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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad [Blu-ray]
(Gordon Hessler, 1973)
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: 37,597,696,988 bytes
Feature Size: 35,199,916,032 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Standard (thicker) Blu-ray case
Release date: January, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
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)
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)
• English (SDH), None
• 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
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 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 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 beingregion FREE.
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.
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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