Thursday, November 26, 2015

By the Gods!

Gordon Scott, as Hercules, battles with Gordon Mitchell in HERCULES & THE PRINCESS OF TROY

This is the second production the two PEPLUM stars appeared together. Mitchell's screen time is short but it's worth watching these two go at each other. Gordon appeared briefly in KERIM - SON OF THE SHEIK. If you blink you'll miss him in the latter.

Video of the Week : DESERT WARRIOR - Trailer - exclusive to PEPLUM TV

Video of the Week : DESERT WARRIOR trailer.

I've made a trailer for this rarely seen film starring Ricardo Montalban, Carmen Sevilla, Gino Cervi and José Guardiola. This trailer was made from a Fan Dub made by moi. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

By the Gods!


Pietro Torrisi, Nazzareno Zamperla, Roger Browne, Arnaldo Fabrizio, Jeff Cameron, Pietro Ceccarelli, Harold Bradley and Mario Novelli.

That's eight but Arnaldo is not officially a gladiator. It's one of those rambunctious Michele Lupo films were all the Roman soldiers fly in every direction, ending up with legs in the air. Not really my thing, to be honest, but I still watch them from time to time. There's no doubt that director Lupo had a style all of his own.

Different Versions : Ursus - the Rebel Gladiator

I finally got hold of more than one version of THE REBEL GLADIATOR ala URSUS - THE BEBEL GLADIATOR (thanks Alan). Whenever I have different versions I love to compare them to see if there's any differences. Here's a quick overview of the 3 versions.

Italian version

Italian full screen version

US version available on DVD

Cut scenes :

This simple and yet beautiful scene with Gloria Milland and José Greci is cut from the grubby US version available on DVD. It's a nice scene in which it establishes the "friendship" between the two ladies. Both look great.

José Greci

Gloria Milland

The scenes above and below are cut from the widescreen version of URSUS - THE REBEL  GLADIATOR. In the scene below Commodus (Alan Steel) complains to Milland that his life was spared by the barbarian and he finds it humiliating.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

By the Gods!

Reg Park, as Hercules, talks about a new adventure with Ettore Manni, as Androcles, in HERCULES & THE CAPTIVE WOMEN

Ettore was an excellent actor in his own right and he often starred in PEPLUM films to balance out inexperienced actors aka bodybuilders, like Reg Park. He was often given more dialogue and such, which is normal. Ettore helped a lot in creating a semblance of quality in several big PEPLUM titles. That's Luciano Marin in the background.

Movie Poster Mondays

Belgian poster for DESERT WARRIOR

Nice poster. In Europe, Carmen had first billing but in North America, Ricardo got top billing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

By the Gods!

Ricardo Montalban and Carmen Sevilla in DESERT WARRIOR

I just completed a Fan Dub of this rarely seen film. The US copy is in B&W and poor but mostly uncut. The Euro copy I used has about a dozen or so minutes cut from it. This copy, in widescreen and color, was really butchered but I did my best to make it seem seamless. There were three big scenes cut from it (including two whipping scenes and one dance / singing sequence which I uploaded at Youtube here) while 40 or so one second shots cut throughout this copy. A real nightmare to edit but the final Fan Dub still looks great.

This is an interest film for many reasons : it was made in 1957, way before HERCULES, which spawned an endless number of such films. It's filmed on location in Egypt, and, to my knowledge, it's the first Arabian adventure shot in widescreen and color that was produced in Europe (THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA (1954) was the first US-made Arabian adventure shot in widescreen).

I'm thinking of uploading this to my Youtube channel. I'm working on the final version for YT. 


Scene from GIANT OF METROPOLIS starring Gordon Mitchell and Bella Cortez

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

By the Gods!

Steve Reeves, as Hercules, knocks out Daniele Vargas as Sylva Koscina (as Iole) and Ugo Sasso watches on in HERCULES UNCHAINED

With a back like that, who could put Hercules in chains? Only Iole.