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Arabian Adventure
Arabian Adventure
Actor: Christopher Lee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
NR     2007     1hr 38min

Featuring an all star cast including Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Emma Samms, Oliver Tobias, Roy Stewart, Capucine, Mickey Rooney, Puneet Sira and John Ratzenberger. The evil Caliph Alquazar has imprisoned his soul in ...  more »

     
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Actor: Christopher Lee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Espionage, Indie & Art House
Studio: TeleVista
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/11/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 38min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"Rose of Elil, in the name of all things good and true, take
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 09/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The plot: The tyrannical Caliph Alquazar (Christopher Lee), to gain dark sorcerous might, has enslaved his soul to a mirror. Since then, his only means of defeat lies in the Rose of Elil, a mystical treasure which the Caliph desperately desires in his care. For while it has the power to destroy him, the Rose can also render him invincible. Accordingly, he commissions its fetching to a bold stranger named Hasan (Oliver Tobias), who boasts a claim to royalty. In return, Hasan is promised the hand of Princess Zuliera (lovely Emma Samms). Now, aided by the young scamp Majeed (who himself stumbles upon a magical talisman), Hasan ventures to the Island of Elil and survives many perils in his quest. But his blackest test awaits him when he at last journeys back to the treacherous Caliph.

The movie title doesn't lie. ARABIAN ADVENTURE, coming out in 1979, unfolds a nice, predictable adventure replete with the typical trappings we've come to associate with this exotic fantasy genre: Genies, magic lamps, flying carpets, dread sorcerers, princes and princesses, and a young but loyal beggar sidekick. ARABIAN ADVENTURE is only the latest to follow the mold set by the 1940 Alexander Korda film The Thief of Bagdad.

This film seems to be best suited for one of those weekend matinees they used to put on local television. In fact, in recently viewing my dvd copy, it was almost strange that there weren't any commercials to break up the flow. Back in my kidhood, this film would've been regarded as very welcome fare. There's nothing new here, of course. If you've seen others of its ilk (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Arabian Nights (Universal Cinema Classics), The Sinbad Collection (7th Voyage / Golden Voyage / Eye of the Tiger), and, of course, the 1940 THIEF OF BAGDAD), then ARABIAN ADVENTURE, in its basic plot and sensibilities, moseys along by the numbers. As mentioned, this is from 1979, so the film suffers from a certain washed out drabbiness in its presentation. Also, a less harsh assessment of the now dated special effects is suggested. Yes, the flying carpets do tend to look superimposed, and the metallic fire-demons are plain chuckle-able.

Christopher Lee once again lends his imposing and sinister presence to the screen. As the evil Caliph, he adequately sells it as someone who can quell an uprising with one casual sorcery-summoning wave of a hand. No, Lee doesn't come with his best stuff here, but it suffices. Oliver Tobias as Prince Hasan is appropriately brave and noble and mostly yawnable. There's one extended sequence wherein he does unveil a modicum of panache as he shows off a pleasing style of sword fighting, but when the sequence ends, he again becomes yawnable.

In this sub-genre, THE THIEF OF BAGDAD established the sometimes utilized trend of teaming up a street-smart lad with the grown up hero. And, usually, the kid turns out to be more interesting than that main hero. Same with this one. Young Puneet Sira stars as the beggar boy Majeed, and he's charming (great smile) and unaffected and is the film's true hero. But his pet monkey sucks lame bananas. British television actress Emma Samms makes her screen debut here, and that's all you can say about that, other than she looks mighty pretty. But her role as the Princess Zuliera doesn't really make use of her acting abilities. Fashion note: I didn't know high heels were hip back then, in ancient Arabia.

Other odds and ends: the curious might want to keep an eye peeled for appearances by Peter Cushing (often paired up with Christopher Lee) and a young, slim John Ratzenberger (the mailman from Cheers), who plays a mean-spirited ruffian. Mickey Rooney, someone you just don't expect to see in an Arabian fairy tale, also shows up from left field as Daad El Shur, a metal smith and keeper of the Rose of Elil. He tries hard to be funny.

ARABIAN ADVENTURE is a pleasant and diverting stopover in B-movie country. It's got enough action so kids, especially, should get a kick out of it. There are two pretty good scenes to relish: Hasan's exuberant sword fighting in the palace and the mid-air clashes as, near the end, both sides become airbourne on flying carpets. Not a bad film."
Ah Yes.......nice to see this again !!
Andre Villemaire | Canada | 09/09/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Seeing all these films when i was younger, i wanted to make sure i got them all
years later as most of them now are available on VHS or DVD.
Took quite a while for Arabian Adventure to make it. But behold...here it is now
with our favorite evil actor Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing..Mickey Rooney and more... Ok sure, this is not the best, but it is quite a important piece of these types of movies as only so many were made.
So enjoy, the beautiful sets, the Arabian adventure feeling, the magic, the Genie the magic carpet and so much more.
Great for kids...great for older ones also who are still kids in their hearts.
A Keeper."
Plenty of familiar faces, good special effects, evil Christo
DR. FOREMAN | BOSTON,MA | 03/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Christopher Lee is upto his old evil tricks this time in the Middle East in the time of Ali Babba, Arabian Nights and the ilk. I enjoyed watching this film and have been waiting for years to see it so I was happy with its release on DVD. Made in the era of Star Wars it has some good special effects including the flying carpet sequences especially the grand finale when the good guys and bad guys get airborn.
Many familiar faces: Lee, Cushing in a cameo, Mickey Rooney as a gibberish speaking crazy iron smith, and Milo O'Shea as a stoole pigeon for Lee.
I recommend this as fantasy family viewing. My 2 kids really enjoyed this( they are 3 & 4). It is what it is an entry from Saturday Matinees of years gone by. Fun way to pass the time with the whole family."