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Sinbad The Sailor [DVD]
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First ever time on DVD of this 1947 classic Adventure film. In full technicolor. Suave swashbuckler Sinbad the Sailor (Douglas Fairbanks Jr) embarks on an action-filled adventure when he lands on a tropical island in search of Alexander the Great's missing treasure. In his journey with his friend Abbu (George Tobias), Sinbad rescues and claims property of a drifting boat; he meets the ambitious and gorgeous Shireen (Maureen O Hara) and falls in love with her; he is chased by the evil Emir (Anthony Quinn) who wants the treasure to become one of the most powerful men in the world; and meets dangerous Melik, who will stop at nothing and will kill anyone to get the treasure.
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Sinbad (Fairbanks Jr.) regales all about his Eighth Voyage, where he went to the fabled island of Deryabar in search of the lost treasure of Alexander the Great.
There's so much good about Sinbad the Sailor, the lush colour photography, the skilfully constructed sets and paintings, Roy Webb's evocative score, costuming to dazzle the eyes and Fairbanks Junior with energy and athleticism to burn. The trouble is that RKO only push the boat out half way, for they have let the writers come up with a very verbose screenplay, one which is painfully stretched to nearly two hours of film! For a family fantasy adventure film there is a surprisingly small amount of action to entertain the masses. When it comes, in dribs and drabs, it's well put together and a merciful relief, but alas, more elongated passages of barely worthwhile dialogue is just around the corner.
Still, the good points in the production are reason enough to sit through the two hours. Even the casting decisions, that sees American, Irish, Austrian & Mexican actors playing Asians, are forgiven given the gusto and charm they put into their respective roles. But don't be fooled, the poster proclaimed it as "One Of The Greatest Adventures Of All Times", that would be true, if only they had shaved about 30 minutes off of the first hour! 6/10
Footnote: There is yet to be a decent print of this film transfered onto DVD.
Naturally, unfairly perhaps, I compare this with that.
I'm afraid I couldn't really follow the story but did enjoy the action as any big kid would. But, it's the little things that let this film down. Ravens that fly as though they're on a piece of wire and some of the sets look very false. The costumes are good, colourful and extravagant but in the version I saw, as others have said, sound is distorted, at any volume and the picture quality isn't so great either, despite the Technicolor.
Douglas Fairbanks Jnr definitely looks the part - dashing, mischievous and oriental. Maureen O'Hara literally lights up the screen; gorgeous, entrancing, mysterious. And Anthony Quinn, as the baddie has his trademark twinkle in his eye.
Maybe I'm seeing this movie for the first time 35 years too late as now, as an adult, I see the faults and not the awe, the glamour and spectacle. Whether or not it still holds bewilderment and enjoyment, especially over its entire near 2 hours, for today's ten year olds, that is a very different matter and a very significant one, both for parents and TV programmers.
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Yes its colourful in a gaudy kind of way, but Fairbanks is easily the most irritating Sinbad I have ever seen and to compound the matter there is just too much emphasis on comedy... Read morePublished 12 months ago by AJ
This takes me back to my childhood. I could barely remember it but it was good, old fashioned fun. They certainly don't make them like this anymorePublished 13 months ago by Geoff Walker