Ray Harryhausen was a special effects titan, so it’s no wonder the new MVD Entertainment Group DVD is entitled “Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan”, whose focus is the remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur. Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary arrives June 28.
Leaving no doubt as to 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 and Steven Spielberg.
These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, 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”—the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.
The DVD is loaded with bonus materials including interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker; 12 interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park; deleted scenes; “On the Set of Sinbad:” Paris Cinematheque Q&A;
London Gate Theater Q&A; audio commentary with the filmmakers; original trailer and Ray Harryhausen trailer reel.