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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Much Better Film Than Given Credit For
The third of Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad films has gotten a bad rap over the years for Beverly Cross' script (which Harryhausen co-authored) and some of the performances, notably Patrick Wayne as Sinbad. The rap is largely unfair, for the film is quite entertaining, though admittedly flawed (mostly because of Sam Wanamaker's choppy direction), thanks to a strong cast and...
Published on November 5, 1999 by Michael Daly

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3.0 out of 5 stars A real trip
well, the first time I saw 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger', I was 5 years old, home from school watching afternoon television with the smell of Vicks in my nose...and let me tell you, it really added to the already amazing special effects of this movie. I would highly recommend it... not only does it have the devastatingly beautiful young Jane Seymour, but Sinbad is...
Published on November 27, 1998 by Rachel Kingman


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Much Better Film Than Given Credit For, November 5, 1999
The third of Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad films has gotten a bad rap over the years for Beverly Cross' script (which Harryhausen co-authored) and some of the performances, notably Patrick Wayne as Sinbad. The rap is largely unfair, for the film is quite entertaining, though admittedly flawed (mostly because of Sam Wanamaker's choppy direction), thanks to a strong cast and Ray Harryhausen's always-pleasing animation.
The story revolves around Kassim, the caliph of Baghdad, who mysteriously disappears around the time of his coronation. Sinbad, arriving in Baghdad both to sell cargo and also to see the caliph's sister (Jane Seymour, who here plays a princess and still looks like one 22 years later), is drawn into a trap by Rafi (Kurt Christian) and his evil mother, the witch Zenobia (Margaret Whiting). Barely escaping an attack by three sword-wielding fire mutants (Harryhausen's stop-motion swordfights always seemed to get better with each passing film), Sinbad finds Kassim's sister and a baboon - Kassim, turned into such by Zenobia.
To break Zenobia's spell, Sinbad and crew enlist a wizard, Master Malanthius and his daughter Dione (Taryn Power), and must sail for Hyperborea, a land at the North Pole immune to the polar region's frost. But Zenobia and Rafi are following, aided by a mechanical beast known as Minaton.
This film features quite a bit of character animation by Harryhausen. His monsters have always had distinct personalities - only Harryhausen could make a rampaging Allosaur like Gwangi villainous and completely sympathetic all at once - but here he imbues them with ever greater warmth, not only in the baboon Kassim (the most chilling scene comes when the animated Baboon sees himself in a mirror, and is driven to grief. Some have criticized the scene because Kassim has known he was a baboon for a great deal of time, but it makes sense that he would still come to grief upon actually seeing himself in a mirror) but also in Trog, a prehistoric giant who "is as frightened of us as we of him," as Malanthius notes. Kassim and Dione befriend Trog, and when Kassim is finally liberated of Zenobia's spell, we feel genuine regret as Trog is killed by Zenobia, now taking the form of a Smilodon (the titular tiger). This battle is unusually gruesome, and ranks a close second to Gwangi vs. the styracosaur as Harryhausen's finest animated clash.
An unusually high number of matte FX shots are used, adding nicely to the fantasy element of the film. In all, the film succeeds quite well.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A real trip, November 27, 1998
well, the first time I saw 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger', I was 5 years old, home from school watching afternoon television with the smell of Vicks in my nose...and let me tell you, it really added to the already amazing special effects of this movie. I would highly recommend it... not only does it have the devastatingly beautiful young Jane Seymour, but Sinbad is quite dashing, and the monsters and scenarios are genuinely intriguing. The animation, especially on the Tiger and in the Tiger/Cyclops-monster battle scene is amazing for its time, and the man who created it must have had the patience of a saint. The movie is worth watching just for its old-style animation effects alone. Beleive me, the images of it come back in your dreams.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Adventure Romp, January 18, 2008
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While it's definitely not the best Ray Harryhausen "Sinbad" adventure, it's sure does stand tall against a lot of its modern competition. Flip on any SciFi Channel or network television remake of any of the wonderful Sinbad adventures, and you'll find that "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" is a whole lot more fun. It features wonderful, over-the-top acting and camp from Margaret Whiting as the evil Zenobia and the always excellent Patrick Troughton (the classic "Doctor Who") as the wise and wiley Melanthius. It also features excellent stop-motion animation from the godfather of modern special effects, Ray Harryhausen.

In this adventure, Sinbad (Patrick Wayne, the Duke's boy) and company take port in Charak, where Princess Farah (Jane Seymour) is distressed over the condition of her brother, Kassim, who has been turned into a baboon by stepmother and local witch (in more ways than one) Zenobia. You see, in order for Sinbad and Farah to get married, the Caliph has to bless their union. The only problem is that the would-be Caliph, Kassim, is unable to do so because of his primate problem. With no one to properly take the throne, Zenobia has plans to put her son in power and rule the kingdom through him.

In order to save both Kassim and their love for one another, Sinbad, Farah, and Sinbad's crew set off to find the old mystic, Melanthius. He seems to be the only person capable of helping them. To stop Sinbad, though, Zenobia and her son animate a bronze Minaton (think Minotaur but really shiny) to row their own boat in pursuit. After finding Melanthius and his beautiful daughter, Dione (Taryn Power), the group sets out to find a mysterious pyramid that can save Kassim's life. The only problem is that if they get there too late, Kassim will lose all sense of humanity and fully become a baboon. Can Sinbad save the day? Will he survive the attacks of a giant walrus, a wicked killer bee, demons, a Troglodite, and a sabre-toothed tiger? Stay tuned to find out.

This film is G-rated, but I should note that there is some brief, non-sexual nudity involving Seymour and Power that some may not appreciate their children seeing. To be honest, though, the nudity involves a sunning/bathing scene and will most likely not provoke certain "thoughts" except for in the minds of a particular demographic of young males. Parents should preview this part of the film, though, if nudity is a problem for them. Viewers should also know that the violence in this film is quite a bit excessive in some spots with youngsters in mind, especially when the Trog and the sabre-toothed tiger have a run-in. This might put off some smaller children more than the brief nudity.

This tale, while not up to par with the other Sinbad adventures that Harryhausen oversaw as special effects head, features two of his best creations: the Trog and the baboon. The Trog's emotions bleed through and actually becomes a legitimate character. The same can be said of the baboon. The baboon plays games with his sister, shows fear and anger, and even falls in love with Dione as the film rolls along. Do not let the less-than-spectacular plotline ruin the chance to see these two creations in action.

I recommend this tale to anybody who loves old-fashioned adventures. I highly recommend it to fans of special effects development over the years. Be sure to check out other Harryhausen creations as well. Most of the stories are in the monster/epic adventure vein, but they are all wonderful stories. You'll enjoy them all.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable SInbad film, December 1, 2006
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I really liked this film, I dont see why some dont, it has great stop animation and Patrick Watne was not that bad as Sinbad. This movie still excels in being a great fantasy film. It was a shame this would be the last SInbad film to be released(LIVE ACTION I MEAN). Maybe one day someone will get smart in Hollywood and realize SInabad is a great cvhracter and needs some treatment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing, January 21, 2005
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Russell W. Husted "allister52" (Williamsburg, Va United States) - See all my reviews
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I first saw Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger in the movie theater

years ago and I loved it. I haven't seen it recently,but I would

like to. The film kept my attention all the way through. I thoroughly disagree that the acting was bad. I thought it was

pretty good myself. Frankly,if you are not into science-fiction

and fantasy as I am,you can't expect to enjoy any film.

Anyway,even if you don't enjoy the acting,the special effects

are terrific. For me this was a truly memorable film that I

would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Although not quite as strong as the 7th or golden voyage, this Sinbad entry still manages to be entertaining., December 17, 2013
The last in Ray Harryhausen's trilogy of Sinbad movies, "Sinbad and The Eye of The Tiger" may be a lesser entry in the series but it's still a fine family flick and a lot of fun to watch. The negatives include Patrick Wayne as Sinbad who looks the part but is as wooden and stiff as the figurehead that came to life the preceding film (and the best in the trilogy IMHO) "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad". Nevertheless, Wayne has the physicality and swagger necessary for the role.

SPOILERS:

Sinbad docks at Charak and seeks the permission from Prince Kassim to marry Kassim's sister, Princess Farah (Jane Seymour)(how many princesses is he going to marry?). He is immediately attacked by demonic ghouls (which reminds me of the Selenites from "First Men in the Moon"--possibly Harryhausen used the same armature for the ghouls here) and, once inside the city, discovers that Kassim has been cursed by his wicked step-mother Zenobia (Margaret Whiting) turning him into a baboon prior to being crowned caliph.

Sinbad takes to the sea once again this time to find the Greek alchemist Melanthius (Patrick Troughton--the second Dr. Who alumni to appear in a Harryhausen film) who can cure Kassim. Zenobia and her son (who she hopes to have crowned as caliph) race to stop Sinbad with their ship powered by a golden minotar that Zenobia has brought to life.

END OF SPOILERS:

"Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" met with mixed critical reaction after the successful "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" (also available on Blu-ray from Twilight Time) and while "Tiger" did well at the box office, it failed to reach the heights of "Golden". Harryhausen admitted that the production was rushed and that it wasn't his best work. The slow pacing compared to "Golden" and being released in the wake of "Star Wars" robbed "Tiger" of some of its luster--regardless, it's an entertaining movie taken for what it is although it's largely a step back after "Golden".

The biggest problem with "Tiger" is the script by Beverly Cross ("Jason and the Argonauts")and less-than-inspired direction of actor/director Sam Wanamaker. The pacing of the film is quite odd as if there was quite a bit of post-production editing done by others. Wanamaker was more of an actor's director so, perhaps, the awkwardly staged action pieces can be forgiven but, given that Harryhausen often would handle some of those sequences himself, it's a bit of a surprise.

The Blu-ray transfer done by Columbia for this "Twilight Time" release is exceptionally good with nice, bold colors that allows us to see the most lavishly produced film of the trio in all its glory. I'm assuming Sony went back to a fresher interpositive for this edition compared to the original DVD (which looked pretty terrific 13 years ago and still holds up remarkably well).

The audio features a nice 5.1 HD transfer. It isn't really all that active but it sounds nice.

Unfortunately, there aren't any commentary tracks (as I recall Harryhausen did one for this for the overseas release of the film on DVD) and the special features are, as with all Twilight Time releases, a bit limited (they take what Sony or any other studio gives them--sometimes that means that special features that were prepared prior to the release are included while other times we get vintage featurettes or new ones imported over from the DVD editions) but quite good.

We get Roy Budd's score as an isolated track. Although Budd's score isn't as evocative as anything Herrmann or Rosa did, it's solid enough. We also get the vintage featurette "This Is Dynamation", the original theatrical trailer and a very good booklet with an essay by Julie Kirgo.

While "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" doesn't quite measure up to the two previous films, it's solidly entertaining and those who grew up on this fantasy flick will enjoy Ray's creatures and animation.

Image quality: 4 stars
Film: 3 stars
Special Features: 3 stars

"Tiger" and "Golden" may still be available from Twilight Time if you do a search at a good price but I would look ASAP as these titles are limited to 3000 copies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger [DVD], March 30, 2013
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Well here we are again...Ray Harryhausen is the GOD of the saturday Matinee, Long may he Reign! You know the drill by now, Grab your Rootbeer and popcorn and your best friend...make the time it's fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved this move wish I could see more, February 26, 2013
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It has great sound nice viewing for all ages nice animation juust which I had more to watch loved this move this is worth the mone to watch or by
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good price, excellent DVD, fast shipping!, January 27, 2013
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Since I missed growing up on TV and old movies, I've been playing 'catch up' the last few years... and discovering the genre of
Ray Harryhausen special effects has been a pleasant change of pace from the current 'too fast to see it' CGI movies special effects movement....(I really hate it when even in SLO MO the CGI takes place too fast to see what happened...great example, the 'coin kill' of the Accountant in Drive Angry) at least in Harryhausen's stop action claymation you get to see each movement and action/reaction!!! Very cool for its time, and nice to see Ray get his lifetime achievement award recently!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but goodie, January 10, 2013
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I remember watching this movie with my mom when I was small. When showed her what I got she was very thrilled the next day we watched it together. The movie worked great. Was shipped very fast and no damage was done through delivery. I will be buying from this seller again.
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