20 Million Miles to Earth: 50th Anniversary Edition becomes the first classic monster film, as well as the first stop-motion animation classic and the first film by the legendary Ray Harryhausen to debut in the Blu-ray High-Def format when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the fan favorite on December 4. In addition to the pristine, digitally-restored black & white original, the classic film will now be available in a recently colorized version personally supervised by Harryhausen. Bonus features include audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen with visual effects artists Dennis Muren (War of the Worlds) and Phil Tippett (RoboCop, Starship Troopers).
The Blu-ray High-Def disc will be available for $28.95 SRP. Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, the highly-imaginative and incredibly detailed work by Ray Harryhausen in his legendary films continues to hold audiences spellbound. A disciple of stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien (King Kong), Harryhausen adapted the techniques O'Brien developed and created his own genre of film from the 1950s to the 1980s utilizing his own stop-motion process eventually identified as "Dynamation." His memorable films include The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953), It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years, B.C. (1966), The Valley of Gwangi (1969), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974), and Clash of the Titans (1981). His amazing body of work continues to inspire many of today's special effects wizards.
Upon its return from a mission to Venus, an American spaceship crash-lands in the sea near Sicily. The rescue party discovers that the astronauts have brought back a curious gelatinous mass that soon hatches and evolves into a strange bi-ped creature which increases in size rapidly. While being subjected to laboratory experimentation, the creature, now 20 feet tall, escapes its confines, goes on a destructive rampage through Rome, battles a zoo elephant and swims in the Tiber. It eventually takes refuge in the Colosseum, where the film's pyrotechnic finale occurs during a climactic showdown with the military.
- Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett
- Audio: English
- Subtitles: English