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1.0 out of 5 stars Outlaw all post-release editing., September 3, 2002
This review is from: The Thief of Bagdad (DVD)
This is truly one the most spectacular films ever made, not suffering for having been made during the silent era. However, as correctly stated by another review of the film, the DVD version runs to 139mins as oppossed to the VHS 155mins. This is not due to DVD faster frame rate, but rather because the DVD version has had a huge portion of the film cut for no obvious reason. At one point, the Hero (Fairbanks) has fulfilled the prophecy of the princess and has been the first to touch the rose-tree, the next minute he is seen explaining to her (in an intimate scene) that he is not what he seems. Having seen the VHS a number of times, I can confirm that the DVD version has been brutally cut. Do not buy the DVD version, as it is a let-down with those scenes missing; thus the reason for my one star, which would otherwise have been 4 1/5 (5 stars with the Rimsky Korsakov soundtrack). You have been warned!
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Initial post: Jul 25, 2008 10:52:30 AM PDT
Eric Plattor says:
This review is about an older DVD release. The new Kino DVD is uncut at 154 minutes.

Perhaps the poster can update his posting.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 11:19:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011 11:21:01 AM PST
I agree with Eric, this review posting is old (by almost 10 years) and is ONLY for the old Image/Blackhawk DVD The Thief of Bagdad and not the new Kino Deluxe version The Thief of Bagdad (Deluxe Edition).

Kino's Deluxe version IS complete running 154 minutes.

This is another reason why Amazon should STOP grouping all release reviews together, they are confusing customers. And also a reason NOT to outlaw DVD post-release editing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2012 8:27:15 AM PDT
You're right, Paul. It's not the original reviewer's fault since he was reviewing the correct film but rather Amazon's blindly stupid policy of grouping all reviews for products with similar names even though they are completely different. I've been looking for reviews of the 1924 film with Douglas Fairbanks but here on Amazon you have reviews for the remake done 20 years later grouped together with them. Pretty much defeats the purpose of a review when it's for a totally different film, eh?

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 6:51:53 PM PST
David gave us a proper "heads up" back in 2002, but the review is now obsolete. The revised edition has the full 155 minutes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 5:07:51 PM PDT
Darren says:
And just think: in 10 years or likely less, ALL "disc reviews" will be as obsolete as this one is.

Maybe it's better to just review the movie, which, after all, is the actual product.
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