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5.0 out of 5 stars Animation Master
This dvd is a nice background to the great work of Ray Harryhausen! I love the films of Ray Harryhausen, as a kid they were the best of their kind and fulfilled the expectations of seeing dinosaurs and monsters on the screen. These are his original tests and short films including wartime animations and fairy tales. They are exquisitely animated and the picture quality is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for Harryhausen fans or animation historians.
Not bad value for money when I got it for under £5 - some animations have value as watchable items in their own right but mostly they are historical curiosities. They illuminate Harryhausen's personal and professional history to some extent and the added features which includes some interviews also adds to this. Some of the production values of these features and the...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animation Master, 20 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This dvd is a nice background to the great work of Ray Harryhausen! I love the films of Ray Harryhausen, as a kid they were the best of their kind and fulfilled the expectations of seeing dinosaurs and monsters on the screen. These are his original tests and short films including wartime animations and fairy tales. They are exquisitely animated and the picture quality is great. All the films are introduced by the great man himself.
This should be of use to students to see how low tech stop motion can still look stunning.
This dvd should be bought by every collector of Ray's movies as it gives a great insight into the man himself.
I loved it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 Aug 2010
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Five stars!! It deserves 15 stars or more!! This collection is filled to the point of bursting with Ray's earliest work and extras (which are too numerous to mention here). Even from the very start he had wonderful talent which was just as good as his sci-fi and adventure films. It is a remarkable look at the beginning of Ray's carrer. I would reccomend it to anyone who loves his work or is just curious.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have !, 1 Nov 2010
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Magic at the purest form. The shorts are so beautiful and introduced by Mr Harryhausen himself ! All the documentaries in the second disc are fantastics too. A great present for everyone, children or adults who love cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and entertaining double-DVD, 8 April 2013
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Ray Harryhausens early years with his nice small films like King Midas or Little Red Riding Hood and Tortoise and the Hare.
A must for fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars For a fan, 12 Sep 2013
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This was a present for a fan and went down well. I would recommend it if you have a fan in the family
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5.0 out of 5 stars ray harryhausen:the early years, 19 Feb 2009
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An interesting insight into the early work of a master, using nursery rhymes and fairy stories as the medium.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrryhausen fantasy collection, 28 Sep 2013
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Early years of the animator's short films. Lovely 2 discs collection.
Similar animation to Nick Park's Grommit , and Svankmajer's Alice
and Little Otik.
Children and grownups are bound to like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A present, 26 Jun 2010
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D. J. Hards "Big D" (Devon UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this for an honorary great nephew (age 13) who is dabbling in stop-frame animation and he loves it. Ray Harryhausen can do no wrong!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for Harryhausen fans or animation historians., 25 May 2014
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Not bad value for money when I got it for under £5 - some animations have value as watchable items in their own right but mostly they are historical curiosities. They illuminate Harryhausen's personal and professional history to some extent and the added features which includes some interviews also adds to this. Some of the production values of these features and the overall production values of the DVD its self leave a little to be desired in their polish and circumspect. I have no problem recommending this DVD for those with an historic interest in animation, all those with nostalgic associations with some of the children's films, or of course those who just wish to fill some holes in their collection of Harryhausen work - particularly if it remains under £5.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars several selections weren't playable, so returned, 16 May 2014
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Please see the title. Unfortunately, I had to return the defective DVDs today at a cost of 12.75 USD out-of-pocket expense (remains to be seen if this is refunded). Too bad seller doesn't support replacement instead of refund.

Those selections which were playable varied from excellent to good quality video and audio - Repunzel and the Tortoise and the Hare was grainy. The interviews with Ray were very informative.

The history behind stop-motion was interesting.

This DVD collection costs 100 USD from Amazon in the states hence interest in buying from UK.

If it wasn't for the defective DVD the rating would have been 5 stars.
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