The Thief of Bagdad The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell and Tim Whelan

 
The Thief of Bagdad (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1940
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #431

Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel The Thief of Bagdad, inspired by The Arabian Nights, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades.

Cast

Credits

DirectorLudwig Berger, Michael Powell and Tim Whelan
ProducerAlexander Korda
Screenplay and dialogueMiles Malleson
Production designVincent Korda
EditingCharles Crichton
CinematographyGeorge Perinal
MusicMiklós Rózsa
Technicolor color directorNatalie Kalmus
Costumes designed byOliver Messel, John Armstrong and Michael Vertes
Scenic background byPercy Day
Production managerDavid B. Cunynghame
Special effects directed byLawrence Butler
Sound directorA. W. Watkins
Associate producerZoltán Korda and William Cameron Menzies

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New digital transfer, from restored film elements
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring renowned directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, and one with film and music historian Bruce Eder
  • Visual Effects, a documentary about the technical achievements of The Thief of Bagdad, featuring interviews with special-effects masters Ray Harryhausen, Dennis Muren, and Craig Barron
  • The Lion Has Wings (1940), Alexander Korda’s propaganda film for the English war effort, created when The Thief of Bagdad went into production hiatus
  • Excerpts from codirector Michael Powell’s audio dictations for his autobiography
  • Excerpts from a 1976 radio interview with composer Miklos Rózsa
  • Stills gallery featuring rare images of the film’s production and photos shot in Dufaycolor * Optional music and effects track
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film scholars Andrew Moor and Ian Christie

    New cover by Caitlin Kuhwald

Film Essays

The Thief of Bagdad: Arabian Fantasies

By Andrew MoorMay 26, 2008

For centuries, a double helix of fact and fiction about the East has spiraled into legend and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Lion Has Wings: The Lion Triumphant

By Ian ChristieMay 26, 2008

Britain’s heraldic coat of arms features two creatures, a lion and a unicorn, which have often . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Video


Photo Galleries

10 Things I Learned: Sabu!

By Michael KoreskyDecember 20, 2011


Film Essays

The Thief of Bagdad: Arabian Fantasies

By Andrew MoorMay 26, 2008

For centuries, a double helix of fact and fiction about the East has spiraled into legend and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Lion Has Wings: The Lion Triumphant

By Ian ChristieMay 26, 2008

Britain’s heraldic coat of arms features two creatures, a lion and a unicorn, which have often . . . Read more »


On Five

Magic Carpet Ride

By Lee KlineJanuary 23, 2008

Of all the great places I get to go for transfer work, London is probably my favorite. First . . . Read more »