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Jason and the Argonauts
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1963
Comments:
Director: Don Chaffey
Screenplay: Apollonios Rhodios, Beverley Cross, Jan Read
Producer: Charles H. Schneer, Ray Harryhausen
Cast: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 104
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Jul 1998 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$14.94]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  Arguably the most intelligently written film to feature the masterful stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, "Jason and the Argonauts" is a colorful adventure that takes full advantage of Harryhausen's "Dynarama" process. Inspired by the Greek myth, the story begins when the fearless explorer Jason (Todd Armstrong) returns to the kingdom of Thessaly to make his rightful claim to the throne, but the gods proclaim that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. Consulting Hera, the queen of gods, Jason recruits the brave Argonauts to crew his ship, and they embark on their eventful journey. Along the way they encounter a variety of mythic creatures, including the 100-foot bronze god Talos, the batlike Harpies, the seven-headed reptilian Hydra, and an army of skeletons wielding sword and shield. This last sequence remains one of the finest that Harryhausen ever created, and it's still as thrilling as anything from the age of digital special effects. Harryhausen was the true auteur of his fantasy films, and his brilliant animation evokes a timeless sense of wonder. "Jason and the Argonauts" is a prime showcase for Harryhausen's talent--a wondrous product of pure imagination and filmmaking ingenuity. "--Jeff Shannon"


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