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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.

Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack
1 hour, 39 minutes

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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, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Honor Blackman, John Cairney, Patrick Troughton, Andrew Faulds, Nigel Green, Ennio Antonelli, John Crawford, Aldo Cristiani, William Gudgeon, Eva Haddon, Ferdinando Poggi, Doug Robinson
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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110 of 113 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Westerby on 27 Sept. 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lucifer Box on 29 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Jason And The Argonauts is probably the best known Ray Harryhausen film and features his most impressive work. To children who have grown up with CG, the effects in Jason probably look terribly unconvincing, but to anyone of a certain age, they were, at the time magical. Of all the 'Dynamation' films, Jason has to be my absolute favourite. Made the year before I was born, 1963, it is still, after 49 years, an incredible film to watch, even more so now it's available on Blu-Ray.
The quality of some Blu-Ray releases is pretty atrocious, but considering it's age, Jason looks nothing short of amazing. I have a 50" Panasonic t.v. and watching it for the very first time in HD is like seeing a completely different film. The image is relatively sharp, colors are rich and vibrant and blacks are suitably dark.

Some reviews have mentioned levels of noticeable grain, especially during effects shots, but this is simply the result of the effects process used at that time. This grain would have been visible on cinema screens at the time of the films original release.

Bernard Herrman was a key figure in several Dynamation pictures, providing scores that complemented the images on screen perfectly, so it's great to hear the wonderful score for Jason in full 5.1 audio for the first time.

Although Ray Harryhausen would go on to provide effects for several Sinbad films and the original Clash Of The Titans, it will undoubtedly be Jason And The Argonauts that he will be remembered for. The skeleton battle near the end of the film contains the best animation of his career and is beautiful to watch.
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26 of 27 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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