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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad [Blu-ray]

 

(Gordon Hessler, 1973)

 

   

  

Also available on Blu-ray by a German label in a double set with both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger:

Also available in The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen - 4-Disc Box Set (7th Voyage Of Sinbad/The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad/Sinbad And The Eye Of the Tiger/Jason & The Argonauts)

  

  

  

 

Many missed the Twilight Time out-of-print Blu-ray edition:

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Columbia Pictures Corporation

Video: Via Vision Entertainment (Australia)

 

Disc:

Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:44:59.334 

Disc Size: 37,597,696,988 bytes

Feature Size: 35,199,916,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard (thicker) Blu-ray case

Release date: January, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3871 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3871 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -3dB)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3399 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3399 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -3dB)

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), None

 

Extras:

Mysterious Island Featurette (11:15)

Three Worlds of Gulliver (7:13)

Earth vs. The Flying Saucers Featurette (11:53)
Theatrical trailer (2:48)

Isolated Score

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: This is a spectacular adventure set in mysterious ancient lands inhabited by incredible creatures! Sinbad (John Phillip Law), Prince of Baghdad and legendary sailor, finds an intriguing map and sets sail for the previously uncharted island of Lemuria with a beautiful slave girl, Margiana (Caroline Munro), and the Grand Vizier of the land of Marabia. Prince Koura (Tom Baker), an evil wizard who is trying to gain control of malevolent spirits, follows in an effort to thwart Sinbad's quest. Sinbad reaches Lemuria in spite of an enchantment Koura casts upon the giant figurehead of Sinbad's ship which brings it to life. On Lemuria, Sinbad and his stalwart crew encounter a six-armed, sword-brandishing statue, a one-eyed centaur and a griffin. Finally, Sinbad confronts Koura in a face-to-face duel to the death!

 

 

The Film:

The second of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's three Sinbad epics, this film finds the titular hero played by John Philip Law, while the principal villain, Koura, is portrayed by future Dr. Who Tom Baker. The plot sends Sinbad and his crew on a quest for a valuable and magical golden tablet. Harryhausen's "Dynamation" highlights include a six-armed statue, a one-eyed centaur and a flying griffin. Caroline Munro also stars. Golden Voyage of Sinbad was followed by Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1979.)

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

Horror film director Hessler and special effects man Ray Harryhausen combine brilliantly to trace Sinbad's mystical voyage. The effects aren't simply fascinating for their own sake - they genuinely convey a sense of the magical and otherworldly. Younger kids sit through it happily enough but probably older kids and adults will enjoy it most. Regrettably, Brian Clemens' script remains resolutely earthbound.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

 

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is available on Blu-ray from Via Vision Entertainment (Australia) in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with a max'ed-out bitrate. The visuals are strong looking excellent in HD. Colors are true and there is pleasing detail in close-ups. It looks quite consistent and clean in-motion with no damage or speckles.  I see no evidence of manipulation or noise. This Blu-ray gives a surprisingly strong presentation in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio - I'm very pleased with the video presentation.

 

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Audio :

Audio comes in another intense DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround, 3871 kbps (24-bit), bump. It sounds rich and deep via the lossless - quite aggressive and the iconic Miklós Rózsa score (The Killers, The Lost Weekend, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Double Indemnity) benefits adding significantly to the film experience.  There are optional English (SDH) subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being region FREE.

 

Extras :

Via Vision Entertainment add about 1/2 hour's worth of featurettes with Harryhausen for The Mysterious Island, Three Worlds of Gulliver and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers as ell as a theatrical trailer and the ability to access the isolated score track in lossless.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is an above average fantasy/adventure and is chock-full of Harryhausen's effects. What more could we ask?  The Via Vision Blu-ray provides a super a/v transfer for the film and being region free also makes it desirable for all those who missed the Twilight Time. I've watched this in HD 3 times already. Strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

March 12th, 2016

 

   

  

Also available on Blu-ray by a German label in a double set with both The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger:

Also available in The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen - 4-Disc Box Set (7th Voyage Of Sinbad/The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad/Sinbad And The Eye Of the Tiger/Jason & The Argonauts)

  

  

  

 

Many missed the Twilight Time out-of-print Blu-ray edition:

 

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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