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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, J.M. Kerrigan. A trouble-shooting 19th century seaman is trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with a scientist and a diver, they set sail to investigate and are promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo, who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Directed by Michael Anderson. Traveling across two oceans, over five seas and through 16 countries, an Englishman in the 1870s tries to circumnavigate the world in eighty days to win a wager. 179 min. :1&2. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Directed by Frank Coraci. Cast: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile de France, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, Ian McNeice, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a lively discussion with Lord Kelvin, inventor Phileas Fogg states his belief that it's possible for someone to travel around the globe in a mere 80 days. Kelvin challenges him to prove it, and adds a wager: if Fogg can't circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he'll have to give up inventing forever. Fogg and his crew of two take the challenge. They travel by train, boat, balloon, horseback, or any other means at their disposal. 120 min.

Conan the Barbarian (1981)

Directed by John Milius. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Max Von Sydow, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gaviola, Gerry Lopez, Mako, Valerie Quennessen, William Smith. Cimmerian Conan is captured as a child after his parents are murdered by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom. After years of enslavement, Conan is freed to learn the "riddle of steel" and to kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom. 129 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Conan the Destroyer (1984)

Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Sarah Douglas. Conan the Barbarian vs. the evil Queen Taramis who has promised to bring his beloved back from the dead if he returns with a magic treasure. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

First Men in the Moon (UK, 1964)

Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries. Visual effect, Ray Harryhausen. As a team of United Nations astronauts prepares for a moon mission, they are confused by a man who claims he, his fiancee and a scientist journeyed to the moon 65 years ago and were attacked by grotesque, human-like forms that live in immense crystal caverns. From H.G. Wells' "Account of Life on the Moon". Special DVD features: Photo gallery ; This is dynamation ; Harryhausen chronicles. 103 min.

Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (Italy / Spain, 1959)

Director Pietro Francisci. Cast: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Ivo Garrani. Hercules, the half-god superhero, travels to the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus in order to tutor Iphitus, son of King Pelias, in the art of combat. Dubbed in English. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Directed by Don Chaffey. Jason is a fearless sailor and explorer, who returns to the kingdom of Thessaly after a 20-year voyage to make his rightful claim to the throne. But to do so, Jason must first find the magical Golden Fleece which is guarded by a 100-foot bronze giant, the venomous Hydra, and an army of skeletons. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mysterious Island (1961)

Directed by Cy Endfield. Cast: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Beth Rogan, Herbert Lom. Visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. In this sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", escapees from a Confederate prison camp seize a balloon which is wrecked on a Pacific island, where Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus attempts to rescue them from the dangers of the island. Based on the story by Jules Verne. Special features: "The making of Mysterious Island"; "The Harryhausen Chronicles"; and "This is Dynamation" featurette. 100 min.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Directed by Sam Wanamaker. Cast: Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton. Special visual effects, Ray Harryhausen. Sinbad, daring sailor and Prince of Baghdad, sets out to do battle with a Minaton, a bronze colossus, a giant troglodyte and other assorted creatures in a quest designed to win the hand of a beautiful princess. Special features: Ray Harryhauen chronicles ; this is dynamation featurette. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie DatabaseSee also:

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