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This engaging 1997 documentary stands alone as the definitive tribute to stop-motion animator and special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, which is why it's been included as a DVD bonus feature on a number of Harryhausen films. Written and directed by Time magazine film critic and historian Richard Schickel (a guarantee of quality and authority), the film is blessed with the participation of Harryhausen himself, comfortable in his role as FX guru and living legend, humorously reflecting on his momentous career while offering a wondrous inspection of the stop-motion models that made him famous. From before his apprenticeship on 1949's Mighty Joe Young to his final masterwork in Clash of the Titans, Harryhausen is honored as an old-school artisan, toiling in solitude to create some of the cinema's most indelible fantasies, one meticulous frame at a time. A compilation of rare film tests and previously unseen footage among the DVD bonus features makes this must-see viewing for Harryhausen devotees of any age. --Jeff ShannonFrom the Back Cover:
In the field of special effects, Ray Harryhausen is a legendary pioneer, having created some of the most fantastic and unforgettable creatures to ever come alive on film. For over a half century he has summoned up, from the depths of our collective unconscious, monsters of myth, fable, and legend, the likes of which had never been seen outside the darkest corners of our dreams. From his breakthrough film, the gentle giant of Mighty Joe Young, to the otherworldly effects of sci-fi classics like It Came from Outer Space, the dazzling Sinbad film series, and Jason and the Argonauts, his extraordinary achievements have redefined the field, entertained us all, and inspired a new generation of filmmakers like George Lucas to create new unseen worlds for everyone to explore. 1997, 60 min.
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