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The Valley of Gwangi [DVD] [1969]

Freda Jackson , Gustavo Rojo , Jim O'Connolly    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Freda Jackson, Gustavo Rojo, Jose Burgos, Richard Carlson, Gila Golan
  • Directors: Jim O'Connolly
  • Writers: Willis H. O'Brien, Julian More, William Bast
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer, Ray Harryhausen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000Z0HMQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,528 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


When TJ Breckenridge (Gina Golan) hears of a forbidden Mexican valley where mythical creatures are rumoured to exist, she and members of her Wild West show attempt to capture something which she can exhibit at her show. They are amazed to find a huge Allosaurus which the locals have named Gwangi, or "Terrible One"! After a titanic struggle, Gwangi is captured and returned to their camp. The giant beast escapes and terrorizes the local population, who flee to the nearby cathedral – but when this refuge proves insufficient, the townspeople have a dramatic plan to bring down Gwangi once and for all.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Boy's Own Adventure 5 Feb 2004
Next to "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger", this is quite possibly one of Ray Harryhausen's best movies. The stop-motion dinosaurs are amazing and Gwangi himself, an Allosaurus, is actually quite scary in the way he moves (Watch it yourself and see). Don't expect deep characterization though. Quite enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Smorgasbord of Delights. 4 Aug 2010
Cowboys fighting dinosaurs, mysterious gypsies and an evil dwarf. What more could a kid want growing up in the sixties! This was an absolute smorgasbord of delights to my inventive and youthful mind. You have to remember that in those days my most cutting edge possession was an action man. Todays generation of face book addicts, who expect special effects to be up there with "Avatar", might not be so impressed with "The Valley of Gwangi". Just for old times sake I decided to sit down and watch it again recently. All very sad I hear you say, but what was even sadder is that I enjoyed it! Perhaps I am just a dinosaur? It is a film that exotically manages to straddle both the western and monster genres. A very unusual mix indeed, that I cannot recall being done before or since.

The story commences with the capture of a prehistoric horse from a forbidden valley in Mexico at the turn of the last century. The horse becomes part of a wild west show but is recognised as a long extinct species by a British paleontologist, who with a group of cowboys traces the valley of its origin. This is a place that has been cut off from time, where dinosaurs still rule, including the top predator Gwangi a voracious Allosaurus. Let battle commence between Gwangi, the cowboys and a host of other nasties. Throw in a bit of romance, some dodgy gypsies, and we have quite a volatile mix. Then we have a fiery ending where Gwangi proves very effective in getting people back to church.

The first big mention has to be for Ray Harryhausen's excellent special effects which even in this day and age stand up pretty well. He was the very best for his time, and his work took many painstaking hours to complete. That he was a perfectionist is obvious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Birthplace of Jurassic Park 17 July 2014
I have a soft spot for this fantastic 1970's monster movie, which I first saw as a small boy. In short, this is a highly enjoyable "cowboys v dinosaurs" B Movie, with inventive and effective special effects for its time. A group of cowboys enter into a mythical realm of dinosaurs (and an extremely cute tiny prancing horse), and they have to battle their way out to survive. The story takes place in some undefined part of Mexico, although very little Spanish is spoken by the actors. The stop-motion animation and special F/X are by the world renowned Ray Harryhausen, which should indicate how good the creatures appear on screen (think of the scene with the skeletons in the original Jason and the Argonauts, and that will give you a good idea of the sorts of effects used in this movie). Highly imaginative, with several memorable sequences, including a fight between a cowboy and a dinosaur in a church, and an attempt to capture one of the dinosaurs with lassoes. The film builds slowly at the outset but soon works up a good pace. This is one of those movies which, like Westworld of the same era, or Barbarella from the previous decade, is crying out for a modern remake with top-notch current special effects. Somebody like Stephen Spielberg, who did of course make ET, would do a wonderful job of revamping this classic monster flick, perhaps using somebody like George Clooney in the lead role as one of the cowboys. In any case, I look forward (hopefully) to the release of Gwangi on Blu Ray, which is long overdue.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park - Harryhausen style! 8 Feb 2010
By Sophie
The Valley of Gwangi is an odd story. A travelling circus of cowboys (whose star is a woman who leaps into a vat of water on horseback) discover a secluded valley in Mexico inhabited by dinosaurs. One of these is Gwangi,* an Allosaurus, who is captured, taken to the circus as an exhibit, and escapes. So far, so Jurassic Park (but with a twentieth of the budget). Things take a turn for the strange at the climax - a dinosaur in a burning cathedral is the closest you'll ever get to seeing what might have been if Pier Paolo Pasolini had made a monster movie.

This would be a very entertaining film, but the slow start and ordinary acting and directing make the first half quite a drag. However once the action starts it gets much more entertaining, with the unsurpassed Ray Harryhausen doing some of his best work. A scene where (live action) cowboys lasoo up the {animated) Gwangi is a lesson in precise modelwork, twenty years before CGI came along. Very, very impressive.

*In case you were wondering, "Gwangi" apparently means "big lizard" in a native American language - which language that might be (there are over 800) is not known.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Valley of the Gwangi, as long as you're easily satisfied, is a movie to enjoy in spite of itself. It's a light-hearted but leaden-footed dinosaur adventure film, with a group of turn-of-the-century cowboys versus a gwangi. The idea is fun, the acting is adequate (with one exception), the script is workmanlike and the direction is dull. It seems to take forever to get to the good stuff. What it has going for it, starting half way through the movie, is the gwangi - an allosaurus - that seems to be constantly angry. The joy of the movie is that this giant, meat-eating, top-of-the-food chain creature is brought to life by the stop-motion artistry of Ray Harryhausen.

Down Mexico way at the turn of the century, T. J. Breckenridge (Gila Golan) stars in and manages a ramshackle circus, Champ Connors (Richard Carlson) and a handful of American and Mexican cowboys help out. Old flame Tuck Kirby (James Franciscus) shows up and wants to buy T. J.'s wonder horse, Omar. No way, says T. J. And she tells him that she's got an even better horse act ready to be introduced...a tiny horse-like creature she purchased with no questions asked. But eccentric Professor Horace Bromley (Lawrence Naismith), a paleontologist who is determined to prove his theory of the humanoids, identifies the whinnying little thing as an eohippus, an ancestor of the horse, which supposedly has been extinct for millions of years. When gypsies steal the eohippus to return it to a hidden valley, off in pursuit goes T. J., Tuck, Champ and the Professor, aided by Lope, a ten-year-old Mexican lad and two wranglers from T. J.'s circus. And finally, after nearly 50 minutes, the 96-minute movie really starts.

The movie, thanks to Ray Harryhausen, gives us the goods with three first-rate scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with brilliant special effects as you would expect ...
Great film with brilliant special effects as you would expect from Ray harryhausen. Also the music is as good as in any western.
Published 3 months ago by Beety
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by arol black
5.0 out of 5 stars brought for a friendxxx
i brought this for a friend he really liked this.not my sort of thing myself but he loved it thanks janexxx
Published 6 months ago by Jane Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Favourite
One of my favourite films as a child. What more can a young boy ask for if not an adventure featuring cowboys and dinosaurs. It should sell itself!
Published 18 months ago by Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Harryhausen flick.
I just recently watched this movie not to long ago I will have to say that this is defenetly different from alot of monster flicks I've seen. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Boyd Wengert
4.0 out of 5 stars the first jurassic park
good story .. bit dated now , but the stop frame special effects by the master Ray Harryhousan are excellent . the story keeps you watching from beginning to end .. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by Keith Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Michael
Do you remember having a "toy box" as a kid, one in which you dipped into and whatever you pulled out you sat on the floor and your childhood imagination took over! Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by saint michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Cowboys + Dinosaurs - what more could you want?

TJ Breckenridge (Gila Golan) struggles to keep her rodeo and is threatened to be bought out by former fiancé Tuck Kirby (James Franciscus). Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Mr. J. C. Clubb
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Look at the cover-its cowboys vs dinosaurs. For me that makes it instantly cool! this film is still great to this day,classic work by Ray Harryhausen as always and a fantastic... Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by D. Mccaffrey
3.0 out of 5 stars The Western fantasy film boosted by some Harryhausen genius.
Shot in Technicolor by Erwin Hillier and in Dynamation, The Valley Of Gwangi sees Tuck Kirby (James Franciscus) and a team of cowboys get more than they bargained for when they... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by Spike Owen
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