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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger [Blu-ray]
(Sam Wanamaker, 1977)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Video:Via Vision Entertainment (Australia)
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,525,026,914 bytes
Feature Size: 37,625,174,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard (thicker) Blu-ray case
Release date: January, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3773 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3773 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -8dB)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3183 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3183 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -8dB)
• English (SDH), None
•This is Dynamation featurette (3:26)
• Theatrical trailer (2:15)
• Isolated Score
Description: Sinbad (Patrick Wayne), daring sailor and Prince of Baghdad, sets sail towards Charnak, seeking permission from Prince Kassim to wed his sister, Farah (Jane Seymour). But Sinbad discovers that Kassim has been placed under a spell by their fiendish stepmother, Zenobia (Margaret Whiting). To break the wicked spell, Sinbad must set forth on a journey unlike any ever travelled. Awaiting him on this perilous voyage is an assortment of beasts beyond one's wildest imagination. Among the creatures encountered are the Minotaur, a bronze colossus, a giant troglodyte, a sabre-toothed tiger, and an "almost human" baboon. The incredible, animated special effects by Ray Harryhausen will keep you spellbound as you sail with this Sinbad classic.
Famed stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen concocts a collection of fantastic creatures -- including a saber-tooth tiger, a chess-playing baboon, a giant walrus and three banshees -- for this follow-up to The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Patrick Wayne stars as Sinbad, who seeks the hand of Princess Farah (Jane Seymour) in marriage but cannot get her brother, Prince Kassim (Damian Thomas), to agree to the match because he has been turned into a baboon by his evil stepmother. In order to receive the blessing of Farah's brother, Sinbad must travel to a far away realm and find a wizard named Melanthius (Patrick Troughton), the only one who can break the evil spell placed upon Kassim.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
In an interview with Dan Scapperotti for Cinefantastique magazine, Harryhausen admitted that the main challenge of Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger was creating a fantasy world far removed from previous Sinbad outings, one which includes a snow-covered environment. "Ice always presents a problem," Harryhausen stated. "We photographed some of it in Northern Spain. We didn't have the cast at the time so we had to supplement it by photographing some of the ice shots in Malta, where it gets to be 110 degrees. It became a problem for the actors to wear the heavy fur coats in the heat, but regardless, we got the effect that it was cold. We wanted to get Sinbad involved in an adventure that didn't occur in the Arabian Nights - going to the North Pole." As for the stop-motion effects and animated creatures on display in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Harryhausen clearly had a favorite: "I suppose I had the most fun with the baboon because he was the most humanoid. Trog had a lot of interesting qualities because as some people might comment he could have been a man in a suit. But I feel he would have lost something if we used a Greek wrestler with hair glued on and a mask. I don't think we would have gotten the effect and I would have been wide open to criticism as I was on One Million Years B.C.  with our little talented lizard."Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger comes to Via Vision Entertainment (Australia) Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with a max'ed bitrate. The visuals are solid and the image in-motion looks impressive. Colors are bright and there is depth - effects don't become overly transparent in the high resolution. This Blu-ray gives a good presentation in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio - thumbs up!
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Dynamic 5.1 boost in floor-rattling DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3773 kbps (24-bit!). Plenty of the effects go along with audio intensity. There is some strength in Roy Budd's (Soldier Blue, Get Carter, The Carey Treatment, The Wild Geese) score that pulsates at every creature-turn. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles - in CAPITALS ONLY - and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Via Vision add only a few supplements - a, short, This is Dynamation featurette , a theatrical trailer and you have the option of listening to the isolated score (which is a barn-burner!)
March 12th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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