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Ray Harryhausen Collection : 20 Million Miles to Earth / Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers / It Came From Beneath The Sea [1955] [DVD]

William Hopper , Joan Taylor , Nathan Juran , Fred F. Sears    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, Hugh Marlowe, Donald Curtis
  • Directors: Nathan Juran, Fred F. Sears, Robert Gordon
  • Format: Box set, Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • 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: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OTRR0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,312 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three classic movies from Ray Harryhausen in a stunning collector's box.

20 Million Miles to Earth: Dazzling special effects by Ray Harryhausen highlight this thrilling sci-fi extravaganza about a Venusian monster who wreaks havoc in Italy. On its way home from Venus, a U.S. Army rocket ship crashes into the sea of Sicily leaving Colonel Calder (William Hopper of Rebel Without a Cause) the sole survivor...or so it seems. A sealed container is also recovered from the wreck and, when a zoologist (The Mark of Zorro's Frank Puglia) and his granddaughter (Joan Taylor) open it, the gelatinous mass inside escapes. Overnight, it grows into a horrific monster that has doubled in size. In desperation, Calder calls in the Army to help fight the monster, which has taken refuge atop the Coliseum in Rome. But it will take more than man's weapons to fight the evil forces of the unknown and save the world from destruction.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers: Relive the exciting days of sci-fi movie matinees with the cult classic Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Featuring extraordinary visual effects by cinematic genius Ray Harryhausen, the film pits earthlings against alien humanoids in a violent battle for Earth's survival! When the zombie-like aliens arrive at the U.S. Army base in search of help for their dying planet, they try to make friendly contact with scientist Dr. Russ Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and his recent bride Carol (Joan Taylor). But the military greets their fleet of saucers with gunfire, and the aliens are forced to retaliate. Can Marvin invent the ultimate weapon in a deadly game of beat-the-clock to save the human race? Hold on to your seat for an intergalactic flight into fantasy with Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

It Came from Beneath the Sea: The action is wet and wild in this sci-fi thriller that pits man - and woman - against a giant octopus. Submarine commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and scientists Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) battle an angry sea monster driven from the depths of the ocean by an H-bomb explosion. In search of non-contaminated food, this tentacled tyrant counts among its victims a fishing trawler and its passengers, a family sunning at the beach, several San Francisco skyscrapers and even the Golden Gate Bridge. A daring attempt by the scientists to destroy the monster while saving themselves is a gripping finale to this aquatic adventure. The riveting special effects were created by Ray Harryhausen.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This collection contains the colourised versions of `It Came From Beneath The Sea', 20 Million Miles To Earth' and `Earth vs. The Flying Saucers'. Each film is the two disc edition, each comes in a normal size DVD case, all collected into a card slipcase.

It Came From Beneath The Sea - Another entertaining creature feature with special effects by Ray Harryhausen. The basic plot is along the lines of giant squid is forced to rise from the depths in search of food, and finds man to be a tasty snack. The American Navy set out to stop it, and there is a final show down in San Francisco involving the destruction of the Golden Gate bridge and a rail station. For various reasons of the plot, the navy decide the only safe way of destroying it is to explode a bomb inside the creature's brain. It's supremely daft hokum, but as entertaining an 80 minutes as you are likely to watch.

The real joy of this film is Harryhausen's special effects. These never fail to entertain and amaze. The giant squid is pretty well realised and this lends a certain air of professionalism to the film. A must see for all creature feature fans.

Earth vs. The Flying Saucers - Someone is knocking Earth's space probes out of the sky. Dr. Russell Martin and his new bride don't know it yet, but it is the work of aliens in flying saucers, who are specifically trying to contact Martin and give him a message. The message is that Earth will comply with their demands or die. For reasons best known to the aliens they then give Earth 56 days to surrender, giving Martin time to build a new super weapon to defeat the invaders. But will it work? We find out in a thrilling climax as the aliens invade Washington.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And how do you feel about colourisation? 2 Jun 2008
By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is the process how movies made in black and white are transformed into colour. A common reaction among film fans to this is similar to that of an animal lover watching their favourite pet tortured to death; it is a vile and disgusting abomination.

I'd never seen a colourised movie before I bought this set of three of Ray Harryhausen's earliest full length movies. And you know what? I like it just fine. No doubt it helps that the process was supervised by the man himself who stated that if they'd had the money they would have been filmed in colour in the first place. Also technology has improved since the process was first invented so if you didn't know that these were originally made in b/w you almost certainly wouldn't be able to guess.

As for the films themselves, well they are good examples of 1950's monster/sf movies and very much of their time; creaky by today's standards but still good fun. I remember actually seeing two of them in the cinema, probably on their second run at smaller cinemas (the fleapits), back in the 50's when I was around eight or nine and no doubt they contributed greatly to my lifelong love of science fiction and monsters.

All three come with a second dvd of worthwhile extras.

And if you really have to see them in black and white, all you have to do is click the appropriate item on the menu screen or toggle the angle button after its started.

3 classic genre movies, a bargain price, loads of extras, and in colour, or not. Everyone wins!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful set of discs, worth every penny 8 July 2011
By SteveINtheUKok TOP 500 REVIEWER
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You get three standards dvd sized boxes each with 2 discs inside.

The first disc of each set is the movie, available in BOTH original black and white and new colorised format...the colourisation process used on these discs is excellent, you would think it HAD been colour from the beginning, much better than past attempts.

The second disc is the main bulk of the extras which include interviews and documentaries and all manner of wonderful things, there is some duplication of extras but there is still a vast quantity of great stuff here.

As for the films, well, they were B Films and they were made in the 1950s but, allowing for time, the quality of the special effects is stunning, considering this was all done by hand, no computers, truly amazing what Ray did here.

The stories are also good and very watchable, true classics that will hopefully be around for a very long time.

Great that you can choose colour or black and white, whatever your particular taste is....mine is black and white, there are a billion more colours in my imagination than can ever be put onto film, so I love old movies in black and white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Harryhausen Collection 8 Mar 2011
By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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An in-Sulfur-able creature

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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Alien brainteasers

Too many rockets seem to be going astray lately. Combine this with mysterious lights in the sky and you have some suspicious scientists. This is explained early on in the movie when recently married Dr. Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and Carol Marvin (Joan Taylor) are making thinly valid romantic overtures and they are approached by (you guessed it) a flying saucer. What can this encounter mean? What are the consequences if they do not figure it out soon, as "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers"?

Why brain teasers? Watch when Maj. Huglin, Liaison Officer (Donald Curtis) is fool enough to look up when he is inside the saucer.

This movie has just about everything you need for a good sci-fi film. It has a 50's feel (probably because it is a 50's movie.) It has Ray Harryhausen effects Vs nondescript CGI. And you recognize Hugh Marlowe from "The Day The Earth Stood Still".
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd box set
Bought these dvds for my hubby. He loves it. It has all his favourite films from the 50s and there`s a choice of colour or black and white.
Published 4 months ago by linda wilkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
When I first saw these films years ago never would I have believed that someday I would see them again but then in colour. Just fantastic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Orlando
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
not only do you get the original black and white but you also get them in colour too which is a bonus.
Published 15 months ago by B. French
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out.......
Bought this set a few weeks ago, and I honestly thought it was a region B blu ray set (the region A has an almost identical cover) but when I looked closely today found it was a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MARK C. BALE
3.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldies
I've obviously seen all these films before. I love all the plastic monsters, storylines are so predictable, but still entertaining. Easy watching.
Published 18 months ago by Joannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Black & White with Updated Film Coloured versions
Having the choice of the old Black & White or updated Coloured versions I thought was brilliant for all viewers. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by giandougl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Boxset
Three classics films in a brilliant six disc set loaded with special features, there is some amazing effects work in these films from Harryhausen. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by D. Mccaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining monsters
I enjoyed all 3 of these films, both as entertainment and for the wonderful stop motion effects. It's fascinating to realise how these B movies now resonate in popular culture. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by Colin Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Box Set.
Excelelnt Box Set to watch. Your not going to get the special effects of today's big budget movies but you do get great stories with good actors and some great memories of movies... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2011 by Mr. S. Newbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Cheap and good!
This box set is an excellent bargain. 3x Harryhausen 6x DVds.
These are excellent versions of all 3 films with tons of extras.
So you get a lot of bang for your buck!
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by Douglas B. Draa
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