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Jason and the Argonauts

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Whenever ancient Greek adventurer Jason (Todd Armstrong) crosses swords with another fanciful creature in his search for the fabled Golden Fleece, you can freeze or slo-mo the action with immaculate clarity — thanks to the CAV format of this laserdisc edition of Jason and the Argonauts. But you don’t just get a clearer look at the stop-motion-animated skeletons, harpies, and giants conjured up by FX pioneer Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans). Jason and the Argonauts has been retransferred for laser, bringing out lifelike colors lost in earlier tape and disc versions. Still, it’s the copious supplementary materials that make this package come to life: commentary from Harryhausen on an alternate audio track, as well as a still-frame gallery documenting the film’s production in loving, sometimes numbing, detail. B+