Thief Of Bagdad, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1940) / Region 1
Thief Of Bagdad, The: The Criterion Collection

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Thief Of Bagdad, The: The Criterion Collection

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, pioneering in its eye-popping technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu) 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 26 2008
  • Production Year 1940
  • Empire SKU 1395766
  • UPC Code 715515029926
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Disc One: The Film
- 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
- Optional music and effects track
- Theatrical trailer

Disc Two: The Supplements
- 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): producer 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
- Excerpt from a 1976 radio interview with composer Miklos Rozsa
- Stills gallery featuring rare images of the film's production and photos shot in Dufaycolor
- PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film scholars Andrew Moor and Ian Christie


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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