Nice touch to the 50s atomic age science fiction genre . Seen this little gem at the pictures when I was a teenager and have since developed a soft spot for 1950s science fiction films . Special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen was at his peak when he made this 1957 blockbuster for Columbia Studios . Same old story , spacecraft returns from a mission , it crashlands off the coast of Sicily , a rescue team discovers that the crew has brought back a gelatinous mass that soon hatches and evolves into a strange bi-ped creature which increases in size rapidly . Soon 20 feet tall , the creature rampages through Rome before being destroyed as it seeks refuge in the Colosseum . This was one of the earliest grounbreaking films , now available for the first time in vibrant colour !
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