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The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad [Blu-ray] (1958)

Kerwin Mathews , Kathryn Grant , Nathan Juran , Ray Harryhausen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher
  • Directors: Nathan Juran, Ray Harryhausen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DB6J4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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It's an incredible cinematic adventure as the legendary Sinbad sets off on a dangerous journey to the mysterious Island of Colossus. His quest is to break the spell cast over his beloved princess by a diabolical magician. But before he can save her, Sinbad must battle an awesome collection of mythical monsters, the man-eating Cyclops, a saber-wielding skeleton, a ferocious two-headed bird called the Roc and a fire-breathing dragon. Starring Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher and highlighted by the stunning visual effects mastery of Ray Harryhausen. Now in a pristine, hi-definition transfer that captures the magic of Harryhausen's "eye-popping" special effects in dazzling Technicolor.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb classic adventure film for all ages May 18, 2004
Format:DVD
If you love classic films and you love special effects, then you are undoubtedly passionate about the films of legendary Ray Harryhausen, and this is one of his best. In this movie, Harryhausen uses his stop-motion technique in color for the first time (and the print here is terrific) to tell the tale of Sinbad (Kerwin Mathews) as he sails the seas, forms an uneasy alliance with an evil magician (Torin Thatcher) and battles a Cyclops, a two-headed Roc and a dragon. Other memorable effects include the genie Berani and the interior of his magic lamp, the Princess Parisa being shrunk and the servant woman who is turned into a dancing half-woman, half-snake. The action starts right away and continues throughout the film, and Bernard Herrmann's music is, as always, absolutely perfect.
DVD extras are excellent, and include: a picture of the original poster; trailers from other Harryhausen features; two interview featurettes, each 12 minutes long; a 3-minute featurette about the Dynamation process; and a one-hour feature about Ray Harryhausen. This is a great package -- and for you enthusiastic polyglots out there, the film can be heard in English, Spanish or Portuguese, while subtitles are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean or Thai!
Having small children who are becoming interested in "scary movies", I've found that the Harryhausen ouevre is a great way for them to find thrills and chills without gore, and a wonderful way for me to reconnect with my childhood joys as well. The whole family has a great time watching these terrific films. I'm really glad they're being re-released in such high quality and with such interesting dvd extras.
Superb!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-taking print for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad September 5, 2000
Format:DVD
This film was always a favorite of mine since the first time I saw it.
Visually the print on this DVD is extraordinary. The colors are vibrant and the images are incredibly sharp, crisp and clear.
In particular, you can really appreciate Ray Harryhausen's Special Effects that he laboriously produced for this film. They don't look blurred or out of focus as they have on previous prints. They are presented here as they were intended to be seen in their entire splendor and brilliance. It is amazing what he did with an eight-inch tall stop-motion model of a skeleton.
Ken Kolb's screenplay elevates this film beyond the boundaries of what could have been just another fantasy monster movie. He brings depth to the characters and uses dialogue to increase the suspense of the story. Along with director Nathan Juran and all the other filmmakers an epic fairytale unfolds and is preserved on film.
Bernard Herrmann's score is a showstopper and as always accentuates the images on the screen adding mood and enhancing the overall visual effect for the viewer. Herrmann went on to score three more Harryhausen films: "The Three Worlds of Gulliver," "Mysterious Island" and "Jason and the Argonauts." Bernard Herrmann's collaboration with Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles Schneer equaled that of his collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock.
Kerwin Mathews is ever so stoically heroic as Sinbad. He is very good in this role as he brings energy and conviction to the part. He is a man with mission and will not bend or be swayed until he brings it to finality. It is a shame that Mathews never went on to greater screen accomplishments.
Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Shakespearean actor Torin Thatcher is the consummate evil magician, Sokurah.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7th Voyage DVD is a winner! December 3, 1999
Format:DVD
Matlin's summary above is quite accurate in describing this film.
I first saw this film as a child of 10 at a drive-in theater. The memory of the imagery and the music have stayed with me over the years. I've seen the film since on tv, film festivals, and vhs. None had the clarity of image and sound of this new DVD release.
Columbia has done Harryhausen's film classic proud. The print quality has NEVER looked so good and is presented here enhanced for 16x9!. The original mono sound is also quite good and Herrmann's brilliant score moves the story right along. The extras on this disk are quite good with the lengthy "Ray Harryhausen Chronicles" being the highlight. The added trailers for other Cloumbia Harryhausen films are a treat.
Thanks to Columbia for an excellent presentation! Their DVDs are the industry standard!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does have Extras October 9, 2008
By Michael
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Just wanted to state this is loaded with extras.. here is a review below of the blu ray version:

The Picture

Filmed in Technicolor and framed at 1.66:1, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad arrives on Blu-ray disc in a transfer that not only shows the effects of its 50-year-old age, but also exposes some of the inherent limitations of the Technicolor format. Let me first start by saying that Sony's AVC/MPEG-4 transfer does well at capturing the source without any visible compression artifacts or processing effects such as edge enhancement and it is as sharp as it can be given the source material. There are also good shadow details, even if the blacks aren't the deepest I have seen. The Technicolor process, however, particularly in 1958, was inherently grainy and often prone to some visible variations in color contrast and density. As such, this transfer is very grainy and does display some of those variations as well as some flickering throughout. One also has to remember that the Technicolor process was known for its hyper-realistic, saturated palette that often yielded something more surreal than realistic. Therefore, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad doesn't necessarily display natural flesh tones, but something more in line with what one would expect from a Technicolor production.

In fact, most of what we see today when Technicolor films are remastered are color palettes that are toned down to be more in line with what audiences today expect to see. I'm not certain Sinbad is even as hyper-saturated as it should be, but it looks well enough reproducing the film's colorful Middle Eastern garb and bright, sunny blue skies.

The Sound

Sony continues their trend of providing multiple language tracks on their Blu-ray releases with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it thank you
Published 10 days ago by jrizzo
5.0 out of 5 stars ... saw this movie and it was my all time favorite. When it came out...
I was 10 when I first saw this movie and it was my all time favorite. When it came out on DVD, it brought back great memories. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars From the land beyond beyond....
Before CGI and special effects, (which are sometimes over used to the point they've become mundane), there was stop-motion animation. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My all time number one favorite in perfect detail.
Published 1 month ago by evelyn acosta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I believe nobody could match Kerwin Mathews now days!
Published 1 month ago by ed ybarra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun movie.Jack
Published 1 month ago by jack
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look.
Love this movie. Remember it from when I was a kid. Ray Harryhausen at his absolute best. Quality is very good. Presentation is good. A must 4 anyone who loves old school fantasy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cwb77
4.0 out of 5 stars collectors item
saw when it first came out in the movies, and so being that I collect these movies I brought it
Published 2 months ago by Phillip Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic over and over again
I remember watching this and so many others at the movies on the Army post for a quarter every Saturday afternoon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Mcconkey
5.0 out of 5 stars I like all Sinbad movies..
Sinbad always gets the girl, not many movies do that these days..
Great price for this DVD. I am pleased with the quality.
Published 3 months ago by Martin T. Galindo
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