Ray Harryhausen is perhaps my most favorite special visual effects creator. He has created some of the greatest stop motion animations, and monster works of all time. A true artist of great makings and his incredible work will most definitely live on for years to come.
Santa was kind this year. I found some great Ray Harryhausen flicks in my stocking.
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger for DVD, features Minoton, Troglodyte, saber toothed tiger, ghouls, and a great adventure story. A true classic. A definite must have for inclusion to a movie collection of any fantasy adventure fanatic. I absolutely love this film. Hopefully someday it can be re-released on bluray as it has long since sold out and is no longer available online at reasonable prices. You can still pick it up on DVD at a decent price. The full movie used to be on youtube for free but no longer. The video below is a clip of the film where the tiger fights the troglodyte and is one of my favorite Ray Harryhausen animation scenes.
Other fantastic films found in my stocking that deserve a good watching…
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad for Bluray
and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad for DVD.
Edit – (after watching the 7th Voyage of Sinbad + The Golden Voyage of Sinbad + Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger + Jason and the Argonaut’s + Clash of the Titans [original 1981 Ray Harryhausen version], I feel that the film that has the best plot and the most re-watch-ability is “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad”. It’s plot and characters are the most developed and interesting. I find myself routing for both the good guys and the bad guys equally, plus it has excellent animation, and the best acting of all the films mentioned above, but all of the mentioned films are spectacular and deserved to be watched. The level of creativity in the animation techniques, plus all of the adventure, and awesomeness of these films is something that you just won’t find in films being produced nowadays. These old films are fantastically mindblowing, really. Watch them!