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The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973) + Sinbad and The Eye Of The Tiger (1977/Columbia/Sony/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-rays)

Picture: B Sound: B- Extras: C+ Films: A/B+

PLEASE NOTE: Both Sinbad Blu-rays are issued exclusively by Twilight Time, are limited to only 3,000 copies each and can be ordered at the link below.

Every fan of classic monster and Sci-Fi movies knows Ray Harryhausen. His work perfecting the art of stop-motion animation broke new ground in movie special effects. He even coined his own word for it, Dynamation. The partnership of Mr. Harryhausen with the Sinbad legends seems fated in retrospect. Who better to bring this colorful character and his amazing world to life than Ray Harryhausen and his amazing models? This pair of limited edition (3,000 pressings each) Blu-ray releases from Twilight Time proves once again that the combination of Harryhausen and Sinbad leads to cinematic gold.

The 1973 released The Golden Voyage of Sinbad features John Phillip Law as the intrepid Arabian mariner, and the inimitable Tom Baker as the evil wizard, Koura. The ravishing Caroline Munro plays the slave girl, Margiana, and serves as the key to one of the film's great mysteries. Caught up in the struggles of the tiny kingdom of Moravia, Sinbad agrees to help its ruler, the Vizier, on a quest that will deny the dark wizard Koura ultimate power. Along the way Sinbad and his crew battle all manner of adversaries, all wonderfully animated by Mr. Harryhausen's Ddynamation effects. These include an animated wooden figurehead prow, an animated statue, and an amazing cyclopic centaur. A visit to the Oracle of All Knowledge shows off Mr. Harryhausen's versatility as an effects man, as the Oracle's glowing visage hovers above a stone well. Kurt Christian provides a wonderful comic turn as the bumbling Haroun, and Douglas Wilmer is suitably regal as the tragically scarred Vizier.

The 1977 released Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger offers Patrick Wayne in the role of Sinbad this time, and features a young Jane Seymour as the beautiful princess, Farah. Doctor Who veteran Patrick Troughton plays the sage Melanthius, and Margaret Whiting nearly steals the show as the evil witch, Zenobia. As with all Sinbad tales, this one involves an epic journey, and a race against time to save the life of Prince Kassim (the brother of Farah). Transformed into a baboon by the evil magic of Zenobia, Prince Kassim cannot inherit the throne unless freed from the spell. That leaves Zenobia's son as the only rightful male heir to the throne. Moved by Farah's love and the prince's plight, Sinbad and crew sail the world to take Kassim to a place of power where he can be healed. Meanwhile, Zenobia pursues and uses her dark magic to bedevil Sinbad and his crew. Amazing animations in this film include a mechanical Minotaur, a massive Troglodyte, a gigantic walrus, and a sabertooth tiger.

Both of these movies don't just rely on Mr. Harryhausen's effects. They also include amazing sets, actual sailing ships, and gorgeous locations that ooze exoticism. Where current movies will lean on green screens and projected images, these films use real locations and sets, and for all of their campiness, end up feeling more authentic on some level.

These new releases feature attractive packaging and nicely restored graphics, with the 1080p Resolution and 1.66:1 aspect ratios on each providing excellent picture quality with impressive & accurate color reproduction, plus the DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless 5.1 on each supplying excellent sound in nice upgrades over their original theatrical optical monophonic audio mixes. Both Blu-rays also feature trailers and isolated audio soundtracks in 5.1 mixes as well (scores by Miklos Rozsa and Roy Budd respectively), sounding amazing, plus we get more great illustrated booklets on each respective film with new essays by Julie Kirgo (a different one on each film). Voyage also adds vintage featurettes on Mysterious Island, 3 Worlds of Gulliver (needing a Blu-ray release badly) and Earth vs The Flying Saucers, while Tiger adds the vintage This Is Dynamation featurette.

Anyone searching for the ideal gift for a fan of classic sci-fi and fantasy movies need look no further than these wonderful new offerings from Twilight Time. You can read more about the already issued 1958 7th Voyage Of Sinbad on Blu-ray at this link:


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- Scott Pyle


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