An Outstanding Tribute to One of Hollywood's Behind-the-Scenes Greats!
Ever since age 10, the year of 7th VOYAGE Of SINBAD's release, Ray Harryhausen has been my #1 Favorite "Behind the Scenes" Hollywood Hero! 5 of his films are in my DVD Collection, and I've seen almost ALL his works multiple times! He worked on his last film, CLASH OF THE TITANS, in 1982, at age 62.
When 7th VOYAGE was released, I remember looking at the poster and seeing Harryhausen's name listed under, "Special Effects By..." I knew I'd seen his name before, but I couldn't remember where. Within seconds of SINBAD's first scene with Harryhausen's signature "DYNAMATION" (READ: Stop-Motion) Special Effects, I realized he was the genius behind most of my other favorites: 1955-IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA-Giant Octopus tears down Golden Gate Bridge! 1956- EARTH VS.THE FLYING SAUCERS!-Flying Saucers turn our Capital into steaming rubble! 1957-20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH-Venusian Monster grows to gargantuan size, leaves Rome in ruins!
After my first viewing of 7th VOYAGE, every release of a new Harryhausen movie became a MAJOR life-event for me! Between 1958 and my 1959 summer vacation in Colombia, I saw 7th VOYAGE 4 or 5 times in a movie theater. (In those days it was usually 6 to 10 years before films found there way to Broadcast TV!) Leonard Nimoy, one of Harryhausen's legion of fans since his early 20's, when "IT" was released in '55, does a commendable job narrating CHRONICLES.
Oddly, one of this documentary's great strengths proves to be, simultaneously, its biggest weakness! It is refreshing that Harryhausen does a lot of the explaining himself. That's very unusual in a documentary such as this. The problem is that Ray, God Bless him, is really not accustomed nor well-suited to appearing before a camera. He mumbles a bit at times, and his delivery is clearly that of a non-professional, nearing 80!
OVERALL: 9* But Recommended mostly for Special-Effects and/or serious long time Sci-Fi Buffs or to those with an Interest in History of the Cinema!.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!
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