New Release: Jason and the Argonauts Blu-ray

Jason and the Argonauts movie scene with fighting skeletonsSony Pictures Home Entertainment brought the Ray Harryhausen effects movie Jason and the Argonauts to Blu-ray on July 6, 2010, trying to cash in on the timing of Warner’s DVD and Blu-ray debut of the new Clash of the Titans, a remake of Harryhausen’s classic adventure.

Although visual effects are close to photo-realistic in movies nowadays — some movies, anyway — stop-motion effects artist Harryhausen wowed audiences back in the 1960s with movies such as Jason and the Argonauts. His 1981 Clash of the Titans original is a classic.

In 1963’s Argonauts, Jason (played by Todd Armstrong) faces off against behemoth bronze statues, multi-headed serpants and animated armed skeletons, all thanks to Harryhausen and his team.

In the fantasy adventure film, Jason goes on a journey to find the magical Golden Fleece, so he can claim the throne of his kingdom.

Harryhausen, who turned 90 in 2010 (Happy Birthday, and thanks for your movies!), speaks in a commentary on the Blu-ray release along with film historian Tony Dalton.

Another commentary on the disc is with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and LOTR visual effects artist Randall William Cook, who count Harryhausen among their inspirations.

The Blu-ray also offers a picture gallery with newly released photos and original storyboards, an interview with Harryhausen by director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and two featurettes: “Ray Harryhausen Chronicles” and “The Harryhausen Legacy.”

The Blu-ray version of this G-rated fantasy adventure was priced at $24.95.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.