The Valley of Gwangi details
|Formats:||U DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
The Valley of Gwangi
|1hr 31 mins||U|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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See James Franciscus ...By a customer from ARMAGH , 24 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]See James Franciscus without the orangutan make up. Wonder at the crappy special effects we used to find impressive. Cheer as annoying characters are eaten one at a time. This is worth watching.
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R.I.P. Ray HarryhausenBy Cowbiscuit (24 reviews) , 08 May 2013One of the lesser known Harryhausen outings. It's not as iconic a movie as Jason and the Argonauts or the Sinbad movies but Gwangi is in that same ballpark of tongue in cheek saturday afternoon monster action flicks. Almost every sci-fi director and animator since the 60s was influenced by the legend of Harryhausen. And - there really is no other western like this one!
no urangutan make up everBy jimt9963 (5 reviews) from London , 05 Apr 2013see james franciscus who never had orangutan makeup ever in a great film with effects by ray harryhausen if you,re not a fan of 50s or 60s sci fi dont bother takes a true fan to appreciate this film
The Valley of GwangiBy a customer from Cambridgeshire , 05 Aug 2010I remembered watching this film many years ago and thoroughly enjoying it.
I recently rented this film, and found it still good entertainment.
It's full of all the usual Hollywood cliches and far fetched but rip roaring action of films from this era.
Well worth watching if the telly is serving up the same old rubbish.
Brings back memories, and they don't make films like this any more!!!
Enjoyable and good old harmless viewing.
As Camp as ChristmasBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 27 Jun 2010I expected a low budget Ed Wood type of thing, but the production values are quite lavish, and the special effects, although of their time, very watchable, with an extended sequence in which cowboys on horseback attempt to lassoo a tyrranosaurus impressive even now in its co-ordination of stop-go animation with live action. Apart from that, enjoy the generally garish costumes with James Franciscus in the gayest suits you'll ever see, the over-dubbing of a presumably European leading lady whose accent, judging by her lip movements, was too heavy to allow her voice to be used, and Laurence Naismith in his best 'Dear Boy' acting style. Absolute testicles, of course, but highly entertaining.
"King Kong" Goes WesternBy wikkidsmyle (438 reviews) from Newmarket , 31 Mar 2008Okay, so there's no giant ape - only 'Gwangi' a giant something-o-saurus - but the storyline is essentially the same as 'King Kong', i.e. humans discover giant creature, capture it, bring it back to civilisation, show it, it all goes pear-shaped, the giant creature escapes, causes mayhem and is ultimately killed. The film is only watchable for Ray Harryhausen's excellent (for its time) stop-motion effects - the stand out scene being the capture of Gwangi (watch the 7 minute ILM tribute documentary for a mind-boggling explanation of how it was filmed). The actors are all pretty bland in comparison (even given the Technicolor 'glow'), although it is funny to watch the crowds of extras flocking about as the terrible Gwangi takes his revenge for being captured - Go Gwangi, Go Gwangi!!
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