BLU-Ray NEWS: The Great Ray Harryhausen Gets His Blu-ray Due!

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The legendary Ray Harryhausen is finally getting his due this week when Sony releases the Ray Harryhausen collection on Blu-ray. This collection includes the Sci-Fi classics – "It Came From Beneath the Sea," "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers," "20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition," and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad".  This should give any self respecting some good geek gasms and it’s all in beautifully restored HD.  Each disk is chock full of features and includes audio commentaries from Ray himself.  Check out the full press release, features and some clippage after the break. 

THE RAY HARRYHAUSEN BLU-RAY™ GIFT SET, containing the classic titles "It Came From Beneath the Sea," "Earth vs. The Flying Saucers," "20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition," and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" arrives in color as a Blu-ray™ High-Def four-pack October 7th!
Watch clips from THE RAY HARRYHAUSEN BLU-RAY™ GIFT SET:

Ray Harryhausen Blu-Ray Gift Set Trailer
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SYNOPSES:

SYNOPSIS FOR 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION:

Upon its return from a mission to Venus, an American spaceship crash lands in the sea near Sicily. The rescue party discovers that the astronauts have brought back a curious gelatinous mass that soon hatches and evolves into a strange bi-ped creature which rapidly increases in size.  While being subjected to laboratory experimentation, the creature, now 20 feet tall, escapes its confines, goes on a destructive rampage through Rome, battles a zoo elephant and swims in the Tiber.  It eventually takes refuge in the Colosseum, where the film’s pyrotechnic finale occurs during a climactic showdown with the military.

Film Clip – 20 Million Miles to Earth: The Creature Hatches

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SPECIAL FEATURES FOR 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION:

Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, and producer Arnold Kunert

Featurettes:
– Remembering 20 Million Miles to Earth
– The Colorization Process
– Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
– Original Ad Artwork: A video montage and discussion of the original marketing and advertising campaigns by Arnold Kunert
– Interview with Joan Taylor
– David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero

Video Photo Galleries

Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book 20 Million Miles More

SYNOPSIS FOR IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA:
A giant stop-motion-animated octopus attacks San Francisco. A pair of scientists and a nuclear sub captain try to stop the monster before it tears down the Golden Gate Bridge.

Special Features – Remembering It Came From Beneath The Sea: Like A Documentary

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SPECIAL FEATURES FOR IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA:
Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Randall William Cook and John Bruno, and producer Arnold Kunert

Featurettes:
– Remembering It Came From Beneath The Sea
– Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
– David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
– A Present-Day Look at Stop-Motion

Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book It Came from Beneath the Sea…Again!
Video Photo Galleries
Original Ad Artwork: A video montage and discussion of the original marketing and advertising campaigns by Arnold Kunert

SYNOPSIS FOR EARTH VERSUS THE FLYING SAUCERS:
Dr. Russell Marvin heads up Operation Skyhook, which is tasked with sending rockets into the upper atmosphere to probe for future space flights. Unfortunately, all the rockets are somehow disappearing. While investigating this strange occurrence, Russell and his new wife Carol are abducted in a flying saucer. The aliens claim to be from a distant solar system and demand to meet with certain people in order to negotiate. But it was a trick; the aliens only wanted to kill them. The invasion has begun and if Russell and Carol can’t find a way to get past their defenses and stop these creatures, it may be the end of the human race.

Special Features – Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers Ray Harryhausen Artwork: Flying Saucers
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http://www.sonypictures.com/sphe/ray_harryhausen/flyingsaucer.mov

SPECIAL FEATURES FOR EARTH VERSUS THE FLYING SAUCERS:
Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Jeffrey Okun and Ken Ralston and producer Arnold Kunert

Featurettes:
– Remembering Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
– A Present-Day Look at Stop-Motion
– Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
– Interview with Joan Taylor
– David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
– Featurette: The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon
Still and Production Art Gallery
Digital Sneak Peek at Flying Saucers vs. the Earth Comic Book
Video Photo Galleries
Original Ad Artwork: A video montage and discussion of the original marketing and advertising campaigns by Arnold Kunert
SYNOPSIS FOR THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
This colorful adventure is the screen version of one of the classic tales from “1001 Arabian Nights.” It tells the story of Sinbad (Kerwin Mathews) and Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant).  When they unexpectedly stop on the island of Colossa on their way to Baghdad, they find themselves battling all types of dangers, such as evil magicians, a man-eating Cyclops, a fire-breathing dragon, and a sword-wielding skeleton.

Remembering 7th Voyage – Finally Got The Film Made

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Advertising Song

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THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION – SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, visual effects experts Phil Tippett and Randall William Cook, author Steven Smith and producer Arnold Kunert

Featurettes:
– Remembering The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
– The Harryhausen Legacy
– The Music of Bernard Herrmann
– A Look Behind the Voyage (includes interview footage)
– This is Dynamation (Special Effects)
– Ray Harryhausen Interview by Director John Landis

Music Video: Sinbad May Have Been Bad, But He’s Been Good To Me
Photo Gallery
RATING: All Titles are NOT RATED

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