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Seventh Voyage of Sinbad [Blu-ray] [1958] [US Import]

Kerwin Mathews    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kerwin Mathews
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DB6J4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A major Columbia Pictures release in glorious Technicolor, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad was one of Hollywood's first modern fantasy action blockbusters. On a mission to rescue his fiancée, the Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant), Kerwin Mathews acquits himself well as Sinbad, while Torin Thatcher is a suitably malevolent magician who has shrunken the princess in a bid to get Sinbad to undertake a perilous quest. Truth be told, no one remembers Ray Harryhausen films for the script or the acting; the real stars are the still impressive action set-pieces, a battle with a cyclops, a giant Roc, a dragon, and a duelling skeleton; this last anticipating a much more lavish battle with skeleton warriors in Jason and the Argonauts. The cast may be all-American rather than Arab but even so, everything about this film works, from the fabulous set design of the Sultan's palace which evokes a real fairytale atmosphere, to Bernard Herrmann's truly classic score.

On the DVD: The film exhibits a strong anamorphically enhanced 1.85-1 ratio image, with powerful mono sound. At about 80 minutes, the extras last almost as long as the movie. The most important and extensive addition is "The Harryhausen Chronicles", a documentary, while "This is Dynamation" gives an introduction to the stop-motion animation process itself. Ray Harryhausen is an affable host, a modest man who talks engagingly about his work in a way that really makes one appreciate the sheer ingenuity and skill which went into making not just The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, but also Jason and the Argonauts, the subject of a further featurette on the disc. On top of this there are trailers for the aforementioned films, plus one for the disappointing but still fun Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Overall, a first-class film on an equally good DVD. --Gary S. Dalkin



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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Arabian Nights Classic! 21 July 2003
Format:DVD
We've all seen these movies a dozen times as they always seem to be a staple of Christmas TV but the DVD editions of Ray Harryhausen's monster movies are a great buy nonetheless - no more advert interruptions for one thing!
The only real problem is that the films themselves are pretty pedestrian and don't live up to the innovation and character of Harryhausen's stop-motion creatures. 7th Voyage definitely has a good crop - the horned Cyclops, the Roc, the Dragon and the living skeleton (a dry run for the unbelievable sequence in the later Jason and the Argonauts). Ray Harryhausen was, amazingly, a one man operation who never even had an assistant to help creating the effects. The great designs and the individual characters he created for the monsters are the reason thirtysomethings like me were over the moon to finally be able to get these films to own.
One thing still makes me chuckle - Kerwin Matthews is a pretty white-bread Sinbad with his cleanshaven face and 50's crewcut! By the time of the later Golden Voyage the producers obviously felt comfortable enough to ethinicise Sinbad a bit and give him a turban, beard and funny "arabian" accent.
The great addition on this disk in the documentary "The Harryhausen Chronicles" narrated by Leanoard Nimoy. It has some fascinating footage of stuff Harryhausen did as a teenager in his parent's garage (which is amazingly professional) and some charming shorts for a series of fairy stories (Hansel and Gretel, etc.) plus the great man himself talking about his career and how he approached the different scenes and creatures he created. This disk is a fine tribute to a master and innovator in the field of special effects and easily one of the most influential film makers in history.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad 25 Jun 2006
By Dave Kraven VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
One of the best and most visually impressive of the Sinbad movies, the story follows Captain Sinbad and his crew on a perilous journey to find a magic lamp that's guarded by an array of fantastic looking monsters, which includes a 30ft-tall cyclops, a fire-breathing dragon and a two-headed bird, after Sokurah the Magician orders him to. The cast are well picked with outstanding performances from Kerwin Matthews as Sinbad and Kathryn Grant as the beautiful Princess Parisa but Torin Thatcher's portrayal of the evil Sokurah makes him one of the best villains I've ever seen. Yet they're all overshadowed by the wonderful stop-motion effects of the monsters, thanks to the brilliant mind of Ray Harryhausen, and the vivacious points-of-view of the island that really steal the show which makes this a definite family favourite.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film and an indispensable resource. 17 May 2000
Format:DVD
This film is just great fun to watch. It was the first appearance of Dynamation, Ray Harryhausens special brand of stop-motion animation, and it was in colour. For this alone it is worth buying. However, if you are a budding animator then this DVD is an absolutely essential purchase. The extra features will teach you more about the art and techniques of animation then practically any other DVD on the market. The disk is full of features on Ray Harryhausen's work from his first dinosaur animation made in his garage at home to his masterpiece 'Jason and the Argonauts' with insights into how and why he did things.
It is amazing to think that modern films have huge teams of animators to produce their creatures and effects. This film had a team of one : Ray Harryhausen. Enjoy !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why bother 3 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I must agree with a previous review the film itself is a classic, this review is purely based on the blu ray transfer, and if this is the best transfer they could achieve I have to ask
WHY BOTHER ?
The original DVD played through a blu ray player and upscaled is a far superior copy to this.
I have to say the best thing about this transfer is the case which promises a far better picture then the actual transfer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful blu ray 6 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Not going to review the actual movie itself,its a classic thast we have all seen.However,the blu ray transfer is pretty much dire.Yes,its an 1958 film, but i have seen far better transfers of films of similar age,if not older.The picture is very grainy,blurred at times,with a few seconds of clarity every now and then.In fact, i played my normal dvd version- which upgraded on my blu ray player,was far better, so stick with the normal dvd if you have it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boys' adventure 6 April 2003
Format:DVD
I've watched all three Sinband movies with my five-year-old son - The Seventh Voyage is far and away the best. There's a wonderful sense of adventure in this tale, helped by great monsters and other characters like the Princess, the Magician and the Genie.The story rattles along from one great set piece to the next, with a dramatic score that would put much of today's movie music to shame. Sinbad himself cuts a dash. Together, it makes Eye of the Tiger (with what looks like Bagpuss in a leading role) and the Golden Voyage, both made much later, seem unwatchably drab and dated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinbad 25 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have a new found love of old "plasticine monster" films... takes me back to my childhood watching Jason and the Argonauts every year on TV
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great service 25 Jan 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
great film too, is it too late to wish a happy 2013? I think not :)
all the best, cheers
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5.0 out of 5 stars swashbuckling
oh yes, such swashbuckling fun. this is a golden oldie and is just action packed family fun and viewing from start to finish.
Published 26 days ago by julie flitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes this film.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinbad dvd
Brought back lots of memories for my daughter as she loved this film when she was young. Very good quality and would recommend.
Published 11 months ago by harley
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Dynamation.
Captain Sindbad and his crew land on the island Colossa and come under attack from a Cyclops. Aided by the magician Sokurah and his magic lamp, they manage to escape back on board... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars The little woman
We find ourselves as one of the crews as Sinbad (Kerwin Mathews) is tricked into the seventh voyage to restore his beloved princes Parisa (Kathryn Grant) to her previous... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies
Innocent sailing trip turns into nightmarish battle for survival against a 50 foot giant.

This is 50s fantasy at it's best. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2009 by Simon D. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars 7TH VOYAGE BEGINS...
This Ray Harryhausen Film Is the Great Movie Movie that made me crazy on sinbad. This shows the tale of Sinbad the sailor From Bagdad woh sails out to the island of collosa where... Read more
Published on 7 April 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad is a lovely, romantic story but people seem to think it's better than Jason and the Argonauts. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2004 by "laurakitney"
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