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t| 20 Million Miles to Earth
Director: Nathan Juran, Richard Schickel
Screenplay: Richard Schickel, Charlotte Knight, Christopher Knopf, Robert Creighton Williams
Producer: Anna Sofroniou, Charles H. Schneer
Cast: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Thomas Browne Henry, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba
Genre: Horror

Running Time: 82
Aspect Ratio:  1.66:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 NR
DVD Release:  Jun 2002 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Special-effects legend Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion talents and "Dynamation" (rear-projection) process are the highlights of the '50s-era creature feature "20 Million Miles to Earth". An American spaceship returns to Earth after a mission to Venus and crashes into the sea near Sicily. A sole survivor (William Hopper) is rescued, along with a specimen that quickly grows into a reptilian biped called the Ymir. The being eventually grows to 20 feet high and escapes its confines, whereupon it rampages through Rome before a showdown with the military. Despite lacking much of a personality, the Ymir is a marvelous showcase for Harryhausen's skills. Unfortunately, the rest of the film does not match his level of excellence; direction by Nathan Juran is perfunctory (his later collaborations with Harryhausen, including "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", are more lively), and performances and scripting are flat. Still, Harryhausen fans should enjoy this opportunity to see this phase of his career before he created his most enduring works. "--Paul Gaita"

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