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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001W0FF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 16, 2006
Format: DVD
Sinbad (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr) chances upon a map he believes will lead him to Deryabar, Alexander the Great's fabled island of riches. Sinbad sets off on his treasure hunt and, along the way, romances the beautiful but avaricious Shireen (Maureen O'Hara) and draws the ire of the Emir of Daibul (Anthony Quinn). Plenty of derring-do here, and high seas excitement, exotic settings and best of all - a brash, mellifluous Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. I first saw this Arabian Nights adventure when I was a kid a lazy Saturday afternoon ago. I tremendouly enjoyed Sinbad the Sailor then and it hasn't lost its luster over the years, with repeated viewings.

This was a watershed film for Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. He was ever struggling to get out from under the shadow of his more famous father, who practically invented swashbuckling. He had just finished a 5-year active-duty stint in the Navy during WW2 and wasn't certain if he still had a movie career. But RKO studios offered him Sinbad the Sailor, a film bigger or as big as anything he had done before. The result is one of Fairbanks, Jr's best vehicles, as he instills his Sinbad with a boyish swagger and flamboyance, proving to any doubters that he could buckle his swash with the best of them.

Be advised that, in this film, Fairbanks Jr. arches his eyebrows liberally, fingers his beard theatrically, laughs his truimphant "ha-ha's" overtly, and gesticulates broadly. But his emoting fits the exaggerated persona of his character. Fairbanks Jr, in this role, has a twinkle in his eye and a tongue in his cheek, seemingly having the time of his life. As done in 1947, I rate it a very good performance.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By marco polo on January 16, 2013
Format: DVD
As of this date, almost all of the negative Amazon reviews of this film relate to the picture quality of those dvd a/o vhs copies available prior to the Warner Archives 2012 release. They should now be discounted. The Warner release has crisp images, technicolor so brilliant that it hurts the eyes, and, wonder of wonders for an Archives release, optional subtitles. As for the story itself, it has more holes than a sieve but is still fun, especially when listening to (or reading: Ah! Those subtitles!) the flamboyant dialogue and/or watching Fairbanks channel his father's over-the-top performances from the 1920s. Highly recommended for, as per another reviewer, young children and sophisticated grown-ups.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on April 22, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
One of Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s best films, "Sinbad the Sailor" (1947) is a lavish Technicolor adventure that resurrects the exuberance of his father's swashbuckling classics. The action sequences are worth the price of admission, particularly Doug Jr.'s acrobatic escape from villain Anthony Quinn (who meets a rather fiery end). Fairbanks is perfect in the title role, with Quinn, Maureen O'Hara and Walter Slezak rounding out an excellent cast. Terrific fun for viewers of all ages!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alberto M. Barral on August 11, 2009
Format: DVD
Nothing except the shine of polyester can be as explosive on the retina than Tecnicolor blue. This is the first color we see in this swashbuckling adventure movie all over the expanse of the sea, like a saphire-acid rug. It really is a very appropriate hallucinogenic coloring for this totally mindless fantasy that stars Douglas Fairbanks Jr fresh from a real war and making a comeback to movieland. It worked very well as he has a wonderful gust of energy in every scene, his smile is always flawless and he looks good in Arabian garb as Sinbad the legendary sailor. Except for a few elaborate gestures that come from the silent movie tradition, his performance is very enjoyable.

The entire film is told as a flashback by Sinbad, recounting to a willing audience in a language that is overwrought and sometimes silly, his unknown latest adventure as an "Eighth" voyage. He starts off by finding a great looking ship that is about to crash into the rocks, and dives right in with his sidekick to recoup it fro himself. Later on, when forced to offer it at auction, his hints about plague to potential buyers of the ship, causes no one to buy the vessel except himself, of course, while stealing the money like a pro from the auctioneer's own bag. The easy purchase is stalled by a beautiful odalisque, with the divine name of Shireen and played by Maureen O'Hara, who wants, what else? to marry a prince and also wants to acquire the vessel, so she bids up the price from inside her covered litter that appropriately has a bunch of colorful feathers in each corner. Her peculiar hair style which extends a generous reddish mane down her back stays perfect through thick and thin as well as her coral-red lipstick.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yankee station on June 5, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Beautiful transfer to dvd of a great old classic movie. Pleasantly surprised at the picture quality. At least Warners got this one right. THX
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Juan P. Martinez on February 2, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I haven't seen this movie since the early sixties when I was a kid. I remembered it as a lot of fun to watch. I always told my kids and grandkids to watch it when it plays on tv again. Sad to say it never played again. Then on a whim I tired Amazon to see if they had it. Bingo! I ordered it and what fun! An extra added bonus was that it was in color. I had never seen it in color. My wife enjoyed it as did my two oldest. Douglas Jr., Maureen, and Anthony were just great. This is fun escapist viewing at its best.
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Don't buy the version for sale on Amazon by a company in FL., incredibly bad transfer from poor VHS copy.
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