Mighty Joe Young
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Audio Commentary:Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Terry Moore and Ken Ralston
Featurette:A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen and the Chiodo Brothers; Ray Harryhausen and Mighty Joe Young
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Featuring dazzling effects that echo "Kong", "Young" may not have the amazing look of the previous film but the dazzling mix of animation and live action done by Ray Harryhausen under O'Brien's direction looks pretty impressive even today. While the story might be a little slow initially for modern audiences, it has a wonderful pay off and an ending that beats the remake by a mile.
Warner has done a terrific job of transfering "Joe" to DVD. The grain isn't quite as bad as "Kong" (the source material was, no doubt, in better shape)and Warner has restored the color to the fire sequence bringing the film close to its original glory. The commentary track features legendary animator Ray Harryhausen (who did much of the hands on animation), actress Terry Moore and visual effects Ken Ralston discussing the making of the film. There are also a duo of great extras. The Chiodo Brothers animators currently working in the industry interview Harryhausen about the effects work on the film. "Ray Harryhausen and Mighty Joe Young" takes a glimpse back to Harryhausen's work on this pivotal film with O'Brien (and the only film to win O'Brien and his crew an Oscar for visual effects). We also ge the original theatrical trailer as an added bonus.
A classic finally gets the restoration and loving care it deserves.
Since I've been going over the Golden Age of Stop-Motion recently with "7th Voyage of Sinbad", "Jason and the Argonauts", "Clash of the Titans", etc., to see the technique really bloom as it does in this sweet-but-mos-def-not-saccharine tale of a teenage white girl in Africa and the big ape lug she raised fom birth, is rather enlightening. I'm 25 years old, but I was firmly entertained by this effects showcase. It's a good one, I'm telling you.
I'll skim the plot for those who just want the gist: safari nightclub owner travels to Africa, lures Jill and her oversized simian pal Joseph Young to America to perform sideshow acts, human cruelty makes Joe go... apesh-t, Jill and her love interest intercept Joe and speed away back to Africa, but not before a noble pit stop...
No need to compare "Kong" and "Joe": same director, producer, writer, editor, and technical wizard -- Willis O'Brien. A little-known ace up "Joe"'s sleeve, however, is a young-but-bonafide budding genius named one Ray Harryhausen, credited as "First Technician" on the project. His precocious mastery (under O'Brien's supervision) is certainly evident and an all-around wondrous sight to gaze on. The SPFX techniques (rear projection, stop-motion blended with live-action) foreshadows what he would end up polishing in subsequent films, such as "Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers" and "It Came From Beneath The Sea". Joe is given mannerisms, playfulness, and a CHARACTER like "Kong".Read more ›
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Love this movie!!! Great special effects for its time. This is the original movie and it is so much better than its modern day remake. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Carolyn S Johnson
Believe it not but I was 10 years old and had never seen a real fire. The orphanage on fire was so frightening and
after all these years I have not forgotten it. Read more
Slightly better than original King Kong because of real love story, as well as well sibling-type love between girl and ape.Published 2 months ago by DLC
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