Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 27th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: Italy / USA, 1989
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Writers: Tito Carpi, Enzo G. Castellari, Luigi Cozzi, Ian Danby
Cast: Lou Ferrigno, John Steiner, Roland Wybenga, Ennio Girolami, Hal Yamanouchi, Yehuda Efroni, Alessandra Martines, Teagan Clive, Leo Gullotta, Stefania Girolami Goodwin
BluRay released: February 6th, 2018
Approximate running times: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Kino Lorber
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Sinbad and his shipmates save a princess from an evil sorcerer.
Sinbad of the Seven Seas was co-written and directed by Enzo G. Castellari, whose other notable films include, Cold Eyes of Fear, Street Law, High Crime, The Heroin Busters, The Big Racket and The Inglorious Bastards. Key collaborators on Sinbad of the Seven Seas include, screenwriters Tito Carpi (Eagles Over London, Giovannona Long-Thigh), Luigi Cozzi (The Killer Must Kill Again, Star Crash) and cinematographer Blasco Giurato (Cinema Paradiso). The screenplay for this film is loosely based on a shot story titled The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade written by Edgar Allen Poe.
Italian cinema, has had a long history of capitalizing on the popularity of a film, that was a hit at the box office and whatever genres was in vogue at the time. With that being said, they rarely returned to a genre, once it’s popularity had waned.
Peplum’s were a genre that rose to prominence in the late 1950’s, most notably films like Hercules and its sequel Hercules Unchained. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and by the mid-1960’s, an over-saturation of these type of films, would lead to this genres demise.
That was until the success of Conan the Barbarian renewed an interest in the long dormant Peplum genre. And it should not come as a surprise, that this genre’s most famous character Hercules would be recycled for a pair of Hercules films that were directed by Luigi Cozzi.
This brings us to Sinbad of the Seven Seas, a fantasy film that bears more than passing resemblance to the aforementioned elements, that has since become synonymous with the Peplum film genre. And nowhere is this more evident, then when it comes to the casting of Lou Ferrigno in the role of Sindbad. He was a former bodybuilder, who perfectly fits the mold that perfectly fits the mold of what one expects from a leading man starring in a Peplum.
From a production standpoint, though there is predictability to the narrative. The end result is an entertaining film, that features all of this genre’s most familiar tropes and there is never a shortage of action set pieces. With that being said, the special effects look dated and often call attention to themselves.
Performances wise the cast are best described as adequate. With this film’s most memorable performance being John Steiner (Salon Kitty, Tenebrae) in the role of a diabolical sorcerer named Jaffar. There is a manic energy to his performance that is contagious.
Sinbad of the Seven Seas comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Image clarity is strongest during closeups, color look accurate and the source used for this transfer is in very good shape.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo mix in English and included with this release are removable English subtitles. Though this audio mix bears many of issues related to dubbing. The end result sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include trailers for Sinbad of the Seven Seas, The Vikings, Kings of the Son and Flesh + Blood.
Overall Kino Lorber gives Sinbad of the Seven Seas a strong audio / video presentation.