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on 18 December 2005
Its hard to believe that this film was made nearly 20 years after the 7th Voyage of Sinbad - it looks prety much exactly the same. I guess that technology just didn't advance so quickly back in those days without the aid of computers. The formula is bascially the same: Sinbad + evil magician + royalty in need of aid + beautiful women + stop motion monsters = adventure.
The main advances between the two sinbad films is in the script. Its a little more contemporary and genuinely humuorous in places, Sinbad himself is a little more Arabian flavoured than the clean cut Sinbad of 7th Voyage, and Tom Baker makes a great evil wizard whose dark arts visibly age him as the film progresses lending a slightly darker feel to the film.
The thing that lets the film down really is the monsters. Always the main focus of these films, if you don't have decent monsters then you lose a lot of the feel of danger and adventure. The animation is up to Harryhausens usual standards, but a couple of animated statues, a one-eyed centaur and a ragged looking griffon that lasts only a few minutes just don't make for good action. Certainly the six-armed sword wielding statue is masterfully animated and easily the high point of the film action wise, but there is nothing to match the Cyclops or the Dragon from 7th Voyage, in terms of a monster that has character and actually feels threatening and exciting.
Still its worth having for fans of the genre and a good one to watch now and again.
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