The Thief of Bagdad
Deluxe Edition, Color
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A spectacular accomplishment in production design and special effects, Raoul Walsh's The Thief of Bagdad is a bold Arabian adventure starring Douglas Fairbanks as a carefree pickpocket who turns his appealing brand of mischievous thievery toward the attainment of happiness... and an exotic Princess (Julanne Johnston). The only way he can win either is by retrieving the rarest treasures hidden within the mysterious Orient, a quest that grows more fantastic with every passing thrill, as the tenacious thief rises high above the city on a magic carpet, battles a fire-breathing dragon in caverns of flame and soars into the clouds on the back of a winged steed via innovative special effects. This special Kino on Video DVD is the definitive edition of Fairbank's classic, digitally mastered from a 35mm archive negative, with 19 minutes of rare outtakes and special effects footage.
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And when "Kino" promises us a 'Deluxe Edition' of this marvelous masterpiece, once again we're certainly NOT disappointed: the original picture has been restored with the utmost care, and all the color effects shine in all their REAL brightness again: a shade of blue for the nightly outdoor scenes, a lovely pastel orange for the romantic moments - and a flaming red for that breathtaking sequence in the "Valley of Fire"! This movie will REALLY take you into another world...
This is a truly entertaining film - taking the story from 1001 Arabian Nights (if you've seen disney's Aladdin you will recognize a number of similar plot elements) Douglas Fairbanks is a street thief who ends up falling in love with a princess and going through all sorts of trials to become a prince worthy of her. Anna may Wong also is gorgeous as a supporting actress playing a scheming handmaiden. watching this over 90 year old movie from the modern perspective of an era of computerized effects and CGI is a treat: one has to remind oneself that all the incredible stunts you see, the vast, towering sets, are really happening as you see them (and Douglas did his own stunts - with little to no safety equipment). the fast paced stunts, Fairbank's perfect charm and incredible athleticism, and a whimsical script keep one engaged for what is a relatively long movie (2 1/2 hours) for the day. if you are interested in fantasy, movie history, or the silent era, it is a must see. and it is not a bad movie to introduce folks who have never seen a silent move to one of the gems of the era.
I highly recommend this movie.
The Thief Of Bagdad is Not Rated.
Secondly his acting was very good and without the spoken word you can only marvel at what he was able to accomplish in telling a story so well just like my favorite silent actor of all time Charlie Chaplin. While obviously not as good as modern day CGI special effects I thought the effects here were pretty decent and holds up well even when compared with what came decades later. My biggest bugbear when it comes to silents is the use of non-original music scores as we get to hear Rimsky-Korsakov all the time but Carl Davis does a good job of adapting the piece so that it's not just a rehash of the same themes over and over. Some of the other restored classic silents were fortunate enough to find the original scores and this would have made it perfect for me for this release.
Overall, the restored picture quality while not perfect is very good coming from an obviously well-protected master source and holds up well when compared with even newer restorations such as Kino's "Battleship Potemkin" and "Metropolis" and infinitely better when compared with the abysmal "Les Vampires". The most glaring imperfection comes with some flaring on the frames after Fairbanks first escapes out of the palace walls and spends some time reflecting while leaning against the walls. Otherwise the other imperfections are relatively minor and certainly not enough to spoil my viewing enjoyment. The flim's length was also a little longer than I would have liked it but this is a minor annoyance for me.
Great story, great picture quality considering the age and great acting makes this an easy review for film buffs.