Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (Bilingual) [Import]
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Release Date: 7-OCT-2008
Media Type: DVD
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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.
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 sabre-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 Ray Harryhausen's "eye-popping" special effects in dazzling Technicolor.
FILM FACT: It took Ray Harryhausen 11 months to complete the full Technicolor, widescreen stop-motion animation sequences for ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.’ Ray Harryhausen's "Dynamation" label was used for the first time on this film. Ray Harryhausen gave the Cyclops a horn, furry goat legs, and cloven hooves, an idea based upon the concept of the Greek god Pan. He lifted much of the creature's design, for example the torso, chest, arms, poise and style of movement, from his concept of the Ymir, the Venusian creature from his earlier ‘20 Million Miles to Earth.’ He used the same armature for both figures; to do this, he had to cannibalise the Ymir, removing the latter's latex body.
Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Alec Mango, Danny Green, Harold Kasket, Alfred Brown, Nana DeHerrera, Nino Falanga, Luis Guedes and Virgilio Teixeira
Director: Nathan H.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a must have for any Ray Harryhausen fan or fan of adventure and fantasy the quality of this Blu Ray is beyond pure perfection.Published 2 months ago by Sean
Another,and the best stop motion visual effects of Ray Harryhausen and exciting musical score of the renowned Bernard Herrmann that both compliment each other's work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. R.
This one brought back childhood memories when this genre was at its best. Special effects of the time were cool...The first of the Sinbad trilogy.Published 5 months ago by P.E.B.
A classic movie, just as I remembered it. Love the interviews and other special features included on the DVD.Published 13 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 18 months ago by Doug Gervais
A real throwback to my childhood ! Luv it ! Both sound and pic good !Published 20 months ago by Dennis Rothenburger
The winning combo of Charles Schneer and Ray Harryhausen produced this fantastical version(and most satisfying of them all)starring the Persian mythic hero Sinbad. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2009 by Robert Badgley
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 frances
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