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The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

Kerwin Mathews , Sherry Alberoni  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kerwin Mathews, Sherry Alberoni, Ray Harryhausen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XE5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette
  • "This is Dynamation" featurette
  • "The Harryhausen Chronicles" featurette

Editorial Reviews

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Imaginative special effects by the legendary Ray Harryhausen are the highlights of this adaptation of Jonathan Swift's classic fantasy novel. Kerwin Mathews, who rose to fame after appearing opposite Harryhausen's "Superdynamation" effects in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), stars as the English Dr. Gulliver, whose travels bring him in contact with both the diminutive Lilliputians and the gigantic Brobdingnagians. Director Jack Sher's script (with Arthur Ross) tempers Swift's pointed satire in favor of broader humor, and the musical numbers are decidedly unwelcome, but viewers of all ages will be delighted by the film's spirited action and Bernard Herrmann's rousing score. Harryhausen aficionados may be disappointed by the lack of fantastical creatures on display (though a giant squirrel and alligator are impressive), but his matte work here is nothing short of spectacular. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

Kerwin Matthews, Jo Morrow. Swashbuckling Doctor Gulliver travels to the imaginative lands of Brobdingnag and Lilliput in this adaptation of the Jonathan Swift classic. 1960/color/98 min/NR/fullscreen.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Noncombative answer to screen ratio transfer debate. March 28, 2005
Format:DVD
If you're considering a purchase of this title, but are wary because of the occasional misinformation and confusion regarding the original screen ratio and the preservation of this ratio in the transfer, then don't fret. With no intention of starting a debate, I can comfortably state that the film hasn't been re-formatted to fit your screen (although this is inaccurately stated before the film begins). Concerned that the studio/corporation had balked on an authentic widescreen transfer, I spent more time than I care to admit in pursuit of clues and/or answers without doing any severe film-scholar-like research. Anyway, although you may encounter what appears to be a 16X9 transfer in the U.K. and EU markets, I don't believe that these are any more accurate than the supposed widescreen preview/trailer found on several of the Harryhausen Collection discs. In fact, it's the very preview on "3 Worlds" for "3 Worlds" that solved the riddle. Here's the deal: It's a banded, or barred trailer (wherein the black bars at the top and bottom are actually hiding or covering the picture beneath). Whether this was done for exhibition on a 1:85 to 1 or 16X9 big screen, I can't say, but the visual material in between the bars is composed the same as the "supposedly" cropped transfer. I took a couple of easy-to-find images from the trailer and double-checked them by using the chapter search. Anyway, you don't want the widescreen version of "3 Worlds" anymore than you want a widescreen version of "Shane." It simply isn't the screen ratio in which these films were shot. If you think I'm wrong, then please check for yourself. Screen composition and visuals are only being compromised in the artificially "wide" versions. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AND HOW DO YOU CRACK YOUR EGGS June 19, 2004
Format:DVD
Jonathan Swift's satirical novel is given the Ray Harryhausen treatment, and though most of the satire is lost, there still remains echoes of it. For instance, the war the Lilliputians are involved in revolves around the best way to crack open your eggs...from the top or the bottom? And of course in Brobdingnag, any unusual behavior is attached to witchcraft..sound familiar?
At any rate, this is one of the least visually impressive of Harryhausen's works, mainly because the script didn't call for a lot of the trademark stop action effects. The squirrel and alligator are impressive, but don't come near any of the other creatures Harryhausen so brilliantly created. For a 1960 film, however, the effects are impressive.
Kerwin Mathews, who gained his stardom with THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JACK THE GIANT KILLER is sort of a British John Gavin. His dashing good looks and charming accent made him an ideal catch for the idealist Gulliver. Jo Morrow (the original 13 Ghosts) played Gwendolyn, and June Thorburn (Tom Thumb) was Gulliver's Elizabeth. The talented character actor Gregoire Aslan was a perfectly foppish Emperor, and Lee Patterson (Tv'S Surfside 6) a gallant prime minister.
While not a bad film by any means, GULLIVER just doesn't have the overwhelming magic of previous Harryhausen efforts. But it is entertaining and I think kids will like it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE GENIUS OF HARRYHAUSEN July 9, 2002
Format:DVD
"THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES" focuses on the art of Ray Harryhausen. This affectionate and classy documentary is a perfect companion title to the feature "20 Million Miles to Earth." Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and written, produced and directed by Richard Schickel, Time magazine's film critic and film historian, this entertaining celebration of Harryhausen's singular cinematic legacy features numerous film clips and observations by George Lucas and others whose lives were impacted by his films. Harryhausen says the "essence of fantasy is the transfer of reality into the imagination." Certainly his remarkable stop-motion sequences have entertained generations and haunted memories. Schickel says it best with an observation spoken by Nimoy: "In this moment of mechanized imagination, this unforgettable work recalls for us the value of the open and wondering eye and the informed and compassionate heart."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary bad idea as separate release February 1, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Sad that so many people rated this as one star since in fact the chronicles are interesting and well done. Why the studio decided to release this on a separate DVD when it is all ready on most Ray Harryhausen DVD movies released is odd. Suffice it to say the chronicles are well worth seeing. If you want them just buy a great Harryhausen movie like "Jason and the Argonauts" or "Mysterious Island" on DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Film On Another Awesome DVD. June 12, 2003
Format:DVD
Like most of Ray Harryhausen's films, THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER is not a film to watch for plotting and drama. The acting is overall mediocre (the girl who plays Glumdalclitch is terrible), and the plot removes much of Swift's satirical touches that made his book so damn ingenius. It is a movie to simply entertain you, and it succeeds excellently at that. Like the reviews on the cover and booklet included in the DVD state, the two most notable features of the film are the music and special effects. Bernard Herrmann's whimsical score is one of his best, and you'll find yourself whistling the melodies for weeks afterwards. And, of course, there are the special effects; they are nothing short of astonishing. This was 1960, people, and they totally outdo some of the ... CGI plaguing the cinema these days! Diehard Harryhausen fans may be disappointed with the fact that the film is almost devoid of any stop-motion effects. However, what IS present (during the two scenes with the giant squirrel and alligator) is extremely impressive. The main effects in the film are those of miniscule and giant people, and they're some of the best special effects I've ever seen.
THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER is part of Columbia Pictures' "Ray Harryhausen Signature Collection", and like all other titles, the first-rate documentary "The Ray Harryhausen Chronicles" and the featurette "This Is Dynamation" are both included. As well, the film has digitally mastered audio and video, the latter of which has been remastered in high definition and looks brand-new.
No Ray Harryhausen DVD collection would be complete without THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER, a rollicking good time complete with first-rate music and special effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This is a very good movie a little less action packed then the movies out there but still a very good movie
Published 28 days ago by sm
5.0 out of 5 stars The original
This is the original that is fun for kids not like the Jack Black movie. Great classic kids will like it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M722
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE NEW
LIKE NEW . Thank's for the Great tape . I his is like new. I have enjoyed it and will for manny years to come.
Published 4 months ago by arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars steal good
steal liked it after so many years so have a nice day Thank You L.W. so long to you by
Published 4 months ago by Lewis Sprague
3.0 out of 5 stars Loredo's review
This movie was ok,I like the cartoon version better but this movie was ok to watch,but I just prefer the cartoon
Published 7 months ago by Loredo 84
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to get a charming "Harryhausen" movie for much less money then...
I remember watching 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER on tv in my childhood and this movie was released in 1960, my birth year! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonhayashi1
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
IT IS JUST AS GOOD NOW AT IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT! I LOVE THE EXITEMENT AND THE ACTION!
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the old great stories thank you amazon for digitising it
its one of my favourite titles i enjoy the stories of gulliver it bring me back to my childhood very well converted
Published 10 months ago by benigo t toda III
5.0 out of 5 stars The 3 Worlds of Gulliver [DVD]
Ray is back to his form,you have got to see the Swashbuckling doctor and the out of this World FX! Harryhausen films have a life of there own. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sidney
4.0 out of 5 stars "He's a curse disguised as a blessing."
Who doesn't like a bit of whimsy now and then?

Yes, this movie is overly cute and the ending is a bit of a cheat, and no it's not that faithful to Jonathan Swift's book... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Einsatz
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