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|It Came From Beneath the Sea |
Color Special Edition
Actors: Tol Avery, Del Courtney, Donald Curtis, Faith Domergue, Eddie Fisher
Director: Robert Gordon
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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, depi... more »
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Janice J. (dizzheart)
Reviewed on 6/28/2016...
An amazing movie for its day -- imagine, a woman who is a respected professional in her field of marine biology, and she's not a junior assistant, she is the leader of the science team. People listen to her and seek out her opinion. She is pretty, but that's not all people see. She's smart and people like her anyway.
When I saw this movie as a young girl, I was stunned. All around me people were saying that it was impossible, radioactive octopuses could never attack San Francisco. I wanted to say, you morons, the impossible part is that you'd ever let a woman be anything.
Some kids got their inspiration from Star Trek. I got mine from Faith Domergue. I owe her, bigtime, for showing me possibilities I didn't see around me.
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Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
A middle-of-the-road effort from FX wizard Ray Harryhausen. Of course his portion was top notch, but the story wasnt as good as some of his later works. A giant octopus is attacking ships at sea and is eventually tracked to the San Fran bay. Why they didnt just let attack the city I will never know. But they dont.
I left my tentacles in San Francisco.
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 04/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
My Favorite Movie
Leslie B. Franson | Ellicott City, MD | 12/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.
A Columbia 50's Monster Flick in Color at Last!
C. Courtney Joyner | L.A. | 02/26/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent DVD for Harryhausen fans, monster geeks and film historians that treats us to a great example of how far colorization technology has come since its introduction years ago, and not on a washed-out public domain title. Supervised by R.H. himself - as are 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH and EARTH VS. FLYING SAUCERS - IT CAME benefits from a more interesting and LIVING color spectrum for its monster, instead of the constant, solid green of the Ymir in the new version of 20 MILLION. The Golden Gate bridge sequence looks especially good, with the hues of the tentacles contrasted with the red of the bridge, as well as the water tones. Another terrific highlight is the flamethrowers vs. the octopus scene, which again, really sparks in its colorized form. A few of the optical mattes are more noticeable in the color transfer, but there is always the beautiful, crisp black and white version to go back to. Both are included in this package, and you can even toggle between the two for comparisons. The extras are solid, with R.H. revealing more details about this film than he has previously. IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA has always been a 50's monster staple, thanks to its wonderfully animated star (and Ken Tobey!), and with this new, finely rendered color version it looks better than ever."