The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad / The Day The Earth Froze
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SADKO is a Russian fable about a harpist living in Novgorod who charms the Sea King and winds up rich. He also winds up sailing overseas to sell wares and, during a storm, is forced overboard where he once again charms the Sea King with his harp and is compelled to chose a wife from among the King's maidens before finding his way home to happily-everlasting-ness. (This has been turned into a famous opera by Rimsky-Korsakov called SAKDO.)
KALEVALA (pronounced: kah-lay-vah'-lah) is a Finnish epic poem compiled by Finnish poet Elias Lönnrot. It is at the heart of the Finnish culture and very familiar and dear to them. A few characters crop up thru out the poem. As does the magical Sampo which would spare the owners the rigor of work.
Which brings me to the movies:
THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD was a Soviet Union's filming of SADKO dubbed by American Capitalist running dog Roger Corman into a Sinbad story. So now Sinbad is a tall, stocky blonde with heavy fur clothes to keep out the heat. The city of Novgorod substitutes for an Arabic city. But, even more ludicrious is the effort by the Soviet filmmakers, halfway thru the country's failed experiment in Socialism, to turn Sadko into a self-sacrificing proletariat (christians and liberals will be turned on by the message, too).
I can still recommend this film because the cinematography perfectly evokes a fairy tale, and the story can be enjoyable if you manage to put away your sophistication and see it thru a youngster's eyes. I saw it as a young teenager, and the scene with the Bird of Happiness with Rimsky-Korsakov's SONG OF INDIA filling my ears is one I recalled for all these years and caused me to search for the film until I finally found it again.Read more ›
THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD was originally a Russian film that had nothing to do with the Arabian adventurer's exploits, but the distributors figured (with good reason) that a story about a heroic Commie released during the Bay of Pigs era probably wouldn't generate much box office, so the script was re-tooled into a Sinbad tale. It is a pretty cool film and features some fairly ambitious though uneven visual effects. The Bird of Happiness is a pretty amazing effect, considering the time in which this film was made. Even though "Sinbad" is a blonde here, you really have to admit that otherwise the story as a whole does fit the mold of the traditional Arabian Knight escapades quite well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was a bit corny but it was all right. The special effects were not done by the same guy as in Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
It was not off the same quality.
I remember seeing this movie years ago. It was great seeing it all over again. Thank you! GregPublished 18 months ago by gregory trengove
Theatrical representations from a Russian director. One based on the Kalevala and one on a Russian, maybe Ukrainian, folk tale. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Dan Nelson
It was not clear what I am renting- on the little picture in the corner i could read " The magic voyage of Sinbad" PLUS "The day earth froze" - if it mention... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Laura
Too bad the edition of "Day the Earth froze" is not complete and doesn't have the original soundtrack, as well. The quality of the picture is poor, too. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Mr. P. Marcel
The Magic Voyage of Sinbad is a new and unexpected screening for Sinbad adventurers. It's an older version,but it's new vision for viewers. I really enjoy watching it. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Vandella's Views
If you go into these with the understanding that the films are old and a little rough around the edges--and strangely dubbed--your expectations will be exceeded a hundredfold. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by Tome Raider
Bought his for my collection of early classics but was disappointed with acting, direction, and special effects even for its time.Published on September 12, 2009 by Joe Seda
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