"Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger (1977)"
Twlight Time Blu-Ray Review
Starring Margaret Whiting, Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour,
Taryn Power and Patrick Troughton
Directed By Sam Wanamaker
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 1080p High Definition
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
In my last review for "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad", I talked about the great of the late Ray Harryhausen, who passed away not too long ago and was one of the pioneers of the great stop motion animation that were featured on films such as "Jason And The Argonauts" and "3 Worlds of Guilliver" with the excellent "Clash of the Titans" being his final project before retiring in 1981. "Sinbad And The Eye of The Tiger" continued the return of the great Harryhausen after "Golden Voyage", which has become a cult classic and this sequel while not quite as memorable as the former, the latter is still an entertaining, cheesy romp that is in someways better than its' predecessor. The film this time features Sinbad (played by Patrick Wayne in this film) who must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai who's sister, Princess Farrah (the lovely Jane Seymour) is along for the long journey to help restore him to back to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way, he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia (Margaret Whiting), her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties along the way that really look rushed, hurried and not as impressive as its' predecessors. Even Harryhausen stated himself after the production, that he was not happy or content with the work he'd done on the film due to the production's fast tracked schedule and uneven direction by actor/director Sam Wannamaker, that makes "Golden Voyage" the far superior of the two. As a result of this, Harryhausen's final project, the much loved "Clash of the Titans" which was filmed in 1979, took an extra year to perfect the effects that he brilliantly created for the film which were just stunning unlike this one.
This simultanious release of this film on Blu-Ray along with "Golden Voyage Of Sinbad" is another pretty good release for Twilight Time, but somewhat disappointing in that it's not a real substantial upgrade from the original DVD itself yet it is a good upgrade. "Golden" had a lot better fortune than this one in that regard, but not all that much and mainly because that was easily the better of the two films so it was obvious that they took the most care on that one. The film isn't all that bad, but it's not spectacular in anyway at all. The performances and the production was a little rushed, so it's not high calibur performances and the only saving grace for me is easily Jane Seymour, who without her beautiful looks much like Caroline Munro did for the previous Sinbad movie, would make this movie a major dog with their presence.
The picture quality is alot better than most but if you're expecting a full complete restoration, you're definitely not going to find it here. Like I stated before, it is a very good upgrade and for fans of the movie will be thrilled with the results. The sound quality is very good as well with nice clarity on the dialog front and effects, with Roy Budd's rather disappointing score after the masterpiece that Miklos Rosza wrote for the previous film gets a nice deft audio track as well as a complete isolated score track as per Twilight Time's usual special feature produced lovingly by Mike Mattesino. The Blu-Ray is also disappointing in the lack of special features with a single vintage featurette on Harryhausen "This is Dynamation" which is barely over three minutes along with the films' theatrical trailer which is on hand here.
"Sinbad And The Eye of The Tiger" isn't the greatest film in the world and certainly watchable, but for those expecting a grand Blu-Ray, you're not getting it here. At most you're getting, a major upgrade over the DVD the Sony produced and give Twilight Time rights to produce this Blu-Ray. Clearly the stronger film between the two 70's Sinbad films is "Golden Voyage", but this one is certainly watchable and a good companion to the former. It's worth getting if you really truly want it for both nostalgia sake and for the love of good fantasy films of the past like I do.