The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
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It's an incredible cinematic adventure as the legendary Sinbad sets off on a dangerous journey to the mysterious Island of Colossus. His quest is to break the spell cast over his beloved princess by a diabolical magician. But before he can save her, Sinbad must battle an awesome collection of mythical monsters, the man-eating Cyclops, a saber-wielding skeleton, a ferocious two-headed bird called the Roc and a fire-breathing dragon. Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher and highlighted by the stunning visual effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen. Now in a pristine, hi-definition transfer that captures the magic of Harryhausen's "eye-popping" special effects in dazzling Technicolor.
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I was a 7, almost 8, year old poor boy whose heroes were Mickey Mantle and Elvis Presley, when I first saw this amazing film at a small local theater for 25 cents! (I am not joking. I was part of a white minority living in a mostly Hispanic and Black low income neighborhood where Frosty Malts were 15 cents, a Big Hunk was a nickel, movie posters were hypnotizing, and the local theater smelled like old tennis shoes. I mention this only to give a glimpse of the setting in which the miracle occurred.)
This first viewing of the film impacted me so deeply, so forcefully, that to this day some 46 years later, my strong memory of its phenomenal colors, forms, and sounds even includes intense particular memories of the dark, shabby, musty little theater interior itself on that very day. Sometimes memories are so powerful they become symbolic for us. This is one of those.
I was very far from being an egghead type of kid, but I had considerable powers of concentration, focus, and retaining when something really interested me and from the moment I saw the poster behind the glass advertizing the 'coming attraction' called THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, I was ready to give it my all. And when that seemingly fated afternoon came, I did so. I took in everything, I listened very carefully to the dialogue, I watched every little movement on that big screen that was so amazing in a neighborhood where many people did not even have a television.Read more ›
The monsters' scenes remained a childhood memory more vivid than anything else I had seen on TV or in the movies. Then, a good 20 years later, we got our first vcr, a beta. At the neighborhood video rental store, I chanced upon this title. I thought, what the hell, I'll rent this just for kicks, it should be fun. But as I watched it again, I found myself reliving my childhood wonder and awe. Not exactly a just-for-kicks viewing experience.
Now, another 20 years later, I'm the proud owner of a DVD copy of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. The film, digitally transferred with remarkable sharpness and clarity, remains as spectacular as it was way back in 1958. The cast is still impressive, the costumes realistic, and the sets and locations awesome. But of course, the real stars are the monsters, brought to three-dimensional life by the undisputed master of stop-motion animation, Ray Harryhausen.
Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury once said that as young men, he and Harryhausen made a pact that they would grow old but never grow up. What Harryhausen probably didn't realize was that he would influence a lot of people -- myself included -- into following that same path.
Kerwin Matthews stars in the lead,who,as the film opens,is carrying home on his ship the princess of Chandra,Parisa(Kathyrn Grant);to which he is pledged in matrimony.While they make a brief stop on the island of Collosa for provisions,they come to the aid of an evil magician Sokourah(Torin Thatcher),who is being chased by a Cyclops.In the process of fleeing the magician looses his magic lamp to it.
His wishes foiled to return to the island, Sinbad sails home to Baghdad with the disgruntled magaician.The night before the wedding of Sinbad and the princess,the magician deliberately shrinks the princess down to a tiny size in order to force them to take him back to Collosa for the remedy to her condition.
With no choice Sinbad is forced to return to Collosa.Along the way Sinbad and the few loyal to him squelch a mutiny,thanks in big part to wailing demons on an island they pass south of Collosus.Once they reach the island,Sokourah deliberately splits them into two parties.Sinbad's group get's caught and caged by the Cyclops and Sokourah does nothing to help.With the princess's help they get free and lure the Cyclops to its' death.When they get back on track(now together and with Sinbad holding the newly re-acquired lamp)they find an egg and kill its'occupant,a baby Roc-a big two headed bird.The shell is a key ingredient needed to transform the princess back but Sakourah insists on getting to his castle to successfully complete the spell.The group is then confronted by the mother Roc who is none too pleased about her offspring,and she manages to even the score with them.Read more ›
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A classic movie, just as I remembered it. Love the interviews and other special features included on the DVD.Published 7 months ago by TNT
A great piece of stop-motion animation. The monster fights were quite well done for the special effects at the time, especially when the dragon fights the Cyclops. Many thanks!Published 13 months ago by Doug Gervais
A real throwback to my childhood ! Luv it ! Both sound and pic good !Published 14 months ago by Dennis Rothenburger
One of the most entertaining films of the 1950s is this entry of Sinbad's voyage to the mysterious island of Colossa to retrieve a magic lamp coveted by an evil sorcerer. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
If you love classic films and you love special effects, then you are undoubtedly passionate about the films of legendary Ray Harryhausen, and this is one of his best. Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by audrey pierce
Remember in "Monsters, Inc." where the hottest nightclub in town was called Harryhausen's? Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by wiredweird
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a great film. It is one of the greatest monster fantasy films ever made. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
It must have been the biggest thrill to see this film on the screen
in 1958. Great direction,great cast,great score and best of all the
magic of Dynamation! Read more
I don't have this movie any more, but when I did, I'd watch this movie all've the time. The story's about Sinbad trying to save his love one from a mad sorcerer that is hiding on... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004
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