Arrow Video, with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will have both DVD and Blu-ray editions of documentary filmmaker Gilles Penso’s Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan available for cinema fans to enjoy on June 28 (which is one day before his birthday — born June 29, 1920)!
The undisputed king of special effects during the 1950s and 1960s was the late Ray Harryhausen. He had learned his craft from the best technicians of the day, including Willis H. O'Brien and George Pal, and began his legendary run of film successes in 1953 with The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
Over the next two decades he would deliver such cinematic visions with his work in such films as Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
But more than just the films themselves, his work inspired and influenced two generations of filmmakers — many of which are interviewed and featured in Penso’s presentation of Harryhausen’s amazing — and innovative — career.
Included in the mix are the likes of James Cameron, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam and Peter Jackson.
Bonus goodies include 12 additional interviews (outtakes), deleted scenes, a featurette titled “On the Set of Sinbad,” a pair of Q&A sessions and a trailer reel.