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Sinbad Of The Seven Seas (1989)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Lou Ferrigno is a very likable guy, which is why even after attempts at other hero roles and a lame attempt to replace him with CG animation in Ang Lee’s horrific Hulk feature film, he is still liked and still remembered as the one and only Hulk.  Nevertheless, he did try to be Hercules and Sinbad, but eventually was lured back to be Hulk in more TV films that were at least as good as his theatrical features, which does not say much.  Playing Hercules makes sense, but when the guys who ran Cannon Films tried to make him Sinbad in veteran Enzo G. Castellari’s Sinbad Of The Seven Seas (1989), they still dubbed his voice with someone who could never have had Lou’s body and no one went to see it.


Taking on the evil Jaffar, which worked much better in the recent animated Sinbad from Disney, you wonder why Ferrigno just did not run over and smack him around for ten minutes.  However, this is a bad movie and even Lou’s might cannot overcome lame writing, very bad visual effects, phony sets and a sense of magic that is just plain dumb.  When Columbia Pictures did what are considered still the best live action Sinbad films to date, they had the stop motion animation genius of Ray Harryhausen.  Too bad the producers here could not have found more talent on that end.  At least Lou got his paycheck, we hope.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 is soft and shows its age, though the process shots and other dated effects make this print look worse, something digital high definition could not even fix.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is flat and dull, and when Ferrigno’s dubber kicks in, the sound is too forward and phony.  The only extra is an unexciting trailer.  Maybe if they do that threatened Hulk sequel, they could dump the CG with Ang Lee and get Ferrigno back.  It’s better than the Hulk looking like Shrek, which is almost how bad this film is.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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