Eureka! Conjure Up THE THIEF OF BAGDAD in HD

Written by Martin Unsworth Monday, 15 September 2014

Movie News

Raoul Walsh’s classic THE THIEF OF BAGDAD, starring and produced by the legendary Douglas Fairbanks, is set to be released by Eureka! Entertainment on Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD).

THE THIEF OF BAGDAD is a legendary fantasy, and one of the highest-grossing films of Hollywood's silent era, and was named the 9th best fantasy film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2008.

Released on 24 November 2014, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD is part of the Masters of Cinema Series, and has been given a stunning 2K restoration, featuring a magnificent score from Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by maestro Carl Davis.

From the press release:

This swashbuckling tale out of The Thousand and One Nights was Hollywood megastar and producer Douglas Fairbanks' pet project, and coming on the heels of previous costume successes THE THREE MUSKETEERS, THE MARK OF ZORRO, and ROBIN HOOD, cemented Fairbanks' standing as both the leading action-adventure star of his day and one of the industry's first "multi-hypenate" powerhouses. The actor stars as the impious thief Ahmed who has made a reputation as Baghdad's premiere plunderer. When he falls in love with a beautiful princess (Julanne Johnston) and the two determine to marry, her father the caliph intervenes, forbidding the union. Thus erupts a chain of circumstances involving a crystal ball, a magic apple, a pegasus, an invisibility cloak... and, of course, a flying carpet.

No expense was spared for THE THIEF OF BAGDAD: AN ARABIAN NIGHTS FANTASY — it was one the costliest films produced in Hollywood in the silent era, evident in both the stunning sets of William Cameron Menzies and the breakthrough special effects that weave throughout the picture. Expertly directed by Raoul Walsh, who would go on to become of America's foremost filmmakers, and the creator of such classics as THE BOWERY, HIGH SIERRA, and WHITE HEAT, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD remains an enduring fantasy for the ages.

The Dual Format release will be supplemented with some fantastic extras:

• New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray

• Audio commentary by Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance

• 40-PAGE BOOKLET including new and exclusive writing on Douglas Fairbanks and Raoul Walsh

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Find your local STARBURST stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.



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