The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

An Arabian Fantasy

DVD - 2008
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"When Prince Ahmad is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess"--Container.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2008
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604650426
1604650427
Branch Call Number: 892.73 T42k1
791.4372 T42b2
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (20 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.)

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 25, 2017

These are 3 descriptive words that I'd say would best describe the production side of this 1940, Technicolour, Romeo & Juliet story - Erratic - Uneven - Disjointed.

And the reason for this film's overall visual inconsistency and instability has to do with the fact that it took 6 directors (Yes - 6!!) to finally bring "Bagdad" to its corny-but-cute "happy ending".

As the story goes - It was skinflint, Alexander Korda who produced this picture. And he was totally obsessed with keeping this fantasy-extravaganza film under a tight budget and remaining in full control of its simpering story-line.

This, of course, placed Korda in repeated conflict with each subsequent film-maker who took over the direction and, in turn, who Korda promptly fired for non-compliance.

Anyway - With "The Thief Of Bagdad" now being 77 years old - I really did try to cut it some slack (even though its visuals didn't even come close to those of 1939's "The Wizard of Oz") - But - The truth is - This picture really did stink, big-time.

*Note* - I'd say that the absolute, most hilarious highlight of this picture was the totally cheesy "monster spider" scene.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 13, 2015

This restored version from the Criterion Collection offered pretty good colour, gorgeous costumes and a decent story. The special effect is laughable by today's standard. But still it is worthwhile if you want to know how fantasy films were made decades ago.

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

Wow. Despite the numerous things that are wrong with this in tiny details (telephone or electrical supply wires in the sky despite this being around the year zero, the number of young ladies dressed in various degrees of "harem dress" that varies wildly for no reason, a number of icons and dialects that would be normal for Mumbai but not for a good thousand kilometres to the North West), this is one amazing piece of work for 1940! The special effects are impressive, and the job people have done on the restoration of both picture and colour is phenomenal! the story is... meh... but the movie over all is spectacular.

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cyan
Jan 07, 2010

This is an older movie so it doesn't have some of the special effects of modern day movies but they do a pretty good job nonetheless, considering the time period. Really enjoyable and nice story!

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