THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Nathan Juran, 1958)
The film for which director Nathan Juran (he also did TV’s Lost in Space and Land of the Giants) will be remembered and a huge box office smash at the time of its cinema release. Kerwin Matthews takes the title role as the fearless Sinbad who sails into troubled waters to save a princess (Kathryn Grant) cursed by an evil magician. But the real stars of this rousing Arabian Nights adventure are, of course, Ray Harryhausen’s incredible stop motion animated monsters, most notably his glowering Cyclops. Believe it or not, a scene involving a sword-fighting skeleton was originally cut by the British censors as being too frightening!
THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Gordon Hessler, 1973)
Ray Harryhausen pulls out more Dynamation magic for this second Sinbad adventure which enables John Phillip Law’s seafarer to fight a gryphon, a centaur, a six-armed goddess (each arm bearing a sword) and various other weird and wonderful opponents. Caroline Munro is an eye-catching heroine, even if she has little more to do than cower in the face of some new horror. Sinbad’s human opponent is played by Tom Baker, just before he became a certain Time Lord.
SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (Sam Wanamaker, 1977)
Sinbad’s escapades are more padded out than usual in this final Arabian Nights adventure starring Patrick Wayne (son of John) who, along with Jane Seymour’s Princess Farah, take on a veritable army of Ray Harryhausen’s special effects creatures in their attempt to undo the spell on the princess’s brother, who has been turned into a baboon by their wicked stepmother (brilliantly played by Margaret Whiting). But while Harryhausen’s own work is well up to standard, the back-projection work on the enchanted country Sinbad visits at the North Pole is a bit of a letdown.
These all-time classic adventures are presented here in stunning restorations on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK (from 26 June 2017). Containing a wealth of new and archival extras – including exclusive interviews with actors Caroline Munro, Jane Seymour and Tom Baker, and rare recordings of Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer in conversation – this stunning Limited Dual Format Edition from Indicator/Powerhouse Films is strictly limited to 6,000 units.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• New 4K restoration of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad from the original camera negative
• 2K restorations of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger from the original camera negatives
• Mono and 5.1 surround sound audio options
• The 7th Voyage of Sinbad audio commentary with Ray Harryhausen
• Previously unreleased audio interviews with Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer
• New interviews with actors Tom Baker, Caroline Munro and Jane Seymour
• New interview with SFX maestro Phil Tippett
• Original Super 8 cut-down versions
• Archival documentaries, interviews and featurettes
• Original trailers and promotional films
• Isolated scores by Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rózsa and Roy Budd
• Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
• Box set exclusive 80-page book with new essays, and film credits
• Limited edition box set of 6,000 copies