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GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974)
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POLL WINNER: JANUARY 22ND, 2006

Directed By:
Gordon Hessler

Starring:
John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw and...Tom Baker as Koura

Rated G
Genre: Fantasy
Format Used: Netflix DVD
Contains: Graphic Violence
Country: England

Also Known As:
Sinbad's Golden Voyage (working title)

THE PLOT:

During his Voyage, Sinbad encounters a strange winged creature, shooting an arrow at it causes it to drop a golden artifact. Sinbad picks it up and has a vision, a vision that prompts him to keep it. A terrible storm causes them to come ashore to an unknown kingdom. He decides to stay awhile and on the shore he meets Prince Koura, an evil Prince that accuses Sinbad of stealing his artifact from his carrier.
Quick thinking allows Sinbad to escape certain death and into the gates of a nearby city where the Vizier tells him it was destiny that brought Sinbad here and he is here to help stop Prince Koura by finding a sacred treasure hidden for centuries, a treasure that would make Koura invincible!
So it's a race against time to find the treasure before Prince Koura, but it's brains and brawn vs. Koura's chemicals and evil magic, which produces monsters at his will. Who will gain the ultimate prize and who will pay the ultimate price?

ZEDD'S OPINION:

Two words Ray Harryhausen. The dedication and imagination of Ray Harryhausen makes this movie a real winner. But the main human cast member that steals the movie is Tom Baker, pre-Doctor Who. But he makes a great hero and even a greater villain, that goatee really makes him look evil. Some peopel make get offended that there weren't many real Arabs in this story of the Arabian Nights. But I don't care, the human cast did will, the story was great. This is a true classic of the 1970s' and goes up there next to STAR WARS, it's that level of great. I give it....10 STARS

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VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree with Zedd on this, I've been a fan of Tom Baker for years. But I didn't even reconize him at first when I first saw this long long ago. The phrases that keep popping up, what was that all about? As Zedd already said, it's just a perfect movie and I also give this masterpiece 10 STARS.

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ON THE POSTIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ CAST (The cast does a great job, even if there aren't many real arabs)
+ STORY (The story really, really works)
+ MONSTERS (Ray Harryhausen creates some masterful monsters in this movie)
+ DIALOG (There is some great dialog in this movie)

AND TWO WORDS....

RAY HARRYHAUSEN (If they tried to make this movie without Ray Harryhausen, it would have been diasterous)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- SAYINGS (All the folk saying "A cook never spits in his own soup" what was all that about?)

AND FIANLLY....

- NOT VERY PC (There is very few to no real Arabs in this movie and some might find that offensive.)

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