Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

From the great city of Bagdad comes Prince Sinbad, a heroic sea captain that must battle his way through the perilous island of Colossa in order to save the Princess Parisa and stop the impending war that threatens his home! THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD is an epic fantasy adventure that is best known for the ground-breaking stop-motion animation by classic special visual effects creator Ray Harryhausen. Here, Harryhausen releases a hoven cyclops, the two-headed vulture known as the roc, a fire-breathing dragon, and most impressively, a sword-wielding skeleton that duels with Sinbad in an incredibly choreographed fight sequence. Inspired by mentor and collaborator Willis O'Brien (KING KONG), Harryhausen extends the capabilities of the artform to its furthest reaches, with spectacular results. The rich, saturated color palette and exotic locations transports the viewer to an entirely new world where mythical monsters and magic truly exist. Kerwin Mathews is dashing and debonair as the swashbuckling hero, facing off against a manipulative and scheming Torin Thatcher in the role of the powerful magician Sokurah. Though it is mainly known for the early work contributed by Harryhausen, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD shows all of the exciting action and high fantasy of a classic adventure film, and continues to impress audiences fifty years following its original release.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, check out:
CLASH OF THE TITANS, THE VIKINGS, KING KONG.



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7 comments:

  1. Also worth viewing is Jason and the Argonauts, effects also by Harryhausen.

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  2. I'm actually swapping DVDs with my buddy from work who hasnt seen Sinbad but has Jason, so I should have that up here shortly! Looking forward to it, I grew up on Clash of the Titans but I havent seen any of the other Harryhausen films =D

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  3. I do so love this movie. I adore the Harryhausen stop motion work. I still prefer the original Clash of the Titans to the new one. Primarily because of the animation. Bobo is just not the same in CGI.

    Cheers!

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  4. All the Sinbad's are a lot of fun. My fave is GOLDEN VOYAGE. They really nailed the Arabian adventure tone perfectly in that one. I remember seeing 7TH VOYAGE when video stores first popped up and it cost $7 to rent a single tape.

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  5. I rarely even pay $7 to own nowadays, I cant even imagine paying $7 to rent back when video stores first opened, that is crazy! Im hoping to check out the other Sinbad adventures soon here

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  6. To buy tapes was even more expensive. They were anywhere from $50 to $100 a VHS tape.

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  7. Cheers. Well said..

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