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"I shall try, Master. I shall try."
on February 19, 2016
Simply a marvelous fantasy film - extremely family friendly. It's got the standard monsters and royalty; the colors; the exciting musical score - all of which (in my opinion) would seem to entrance children. My love for the film goes a little deeper, though, since I'm quite a fan of Ray Harryhausen's animation work. And even in today's computer graphic oriented world, the assorted creatures used in this film are outstanding in both the way they move, and how they interact with the live actors. The definite highlight is a sword-fight between Sinbad and an armored skeleton - and it's absolutely incredible. I've stopped the film during this sequence many times - and though slight artifacts remain of the process, those are more than offset by the amazing presentation. When you can easily see the background through the skeleton's bones...when you 'see' the skeleton actually breaking (well, seemingly) a vase during the battle sequence - it creates wonder on a whole new level.
The film has decent enough English subtitles, as well as a commentary track. The assorted extras included definitely help one to appreciate both the film, and the world of Mr. Harryhausen.
I know there are many people who would not normally give this film a viewing - thinking it's too old, or the effects are old-fashioned, etc. Many excuses will be made, but if one is at all interested in how films and special effects are made, this is a great addition to your library.