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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Kenneth Tobey , Faith Domergue , Richard Schickel , Robert Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith, Dean Maddox Jr.
  • Directors: Richard Schickel, Robert Gordon
  • Writers: Richard Schickel, George Worthing Yates, Harold Jacob Smith
  • Producers: Anna Sofroniou, Charles H. Schneer, Douglas Freeman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures/Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OM1X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Came from Beneath the Sea" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Harryhausen Chronicles" documentary
  • "This Is Dynamation" featurette

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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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A giant stop-motion-animated octopus (with six arms) attacks San Francisco. A pair of scientists and a nuclear sub captain try to stop it before it tears down the Golden Gate Bridge. Stunning special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I left my tentacles in San Francisco. April 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Good Grade B '50s sci-fi flick. An atomic size octopus from the deepest realms of the Pacific threatens the world. Seeking adequate levels of food supply, not excluding humans, the creature attacks San Francisco. The real star of this movie is the razzle-dazzle special effects of Ray Harryhausen. The quality of the stop-motion animation exceeds the constraints of the B&W photography and the modest budget. The first part of the film tells of the mysterious ship sinking and other unexplained marine mayhem caused by the great sea beast. Navy Captain Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and two expert marine-biologists, John Carter (Donald Curtis) and Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue), work around the clock tracking down clues to identify the source of the mysterious events at sea. The simple plot moves right along and doesn't waste time. As seems obligatory in many '50s sci-fi flicks, the heroes endure the "I'm telling you, there's a monster!" phase followed by the "Yeah, right!" response from the authorities. Happily, that particular cliche is kept to a minimum. Things really start to go snap, crackle, and pop as the monstrous octopus tries to pull itself up on the Golden Gate Bridge. And check out the giant eye that opens as the submarine approaches the submerged creature in the San Francisco harbor. This is solid Saturday afternoon at the movies fun for 12 year-olds of all ages. They really don't make them like this anymore.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie December 30, 2004
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My Dad was a young and handsome Naval submarine officer stationed in San Francisco at the time the movie was being made, and he was asked to play the part of the executive officer, Lt. Griff. It was his one and only movie. My family and I got to visit the set and meet the stars, including the real octopus. (Very small).

Dad was presented with an electric dishwasher as a gift for his part in the film since the Navy would not let him accept money and my mother felt we really needed a dishwasher. My brother and I were in elementary school when the movie finally made it to the local theater in Kailua, Oahu two years later and we got to see out dad's name up on the big screen. None of the other children sitting in the audience for that Saturday matinee believed us. The movie is still a hit at Griffiths family reunions. Dad is now 82, and retired from the Navy with the rank of Vice Admiral.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of primordial depths to destroy the world! March 17, 2004
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Legendary producer Charles H. Schneer, the man behind such films as Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Clash of the Titans (1981), and technical effects master Ray Harryhausen (back in the day they were called technical effects, not special effects), the man behind the eye popping effects of all the movies listed above, comes It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955), a rousing tale of scary sea beast from the greatest depths of the ocean floor rising to satisfy its' insatiable hunger on us tasty humans. The film stars Tobey Keith, who many may remember from the quintessential sci-fi thriller The Thing From Another World (1951) and Faith Domergue from This Island Earth (1955) as Cmdr. Pete Mathews and Professor Lesley Joyce, respectively.

The movie opens on the maiden voyage, or shake down cruise, of the United States newest, most advanced, and spiffiest atomic submarine, with Cmdr. Pete Mathews in charge. Things seem to be going well, that is, until a large object is appears on the ping ping machine, sonar I think they called it, making a beeline for the sub. What is it? What could it be? If you've seen the front of the DVD case, then you probably know it's a giant octopus, so I don't feel I am giving anything away here. Why does a giant octopus attack the submarine? It's actually explained pretty well further into the movie, so I will leave it to that. After some tactical maneuvering, the submarine gets free with the crew unable to determine what actually happened. Once in port for repairs, a huge piece of organic material is found caught in the flaps or something of the submarine, and some specialists are called in to investigate.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I had never seen the film until this past week when I picked it up at a local Borders store for $15. To tell you the truth, I had some high hopes for the films, but like most monster films of the era, the monster's time was limited and short. So I wasn't expecting too much.
The film starts out pretty slow with Ken Tobey and his sub crew trying to figure out what they got themselves caught up in (the octopus).
The human parts of the film are like any other monster film where a man falls in love with a beautiful woman and they love each other in the end. The acting is pretty decent but seems to drag on for FAR too long! Plus the monster scenes were much shorter in this one compared to other Harryhausen films which was disappointing.
Overall, the film does deliver and is an enjoyment. But the overdone human drama and very few scenes of the octopus make this movie somewhat dull. A good film, but not one of Harryhausen's best as far as entertainment value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Came Shorted of Tentacles
A monster from the sea trashes San Francisco. In a 1950's Sci-Fi/Horror movie. The latest reboot of Godzilla (trashing San Francisco) has got nothing on It Came From Beneath the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars It Came from Beneath the Sea - DVD
Product arrived on time and in excellent condition. Have not had a chance to view this DVD yet so I am not able to make an accurate opinion on the content of this DVD or how well... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jimmy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Ken Tobey
Kenneth Tobey was, in my opinion, one of those greatly under appreciated Hollywood talents who contributed so much to the industry. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Harvey G. Linkous
5.0 out of 5 stars It Came from Beneath the Sea
Great 1950's monster movie. Done is a semi-documentary way. A giant octopus creates havoc in the Pacific, finally attacking San Francisco and destroying the Golden Gate Bridge. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Celia DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Ray Harryhausen science fiction film and a great DVD!
The acting is O.K. and this film does have its moments (an octopus wraps itself around the Golden Gate Bridge). Read more
Published 4 months ago by CinemaBookGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars It came from beneath Th Sea
I love all the science fiction movies. I try to collect them all. This one of my favorites. Than You!
Published 4 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great movie. Perfect casting, good plot and story execution. A nice window into another time with today's issues. Time well spent.
Published 6 months ago by Hyperjump
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea monster
Great 1950's sci fi film .It was one of my favorites.Now I can enjoy it with my grand kids.jcb. Thanks
Published 6 months ago by Cutter jack
5.0 out of 5 stars monsters
Love old movies, watched this when I was younger and have always loved to watch these movies at night. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cherbear1
2.0 out of 5 stars Tentacle Row
Disappointing underwater sci-fi with too much exposition and not enough monster mayhem. Executive producer Sam Katzman's budgetary restraints didn't help matters. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
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