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The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad / The Day The Earth Froze

3.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Sergei Stolyarov, Alla Larionova, Ninel Myshkova, B. Surovtsev, Mikhail Troyanovsky
  • Directors: Aleksandr Ptushko
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Retromedia
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006QAIEG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,680 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad / The Day The Earth Froze" on IMDb

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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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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 rough and only marginally acceptable. Looks like both were 'mastered' from old late night TV airings or a really beat up VHS tape. I don't know about Sindbad, but The Day the Earth Froze was originally in some sort of widescreen. BOTH of these English language TV edits are cropped for 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 ($26 new, $6 used), you can't complain too much.

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.
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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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