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  • Actors: Sergei Stolyarov, Alla Larionova, Ninel Myshkova, B. Surovtsev, Mikhail Troyanovsky
  • Directors: Aleksandr Ptushko
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Retromedia
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006QAIEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's a double feature of fantasy and spectacle from American International Pictures, which imported a series of foreign films in the early 1960s packed with eye-popping special effects, strange storylines and breathtaking color. Thus came The Day the Earth Froze, in which a witch freezes the world until she achieves her evil desires. Producer Roger Corman also recruited director Francis Ford Coppola to redub and recut a Russian film into The Magic Voyage of Sinbad, a feast of miraculous visuals and lavish settings bound to please every fantasy enthusiast.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyon on October 6, 2006
Format: DVD
A little necessary background:

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hose Nose on May 10, 2009
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Even though the price for this DVD combo disc has dropped considerably since it's initial release I simply could never justify buying it for myself, so one year I asked for it for Christmas. If you must have this DVD, pick up a used copy and save yourself a few bucks. I had long sought the "Sinbad" film, and had enjoyed the lampooning of "Froze" on an old episode of Mystery Science Theater.

The video & audio quality of both films is pretty bad. Looks like both were 'mastered' from old late night TV airings, or a horribly washed out VHS tape. I don't know whether these were originally in some sort of widescreen but I suspect that's the case, so be warned that both of these films are 4x3 pan & scan format. If you're hoping for nice 'Scope version of either movie, you're out of luck. That said, these aren't exactly popular movies available everywhere. In fact, the only other source I'm aware of is Sinister Cinema, and they're $19 each at that site, so for the price ($10 new, $6 used), you can't complain too much.

The "Sinbad" flick 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 in the Bay of Pigs era probably wouldn't generate much box office, so it was re-tooled as a Sinbad story. It is pretty cool, and features some neat visuals.

The Day the Earth Froze is a little hard to follow, but I suspect that this is more the fault of the sloppy adaption of the script into English and the dubbing. It's a fine fantasy film with some amazing visual effects. A note to younger viewers... these were made long before the age of CGI, so if you're expecting realistic F/X and super-detailed visuals you'll be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Marcel on December 8, 2013
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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. Same goes for "Sinbad". But both are fascinating movies in spite of all that.
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By Amaranth on April 20, 2008
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The Kalevala is the Finnish national epic. JRR Tolkien enjoyed reading it- indeed,it inspired "The Lord of the Rings." Little did he know, but the Kalevala also inspired the cheesy Soviet-Finnish epic "The Day the Earth Froze."

In "The Day the Earth Froze",an evil witch (her look clearly inspired that of the wicked queen in "Willow") wants the all-powerful Sampo ("ask for it by name!" to quote the great Joel Hodgson) The Sampo is a magical machine of sorts that makes gold, flour, and salt. There are some hilarious struggles between her and the good guys. Of course,the leading man has the requisite B movie Prince Valiant 'do. As for the earth freezing, it doesn't happen until the last 20 minutes. If you want iced earth, watch "Day after tomorrow" instead. In "Day the Earth Froze", good triumphs over evil playing easy listening music.

"The Day the Earth Froze" is hilariously bad. Mystery Science Theater 3000 skewered it wonderfully. They grilled it--making it good viewing on a cold night!
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brent Powers on March 4, 2005
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"The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" was originally a lovely Russian film, based on Rimski-Korsakov's opera, "Sadko", which Roger Corman bought for AIP back in the early 1960s and then hired Jack Woods to write a dubbing script which transformed the whole thing into an Arabian Nights fantasy. This in an effort to cash in on the popularity of such fare at the time ("The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad", etc.) I was directly involved in the whole process of improving upon the original material. At the time I was an aspiring actor of sixteen and Mr. Woods was my agent. He worked mostly as an editor, but got to know Corman at some point, who persuaded him to go into the dubbing business. He completed a few projects which did reasonably well as matinee fillers and drive-in make out movies, such as "Pirate of the Blackhawk" and "Atlas". When he came to "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad", I was called in as an editing assistant and dubbing actor. I provided the voice for young Hadabad, who runs away with the famous Sailor on his quest for the ... um ... "Bird of Happiness". In the course of my own adventures behind the scenes I met Mr. Corman (he held up his hand to shake in such a way that I thought he meant me to kiss his class ring, which I did), even worked with him directly in the editing room and on the dubbing stage, where he hung out and himself filled in voices for crowd scenes. It is unfortunate that it cannot be distinguished from any of the others, for he had a lovely voice at the time, together with a quite ironed and pressed and neatly parted collegiate look that was then quite the chick magnet (he appears in the same guise for "Godfather II", where he plays a member of the Senate Committee).Read more ›
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