The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
Starring: Gregoire Aslan, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson, Basil Sydney, Peter Bull, Kerwin Matthews
Company: Twilight Time
My Review and Thoughts:
A true wonderful adventure fantasy film based on the classic 1726’s novel written by the one and only Jonathan Swift. A true classic book and this movie is a true classic of special effects. Twilight Time did a wonderful job in choosing this for their release. This is a must buy for family movie night. A must buy for the kids.
Twilight Time has lovingly created a dynamic transfer to this classic fantasy adventure film that is filled with the one of kind touch of the master Ray Harryhausen. I have always loved the talent behind those wonderful creations. Jason and the Argonauts is one of my favorite films. Harryhausen had away that would leave the inner child, and adult side amazed. His creations would leave you in awe of the beauty and art form of his mastery. Harryhausen is a true god when it comes to creating pure believable imagination of creatures and monsters. He was a master that brought forth creatures or monsters and turned them into characters themselves. Brute monsters became characters, and hateful creatures became living breathing reality through his hands. He developed a wonderment through his hands. His ability shined in everything he did, shined in one way or another. Twilight Time has also released several of Ray Harryhausen’s films such as Mysterious Island, First Men in the Moon. The transfer to Blu-ray by Twilight Time shines in every way possible.
This is directed by Jack Sher. Sher was also a writer and producer. He wrote more than directing. Writing and co-scripting for such classics like 1953’s masterly, Shane. His directing did not create anything amazing or masterpiece worthy, but what his directing did create are some memorable films, one such film is 1959’s The Wild and the Innocent starring the amazing war hero Audie Murphy. To me the one film that stands out and is basically what you remember him for is The Three Worlds of Gulliver. The Three Worlds of Gulliver is a magical fantasy tale with spectacular special effects.
Starring the one and only Kerwin Mathews. Mathews was a regular in many Harryhausen films or action adventure, fantasy cinema. He was the spectacular, swash buckling hero of many stand out films. From The 7th Voyage of Sinbad playing the lead role of Sinbad. 1962’s The Pirates of Blood River. 1962’s Jack the Giant Killer, 1967’s Battle Beneath the Earth. Who can forget his role in one of the greatest, cheesiest, “oh my god what the hell did I just watch” 1971’s dorkiest and yet greatest B-movie Cult midnight film ever, rubber suit and all, Octaman. How can you go wrong with a man in a rubber suit octopus, half man, half rubber octopus, priceless? His last two films where horror movies. 1973’s The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and the comedy horror 1977’s Nightmare in Blood. Kerwin was an awesome soul at true performing. He captured a vast array of weird, wild, dramatic wonders throughout his career. He stopped acting in 1977 but did not pass away until 2007. I suppose after a while certain actors just walk away, or are tired of the business. He went on to sell antiques. Stayed with his partner Tom Nicoll which they were partners for an amazing 46 years. Kerwin passed at 81 years old. He left me with a wonderful childhood of memories, growing up with fantasy and adventure that he graced his wonders with.
Also, starring the amazing beautiful Jo Morrow and June Thorburn. The beautiful amazing June Thorburn had a wonderful career and yet also a sad reality. She graced the world of film and TV with her amazing beauty and true art form of acting for a very short time. Her career was amazing and great even if it was a short career. Such classics like Tom Thumb, The Cruel Sea, Touch and Go. Her beauty. Her amazing ability to perform was silenced at the very young unbelievable age of 36 years. She was pregnant and sadly perished in a plane crash in 1967 in England. Truly a brutal reality. I cannot imagine how great and further her career would have moved forward, had she lived. A sad reality to this movie, seeing her, knowing the truth of her demise, ad’s a brutality of thought as you watch.
Also, keep an eye out for a fantastic character actor Martin Benjamin Benson. Performing in over 155 movies. Started acting in 1942. From classics to just about anything from such greats as Goldfinger, The King and I, 1960’s Exodus. Also, was a part of some great classic horrors and cult style films such as 1958’s The Cosmic Monster, 1961’s Gorgo, 1962’s Night Creatures, 1967’s Battle Beneath the Earth and a true favorite, and horror classic 1976’s The Omen. One of his last films was the amazing 1999’s Angela’s Ashes.
Also, keep an eye out for the amazing Basil Sydney. A true iconic actor that left the movie world with an expertise and amazement that few performer can ever grasp. He started acting in the silent era and went on into the talkies. His career was great, and worthy to praise. His many roles from 1950’s Treasure Island, 1952’s Ivanhoe, 1956’s Around the World in Eighty Days, many movie lovers will know him as the character of Claudius in 1948’s masterpiece Hamlet.
It’s just great seeing so many actors and actresses in this film. Keep an eye out for many of them. I could go on and mention many others, but if you’re a movie buff or film historian you will see and pick out the amazing cast. The film contains amazing stop motion animation. For the time, wonderful special effects. This is a true adventure in imagination and wonderful story telling. This is a true treat for the kids, a wonderful family film. An awesome way to spend movie time together. Twilight Time did a lovely job in picking this awesome special effect wonderment of imaginative means.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
I have seen this movie many times. Saw it on the Big screen, seen it on the small screen. Seen it both on VHS and DVD and now seeing it in 1080p High Definition on Blu-ray is totally a fantastic experience. Twilight Time did an amazing job on transferring it to Blu-ray. The audio is just the same as the video. Both stand out in amazing detail. Crisp, clear, vibrant perfection.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1 & 1.78:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1960 / Color
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Isolated Score Track: The man behind this music score is the one and only Bernard Herrmann. The man behind the music really needs no introduction to cinema lovers. He is the master behind some of the greatest music scores of all time. He was a regular on Hitchcock films composing such masterpieces as Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo and many, many other Hitchcock films. Now he also did beyond Hitchcock films such as the masterpieces Citizen Kane, Cape Fear, Fahrenheit 451, and Taxi Driver. Whatever he graced with his master talent, was a true one of a kind music orgy of total perfection that left a movie, with so much more glory, when it had his, musical talent. He was a multi-award winning master composer. He worked his talent from 1941 all the way until 1976. His last four movies in the 70’s was an array of his talent from, De Palma’s Sisters and Obsession, to Cohen’s, It’s Alive, to Scorsese’s, Taxi Driver. He left his stamp in the music and movie world for all generations to experience. He also has been graced by many other Twilight Time releases with his music score from, The Bride Wore Black, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Mysterious Island, Garden of Evil and now this one, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver. His music is still being used today in films and TV, most recently in the awesome first season of American Horror Story, and on the big screen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Audio Commentary by Film Historians Randall Cook, C. Courtney Joyner, and Steven C. Smith. A wonderful listen. It’s always a true treat to listen to film historians talk about movies. Learning informative information and history of a film is fantastic and Twilight Time either supplies new commentary or picks older commentaries to grace many of their releases which is fantastic and more wonderful about their blu-rays.
The Making of The 3 Worlds of Gulliver. A great look at the creation of the movie. A basic making of feature. Another great extra for the fan of cinema seeing history about a movie.
Two programs titled The Harryhausen Chronicles and This Is Dynamation! Both great watches. Filled with information and a nostalgia of special effects and creations of Harryhausen.
Original Theatrical Trailer
Another golden ticket of perfection from Twilight Time. To me this is must own Blu-ray for any Harryhausen fan, for any stop motion animation fan, for any lover of olden days of fantasy adventure films. Solid acting, solid direction, solid fanciful story. Twilight Time did another brilliant choice for so many fans of this film and those behind this film. A solid transfer in both audio and video perfection. A must own Blu-ray. Highly recommended.
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