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Author Topic: Ray Harryhausen Master of the Majicks Vol. 3  (Read 7185 times)
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Ryan Brennan
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« on: October 02, 2010, 05:19:10 PM »

If you bought Vol. 2 of this massive trilogy then you'll want Vol. 3.  (If you thought you miissed out, Vol. 1 will be the third publication.)  It will continue the high standards in design and production established by the first publication and promises to be the genre event of the season.  In the spirit of full disclosure I must mention that I wrote a supplemental piece for this volume that will appear in an appendiix so I'm not an entirely uninterested bystander.  But it's the rest of the book, as described below, that you'll want:



Ray Harryhausen "Majicks" Vol. 3 Available for Pre-Order



Ernest Farino and Archive Editions announce the pre-order availability of Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks, Volume 3 - The British Films by Mike Hankin. Shipping in late November (just in time for Christmas!), a special $10 discount is available for pre-order purchases through October 30.

<http://www.archive-editions.com./rayharryhausenmd.html>

Released in late 2008 to great acclaim, Majicks Volume 2 ("The American Films") was nominated for the 7th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and named Best Non-Fiction Book of 2008 by Rue Morgue magazine. Leonard Maltin wrote, "One of the most elaborate publishing ventures of 2008 is Ray Harryhausen: Master of the Majicks Vol. 2 by Mike Hankin. I often receive review copies of books from their publishers but I was happy to shell out my own hard-earned dollars for this labor of love, a meticulous survey of Ray’s life and career."

And Ray Harryhausen himself said, "This is better than our book! You can see on every page the love and care put into this book. It really is superb."

Volume 3 will include a Foreword by Caroline Munro (star of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), and a Preface by Guillermo del Toro (director of Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth). In his Preface, Guillermo writes, "There is no way to overstate the importance of these books. [Volume 3] is, simply, the most perfect book about Harryhausen ever made. This is the book that you dreamt of having as a child and the only gateway, I guarantee you, to regain that long-gone thrill you had when you where eight years old and you cracked open the pages of the latest issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.  Perhaps more importantly, this book performs one truly magic trick- one that we don't experience often enough: it makes you want to go out, immediately, and rewatch every single one of the the chronicled films and, if at all possible, go and shoot a film yourself. In summation: It makes you fall in love with cinema all over again."

Volume 3 features extensive coverage of Ray's films made from the time he moved to England in 1960: The Three Worlds of Gulliver, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, First Men "In" the Moon, One Million Years B.C., The Valley of Gwangi, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and Clash of the Titans. These chapters are filled with first-hand accounts and anecdotes from actors, directors, screenwriters, and technicians, including: Ray Harryhausen (interviewed in detail over the past 15 years as these books were being prepared); Vanessa Harryhausen; producer Charles H. Schneer; actors Kerwin Mathews, John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Jane Seymour, Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Gila Golan (star of Valley of Gwangi in her first interview in over 40 years), Michael Callan, Lionel Jeffries, Martha Hyer, voiceover artist Nikki van der Zyl (who re-voiced Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.), Martine Beswick; directors Nathan Juran, Sam Wanamaker, Gordon Hessler, and Desmond Davis; sculptors Arthur Hayward, Tony McVey, and Colin Arthur; FX technician Ian Scoones, cinematographer Wilkie Cooper, camera operator Alec Mills, stunt choreographer Ferdinando Poggi, Jason and the Argonauts title artist James Wines (interviewed for the first time about his work on Jason), archivists Forrest J Ackerman, Richard Green, and Neil Pettigrew; and many others (some of whom have since passed away).

This Deluxe Hardcover Edition includes full color dust jacket, 640 pages, over 3,600 color and black & white photos and illustrations, and a selection of photos of Ray's models in 3D! (one pair of 3D glasses will be provided with each copy of the book). A gallery of page layouts and a slide show of sample photos can be viewed at:
<http://www.archive-editions.com./majicksvol3layou.html>

Volume 3 is now available for pre-order at $74.95 (save $10.00!). Regular cover price of $84.95 will go into effect after Oct. 30.

Click here to Order Now: <http://www.archive-editions.com./purchasevol3.html>

(Volume 3 not yet available on Amazon or eBay)
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 10:57:09 PM »

Volume Two was a knockout!  I've pre-ordered volume 3.  If 3 is anything like 2, this is a must have for Ray's fans and stop motion geeks. 

Lynn
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 09:17:06 PM »

I suspect this volume will surpass vol. 2.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010, 08:48:04 PM »

Vol 2 is listed for $1,100 and up now. So I ordered Vol 3.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2013, 01:31:21 AM »

Of course, Volume 1 is now sold out from the publisher, though still available from various sellers.  Here's a radio interview with Ernie Farino covering the books and some talk of Ray Harryhausen.  Interviewer is longtime El Paso genre fan Jay Duncan.

http://ktep.org/programs/film
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