Quite frankly one of the
best video transfers I have seen in a long time, Sinbad Legend of the Seven
Seas is an absolute delight to watch and listen to.
and a vibrant soundtrack that certainly helps the entire feature come to life
are just some of the attributes that this disc has to offer. Top notch voice
talent and a great storyline are also on offer, making this disc one of the
true winners of the year, in a year that has seen some exceptional DVDs
The story revolves
around the Book of Peace that is being brought to Syracuse under the eye of
nobleman Proteus, who is unaware that Sinbad, captaining the mighty ship, The
Chimera is hot on his tail and very intent on stealing the book for the
massive ransom that it will get for him. It turns out that the two men are old
childhood friends who need to band together to stop the machinations of the
goddess of chaos Eris who wants to steal the book so as it cannot provide the
protection for the twelve cities that it was designed to.
Having made it safely to
Syracuse, Eris frames poor Sinbad to make it appear that he has stolen the
Book and he is sentenced to death for the crime. Proteus claims the right of
substitution and is locked up whilst Sinbad is able to try and retrieve the
book from the realm of Chaos itself.
What follows is a truly
amazing adventure, brought to life with cutting edge animation and computer
generated images, melded together to present a wonderful voyage that you and
your family will be more than happy to revisit time and time again on this
great DVD. Voiced by some very famous names, (Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Michelle Pfeiffer and Ralph Fiennes) Sinbad is a laugh a minute animation that
exudes the amount of time and quality put into its creation.
The video transfer on
this title would have to come the closest to flawless that I have had the
privilege of watching in some time and I couldn't pick a fault with it even if
I wanted to desperately. As far as I could see at no stage during the feature,
did I see anything that even vaguely constituted a fault. Absolutely perfect
and a real delight to watch.
Audio is something else
as well on this title where they have upped the ante for an animated feature.
Included is a magical DTS 5.1 mix that has to be heard to be believed. For
those without a DTS decoder, a great 5.1 Dolby Digital has been added as well.
All channels are used to great effect during the movie and the entire
soundtrack has been mixed perfectly with background sound never getting in the
way of character vocals, which were crisp, clear and ambient enough to be
believable. The score has been handled with proper care by Harry Gregson-Williams
who has done a number of big title scores, however for myself my favourite
work of his was the work he did for the Playstation 2 title Metal Gear Solid
Extras abound on the
title which is a relief when you've been confronted with so much goodness on
the main feature. Everything you could possibly imagine has been included on
this disc from commentaries all the way through to games for the kids to play
where they can help Sinbad save the Twelve Cities. One thing that I did find
funny was that even though the commentary featured many of the people behind
the feature, there were still many places that there was silence. Odd. The
Voice of Spike is possibly the standout feature on the extras, albeit a very
short one where they show how they recorded the dogs vocals and the process
that it entailed.
I'd recommend this disc
as a contender for animated feature of the year (on DVD) and definitely as one
of the best transfers to this format for the year also. Both kids and adults
are going to get caught up and lost in the magic of Sinbad: Legend of the
Seven Seas, time and time again. Highest Recommendation!
of the Seven Seas Features
Teaser trailer - The Cat In The Hat
7 Cast/crew biographies - Characters
2 Featurette - Making Of, The Voice of Spike
Photo gallery - Comprehensive concept art
DVD-ROM features - Games and Activities
Web access - Dreamworks Kids
3 Interactive game - Sinbad's Sailing Adventure, The
3DTour of The Chimera, Save The 12 Cities
DTS trailer - Piano
Short film - Cyclops Island