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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Paul Christian  Actor Paula Raymond  Actor Cecil Kellaway  Actor Kenneth Tobey  Actor Donald Woods  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Questionable for Children

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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

UPC: 085392753420

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Questionable for Children]

Summary: A longtime "dream" project of production designer-turned-director Eugene Lourie, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms sees the titular beast unleashed on the world via nuclear testing. Making its way from the Arctic Circle, the monster-a carnivorous "rhedosaurus"-begins advancing towards New York. It stomps its way around Wall Street, pausing to have a policeman for lunch. By the time it has reached Coney Island, the rhedosaurus is more of a danger than ever because of the deadly bacteria it carries within its system. It's up to researcher Paul Christian and sharpshooter Lee Van Cleef to try to liquidate the beast with a grenade chock full of radioactive isotopes. Beast From 20,000 Fathoms represented effects artist Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort, after assisting Willis O'Brien on Mighty Joe Young (1949). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Horror

Features: cc Two commemorative 50th-anniversary documentaries: "The Rhedosaurus and The Roller Coaster: Making the Beast" and "Harryhausen & Bradbury: An Unfathomable Friendship"
Giant monsters trailer gallery featuring this film, The Black Scorpion, Clash of the Titans, and The Valley of Gwangi
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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

Format: DVD

Release Date: 10/21/2003

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 79 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:15]
2. X-Day [2:44]
3. Something Strange [2:55]
4. Giant in the Snow [3:38]
5. Avalanche [3:47]
6. "The Monster!" [2:24]
7. No Sound Like That [3:09]
8. Sea Serpent [2:33]
9. Back to Life? [3:58]
10. An Ally [4:00]
11. Captain's Hang-Up [3:37]
12. An Eyewitness [3:17]
13. The Rhedosaurus [5:14]
14. The Lighthouse [1:55]
15. Following the Arctic Current [4:33]
16. Dr. Elson's Dive [3:06]
17. Undersea Combat [1:51]
18. Death of a Scientist [3:00]
19. Streets of New York [5:05]
20. No Man's Land [3:58]
21. Germ Carrier [4:02]
22. Coney Island [2:47]
23. Ride to the Top [2:54]
24. Inferno [2:51]
25. Death Throes [:56]

Craig Butler

The first of the "atomic monster" flicks (which reached their apex of popularity with the globally successful Godzilla), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms lays the groundwork for many of the films that followed in its wake. There's the hero with an incredible story that finds few takers, the atomic explosion that causes a gigantic mutation, the wanton destruction of a significant portion of a city and, of course, the female laboratory assistant that ends up as the hero's true love. It's been done countless times, and so Beast isn't as fresh as it was in 1953; but the film still has an air of simplicity and innocence about its plotting that is rather beguiling. It's all nonsense, of course, but it good clean fun nonsense, and it still is quite engaging. The legendary Ray Harryhausen cut his solo teeth on Beast and while audience used to computer-generated special effects will find them a bit less than realistic, they still make an impact. They also are surprisingly dramatic, one of Harryhausen's strong points: his monsters may lumber, but they lumber in individual ways, with twitches or pauses or small twists that give them a sense of genuine behavior and character. As the hero, Paul Christian is fine, if unspectacular, and the same can be said of Paula Raymond as his paramour. But Kenneth Tobey is solid, and Lee Van Cleef and, especially, Cecil Kellaway, quite good. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Robert Smith  Screenwriter 
David Buttolph  Composer (Music Score) 
Jack Dietz  Producer 
Fred Freiberger  Screenwriter 
Eugène Lourié  Director 
Eugène Lourié  Screenwriter 
Lou Morheim  Screenwriter 
Paul Christian  Actor 
Paula Raymond  Actor 
Cecil Kellaway  Actor 
Kenneth Tobey  Actor 
Donald Woods  Actor 
Jack Pennick  Actor 
Lee Van Cleef  Actor 
Steve Brodie  Actor 
Ross Elliott  Actor 
Ray Hyke  Actor 
Mary Hill  Actor 
Michael Fox  Actor 
Frank Ferguson  Actor 
King Donovan  Actor 
Paul Hubschmid  Actor 
Alvin Greenman  Actor 
James Best  Actor 

Country: USA