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    Added on: 23/11/2014 16:41
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    The Thief of Bagdad

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    Certificate: U
    Running Time: 140 Mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    This swashbuckling tale out of The Thousand and One Nights was Hollywood mega-star 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 Masters of Cinema Series is proud to release Fairbanks and Walsh's epic, newly restored and featuring a magnificent score by maestro Carl Davies conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, in a Dual Format release for the first time in the UK.

    Special Features:
    - Audio commentary by Fairbanks biographer Jeffrey Vance
    - 40-PAGE BOOKLET including new and exclusive writing on Douglas Fairbanks and Raoul Walsh

    Video Tracks:
    1.33:1 OAR
    Tinted / Black and White

    Audio Tracks:
    Stereo 2.0

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English Intertitles

    Directed By:
    Raoul Walsh

    Written By:

    Douglas Fairbanks
    Snitz Edwards
    Julanne Johnston

    Director of Photography:
    Arthur Edeson

    William Nolan

    Production Designer:
    William Cameron Menzies

    Douglas Fairbanks

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