footage as the backdrops for scenes featuring the beast wreaking havoc in New York City. I actually prefer great stop-motion animation like this to today's CGI, as a Harryhausen beast such as this one seems more real to me.

The story opens in the Arctic Circle, where scientists are conducting nuclear weapons tests. Two scientists go out to check readings, but only one comes back. The survivor is rushed to a hospital in the States, and as soon as he is awake he starts telling people about the gigantic dinosaur he saw before he collapsed in the snow. Not surprisingly, no one believes his story. As a scientist, though, Tom Nesbitt (Paul Hubschmid) knows that what he saw was real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by arol black
5.0 out of 5 stars I love to have classic movie nights.
No matter how many times I see this I still love the film. Now I can watch it when I want.
Published 8 days ago by Mr. David Pepperday
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic B movie
Great fun as I remember watching this one when I was a nipper on BBC2 one weekend day. Been a while since I have seen it but aspects of it stay in the mind. Read more
Published 27 days ago by x wing flyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beast from 20000 Fathoms
Old fashioned Sc Fi just great depends on your age a lot of stop go motion action had me spellbound when I saw it first still good if not a bit corny
Published 1 month ago by Peter Mc Gurrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant B Movie
Love this Old B Movie, I cant seem to get away from the old classics and am waiting for Holy-Wood to try and update this one if they could. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter White MA 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars sci fi b movie
I am a Sci Fi nut so the more 'B' rated the movie the better...if its not good with the plot, you can always have a laugh at the vintage 'special effects'!
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Steven Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beast
Brought this for my brother for Christmas. He loves old films, especially horror movies. he liked it very very much.
Published 6 months ago by Rosemarie J Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Michael
Oh my they dont make em like they used to do! This film must have scared the pants off those 1950's kid's, and adult's! Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by saint michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Harryhausen at his not quite best but still terribly good
The film is Ray Harryhausen's first film in which he did all the creature effects by himself. It his a very good film, but can lag behind in some parts. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by The Flapjack Master
5.0 out of 5 stars Top film
I bought this film as I remember it from when I was a child - it was great fun, although sadly my wife didn't share in it. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2010 by Mr. H. E. Bennett
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