- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 8, 2005
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 1.0 - English
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Description by OLDIES.com:
n the early 1960s American International Pictures, eager to please audiences who become bored with the black and white potboilers that were AIP's stock in trade, began importing a series of foreign films that boasted fantastic special effects, strange and bizarre storylines and, above all else, would be in color.
To this came Day The Earth Stood Still (1964), played off as a sci-fi film it was actually a fantasy concerning a witch who freezes the world until she gets her evil desires.
Roger Corman, also anxious to participate in the move to color features, acquired a handful of foreign films and assigned the restructuring of them to his assistants who would then create new films for the drive-In market.
Here Francis Ford Coppola has redubbed and recut a Russian film into The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (!962) in an attempt to capitalize on Ray Harryhaussen's popular 7th Voyage Of Sinbad. Coppola's film is full of incredible special effects and lavish settings and should please every fantasy enthusiast.
THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD: The American release title of the elaborate and immensely popular Russian fantasy SADKO, this version was recut and remastered by Francis Ford Coppola. Sadko is a young Gusli player who, after boasting at a feast that he can bring home to Novgorod the Bird of Happiness, or the mythical Phoenix, sets out to do just that despite his fellow merrymakers' disbelief. Aided in his quest by the daughter of the Ocean King, who is in love with his voice, he travels to many faraway lands including Egypt and India, but in the end he learns that he never really needed to stray from home to find happiness. Sadko's value to society as an artist, his closeness with nature, kindness to the poor, and his loyalty to love and country, all reflect the idealized cultural values of the time, and the beautiful, extravagant mise-en-scene is breathtakingly gorgeous.
THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE: An imported Russian-Finnish production that is a spectacular journey through a strange world, this bizarre, surreal fantasy was based on a Finnish fairy tale. It follows Lemminkainen, a blacksmith whose sister has been kidnapped by an evil witch; she wants to force our hero into making her a Sampo, a magic mill that produces gold, flour, and salt, and assures its owner wealth. The witch also steals the sun and freezes the world until her dark wishes are fulfilled.
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