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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining monsters, 7 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Ray Harryhausen Collection : 20 Million Miles to Earth / Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers / It Came From Beneath The Sea [1955] [DVD] (DVD)
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. You can see the direct links to Godzilla, Cloverfield, Mars Attacks, The Host, Independence Day and most apocalyptic sci-fi from these films (so much so for some Harryhausen deserves a screen writers credit). But there is also a feel that is across a lot of cinema today; a fascination with fantastic images, and direct imagination that comes from these films.

But enough waffle. These are solid adventure films that rattle along with great charm. The effects are great, and even without allowing for their age they are entertaining films. 20 million miles is probably the most accomplished and is a real classic, well paced good to watch with great lighting especially in the barn scene. Earth vs The Flying saucers is unintentionally hilarious with fantastic dialogue, and great saucers. My favourite is It Came from Beneath the Sea. It roars along, and is a tight film by any standard. What does date it is the acting - Kenneth Tobey as the naval captain is a caricature of a 50s sexist, so greasy and weird looking in the film he oozes slime and seems to belong to a different film altogether.

A sold five stars for the films and their VFM. It's disappointing the extras aren't much and are largely duplicated across all 3 films. A bit cynical to do this and then sell them in a box set. However, I can't bring myself to knock a star off
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