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Documentary about the life and work of Ray Harryhausen.
Documentary, originally airing on The Disney Channel, about pioneering special-effects master Ray Harryhausen. Included are clips from his films and interviews with such people as author Ray Bradbury, who has been a lifelong friend, and actor Kerwin Mathews, who has appeared in several of Harryhausen's films.

This classic documentary is available in three versions: The original 1983 version (titled "The Fantasy Film World of Ray Harryhausen"), which aired on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) in the US, and was also on VHS/LaserDisc in Japan; the 1986 reissued version (with a new title, "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me"), which also aired on PBS as well as the Disney Channel; and a revised 1990 version (also titled "Aliens, Dragons, Monsters & Me"), but with new segments featuring Eric Boardman (interviewing Ray Harryhausen himself at the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was holding an exhibit of Ray's work), and Gary Owens doing a more up-to-date version of his narration (while also appearing on camera in some scenes). The latter version also aired on PBS and other networks, and is available on VHS and LaserDisc in the US.

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    • Author: Qusserel
    One of the first extensive documentaries to be made about stop-motion maestro Ray Harryhausen, this light-hearted look at his work is almost the video equivalent of Ray's "Fantasy Film Scrapbook." It's a shame that this video has been out of print for so long, and it is long overdue for a DVD release. While not as comprehensive as THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES (which has been released as a special edition DVD, as well as been included as an extra by Columbia on nearly every one of their Ray H. DVDs), it does give us an extended on screen look at Harryhausen, himself, discussing his films, plus on screen comments by Ray Bradbury about his life-long friendship with the animator. I don't know who currently holds the rights to this film, but there seems to be enough interest in it to warrant it being reissued in the digital format.
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    • Author: Joony
    This interview documentary, looks at Ray Harryhausen's collective work.

    He talks about his films, and stop-motion animation. It narrates about his style of animation and some of the effects he created. If you want to know a lot more about his work, this is a very good place to start.
  • Credited cast:
    Forrest J. Ackerman Forrest J. Ackerman - Himself
    Eric Boardman Eric Boardman - Co-Host (1990 Edition)
    Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury - Himself
    Ray Harryhausen Ray Harryhausen - Himself
    Kerwin Mathews Kerwin Mathews - Himself
    Gary Owens Gary Owens - Narrator (voice)
    Charles H. Schneer Charles H. Schneer - Himself
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