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A Columbia 50's Monster Flick in Color at Last!
on February 25, 2008
Excellent DVD for Harryhausen fans, monster geeks and film historians that treats us to a great example of how far colorization technology has come since its introduction years ago, and not on a washed-out public domain title. Supervised by R.H. himself - as are 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and EARTH VS. FLYING SAUCERS - IT CAME benefits from a more interesting and LIVING color spectrum for its monster, instead of the constant, solid green of the Ymir in the new version of 20 MILLION. The Golden Gate bridge sequence looks especially good, with the hues of the tentacles contrasted with the red of the bridge, as well as the water tones. Another terrific highlight is the flamethrowers vs. the octopus scene, which again, really sparks in its colorized form. A few of the optical mattes are more noticeable in the color transfer, but there is always the beautiful, crisp black and white version to go back to. Both are included in this package, and you can even toggle between the two for comparisons. The extras are solid, with R.H. revealing more details about this film than he has previously. IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA has always been a 50's monster staple, thanks to its wonderfully animated star (and Ken Tobey!), and with this new, finely rendered color version it looks better than ever.