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DVD Review: "It Came From Beneath the Sea"
January 17, 2008
by: Jared Counts
(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 1955/2007. 79 minutes. Unrated. Color/B&W. Widescreen. 2 Discs. Directed by Robert Gordon.) Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith. Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff.
Underwater nuclear testing has caused an octopus to mutate to gargantuan proportions, and when it decides to take out its anger on San Francisco, it's up to Navy Captain Pete Mathews (Tobey), with the help of Profs. Joyce and Carter (Domergue and Curtis, respectively) to stop it. A fun movie to watch with some friends, it's low-budget 1950s science fiction, warts and all. The overwrought dialogue and bad acting are entertaining in a way, and the scientific talk is fairly ridiculous. Again, Harryhausen's special effects are pretty fantastic considering the era and the budget. The attack on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Area was very well done, as was the Chromachoice effect. Several of the special features were carried over from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (see above), and some had a tendency to ramble. Also included are a commentary track with Harryhausen and several visual effects artists, and a look back at the making of the movie with Harryhausen. A goofy sci-fi movie best enjoyed in the style of Mystery Science Theater.
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