Hello friends! In the current environment it is getting more and more difficult for us to maintain the website. Our income has severely been diminished by the increasing number of DVD/Blu-ray producers selling discs from their own sites. At present they don't offer us affiliate commissions which are our major source of income (Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc.). To continue producing comparisons, reviews and articles, we regretfully request YOUR assistance in the form of small monthly donations. We have started a Patreon page with the hopes that some of our followers would be willing to donate to keep DVDBeaver alive. We are a small niche, so your generosity is vital to our existence.

To those that are unfamiliar, Patreon is a secure/verified third-party service where users can agree to a monthly donation via credit card or PayPal by clicking the button below.



Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r


directed by Don Weis
USA 195


Directed by cult favorite Don Weis and produced by Hollywood veteran Walter Wanger, The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954) is a charming piece of exotica about a Persian barber (John Derek) unexpectedly landed with the mission to escort a princess (Elaine Stewart) to her wedding. Of course, the beautiful pair spars and ultimately falls in love, but not before some mad adventures involving bandits and Amazons and suggested debauchery. Highlighted by a score from Dimitri Tiomkin.


In Ispahan, Persia, Hajji Baba (John Derek) is leaving his father's shop to seek a greater fortune, while the Princess Fawzia (Elaine Stewart) is trying to talk her father, the Caliph (Donald Randolph) into giving her in marriage to Nur-El-Din (Paul Picerni), a rival prince known far and wide as mean and fickle. Her father intends Fawzia for Fawzia to marry a friend and ally, and makes plans to send her to him. But a courier brings word from Nur-El-Din that an escort awaits Fawzia on the outskirts of the city and she escapes the palace disguised as a boy.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE


Theatrical Release: October 1st, 1954

Reviews                                                                        More Reviews                                                            DVD Reviews


Review: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Box Cover



Twilight Time
FREE Blu-ray




Disc Size: 27,846,930,312 bytes

Feature Size: 27,627,608,064 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video



Twilight Time Blu-ray



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3181 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3181 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2099 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2099 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1979 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1979 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Twilight Time


Disc Size: 27,846,930,312 bytes

Feature Size: 27,627,608,064 bytes

Average Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
• Trailer (2:50)
• Isolated Music Track

• 8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo

Blu-ray  Release Date: February, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 24



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


ADDITION: Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray (December 2018): Twilight Time release 1954's "The Adventures of Hajji Baba" on a dual-layered Blu-ray. This early CinemaScope picture is presented in the 2.55:1 Aspect Ratio, with a high bitrate. The image is quite waxy, and if there is texture, it looks much more like noise. It looks as though there has been a bit of digitization. There is, however, a decent amount of detail visible in any given frame, with textures of clothing showing lots of detail, for example. Contrast levels are pretty sharp, creating a certain 2D flattening effect to background with characters in the foreground. The colors are very strong, with many scenes leaning towards varying shades of blues and pinks.

We are given the option of either 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, or 2.0 DTS-HD (both in 24-bit). There is also the option of watching the film with an isolated Music & Effects track. The wonderful score is thanks to composer Dimitri Tiomkin (The Dark Mirror,
Angel Face, Strangers on a  Train, The Men, Dial M For Murder, The Thing From Another World etc. etc.) The separation is nice in the 5.1 track, and the 2.0 track is also a very strong choice. These tracks were taken from the original 4-track stereo. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region Free Blu-ray from Twilight Time.

Aside from the isolated Music & Effects track, the only other extras are the film's original theatrical trailer and an 8-page booklet with writing from Julie Kirgo (if you are unfamiliar with the Walter Wanger stories, this is a must-read).

Don Weis' "The Adventures of Hajji Baba" is a lot of campy fun. Would recommend to fans, despite a somewhat waxy flat image.
The Tiomkin isolated score has great value here. 

 Colin Zavitz

Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray






















Box Cover


Hit Counter

Search DVDBeaver
S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r












DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Thank You!