Nostalgia junkies of a certain age might remember Jason and the Argonauts from Saturday morning matinees in those far-off days when smoking was still encouraged in cinemas. Of course, the original classic film dates back to 1963, and it’s required viewing for any serious fantasy buff.
The reason? Ray Harryhausen and his special effects. The stop-motion maestro created some of the most memorable animation in pre-CGI days, and he regards Argonauts as his finest film.
Anyone used to seeing Argonauts on telly at Christmas will be pleasantly surprised by the picture quality of this transfer: it looks superb, even though the enhanced resolution makes some of the matte and composition effects all too obvious. Indeed, production values throughout the film are high, with an excellent score by Bernard Herrmann (of Psycho fame) and some lavish scenery. Throw in a documentary and interview with Harryhausen and this disc is a bargain.