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|The 3 Worlds of Gulliver|
Actors: Kerwin Mathews, Sherry Alberoni, Ray Harryhausen
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Animation
DR GULLIVER SIGNS ON TO A SHIP TO INDIA, BUT IN A STORM HE'SWASHED OFF THE SHIP & ENDS UP ON AN ISLAND THAT IS INHABITED BY VERY TINY PEOPLE. AFTER HE MANAGES TO CONVICE THEM THAT HE'SHARMLESS, THEIR KING WANTS TO USE DR G... more »
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Cathy S. from GREENE, NY
Reviewed on 9/1/2012...
One of my favorites as a child- my granddaughters love it as much as I did.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Noncombative answer to screen ratio transfer debate.
Berkley S. Summers | La Grande, OR | 03/29/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you're considering a purchase of this title, but are wary because of the occasional misinformation and confusion regarding the original screen ratio and the preservation of this ratio in the transfer, then don't fret. With no intention of starting a debate, I can comfortably state that the film hasn't been re-formatted to fit your screen (although this is inaccurately stated before the film begins). Concerned that the studio/corporation had balked on an authentic widescreen transfer, I spent more time than I care to admit in pursuit of clues and/or answers without doing any severe film-scholar-like research. Anyway, although you may encounter what appears to be a 16X9 transfer in the U.K. and EU markets, I don't believe that these are any more accurate than the supposed widescreen preview/trailer found on several of the Harryhausen Collection discs. In fact, it's the very preview on "3 Worlds" for "3 Worlds" that solved the riddle. Here's the deal: It's a banded, or barred trailer (wherein the black bars at the top and bottom are actually hiding or covering the picture beneath). Whether this was done for exhibition on a 1:85 to 1 or 16X9 big screen, I can't say, but the visual material in between the bars is composed the same as the "supposedly" cropped transfer. I took a couple of easy-to-find images from the trailer and double-checked them by using the chapter search. Anyway, you don't want the widescreen version of "3 Worlds" anymore than you want a widescreen version of "Shane." It simply isn't the screen ratio in which these films were shot. If you think I'm wrong, then please check for yourself. Screen composition and visuals are only being compromised in the artificially "wide" versions. Lastly, while viewing this watered-down, but totally delightful feature, you'll notice that the on-screen composition fits the 1:37 to 1 ratio, which is to say that the character group shots fit very comfortably, as does the entirety of the film's action, while there aren't any distracting pan-and-scan artificial edits that usually show up during two-shot dialogue sequences and the like... Please pardon this messy and long-winded response to the transfer complaints that I came across, but I felt sort of obligated to save some time for those of you who may want to view or purchase this title, but may (understandably) hesitate due to the feedback conflict."
Harryhausen is a national treasure, but unnecessary DVD
kristakunert | Sacramento, CA United States | 06/12/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This excellent documentary is already available on the DVDs "7th Voyage of Sinbad", "First men on the Moon", and several other DVD releases. I can't imagine that the "creatures gallery" could justify a purchase of this, even for die-hard model-building fans."
Good documentary bad idea as separate release
C. A. Luster | Burke, VA USA | 02/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sad that so many people rated this as one star since in fact the chronicles are interesting and well done. Why the studio decided to release this on a separate DVD when it is all ready on most Ray Harryhausen DVD movies released is odd. Suffice it to say the chronicles are well worth seeing. If you want them just buy a great Harryhausen movie like "Jason and the Argonauts" or "Mysterious Island" on DVD."