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The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 30th September 2008
One of fantasy cinema’s finest and most joyously adventurous outings, 7th Voyage Of Sinbad makes a very welcome arrival on Blu-ray. Like its characters and story, the film is literally from a time long forgotten and far removed from the cynical, nihilistic and ironic broadsides that dominate cinema today – and this naiveté is both its undoing and its lasting glory. As many people who are willing to embrace the stilted interaction of live-action with stop-motion animation, there at least as many again who cannot abide it. Sadly, this can’t be helped when CG makes the impossible a convincing reality on the screen and the seams between the two extremes are invisible. Somehow, it takes a little bit more dedication, commitment and love to be thrilled by Harryhausen’s make-believe. Yet I will always maintain that once that gap has been bridged, then nothing manufactured today surpasses the genius and personality that the effects pioneer came up with. The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad hits all the right notes and is filled with action, adventure, mystery and wonder. It is old school for sure, but it more than delivers the goods with a riotous determination to spellbind.</p>
Columbia’s anniversary release on Blu-ray provides a very solid interpretation of the movie. There is nothing wrong with the transfer, although the hi-def makeover does bring out the inconsistencies of the original source and possibly jars the eyes with its intense background grain fields and vibrant, detailed stop-motion elements. The TrueHD may be contentious to some, but I enjoyed its wider soundfield and crisper rendition of Herrmann’s score. The extras are great and are well worth going through. So, all in all, Sinbad gets a clean bill of health on Blu-ray and fans should be in 7th Heaven. Now, bring on Jason!
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