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The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad / The Day The Earth Froze

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MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE

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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: #157,262 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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By J. A. Eyon on October 6, 2006
Format: DVD
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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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 movie released during the Bay of Pigs era which featured a heroic Commie probably wouldn't generate too much box office. So the producers re-tooled the script, turning it into a Sinbad tale. It IS a pretty cool film, featuring some fairly ambitious though uneven visual F/X. The Bird of Happiness is actually a really amazing effect, considering the time in which this film was made. Even though "Sinbad" is a blonde here you have to admit that otherwise the story as a whole does fit the mold of the traditional Arabian Knight escapades quite well. Overall, THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD is a fine fantasy adventure film.

THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE is a little hard to follow but I suspect that this is more the fault of the sloppy adaption of the script into English and the dubbing. It's a cool fantasy film in its own right, with some truly amazing visuals. A note to younger viewers... these were made long before the age of CGI, so if you're expecting realistic F/X and super-detailed visuals you'll be sadly disappointed. The good news is that these movies require only suspension of disbelief & a good old-fashioned sense of imagination and wonder. If you have these traits then hop aboard... otherwise steer clear!

Even though the price for this DVD combo disc has risen & fallen many times since its 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 then pick up a used copy and save yourself some cash. I had long sought the "Sinbad" film and had enjoyed the lampooning of both movies on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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If you go into these with the understanding that the films are old and a little rough around the edges--and strangely dubbed--your expectations will be exceeded a hundredfold. These are really, really good. I think the Sinbad here is every bit as good as the better-known American versions. Lots of beautiful women and strong-looking men with swords and adventure in their blood. Sinbad is on a mission to find The Bird of Happiness. It's hilarious. There's a totally captivating underwater scene with singing fish and octopus and Nautilis and his wife. Sinbad escapes riding on a sea horse. The entire film is delightful.

The other film ("The Day the Earth Froze") has incredible scenes from forests in God-Knows-Where. Beautiful. The main character genuinely "surfs" a log down a river--you don't see that nowadays!!

Really, both of these films capture scenes from exotic, obscure cultures from somewhere in the former Soviet Union or eastern Europe. These are treasure troves. They kind of reminded me of Bollywood films, but no singing routines. The colors and scenery are beautiful, and the sets are extremely creative. The sets also reminded me of original Star Trek episodes--conspicuous but colorfully effective.

I guarantee you that Spielberg and the guy who made Avatar have these films in their collections.
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Too bad the edition of "Day the Earth froze" is not complete and doesn't have the original soundtrack, as well. The quality of the picture is poor, too. Same goes for "Sinbad". But both are fascinating movies in spite of all that.
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