Ray Harryhausen gets his due with “Special Effects Titan”. While the A list of directors get a chance to discuss his impact, Harryhausen traces his career with a fine touch. The thing about film documentaries is that it’s either fan praise or history. Mixing them together gives Special Effects Titan its own voice, but it feels like we’re praising a film titan way too late. Well, especially now that Harryhausen is gone.

What kills me is that the video quality is wildly inconsistent between interviews. Tim Burton’s stuff looks like it was caught by a fan, while Harryhausen’s stuff is standard definition. I get that putting together a presentation like this is hard, but consistency is needed. If you’re a fan or new to Harryhausen, check it out. But, this material feels way too insular and eclectic to win over a wide array of people.


  • Interviews
  • Interview Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Trailer
  • Commentary


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • Dolby Digital 2.0


  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 90%
    Audio - 90%
  • 93%
    Supplemental Material - 93%

The Plot Thus Far

The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’, ‘It Came from Beneath the Sea’, ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ – the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.

%d bloggers like this: