Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014)

Actor/director Shahin (Sean) Solimon is the first Persian-American actor to play Sinbad The Sailor in an American made film, which would be this movie, which now has director’s cut and expanded stop-motion VFX and new scenes.

This looks like old claymation mixed with modern desktop special effects, as well as narration by Patrick Stewart, which had to have cost something, you’d think.

How did they get to the fifth voyage of Sinbad? They’re counting The 7th Voyage of Sinbad as step one (which would make this the eleventh voyage, right?) and The Golden Voyage of SinbadSinbad and the Eye of the Tiger and even Enzo G. Castellari and Luigi Cozzi’s Lou Ferrigno-starring Sinbad of the Seven Seas as previous chapters.

Becca didn’t grow up watching these movies, so she’s not going to like a Sinbad movie as much as me, even if it features the hero battling monsters, vampires and Satan himself.

Do you know how many streaming movies I’ve watched lately? Becca asked me to shut it off and I told her it only had two minutes left. She angrily grabbed the remote and said, “It says it has more than ten minutes left!” I replied, “Watch. The credits are going to be about ten minutes long or more to pad this all out.”

So yeah. This is obviously Solimon’s pet project, so who am I to deny him the opportunity to learn how to use After Effects and try to make something that shoots for Harryhausen and ends up somewhere around the clay creatures in Night Train to Terror?

You can learn more on this movie’s official Facebook page and official website. You can watch this on Amazon Prime.

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