Sunday, September 26, 2010

Movie review – “The Magic Voyage of Sinbad” (1962) **

Having arranged for a Soviet Science fiction film to be re-cut into Battle Beyond the Sun, Roger Corman tried his luck again re-working another big budget Soviet production, in this case the 1953 opera Sadko. He again used Francis Ford Coppola to do his work for him, changing the hero’s name to “Sinbad”, cutting out the songs, and making the film about the search for the Blue Bird of happiness. There's plenty of production value – big ships, a fighting bear, great costumes and colour - and it should be liked by kids who enjoy fantasy films and don't mind dubbing.

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