Digital Hierarchy Movie Reviews
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They could have had better coloring,better tint and contrast.
For those used to seeing Leslie Nielsen the comedian, beware.
Also good are Christopher George and Lynda Day George.
Does anyone have a print of "Ali Baba" where the soundtrack in the final big fight scene is in sync ? I have not seen one yet.
One star 'cause someone took the effort to put these classics on DVD, but 0 stars for the lack-of-quality of the effort.
ali baba and sinbad are approx. 15 minutes each and are worth the price of the disc.
i remember seeing these two classics in black and white on tv when i was a kid,and i had a cheap video tape of ali baba,but the dvd version is much better quality.the sound track is clear enough to hear all of popeyes hilarious mutterings.the other two cartoons are okay,but the 1956 animation just does not compare to the 1930"s ali baba and sinbad,.........the word "classic" really applies here.
The true classic, "Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves," is available on another collection, so I mainly bought this for "Popeye Meets Sinbad The Sailor." "Sinbad" has a great song and is a very fun cartoon. I am glad to have it. "Ancient Fistory" and "Cookin' With Gags" are fine. I would have liked to have seen more than four cartoons on the disk.
As with many of these cartoon DVDs, the extras consist of addvertisements for other collections. It would be nice to see a little more, but I was happy with the purchase
The original, uncut version of this movie goes by "Anthropophagus: The Beast" or "Unsane". Those titled movies include the notorious scenes of the fetus getting ripped out of a woman's womb and the self-evisceration and devouring of the zombie's guts at the film's end. As of this writing, Anthropophagus is not available (to my knowledge) on a US, region 1 DVD. This heavily cut and edited version is all that is available on DVD (though the uncut versions are purchasable on VHS in NTSC format).
Add to the fact that the picture and sound on Grim Reaper is laughably bad and that there are no special features (not even chapter stops- the whole movie runs in one continuous loop, so to jump ahead requires your finger on the fast frame or fast rewind buttons), and what was an effective gross-out, 3 1/2 star gore flick has been transferred into a 1 star ripoff.
Perhaps we'll see Anthropophagus in an uncut DVD version by Anchor Bay or Image in the not too distant future. Until then, steer clear of this abomination.
There is a song missing on this dvd, Killing me softly. I bought this dvd for the next numbers: my way, whenever i call you friend, show me the way, if you leave me now, fame and killing me softly. So you understand that i was disappointed. For the rest it's a fine dvd.
The good: The only (somewhat) well-designed character was Mulan and her Grandfather. There is a somewhat decent message at the beginning about not judging people by their appearance/color of skin, which I felt was appropriate.
The bad: It's too bad the animators didn't take the movie's message to heart when they chose to draw most of the Chinese in an ugly, stereotyped and exaggerated way. The art had me cringing! And if the good guys were ugly, the 'evil' villains, looking more like trolls than people. Also, the voice acting was terrible. Mulan sounded like a cranky teenager reading her lines completely deadpan. The rest of the Chinese sounded like they were voiced by one guy, with a Brittish accent!
Overall, while I expected to find this movie MILDLY entertaining, instead it was dime-store anime at its worst. Watch at your own risk.
If you want the original version, go to the book section of this site and look for the poetry collections _The Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady_, or stick "Ballad of Mulan" into a search engine.