Jason and the Argonauts 1963

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Greek hero Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning he tells Jason to find the Golden Fleece. Jason follows his advice and assembles a fine crew including Hercules. Their voyage is replete with battles against harpies, a hydra and an animated skeleton army.

Starring:
Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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Jason and the Argonauts

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Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Don Chaffey
Starring Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack
Supporting actors Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful By J. A. White on 18 Jan 2006
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 By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2003
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Westerby on 27 Sep 2000
Format: DVD
Many adults, when asked to choose their favourite films, will forego latter-day classics and opt for a film which made a lasting impression on them as a child. 'Jason And The Argonauts' was my favourite boyhood film; at the age of 9, the spectacle and fantasy which unfolded before my eyes at the Odeon, Gateshead on a dark November night enthralled like no previous film had done. I thrilled to the moment when Talos, the giant bronze statue, climbed down from his pedestal and I fought countless times in my imagination with Jason and his men against the fiendish 'Children of the Hydra's Teeth' - the living skeletons. There is more to 'Jason' than just evoking past memories of boyhood however: as an adult I can watch and enjoy the film on its own merits. I admire the unbelievable special effects work of Ray Harryhausen, a master of his craft whose influence can be seen in Star Wars and countless other fantasy and sci-film pics, and am always impressed by the work of the excellent British supporting cast. Niall McGinnis is a marvellous Zeus, far superior to the image later created by Laurence Olivier in 'Clash Of The Titans'; Nigel Green is a very British Hercules, and the much under-rated Gary Raymond radiates slyness and deceit as Acastus. The only real flaw in the movie is the somewhat wooden acting of the two lead players, but perhaps Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack are shown up by the excellence of the support. 'Jason' led me to seek Harryhausen's other works and I became a great admirer of the man's work; but 'Jason' stands as the best example, not only because of the effects, which are among Harryhausen's finest, but because it is a good story, told at a rattling good pace, with some fine acting from the supporting cast, good locations and above all it has the FEEL that you are in back in ancient Greece, which other films fail to capture.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. Gordon on 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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