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The Ray Harryhausen Podcast

Author: The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

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Welcome to the Ray Harryhausen Podcast, the show dedicated to the life, career and films of a special effects titan!
32 Episodes
Listen back to John Walsh's interview about 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’ .John was interviewed on talkRADIO by Paul Ross, and shared some of the treasures uncovered in the upcoming Titan Books publication. For the first time, the secrets have been unearthed for those unmade films. Missing scenes from the films you love. Stunning artworks, models and test footage all revealing new worlds, epic lands and fearsome creatures that until now had thought to have been lost for all time. Find out more about ‘Harryhausen: The Lost Movies’ on Titan Books' website:
The fourth installment of our musical retrospective focuses on the soundtracks for two of Ray Harryhausen’s most beloved films- the two Sinbad films of the 1970s. With ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’, Ray was able to work alongside one of his musical heroes- legendary composer Miklos Rosza. The resulting soundtrack was a perfect fit for the 1973 classic, with a rich and exotic score that acted as the perfect accompaniment for Ray’s fantastical on-screen creations.Then, in 1977, up and coming composer Roy Budd created the soundtrack for ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’- a score packed with adventure and magic. Listen as hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney select their personal highlights from both scores, as well as their thoughts on Ray Harryhausen’s movie music from this period. Selected tracks from Intrada Records 2016 release for ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ are presented, in order to showcase music which was either edited or cut completely from the final film. Foundation conservator and Harryhausen megafan Alan Friswell also joins us to share his thoughts on the rich musical legacy of the Sinbad films.Track listing:Intro- Main Title (Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger)The Golden Voyage of Sinbad'Koura Challenges Sinbad To Fight Kali/Kali Fight/Green Men Put Margiana In Pit''Homunculus Drops Tablet on Sinbad’s Ship''Centaur Attacks Sinbad 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger'Minaton''The Pyramid''Melanthius'
Episode 25 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast is dedicated to a very special interview with actor Kurt Christian, who starred in two of Ray’s most beloved movies.As Haroun in ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’, and Prince Rafi in ‘Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger’, Kurt had key roles in consecutive Harryhausen classics. Within both films, Kurt was able to star alongside some of Ray’s finest casts, as well as facing some of a memorable array of Harryhausen creations on screen. Listen as Kurt recalls memories of his co-stars, behind the scenes anecdotes, and his recollections of working with the legendary Ray Harryhausen.A must listen for film fans everywhere- thank you to Kurt for providing such a fascinating interview!#Harryhausen100
Join us for a 70th anniversary celebration of Mighty Joe Young!Hosts John Walsh and Connor Heaney explore the 1949 classic, aided by excerpts from a previously unreleased commentary for the film from John Landis and Ray Harryhausen. Hear anecdotes and behind-the-scenes secrets from Ray's first film, made during the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. John and Connor discuss personal memories of Mighty Joe Young, as well as some of the incredible treasures from the film which are held in the Foundation's archive.Music in this episode was taken from the fantastic 2005 recording of the Mighty Joe Young soundtrack by Monstrous Movie Music. Check out this release, and much more besides, at
Our third retrospective on the film music of Ray Harryhausen sees us delve into the latter part of the 1960s. Containing some of the most diverse soundtracks of any period of Ray’s career, this eclectic selection of music covers a range of themes and genres.Containing tracks from ‘First Men in the Moon’, ‘One Million Years B.C’ and ‘The Valley of Gwangi’, join us for a lively discussion on the scores to these classic Harryhausen films. Particular attention is paid to the full soundtrack for ‘Gwangi’, was was unleashed for the first time in 2018 by Intrada Records. The label was able to locate and restore elements from the original score, which had long thought to have been lost to history.Enjoy the episodes, and please share your own thoughts and favourites with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!#Harryhausen100
We were delighted to speak with esteemed actor, writer and director Mark Gatiss for Episode 22 of the Ray Harryhausen Podcast. Star of 'The League of Gentlemen', 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock', Mark spoke about his memories of Ray's films, and of their influence on him as he grew up in the 1970s. Listen in for a surprising connection between Ray Harryhausen and the League of Gentlemen!We'd like to thank Mark for his time, and for sharing all of these wonderful memories.We also discuss the Foundation's latest publication project, entitled 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', as well as a catch up on the recent release of our poster book.#Harryhausen100
Author Richard Holliss and Foundation Trustee John Walsh are interviewed by guest presenter Jumoke Fashola on BBC Radio London, discussing the newly released ‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’. Hear Richard discuss the history of Ray’s movie posters, whilst John explains the history of the Foundation and some of our future plans.
We take a look back at the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s appearance at San Diego Comic Con 2018 in Episode 21 of our podcast.Listen to audio from our talk ‘Ray Harryhausen- The Return of the Special Effects Godfather’, as well as interviews with some of the fans and collectors who attended this year’s convention. Also, find out more about an exclusive screening of ‘First Men in the Moon’ at London’s Regent Street Cinema on September the 8th, and the chance to have your copy of ‘Harryhausen- The Movie Posters’ signed by author Richard Holliss. We also announce a new book from the Foundation, which is due to be released in Autumn 2019, as well as rounding up news of our 2020 centenary celebrations, which will see the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s work ever seen at the National Galleries in Edinburgh. We finish the episode with an exclusive preview of our interview with ‘The League of Gentlemen’ star Mark Gatiss.Enjoy!
The Summer of 2018 sees a number of exciting announcements from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. Join us for a special catch-up in Episode 20. We start with news of the imminent publication of ‘Harryhausen- The Poster Books’. Catching up once more with author Richard Holliss, we discuss the creation of this unique exploration of poster art, and our upcoming poster book event on August 26th.An exclusive interview follows, as Ray’s daughter Vanessa Harryhausen catches up with ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ star Caroline Munro on their 45 years of friendship. The two met on the set of Ray’s 1973 classic, and have been close friends ever since.We preview our next few shows, including a glimpse into our next podcast special, celebrating the release of the full soundtrack for ‘The Valley of Gwangi’ through Intrada Records.We also announce our upcoming appearance at Comic Con International in San Diego this July, and an exciting teaser regarding the largest exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s creations ever seen, lined up for his centenary in 2020.#Harryhausen100
Celebrate 60 years of ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’!Join us as we mark the anniversary of one of the most influential and beloved fantasy films of all time. ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’ changed the face of special effects in cinema, and inspired a generation of directors, actors and artists. Trustee John Walsh and Collections Manager Connor Heaney discuss the background and legacy of this incredible film, interspersed with the thoughts of Ray Harryhausen himself. We explore the move from black and white to colour, and the challenges this presented to Ray. Join our discussion of the film’s iconic creatures and cast, alongside the surviving models which remain in the Foundation’s collection to this day.‘From the land beyond beyond'- enjoy our ‘7th Voyage' podcast!
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Andrés Briano

After discovering Harryhausen in my late teens and even writing about him for a film magazine from back home, I’ve really been enjoying this podcast. When I saw the episode WITH the “other” Ray, one of my all-time favorite authors, I couldn’t believe my eyes (ears?). This episode is such a treat. Thank you for sharing!

Apr 19th
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