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Jason And The Argonauts [DVD]

Todd Armstrong , Niall MacGinnis , Wilkie Cooper    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Todd Armstrong, Niall MacGinnis, Gary Raymond, Nancy Kovack, Honor Blackman
  • Directors: Wilkie Cooper
  • Producers: Bernard Herrmann
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BTIPPC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arguably the most intelligently written film to feature the masterful stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, Jason and the Argonauts is a colorful adventure that takes full advantage of Harryhausen's "Dynarama" process. Inspired by the Greek myth, the story begins when the fearless explorer Jason (Todd Armstrong) returns to the kingdom of Thessaly to make his rightful claim to the throne, but the gods proclaim that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. Consulting Hera, the queen of gods, Jason recruits the brave Argonauts to crew his ship, and they embark on their eventful journey. Along the way they encounter a variety of mythic creatures, including the 100-foot bronze god Talos, the batlike Harpies, the seven-headed reptilian Hydra, and an army of skeletons wielding sword and shield. That last sequence remains one of the finest that Harryhausen ever created, and it's still as thrilling as anything from the age of digital special effects. Harryhausen was the true auteur of his fantasy films and his brilliant animation evokes a timeless sense of wonder. Jason and the Argonauts is a prime showcase for Harryhausen's talent--a wondrous product of pure imagination and filmmaking ingenuity. --Jeff Shannon

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Jason And The Argonauts [DVD]


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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I can remember watching this film for the first time when I was about 8 and being totally blown away by it. Even now when I watch it, it holds up really well against modern cgi because it is so fast paced. The story is based on Jason's journey to find the legendary golden fleece so after he gathers together a motley band of sailors for his ship 'The Argo' off he goes. The stop frame animation is superb and the battle with the skeletons towards the end of the film has not been surpassed. A talking figurehead on the boat, giant flying fruit bat type demons, neptune rising from the ocean are just a few of the myriad of characters from Greek mythology that star in this creation. There is a great sense of forboding in this film and even though you know he gets the fleece in the end, it does not make the journey any less entertaining. A classic, and much better than Clash of The Titans which was a later film using the same animator. They did produce a made for TV Jason & the argonoughts in the 90's which I thought would have surpassed the original from the 60's but no it was rubbish. I highly recommend this film to everyone.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition to the DVD Catalogue 13 April 2003
By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Now 40 years old, this popular film makes a welcome addition to the ever growing DVD catalogue. Filmed in Italy with an astounding cast, it never fails to entertain. What I like about this disc is that it contains interviews with Ray Harryhausen who explains how his interest in dynamation came about. He has certainly left his mark on the cinema. My only reservation about this disc though is that picture quality is rather inconsistant. Some scenes show excellent detail, but others are rather grainy. Still, sound is more than acceptable and it shouldnt put off cinema enthusiasts like myself. I wish I could have given it a five, but inconsistant picture lowers its markings. A good buy though, and still enjoyable even after all these years. Look out for the rising of Neptune out of the sea in the thrilling "Clashing Rocks" sequence; the capture of the "Harpies"; and even more frightening, the 100 foot tall Talos, one of the Titans.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Blu-ray justice for an epic! 16 July 2010
By Deckard
Format:Blu-ray
Don Chaffey's 1963 epic which many remember fondly as boasting some of Ray HarryHausen's best stop motion work finally arrives on blu-ray, and only one word can describe it, Glorious!

I always have mixed feelings when something as old as this recieves the blu-ray treatment. there either seems to be a tendency to overcompensate for the age and grain of the picture by employing heavy DNR that destroys the intended look, or a tendency to pretty much leave it at DVD quality. But the recent clash of the titans blu ray release was a pleasant surprise, no heavy digital tinkering, just superbly remastered, authentic, and fresh looking with a great lossless dts stereo track.

I'm pleased to say that Jason and the Argonauts follows this trend, and improves upon it oustandingly. This is a truly great 1080p 1.66:1 framed transfer boasting superb levels of detail that bring this legendary picture alive like you have never seen. Yes, certain scenes are rough and grainy looking, probably most evident in olympus and certain creature shots, but this is not a transfer that attempts to digitally alter a film to the standard of recent releases with noise reduction and endless polishing. This is a transfer that has restored and remastered a classic with great authenticity to the source print, yet providing a genuine hi-def look that is really quite eye catching throughout. It's incredible to think at some points that you are watching something made in 1963! Skin tones are natural, colours are vibrant and bright, black levels are extremely impressive, and the general detail is extremely crisp and detailed, yet ALL without sacrificing the look of the film.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest movie scene- EVER! 28 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
I've loved this film since I was a kid, and the crowning glory is Harryhausen's stop-motion animation.

As a family adventure film, I'm convinced there is nothing finer. People of all ages can enjoy this film, and if they don't, they're either utterly cynical about everything and anything, or there is something wrong with them.

The title of this review naturally refers to the skeleton fight scene. If this film comes on and I'm busy, I will drop everything to watch this scene, even if I haven't had the time to see the rest of the movie. The moment the skeletons come out of the ground is unforgettable, and the animation is blended beautifully with the live action to create a scene that is as near to cinematic heaven as you can get. I've seen it re-done twice, once in Hercules (the dodgy TV series), and again in the Jason and the Argonauts mini-series. Both times CGI effects were used, and both times, despite the animators' best efforts, neither came close to the original masterpiece.

This whole film, and the skeleton scene in particular, highlights the fact that despite some of the wonders being done with CGI (and I'm not anti-CGI in the least), sometimes there's just no substitute for proper stop motion animation. (Just ask Wallace and Gromit!)

It's cheap- buy it and enjoy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason and the Argonauts
An important piece of cinema history with great action and storyline. I hadn't seen it years and it was even better than the memories I retained from my younger years.
Published 9 days ago by Mr D Forty
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic.
brilliant film, but as we all know this, I wont review it, but I will review the blu ray. Great blu ray, good transfer and great sound. recommended.
Published 16 days ago by R. G. Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason and the Argonauts (DVD)
The video arrived promptly and looks good but have not viewed it yet as it is present for my granddaughter. Looking forward to seeing it soon, thank you so much.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Margaret Arnott
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason still great 50+ years later.
I remember seeing this movie when I was a young teenager way back, I was fascinated by what I now know as Ray Harryhausen's stop / go animation, the skeleton sequence is still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by swingsc
4.0 out of 5 stars An animation classic!
Good transfer to Blu-Ray,this remains an absolute gem,state of the art stop/go animation by the master of the technique the legendary Ray Harryhausen featuring the mythical Gods... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mihos
5.0 out of 5 stars J son still roks
Stirring music, rousing action scenes plus great extras for nerdy types like me. This is one of my favourite films from my childhood and must be one of Ray Harryhausens proudest... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jean davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes this film.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason and the Argonauts
Released 1963 and with stop motion by Ray Harryhausen this is a very good film. One of the best from the 60s. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MF
5.0 out of 5 stars movie classic
Classic movie-wonderful effects from ray harryhausen-beautifully shot with outdoor locations-and a great cast and a wonderful music score-has it been bettered?
Published 4 months ago by omar yasseen
4.0 out of 5 stars great
I saw it for the first time in the 70's and never forget it. To encounter again, in color it was a pleasure.
Published 4 months ago by Luis A. A. Assumpcao
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