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It Came From Beneath the Sea (Color Special Edition)

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It Came From Beneath the Sea was the first collaboration between special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. Directed by Robert Gordon (Tarzan and The Jungle Boy), the newly colorized film, depicting a giant octopus attacking San Francisco, stars Kenneth Tobey (The Thing From Another World), Faith Domergue (This Island Earth), Donald Curtis (Earth vs. The Flying Saucers) and Ian Keith (The Ten Commandments).

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Arnold Kunert, Randy Cook and John Bruno
  • Featurette: Ray Harryhausen on It Came From Beneath The Sea
  • Video Photo Galleries
  • Featurette: Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen
  • A Video Discussion of It Came From Beneath The Sea’s 1955 marketing and advertising campaign by producer Arnold Kunert
  • Featurette: David Schecter on Film Music’s Unsung Hero
  • Featurette: A Present Day Look at Stop-Motion
  • Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book It Came from Beneath the Sea…Again!

Product Details

  • Actors: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith, Dean Maddox Jr.
  • Directors: Robert Gordon
  • Writers: George Worthing Yates, Harold Jacob Smith
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer, Sam Katzman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Black & White
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y2Q9J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Came From Beneath the Sea (Color Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Leslie B. Franson on 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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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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If you are Pete Mathews, you are the commander of a nuclear submarine. While out on patrol, sonar picks up an object trailing your sub. To evade it, you dive but then the sub becomes ensnared on the bottom; fortunately, you break free. Later, an inspection of the sub's exterior finds a highly radioactive mass stuck to its surface. You order the substance to be sealed in a box and taken to a lab in Hawaii. Two prominent marine biologist are brought in to determine what "it" is. To be safe, you and the two scientists wear protective suits while examining the specimen. But when Dr. Joyce removes her radiation suit, you are dazzled by the flash of her sultry dark eyes and momentarily forget about the specimen . . . .

If you are Dr. Leslie Joyce you find the specimen interesting but you've got other duties back at the institute. Besides, Dr. Carter is tops in his field; he can handle the analysis without you. You doff your radiation suit and catch sight of Commander Mathews - a good-looking man. Your interest in him is quickly extinguished, when this man has the audacity to order you to stay! You grudgingly agree and join Carter in the weeks long testing to discover what "it" is . . . .

If you are "it", you have been driven from your home in the dark ocean depths. You were happy there, but then some time ago a strange thing happened: your world shook with a long slow rumble and ever since nothing has been the same; time to move on. You jet up and up to where the light filters down from above. You reach up into that light and suddenly you feel no resistance, your arm feels oddly heavy.
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The 1950's decade saw an explosion in cinemas of every kind of tentacled, or oversized creature taking out its vengeance on mankind for its thoughtless handling of atomic testing and the environment. In the process of creating these fantastic creatures the legendary career of special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen came into its own. Long before computers dominated the special effects industry and worked their miracles with the press of a button this gifted craftsman created some of the most stunning special effects and creatures that have ever been seen in science fiction. Even today most of his work holds up well with some of his more memorable creations being his splendid creatures in such classics as "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", and "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms". In "It Came From Beneath the Sea" this genius tackles another sort of sea creature on the rampage in the form of a giant Octopus which has been dislodged from its habitat in the depths of the Pacific Ocean by H-Bomb testing. While "It Came From Beneath the Sea", suffered from a smaller budget than Harryhausen was used to and is today considered one of his lesser efforts there is still much classic animation work and drama to admire. Certainly for all science fiction buffs like myself it is easy to see that the creatures attack on the Golden Gate Bridge and the port area of San Francisco in the stories thrilling climax contains some of the most memorable sci fi imagery from the entire decade and these scenes have rightly gone down into science fiction folklore.

The action starts ona seemingly routine submarine mission headed by Commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey), in the Pacific which encounters a strange blip on the sonar which ends up colliding with the submarine.
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