"Happiness must be earned," is the motto; Fairbanks and his director Raoul Walsh certainly don't short-change their audience in bringing it to life. The effects are stunning, with a particularly gruesome slaying of a monster. Every scene is crammed with detail and incident. Fairbanks is a whirlwind of muscular, balletic flamboyance. And while his princess (Julanne Johnson) is a stereotype of vapidity, there's gleamingly malevolent support from Anna May Wong as the evil Mongol Slave Girl. Over two hours of sheer enjoyment belie the notion that cinematic sophistication is a modern achievement.
On the DVD: The Thief of Bagdad disc presents the restored and remastered print (the tints have a luminous quality) complete with a 1975 score by master organist Gaylord Carter--you can almost feel the Wurlitzer rising from the pit of your entertainment centre. The audio essay, written by film historian R Dixon Smith, is an invaluable extra, providing essential information on how the picture was made and how the art designers played with proportion to create many of the visual tricks and a fantastical atmosphere. --Piers Ford
This is a silent film and as usual the musical soundtrack is fairly ghastly, but Fairbanks has charisma to die for - eat your heart out Clooney - and the sets are magnificent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Russell
One of the best films EVER on Blu-ray,a must for any film fan.Published 8 months ago by agent smith
This movie provided magic in my childhood. It was when England was all English and the Arab World was purely exotic and magical. Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Parsley
I can't quiet comprehend the thought ,why it took so long for me to discover this masterpiece of a movie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hallau
...get the version which uses Rimsky Korsakov's Scherezade. Trust me on this and then it will be a beautiful, surreal experiencePublished 13 months ago by Craigmeister
And probably not a movie today's children would enjoy watching. Still, Douglas Fairbanks is good looking, almost as much as Valentino!Published on 26 Dec. 2012 by Wanderer75