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20 Million Miles to Earth [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

William Hopper , Joan Taylor , Nathan Juran    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Writers: Charlotte Knight, Christopher Knopf, Robert Creighton Williams
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer
  • Format: Black & White, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGEB1W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Notable neither for its director nor its stars, 20 Million Miles to Earth has been given the widescreen spit 'n' polish treatment because of its special-effects man, the legendary Ray Harryhausen. And it's his work here that makes this daft slice of hokum so watchable. When a group of Italian boat fishermen investigate a crash-landed space rocket returned from a trip to Venus, they find one surviving all-American hero and an alien in aspic: the Emere, a tiny homunculus hungry for sulphur and growing faster than a teenager on steroids. Cue man-vs-alien mayhem, screenfuls of avuncular patriarchs and the gratuitous destruction of Rome.

A by-numbers B-movie, Harryhausen's sixth feature isn't a patch on his later Technicolor masterpieces, but the unusual Italian setting ("I wanted a trip to Europe") adds an exotic quality and his effects are as solid and convincing as ever. The film only really begins to crackle when his stop-motion creation is onscreen. Like a scaly King Kong, he's as likely to engender sympathy as fear: surely anyone who's been bombed, blasted, burnt, electrocuted, shot at by trigger-happy squaddies and involved in a punch-up with a pachyderm is entitled to lose their rag a little. And fans will enjoy spotting in the Emere the flowerings of Harryhausen's later and greater creations, Sinbad's Cyclops and The Titans' Calibos and Kraken. The denouement, with the creature atop the Colosseum, is as effective as that of Kong's. It wasn't beauty who killed the beast here, however, it was bombs.

On the DVD: 20 Million Miles to Earth's black and white picture is clean and crisp in this anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, and the Dolby digital mono soundtrack is clear enough. The theatrical trailer will please fans of kitsch, as will the featurette "This Is Dynamation" produced at the same time as the first Sinbad movie. The real corker here, though, is the generously lengthed documentary "The Harryhausen Chronicles". Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this features a stellar cast of devotees (George Lucas among them) waxing lyrical about the influence of Harryhausen's films, and allows the man himself to ramble fascinatingly over clips of his filmic canon. The claw-slash menu marker is a nice touch, too. If you're a fan, this disc is Harryhausen heaven. --Paul Eisinger


The first human expedition to Venus returns to Earth in a crash landing off the coast of Italy. Theonly survivor is Hopper and he's frightened that he may have lost a canister holding specimens of Venusian life. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH is Ray Harryhausen's signature special effects story of a terrifying monster from Venus running wild and wreaking havoc in Italy.

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Fascinating... Horrible, but fascinating." 18 May 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The third and last of Ray Harryhausen and Charles H. Schneer's pictures for churn `em out fast and cheap executive producer Sam Katzman, 20 Million Miles to Earth is a decent mixture of sci-fi and monster movie. Rather than having its humans travel to another world and confront monsters or having ancient monsters reawaken and wreak destruction on the modern world, it tweaks both formulas to have a doomed mission to Venus bring back a sample of alien life with them. At first this creature is minute, but exposed to earth's atmosphere it doubles its size every day...

Although it's far from one of their best efforts as a film, some intelligence has gone into the script. The Italian setting allows the Ymir to fight for our entertainment on the same locations (the Colosseum) and against the same kind of creatures (an enraged elephant and well-armed fighting men) that gladiators did centuries earlier. And rather than going the King Kong route, there's no sympathy for the creature here - to the humans it's just an animal to be examined and then destroyed when it objects. But what really stands out about 20 Million Miles is the extraordinary quality of Harryhausen's special effects.

A close relative to the Kraken in Clash of the Titans, the Ymir is a huge leap forward for Harryhausen, the first of his own creatures to have a personality, conveyed through beautifully acted body language and credible reactions. It's also remarkably fluid compared to earlier efforts, constantly reacting - even when it's asleep it still breathes. Much of the animation is particularly complicated, not least a sequence when the Ymir is caught in a net. Throughout he's integrated into sets and real-life locations like the Rome Zoo, the Ponti St.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best In 50's Monster Movies. 13 Aug 2002
Before making his Sinbad movies and Jason And The Argonauts , Ray Harryhausen created the visual effects for a number of black and white monster pictures , the last of which was Twenty Million Miles To Earth. Most of the other elements of the movie are rather quaint , but the stop motion animation used for the creature from Venus still looks amazing today. In addition to the feature , the disc also contains a detailed one hour documentary on the whole of Harryhausen's career , a Dynamation promotional short from the time of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (both of these have appeared on previous releases ) and the original theatrical trailer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi B movie 31 Jan 2014
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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'!...this one is a bit naff but still sits in my sci fi collection as a watchable can guess the quality when the space ship/rocket crash lands in the sea at the start of the film but up ends in one piece...impossible, but its a B movie don't forget!
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This review is specific to the colourised version of the film, released in 2007, ASIN: B000QGEB1W. This version can also be found on the box set the Ray Harryhausen Collection : 20 Million Miles to Earth / Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers / It Came From Beneath The Sea [1955] [DVD].

This is an entertaining creature feature from the height of the genre. A manned mission has flown to Venus and back, picking up a specimen of the local life form whilst there. We enter the story just as the space ship is returning to Earth. It crashes in the Mediterranean, killing all but one of the crew and casting the specimen jar adrift. The jar is found and opened by a young boy who sells the contents to a local zoologist. The egg contained therein hatches and a Ymir is born. The film then follows the struggle between Ymir and man, as the creature starts to grow in an unfamiliar world. The Ymir just wants to be left alone and is by nature not an aggressive creature. But after unprovoked attacks it is driven mad, leading to a final thrilling showdown in then Coliseum of Rome.

It's a reasonably well constructed plot, and moves along at a good pace from one incident to the next. The acting is of variable quality, from the good performance of William Hopper as the space ship captain through to the terrible Italian accents of some of the Sicilian fishermen. But this is all part of the fun of these old B movies. The real joy of the feature is Ray Harryhausen's model work. He manages to imbue the Ymir with a real personality, and we feel much sympathy for the creature. The special effects are quite something, especially in the elephant fight and the rampage through Rome. From a technical and artistic point of view it is as good as only a Ray Harryhausen film can be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An in-Sulfur-able creature 15 Dec 2007
By bernie VINE VOICE
A boy (Bart Bradley) on the beach finds a canister form a wayward spaceship that crashed in the sea. Hence the title "20 Million Miles to Earth" It yields a cute little creature that just loves to eat sulfur. He just wants to be friends and is intrigued with his environment. As with all innocent space creatures just as he is beginning to trust us, he is enslaved abused and thoroughly disenchanted. This is just an enjoyable creature movie with some people interaction and a question of what you do with a misplaced Ymir.

As you have guessed this movie is packed with Ray Harryhausen's stop motion. See more of Ray's work in "Clash of the Titans" notice how that there titan from the sea looks like the Ymir.

See William Hopper tackle something a bit bigger in "The Deadly Mantis" (1957)
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Published 2 days ago by gilberto pereira
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Classic
Good classic B movie, excellent stop motion, the acting is not the best and it has to contend with the beast from 20,000 fathoms, which does set the bar very high. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Rays films
Never seen this in its entirety until now. Well done Ray, a gem.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. David Pepperday
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 6 months ago by Peter White MA 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
film came on time and watch it few times
Published 8 months ago by stanley j matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Ray Harryhausen on blu ray with nice extra features and an option to watch it in b/w or in a newly coloured version - if you like his previous works definitely worth a watch.
Published 11 months ago by Spacecadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsta...!
Love this film, always have and the nostalgia trip has been amazing. Lost in Space with this one.

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Published 13 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
20 Million Miles To Earth Looks Fantastic on DVD, but I also think the Colour version looks superb. it has a natural look to it, unlike other FIlms I have seen. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie
I love these old B-Movies! they remind me of my Childhood, they where simpler times, they were better times! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Darren
4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Michael
Loved this film when a child,had to buy it has an adult! Can you imagine the awestruck facial expression on a child's face upon seeing the creature take on a rampant Elephant!! Read more
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