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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jason and the Argonauts Blu-Ray Review

Jason and the Argonauts Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Fantastic special effects by Ray Harryhausen and exciting mythological adventure make this a film that is fun for everyone. It's the story of Jason (Todd Armstrong), a fearless sailor and explorer, who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so, Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece. He selects a crew and with the help of Hera, Queen of the Gods, sets sail in search of the Fleece. Jason and his crew must overcome incredible obstacles including a 100-foot bronze giant, the venomous Hydraa huge creature with the heads of seven snakes, and a spectacular battle with an army of skeletons.

Review: Jason and the Argonauts is a classic 1960s fantasy epic that featured the stop-motion animation of the great and legendary Ray Harryhausen.   This film is not only fantastic, but its a great piece of cinematic history.  It pre-dates other popular Harryhausen fantasy epics, like Clash of the Titans.

The film itself is a classic and has been widely seen, so lets focus on the blu-ray release!  The transfer is into 1080p and you can imagine what that looks like on a film that is over 40 years old, right?   Wrong.  It actually looks pretty dynamic. Here are the facts, there is grain.  A lot of grain, but the rest of the picture is pretty well cleaned-up.  The colors are rather dynamic, but the stop motion animation definately suffers in high-definition.  Overall, its a great release and a nice way to update your library with a classic.

You can fend off the skeleton warriors and pick-up your copy today!

Interest Range: Classic Film, Sci-Fi Classic, Fantasy Classic