I first saw David Juran's First Men in the Moon as a Saturday-afternoon matinee back in 1964. And that's the way I screened the marvelous DVD of the Ray Harryhausen-animated SF adventure yesterday. Talk about a uniquely satisfying experience. Superb transfer, good sound, and wonderful little motion picture. Thing is, even though the film was dated rapidly by the events of that decade, it holds up beautifully as a first-class adventure story. Too, for all its silliness, First Men captures and evokes a sense of wonder about traveling to our nearest natural neighbor in space that few modern films even seem capable of. There's an innocence to the film that's endearing and enduring. Nope, First Men in the Moon isn't as accurate to science as it could have been, but it works beautifully within its own ground rules, so to speak. One walks away from the film with a mind open to the possibilities and promises of exploring space. That sheer sense of adventure is one of the movie's strongest assets. Check this DVD out, and see if you notice some of those sense-of-wonder moments largely absent from today's work. If anything, you will find this film fun. Consider it strongly recommended. A movie for the kid in all of us--yet one that respects our intelligence. And Harryhausen is in top form here (check out those Selenites). How can you beat that for a Saturday matinee in the home theater?