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a great old fantasy classic film
on 30 July 2012
I always loved this as a kid, and it only seems to appear on the TV every 6 years or so in the UK. Now we have this timely release to co-incide with the films' 50th birthday and the soon to be released remake.
The film is still fabulous after all this time. Great Techicolour photography, lavish costumes, an energetic cast - including the handsome Kerwin Mathews who had also played Sinbad a few years before. Above all, it has an exciting plot, and keeps the viewer interested and entertained throughout.
Some of the scenes may be a bit scary for the very young, eg under 6, with scenes of ghostly skeleton faces and witches and ogres etc, so this is a PG certificate with that in mind, but this is generally perfect family fare, and kids nowadays see much more than they ought to.
Probably not a good idea to compare this with The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Yes, it has a similar cast, and theme and director, but the animation is a bit jerky and the monsters look fake for the most part. It makes up for it however, with lots of colourful spells and magical touches, and if anything, is less corny than Sinbad, with better dialogue and pace, and certainly a nastier streak running through it than the Sinbad film.
The real shame is the DVD release itself. You would have thought that a film never before released on any home entertainment format in the UK, celebrating it's 50th year, would deserve a real special edition treatment. What do we get here? The film, presented in a sort of widescreen format and with a reasonably nice Technicolour print- although it was shot in 1:37 apparently, so we must be missing top and bottom bits to accomodate the masking, and a reproduction miniature poster. That's it! Not even a trailer. So no interviews - ( admittedly, most of the cast and director are sadly no longer with us, but somebody could have been found to comment on the movie surely?) No making of feature, no production stills or posters. A very sparse release indeed. The movie deserved more I think.