The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
- Two Commemorative 50th-Anniversary Documentaries: The Rhedosaurs and the Roller Coaster: Making The Beast and Harryhausen & Bradbury: An Unfathomable Friendship
- Languages: English and French
- Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 21, 2003
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Mono - English
- Mono - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: "The Rhedosaurus and the Roller Coaster: Making the Beast"
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway & Kenneth Tobey|
|Performer:||Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef, Ross Elliott, Steve Brodie, Jack Pennick, Frank Ferguson & King Donovan|
|Directed by||Eugène Lourié|
|Edited by||Bernard W. Burton|
|Screenplay by||Lou Morheim & Fred Freiburger|
|Composition by||David Buttolph|
|Cinematography by||John L. Russell|
|Story by||Ray Bradbury|
|Produced by||Jack Dietz|
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a film of firsts. It spawned a new era of atomic-age creature features. It was the first screen adaptation of a work by fantasy fiction titan Ray Bradbury. And it marked the first time Ray Harryhausen had total control over special effects. he came up with a fantastic creature (constructed at full scale, all 50 tons of it) that swims down from the north to run amok through New York City before being conquered in a spectacular Coney Island roller-coaster finale. Take a classic ride. Unleash The Beast.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 136 ratings.
There's not much that needs saying. The climatic battle at the amusement park is a little weird in its premise and meloncholy on its end. The creature is well-done, as are all of harryhausen's creations. I like the blood-borne disease that is used as an excuse for why the military can't blast the beast with conventional weaponry, rather than the more common "immune to all weapons except this thing a scientist cooked up in less than 45 minutes" explanation.
Kudos to Ray Harryhausen - he really pulled this one off tremendously well; I was only about 6 years old when I first saw this flick and it scared the bejabbers out of me - lots of subsequent nightmares and looking out of my window where I lived on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City almost swearing I saw this ugly beast peeking over the rooftops across the way waiting to get me! That scene when he picks up and eats the NYC Cop is still burned in my childhood's memory!
Anyhow, this was quite an effort in those days to come up with a really good flick with some really good special effects for those days. BTW, this movie was based on a short story by the Grandaddy of 20th Century Sci-fi; Ray Bradbury. It also was sort of a "wake up call" regarding the possible effects of nuclear testing. Get a big bag of popcorn and a large soda of your favorite flavor - and watch this movie!!!!