Imprisoned by the evil Grand Vizier Jaffar, Ahmad – the rightful King of Bagdad – meets young Abu, the greatest thief in the land. Together they escape and embark on a series of fantastical adventures, only just surviving a terrifying encounter with a Djinn, from whom Abu manages to extract three wishes.
This multiple Oscar-winning film is a magical, atmospheric epic starring Conrad Veidt (Casablanca), Sabu (The Jungle Book) and June Duprez (The Four Feathers). The Thief of Bagdad is a triumph of filmmaking and is one of best-loved films from legendary producer Alexander Korda (The Four Feathers, Anna Karenina, The Third Man).
With sumptuous art direction and beguiling special effects making it the definitive vision of the famous Arabian Nights tale, The Thief of Bagdad was directed by a trio of filmmakers, namely Ludwig Berger (Pygmalion, Three Waltzes), Tim Whelan (The Divorce of Lady X, Badman's Territory) and the great Michael Powell (Peeping Tom, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Matter of Life and Death... oh, you don't need me to list this man's achievements). Word has it that producer Alexander Korda also chipped in here, as did the film's associate producers Zoltan Korda (The Four Feathers, Jungle Book) and celebrated art director William Cameron Menzies (Gone with the Wind, For Whom the Bell Tolls – he also designed and directed the wonderful Invaders from Mars)
With sumptuous art direction and beguiling special effects making it the definitive vision of the famous Arabian Nights tale, The Thief of Bagdad is featured here in a High Definition transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
The Thief of Bagdad will be available to own on UK Blu-ray from 26th January 2015 at the RRP of £14.99, courtesy of Network Distributing's 'The British Film' collection.
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