Jason & The Argonauts
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Definitely crying out for a 21st C remake, but only in the hands of sympathetic director with good cinematography. Jason and the Argonauts" is my favorite Harryhausen film (which the bluray looks pretty good) with "First Men in the Moon" coming right behind. Dalton prompts interesting responses from the 90 year-old Harryhausen without pushing or prodding, and Ray seems to be having a very good time. Herrmann's brass and percussion broadside is delivered to all the channels and with clarity and presence. Hearing them excerpted before we get there is just as much a spoiler as giving away major plot points in a trailer.
Blu-ray ALL The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Volume 2: 1961-1964 United Kingdom- Powerhouse Films - No cuts (103:54). If you know anything about these old Harryhausen films, you know that they don't, no matter what you do to the print, or how you transfer it, look anywhere near the standards by which many designate hi-definition. When we first meet Phineas, Patrick Troughton's Harpy-tormented old blind man, the scene, detailing the initial attack and the subsequent introduction between him and Jason and his Argonauts is now daytime.
The documentary includes several interviews, a look at some of his surviving models, rare animation segments, and much more. This is the geek track as Jackson and Cook explore the film's visual motifs, outline fascinating trivia and genuinely pour out their love for the film. British label Indicator/Powerhouse Films has announced that it will add fice new titles to its Blu-ray catalog: Wolf (1994), Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) and The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Volume Two: 1961-1964). The surging surf of the Isle Of Bronze is also brought more vividly to life with some crashing resonance travelling front to back.
The night scenes look much more like night than in any previous incantation save the Criterion laser. The added color detail of Blu-ray brings out hidden character in the main title artwork, and gives the green highlights on Talos' bronze skin more definition.The only real offender is a shot of Medea recovering aboard the Argo, where we can see the Argonauts rowing through the wicker screen behind her. If it weren't for films like Argonauts, and artists like Ray Harryhausen, we wouldn't have films like Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings or Avatar. The wild quest to bring back the prize of the Golden Fleece gets a thumbs-up, mainly because Pelias wants Jason out of the way. Select reviewers may receive discounted products, promotional considerations or entries into drawings for honest, helpful reviews. It is also great the way that these two, who have undergone extensive collaboration together and must these films intimately, manage to keep the track bubbling and interesting for us, too.
You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. After a short loading screen, the disc boots up directly to the menu without any previews or annoying Blu-ray promos. the day for night scenes were a problem on many Columbia Pictures Video released since Home video started. Like the transfer, this is a near-reference restoration and easily the finest presentation Argonauts has ever seen on home video. Extra's have been ported over from the Sony "The Legendary Monster Series" from 2004 but also includes a few new things.It is true that Harryhausen approved the Criterion transfer but it is so long since I've seen it, myself, that I cannot remember how it looked - which only complicates the matter further. But when the film grabs your attention with its epic action set pieces and stylized effects, from stop-motion mastermind Ray Harryhausen, the film is an absolute blast. Both versions have a degree of dubbed dislocation, though nothing too distracting and possibly part of the film's vintage charm, and the mono track even seems to give more of a lift to the dialogue, whereas the lossless surround track makes more of an effort to place it within the soundscape.
As pointed out by the original notice in The Monthly Film Bulletin, King Aeëtes' head retainer raises an eyebrow and answers his liege lord in pure Cockney: "Yew mean the high princess of Heh-caw-tee?
In addition to the corrected appearance of the night scenes, the Criterion laser included a solo Ray Harryhausen commentary track that has not been carried over to any subsequent discs (the Blu-ray contains a new track by Harryhausen. If you are fan of Jason, and of the entire concept that the master stop-motion animator created, then this track is like nectar. One of the stronger parts of the movie is the attractive backdrops featuring real ancient ruins, as 'Jason and the Argonauts' was filmed on location at numerous places in Italy. Harryhausen's original mint-condition 16mm and 35mm film dailies for his entire American career were stashed away as well -- and Jackson is in the process of transferring all of them to 4k video. Dust, dirt (black and white specks) and film scratches on the print have been painstakingly removed as well.