(August 13, 2003 – Burbank, CA) – “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms,” “The Black Scorpion” and “The Valley of Gwangi” -- three monster classics featuring special effects master Willis O'Brien (“The Lost World,” “King Kong” & “Mighty Joe Young”) and his successor Ray Harryhausen (“Mighty Joe Young,” “Jason and the Argonauts” & “Clash of the Titans”) -- will debut on DVD On October 21 from Warner Home Video (WHV). Each title will be available on DVD for $19.98 SRP. Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, the stunningly imaginative and detailed work of these three classic films still amazes audiences today. Willis pioneered the stop-motion animation technique that makes small, well-articulated models come to life by photographing them one frame at a time and then moving them slightly between exposures. Harryhausen, inspired by Willis’ “King Kong” when he saw it as a teenager, began creating special effects in his backyard that same summer and went on to creative feats that rivaled his mentor’s. With operations in 78 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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