The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Special effects master Ray Harryhausen's imagination brings to life the adventure and action of Sinbad (the character, not the comedian) in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Columbia has done a fair job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer with only a few imperfections marring the image. While the bulk of the colors and black levels are evenly rendered, there is a slight amount of edge enhancement and grain throughout the film. Overall, this is a nice-looking picture that should please fans. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono as well as Dolby Two-Channel, in English and Portuguese. Both of these soundtracks are crisp and clear of distortion, though neither is very impressive on a home theater surround system. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, and Chinese. This edition of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad includes a few extra features, starting with three separate featurettes on the making of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Mysterious Island, and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver. Each of these featurettes includes interviews with effects creator Ray Harryhausen commenting on how the effects were done for each respective movie. One segment is even facilitated by director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Small Soldiers). Also included on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the movie, some vintage advertising materials to look through, and some talent files on the cast and crew. All in all, this is a very nice edition that should excite fans of imaginative action everywhere.