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Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage - Ultimate Director’s Cut

BOOM!  Just like that, Giant Flick Films, Imagination Street Films and writer/director/actor Shahin Sean Solimon resurrect Sinbad of yore and, complete with legitimate stop-motion VFX and narration by Patrick Stewart, drop the character right smack in the middle of yet another dazzling and creative adventure.

"fans of Harryhausen are probably going to dig the earnest effort to go back in time and deliver - once again - a matinee flick that is highly imaginative and packed full of cool-looking monsters battling each other AND Sinbad"


Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage - Ultimate Director’s Cut has arrived!

Co-starring Said Faraj, Lorna Raver, and Danielle Duvale as Princess Parisa, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage wastes little time getting down to business as Sinbad, bored with his life as one of the domesticated, returns to the Seven Seas as a very familiar scent of darkness and evil fills the air.  Sinbad (Solimon) must get to the palace, but upon his arrival he sees that the Sultan’s party has turned tragic.  

That's right, thanks to a powerful magician, all the party-goers are rendered frozen thanks to his mischievous spell and the princess (Duvale) is missing!  Sinbad knows exactly what to do: hit the high seas in search of her and thus begins his fifth fun-filled adventure.  

With cool stop-motion creatures, an imaginative script, and a playful attitude, Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage starts checking off all the requirements for an Old School type of adventure.  You know, the cheesy sword-and-sandal popcorn munchers that Hollywood won’t make anymore.  It's because they don't understand them.  I mean, who cares if the budget is bottom barrelled?  My eyes don't.  Everyone on board Sinbad’s ship seems to be having a blast and it makes watching the movie a lot of fun, too, as the past comes back to life in the form of creative stop-motion monsters and battle royales.  Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage - Ultimate Director’s Cut

If you are anything like me when it comes to watching these types of dynamation flicks, you will literally leap out of your chair and cheer as Sinbad goes toe-to-toe with a six-armed Vishnu type monster!  And that's maybe 15-minutes into this monster-filled adventure.  No CGI anywhere in the creature design and, damn, if the work here isn’t impressive as these monsters come roaring to life.  The close-ups of sword-wielding skeletons and other monsters are damned impressive.  In fact, every frame of this production honors the work of Ray Harryhausen and - as this is a Director’s Cut - fans get even more story with several new scenes and an expanded storyline between Sinbad and Princess Parisa.

This fantasy film - which involves Sinbad crossing an oceans of water and sand in order to rescue the princess from an evil magician - is definitely NOT for everyone.  If you are not comfortable with stop-motion effects and magic amulets and all sorts of crazy nonsensical objectives jammed into 90-minutes then you are best served by skipping this VOD offering, but fans of Harryhausen are probably going to dig the earnest effort to go back in time and deliver - once again - a matinee flick that is highly imaginative and packed full of cool-looking monsters battling each other AND Sinbad.

Originally released in 2014, this upgrade from Giant Flick Films and Imagination Street Films is definitely worth your time.  Sinbad: The Fifth Adventure - Ultimate Director’s Cut is NOW available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video with more regions to be added soon.  

Sailing the seven seas again with Sinbad back at the helm?  Sign me up!

4/5 stars

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage - Ultimate Director’s Cut

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Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage - Ultimate Director’s Cut

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for fantasy violence/frightening images.
Runtime:
89 mins
Director
: Shahin Sean Solimon
Writer:
Shahin Sean Solimon, Evelyn Gabai
Cast:
Patrick Stewart, Shahin Sean Solimon, Said Faraj
Genre
: Action | Fantasy
Tagline:
Discover the Legend
Memorable Movie Quote: "I longed for change and adventure."
Theatrical Distributor:
Giant Flick Films
Official Site: https://www.facebook.com/SinbadMovie
Release Date:
October 1, 2020
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Synopsis: The exciting live action film is based on the Arabian Nights and Sinbad the Sailor’s fairy-tale adventures. It stars actor/director, Shahin (Sean) Solimon, who has been acknowledged as the first Persian-American actor to play ‘Sinbad The Sailor’ in an American made film. ‘Sinbad The Fifth Voyage - Ultimate Director’s Cut’ also features stop-motion VFX, which was brought to mainstream by legendary VFX artist Ray Harryhausen in the late 50’s. Creatures such as the Cyclops, the Goliath Crab monster and, yes, old-school, Skeletons in the dead tree forest to name a few. The much anticipated director’s cut features several new scenes and a more expanded storytelling between Sinbad and Princess Parisa.

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