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zz004d| It Came from Beneath the Sea
Director: Richard Schickel, Robert Gordon
Screenplay: Richard Schickel, George Worthing Yates, Hal Smith
Producer: Charles H. Schneer, Anna Sofroniou, Douglas Freeman
Cast: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Leonard Nimoy, Ray Bradbury, Tom Hanks
Genre: Horror

Running Time: 78
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 NR
DVD Release:  May 2003 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.94]
Reviews:  Two years after unleashing "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" upon New York City, master special-effects creator Ray Harryhausen turned loose a giant (albeit six-armed) octopus on San Francisco, and the result is another enjoyable atom-age adventure that should please fans of vintage science fiction. Kenneth Tobey, who battled "The Thing (From Another World)" in 1951, stars as a Navy captain who pursues a monstrous octopoid (sextapoid?) after it attacks his atomic sub. After it wreaks havoc with shipping lanes, he tracks the creature to San Francisco for a final showdown. Scripting by George Worthing Yates ("Them!") and Hal Smith and direction by Robert Gordon are perfunctory at best, which gives the always-reliable Tobey and co-star Faith Domergue little to do, but this is Harryhausen's show, and his monster, though budgetarily restrained, is still impressive. Younger audiences weaned on digital FX may find this creaky, but nostalgic viewers will enjoy its simple thrills. "--Paul Gaita"

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