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Talos turns his head to look at the startled Hercules in Ray Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts", one of the finest moments in fantasy film history, I think. How to better, and more effectively sum up a sense of wonder and awe?
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BillyDBunny's avatar
BillyDBunny|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best scene ever filmed, not that I have an opinion.
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Doctorwholovesthe80s's avatar
"Oh...CRAP!"

Seriously, one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time and probably Harryhausen's greatest work.
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Loneanimator's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
Agreed! :) I think this particular scene is one of the defining shots of fantasy cinema.
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BrianThomasX's avatar
BrianThomasX|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That "creak" when Talos turns..... haunted my childhood dreams.....

BTX
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Loneanimator's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
It's movie magic :)
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Libra1010's avatar
 Aaah, you can't beat the Classics and you can only join them in you're Extremely Good (as the Mighty Harryhausen himself would tend to prove - how many Classical Myths have played out in the mind's eye with special effects by the Old Master himself, I wonder?).
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
I mourn for the unmade Harryhausen epics! He goes through them in one of his books, with notes and sketches, and it's a rather depressing read. But so is Jim Danforth's long list of projects that never were.
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Libra1010's avatar
 It does rather make you wonder which Alternate Histories might have allowed these abandoned projects to come to fruition, eh?
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
Cinema can be divided into pre-Star Wars and post-Star Wars, especially special effects movies. Harryhausen is no exception. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger got lackluster reviews mostly because it was unfavorable compared to Star Wars. Clash of the Titans seemed to be viewed as a quaint folly; entertaining, but without substance. No wonder Harryhausen retired.
I think his unrealized projects would've had to be produced before the Star Wars technical and narrative revolution, but at the same time I can't see how that would've been possible. Harryhausen seemed to always be working. It's a miracle he managed to do all the quality work he did.
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Chaosfive-55|Hobbyist General Artist
They really HAVE to release this movie on Blu-ray--current DVD's are so hard to find, and so expensive!!
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
It's not on Blu-ray yet? I have the European DVD edition of this movie, and it looks (and sounds) pretty darn good.
It's got that Harryhausen documentary narrated by Leonard Nimoy, which is probably the only one you need.
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Chaosfive-55|Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t: I was misinformed!!! I just found it and ordered it---thank you!!!
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
Congrats! No movie collection should be without it :)
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Chamjari| General Artist
Great rendition of a classic movie.
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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DevinMorse|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most terrifying moments in cinema.
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
Actually, it probably is, in all its simplicity.
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earthbaragon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The fact that it is a living statue and is brought to life through stop motion...really helped sell the movements of that monster. Still the highlight of the movie for me. More so than the big end fight of the skeletons and the criminally overlooked Hydra.
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
I don't know why the Talos sequence is so powerful, but it is. There is a feeling of doom over the whole thing.
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scorpionlover42's avatar
There's something abut Harryhausen's work that gives me thrills even now. It's got a quality CGI can't truly match. :) (Smile) 
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Loneanimator's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
The Harryhausen movies have an atmosphere that nobody has managed to replicate!
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Zeonista's avatar
It is one of several memorable monster introductions in that deservedly classic film. 
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Loneanimator's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
It's a prime example of cinematic storytelling: How to make a grand entrance, but making it simple.
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Longpaw's avatar
That moment terrified me as a kid, the movie holds up well to time.
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