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Ray Harryhausen - Special Effects Titan 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars (34) IMDb 7.5/10

Documentary which looks at the life, career and influence of Ray Harryhausen, a man deemed the grandfather of stop-motion animation. Famous for his work on films such as 'Jason and the Argonauts' (1963) and 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad' (1958), his visual effects and animations have had significant influence on the sci-fi and fantasy genres.

Starring:
Ray Harryhausen, James Cameron
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Gilles Penso
Starring Ray Harryhausen, James Cameron
Supporting actors Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam
Studio Content Film
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I saw this film when it hit cinemas and the audience was transfixed by the array of the who's who from the world of cinema lining up to pay homage to the great Ray Harryhausen. Packed with amazing clips from all the films you will know and love, it is also an Aladdin's cave of out-takes which have never seen the light of day before. For fans this is quite simply a must have purchase for their collections. For casual viewers or lovers of cinema it's a chance to discover what really made cinema's great films makers like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, John Landis and Peter Jackson reach the top of their game.
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over the years ray harryhausen has given so much pleasure to movie fans all over the world so it was very sad news to read of his death.thank goodness this blu-ray was made as its a perfect way to remember the master.it has all of rays work rare scenes a nice trailer reel.this is a must for every ray harryhausen fan and this is the way to make a movie on someones career take note cormans world .this is a must have blu-ray 10/10
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RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN [2011 / 2013] [Blu-ray] Ray Harryhausen Is A Legendary Film-maker of Movies About Legends!

The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of ‘RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN.’

Leaving no doubt as to Ray Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,’ ‘It Came From Beneath The Sea,’ ‘The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad,’ ‘Mysterious Island,’ ‘Jason And The Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad’ and the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right, not felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and nature’s own prisms of symmetry, savagery, chaos and harmony.

Cast: Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Tim Burton, John Landis, Henry Selick, Ray Bradbury, Tony Dalton, Nick Park, Randall William Cook, Phil Tippett, Steven Spielberg, Dennis Muren, Steve Johnson, Joe Dante, Vincenzo Natali, John Lasseter, Ken Ralston, Robert Townson, Christopher Young, John Cairney, Greg Broadmore, Andrew R.
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A fascinating portrait of one of the 20th Century's key figures in cinematic Special Effects the late, great Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013).

The documentary traces Harryhausens early influences such as Melies - A Trip to the Moon (Restored) [DVD] [1902] and King Kong (1933) [Special Edition] [DVD] through to his early work and then his classic films such as Jason & the Argonauts [DVD] [1963, One Million Years Bc [DVD] [1966 and Clash of the Titans [DVD] [1981

The contributing Talking Heads in the film are quite impressive featuring Harryhausen admirers such as Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Peter Jackson. The special features feature heavily on interviews with Harryhausens spiritual offspring like the directors mentioned above and I found it very interesting to go into more depth in their appreciation of Ray.

All said and done I really enjoyed this Documentary. I grew up watching his creatures in the many films as a child and this film really brought back some fond memories, I highly recommend this film.
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This is the best review of Ray Harryhausens' career to date. He was a giant in cinema history and all the computers in the buisness can't top his contributions. This is an essential purchase for all movie fans. Harryhausen lives!!!!!!!!
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Like so many Ray Harryhausen fans I was excited by the news that a `Definitive' documentary was coming out. What a huge disappointment it has proved to be. The majority of the 90 or so minutes is taken up with industry `names', rightly singing Ray's praises, but leaving very little time to find out about the man himself. Obviously the interviews with Ray himself came from a little while ago, but even then he is never really allowed to talk at length about his career and what made him the filmmaker he became.
The amazing cache of rare outtakes and home movie footage discovered at Ray's Los Angeles is one of the all-too-few highlights, when considering the material that must have been available through the backing of the Ray Harryhausen Foundation. Instead the film seems to rely on the famous faces on view, which in the end become tiresome.
My hopes that the second disc would contain items that were fresh and new were soon dashed, with just more `talking heads' that obviously weren't deemed worthy for the actual documentary. Other items included on this second disc seems like padding, with only the extended `home movie' footage of filming The 7th Voyage of Sinbad of any real interest.
With a little more thought about content this really could have been something. Definitive? I don't think so.
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