Thief of Bagdad [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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A triumph of film-making, ‘The Thief of Bagdad’ is one of legendary producer Alexander Korda's best-loved films and remains the benchmark for spectacular fantasy to this day. This multiple OSCAR® winning film is a magical, atmospheric epic its sumptuous art direction and beguiling special effects making it the definitive vision of the famous Arabian Nights tale. ‘The Thief of Bagdad’ is featured here in a High Definition transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
Imprisoned by the evil Grand Vizier Jaffar, Ahmad the rightful King of Bagdad meets young Abu, the greatest thief in the land. Together they escape and embark on a series of fantastical adventures, only just surviving a terrifying encounter with a Djinn, from whom Abu manages to extract three wishes...
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1940 Academy Awards®: Won: Best Color Art Direction for Vincent Korda. Won: Best Color Cinematography for Georges Perinal. Won: Best Special Effects for Lawrence W. Butler. Won: Best Special Effects for Jack Whitney. Nominated: Best Original Score for Miklos Rozsa. Alexander Korda had intended to cast Vivien Leigh as the Princess, but she went to Hollywood to be with Laurence Olivier. All primary cast members are deceased. Leslie Phillips CBE and Dame Cleo Laine, both of whom had uncredited roles.Read more ›
I admit, having really enjoyed Network's blu ray release of The Lady Vanishes, I was a bit let down by this. The restoration is pretty good, especially in the sound (it's not up to modern stereo but it is clear, and a lot better than the version I last saw on tv which made Conrad Veidt's voice vibrate like an old school soprano); detail jumps out at you, and it is as bright and gaudy as an Arabian Nights fantasy should be. But the picture jumped several times during the film. There was no serious loss of dialogue or plot, but it did become quite jarring and I have not seen it in other Network blu rays. Possibly this is a bad pressing, but it looked to me like faults on the film which had not been properly fixed. I am not 100% sure but at one point it looked as if the sound had gone a little out of sync following a momentary skip.
The other problem I have is that the colour looked a bit off in places. I'm pretty sure that at least one of these spots was in the film last time I watched it on tv, but not others. And the quality of the blu ray image has not been kind to the special effects at all. I know a lot of viewers insist on no retouching but a little softening of lines here and there would not have done any harm.
When it comes to extras there are very few - a theatrical trailer, photo gallery, and a gallery of promotional material like posters . The latter was actually quite interesting - I had no idea they had released tie-in materials like colouring books to go with the film! There are some poster images on the inside of the case insert too, which I thought a nice touch.Read more ›
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Yes absolutely superb movie brought back so many memories seeing this film as a child. The colours sound etc for such an old film are wonderful i cannot praise it enough. Read morePublished 17 days ago by erick s.
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