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    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • French: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
  • German: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • French: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
  • German: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
  • English: Dolby Digital Mono
  • French: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
  • German: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
  Subtitles
    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Turkish, Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hindi
    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hindi
    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
    English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Czech, Greek, Polish, Hungarian, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Turkish, Icelandic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hindi, Bulgarian
  Extras
    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
  • 3 Theatrical trailer - The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts
  • Cast/crew biographies
  • 2 Featurette - The Harryhausen Chronicles
  • 2 Interviews - Ray Harryhausen
  • 5 Filmographies
    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
  • 3 Theatrical trailer
  • 3 Featurette - Mysterious Island, The Three Worlds of Gulliver, Earth Vs The Flying Saucers
  • Photo gallery
  • 3 Filmographies
    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
  • 3 Theatrical trailer
  • 2 Featurette
  • 6 Filmographies
Sinbad: Ultimate Collector's Pack
Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 294 mins . PG . PAL

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As I stressed in the first review from this set, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, my animation friends are green with envy (and thatís on top of their usual shade of green.)

The animation of Ray Harryhausen is required viewing in college and university animation courses and his films still draw tons of fans at festivals the world over. Ever wondered why? Perhaps itís because these films date back to our childhoods and beyond, capturing on screen what our imaginations looked like. Or perhaps the animation is just so damn good it still shames half the crap Hollywood churns out today. Whatever the reason, these films are a slice of history; a series of movies that wouldnít get made today without eight animation studios and 53 animators.

There is a tone in these films that is touching to witness. The love of someone for a medium; for an artform that has encompassed a lifetime, leading them to succeed and earn the respect of their fellows and fans long after theyíve retired. Everyone knows these films. Everyone has seen them at least in some form or part on some sleepy Saturday afternoon whilst their lunch digests. And everyone Iíve spoken to about them looks wistful in remembrance of childhood images of the cyclops and of dinosaurs fighting, of winged dragons and armies of skeletons swordfighting on a clifftop. For all these people and others who remember what it was like, once, a long time ago, this set of DVDs will bring it all back whenever they want.

Individual titles reviews
REVIEW: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
"This self-professed "8th Wonder of the Screen" does make one wonder alright... wonder "Howíd they do that?" and "Why doesnít that fur catch fire?"
- Jules Faber

REVIEW: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
"Classic animation never goes out of style and this is as cool as it gets. At seven stars."
- Jules Faber

REVIEW: Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
"Now Iím singing that stupid Rocky song and itís not even in this movie! (Thank God!)"
- Jules Faber

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  Extras
  Overall
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The vision isnít always the best in these films and the sound could use a tweak or two. There are swags of film artefacts and plenty of instances of green screen reflection artefacts. However, these are all minor when looking at the overall value of these films. The picture is still good, sometimes even great, believe it or not. The music is well scored, mostly, and delivered with enthusiasm. It suits the scenes, the humour and the feel of the movies.

As to extras there are hours of them (even repeated on some so as to have a backup copy in case of emergency). There are plenty of informative interviews with Mr Harryhausen and Mr Schneer and scores of original artworks and storyboards to keep any enthusiast drooling for days.

Yes, the films are cheesy. Yes, theyíre made on a puny little budget. Yes, they are old films.

However, if you look through these factors you will come through on the other side in bright sunshine enjoying a series of films that will whisk you away to your childhood or the boundaries of your own imagination. These are films that arenít made anymore and Hollywood is just the tiniest bit more jaded because of it. The people who made these pictures loved them and their work and that is evident in the films themselves.

Childhood fans will love having these favourites back to show their kids that film animation was once hands-on with models and sets. And even if the kids donít get it, the DVDs will forever stay, reminding us of days long gone that arenít yet forgotten.

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