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 Posted:   Oct 28, 2012 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)


 Posted:   Oct 28, 2012 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Imagine the patience it takes to do what he does, particularly when you consider he worked alone for the most part. He also frequently commented how much he appreciated the music scores in his films.

My favorite Harryhausen films....

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Mysterious Island
Jason and the Argonauts
Clash of the Titans

I have these films in my DVD collection and own the wonderful scores as well.

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2012 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Think of the artistry of the animators back then. They had to act out the body language in their minds and transform that into movement one frame at a time. Today it's all motion capture, basically digital tracing.

 Posted:   Oct 28, 2012 - 6:48 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

He is an artist and scientist all in one package. One cannot bring the things he created to life without knowing how it all would work on the inside.

This world is going to be IMMEASURABLY poorer once he leaves it.

It still brings a big grin to my face to remember an afternoon a few years back. The late Missus and her cousin were in the back yard with their goblets of vino while I and the cousin's husband were in the living room watching a Harryhausen flick. Gwangi, I think. We were not even looking at each other when we both started to applaud AT PRECISELY THE SAME MOMENT! We turned to each other, stunned, and both laughed until there were tears in our eyes.

The girls just never understood...
big grin

 Posted:   Oct 29, 2012 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

My 4 year-old granddaughter's favorite film (since she was 2), is VALLEY OF GWANGI. I have no clue, why? I wish his films fared better on home video. They all required true remastering, and it hasn't happened. I still love his films and his creatures.

 Posted:   Oct 29, 2012 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

My favorite: 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS. My mother took me to see them when they were a double feature....remember those?

When I bought the Harryhausen/Sony dvd set, it came with a free Ymir figure.

 Posted:   Oct 29, 2012 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

The Original Fantastic Senses of Wonder Department:

Sequences like these were the authentic representation of that sorely-abused and travestied
contemporary dumbed-down exclamation "AWESOME" ...

We'd also say his grand contribution to the Schneer-Harryhausen
films were as seminally indispensable as any of his Hitchcock -

or other more 'historically' - famed scores.

 Posted:   Oct 29, 2012 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS is, simply, one of the greatest motion pictures, ever made.

 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 6:27 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Ray is a national treasure.

 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I was a big fan in the early 60's when no one seemed to know him. I read about him in that great old mag, Famous Monsters Of Filmland. And of course the movies were always an event. People go on about the animation, but I think it's his design & taste that really set him apart. Talos coming to life by just a turn of the head, passively looking down on the humans. There's only two of his films I really like now, Mysterious Island & Jason & the Argonauts, & happily have both looking really good on Blu-ray.

 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   sprocket   (Member)


 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Harryhausen always referred to his creations in his film "Creatures", NEVER "Monsters".

 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   SilentRunning   (Member)

Naw these were the scenes that mesmerized my mind at the age of five. Never was there a Cyclops like this and it's NEVER been bested by ANYONE. Just look at the subtle movements and expressions. A Masterpiece!

 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

ABSOLUTMUNDO, Seer Si ... which is why it's (he - ol' captivatin' Cy - is far and away our favorite
(as is the film) from childhood till now and ever after of Master Harryhausen's magnificent visions ...

 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

(With apologies to Neo for going slightly OT....)

I really like what this guy has been doing:

However, I wouldn't want it applied to everything if it meant the originals were no longer available.

 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

Nice threat Neo.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the great man at a UK press show of CLASH OF THE TITANS.

 Posted:   Oct 31, 2012 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Wunderbar, Mu ...

was it published and, if so, where can one peruse it?

 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

(With apologies to Neo for going slightly OT....)

I really like what this guy has been doing:

However, I wouldn't want it applied to everything if it meant the originals were no longer available.

I'm not enough of a geek to have a clue about what I just watched.

 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Well, as I understand it, this gentleman created software which, when applied to the chosen elements onscreen, will add motion blur to the animation. It smooths out the herky-jerky quality that stop-motion cannot help but have. The effect is VERY subtle, but it's there if your eye is really looking at it.

 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

smile We'll haveta take your word for it, Ock, 'cause - on this one confused - we're with PhillyJay ...

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