The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad / The Day The Earth Froze
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie was a bit corny but it was all right. The special effects were not done by the same guy as in Golden Voyage of Sinbad.
It was not off the same quality.
I remember seeing this movie years ago. It was great seeing it all over again. Thank you! GregPublished 23 months ago by gregory trengove
Theatrical representations from a Russian director. One based on the Kalevala and one on a Russian, maybe Ukrainian, folk tale. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Dan Nelson
It was not clear what I am renting- on the little picture in the corner i could read " The magic voyage of Sinbad" PLUS "The day earth froze" - if it mention... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Laura
The Magic Voyage of Sinbad is a new and unexpected screening for Sinbad adventurers. It's an older version,but it's new vision for viewers. I really enjoy watching it. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Vandella's Views
Bought his for my collection of early classics but was disappointed with acting, direction, and special effects even for its time.Published on September 12, 2009 by Joe Seda
The Kalevala is the Finnish national epic. JRR Tolkien enjoyed reading it- indeed,it inspired "The Lord of the Rings. Read morePublished on April 20, 2008 by Amaranth
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