Know I’m preaching to the choir here about the sheer awesomeness and importance that work of Ray Harryhausen possessed. I don’t need to remind you, the good readers of SJP, about how he painstakingly worked to create his treasures. Harryhausen, to me, is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The level of skill teamed with imagination and work-ethic is inspiring.
This 2011 documentary, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, is by far the definitive record of his work. Not only do you hear from him, and the people who worked with him, but the people he inspired. They say imitation is the greatest flattery, well when it’s the likes of John Landis, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro imitating you it’s even more special. Each of the legendary filmmakers is interviewed and recall their fondest Harryhausen memories.
Landis, Werewolves of London, was especially close to the special effect titan having worked with him on several projects including the Harryhausen Museum archive.
I’ve watched this documentary several times now, and each time it holds my interest. Sinbad, Jason, BC are all annual watching experiences in my house.
MVD did a solid job with the Blu-Ray transfer also and has some nice bonus features. Every lover of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Unknown should own this.