Monday, July 16, 2018

By the Gods!

Pollux (Willi Colombini) and Hercules (Steve Reeves) fix the Argo after the statue (standing in the background) fell through the deck during a storm in HERCULES (1958)

It's quite obvious that the deck is actually intact. They didn't want to damage the board so they placed old pieces of wood on top to hide where the cracks should be. The scene lasts just a fraction of a second. I love this film but I admit that this scene is not very convincing. Maybe they expected everyone to be focused on Steve and not this goof.


Movie Poster Mondays

Original Italian poster of TREASURE OF THE PETRIFIED FOREST (1965)

An odd poster with a crazed looking Gordon Mitchell. Not a successful poster.


PEPLUM TV: CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER - Full screen VS Widescreen


This scene was cut from the US version. I don't know why (maybe it was too sexy?). That's Erno Crisa eating some chicken.

Which one do you prefer? The Full screen one is sharp therefore it has more details and colours. The image of the widescreen one is not sharp and has terrible contrast but the width of the image is intact.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

By the Gods!

Gianni Garko, Carla Marlier and Steve Reeves, as Aeneas, in WAR OF THE TROJANS (1962)

WAR OF THE TROJANS is the British title while in the US, it was titled THE AVENGER, which is not very descriptive. If they had titled it AVENGER OF TROY or something similar it might have been better. The Italian title translates as THE LEGEND OF AENEAS. This is a sequel to THE TROJAN HORSE (1961). I like it and I'm glad it was made and while it's not on par with the first film it is still pretty good, with some memorable moments and good support from Garko. Director Giorgio Venturing made only 3 films and sometimes it shows.

Fotonovela: THE SINNER (part 10)

Part 10 of serialization of THE SINNER fotonovela starring Ruth Roman. One more instalment left. Click on image to see a larger size.








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Thursday, July 12, 2018

By the Gods!

Mark Forest, as Kindar, tries to negotiate a deal with Rosalba Neri in KINDAR THE INVULNERABLE

Rosalba and Mark are still alive. It would be great to have a reunion of sorts with the two. If only there was a PEPLUMCON. At first, I didn't think much of this film and now it's one of my favourites. There are some really beautiful and stunning scenes in this overlooked title. Rosalba plays the usual temptress who would love to have Kindar on her side but she's the bad girl.


PEPLUM TV Double Feature: HERCULES & THE MASKED RIDER


Starring Alan Steel, Mimmo Palmara, Jose Greci and Ettore Manni. Fun film. Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV Double Feature: THE GIANTS OF THESSALY (re-upload)


Starring Roland Carey, Ziva Rodann, Alberto Farnese, Nadia Sanders, Luciano Marin, Raf Baldassarre and a host of other actors. Directed by Riccardo Freda. I re-uploaded the film in one file.

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PEPLUM TV Compilation: "He's a woman!”


Compilation of clips of boys revealed to be girls!

Titles:

THE IRON CROWN
THE QUEEN OF SHEBA
AMAZONS OF ROME
ROMULUS & THE SABINES
THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS
SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN
FURY OF HERCULES
MACISTE - STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD
HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN
SLAVE OF ROME

Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV Trailer: HANNIBAL


Trailer for HANNIBAL starring Victor Mature and Rita Gam

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

By the Gods!

Bekim Fehmiu in THE ODYSSEY (1968)

This was a mini-series in 8 parts and broadcasted in Italy in 1968. The mini-series was dubbed in English (or at least the English dub doesn't exist). They also made a stand-alone film, by editing it down to its most crucial parts, which I'm sure was no easy task. This film was released internationally, including in English. This theatrical version was eventually shown on CBS back in 1978. I finally got a copy of this film, called THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES. It's from a VHS source so the image is fuzzy but the audio is okay. I was thinking of doing a Fan Dub of this, by looking for the specific scenes from the beautiful transfer of the mini-series and editing all those scenes together with the English audio from the film. Unfortunately, many scenes were shot specifically for this theatrical version that don't exist in the mini-series. Therefore, a Fan Dub is impossible to make. I might upload the fuzzy copy to my PEPLUM TV RETRO channel.

Vintage advertising

Huge poster in the lobby of a movie theatre for CLEOPATRA (1934), which states that it will open next Sunday.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tab Hunter, R.I.P.


Tab Hunter passed away yesterday at the age of 86. His only PEPLUM film was THE GOLDEN ARROW (1962), co-starring Rossana Podestà and directed by Antonio Margheriti. Though released in Italy in 1962, the film was released in 1964 in the USA. Oddly enough, this film is very polarizing. I've heard people say it's good while others say it's total trash. I showed this film on my old Livestream Justin TV channel and the criticism it got was harsh. I think it's fun if a bit too fluffy. I don't understand the hatred. Oh we'll...Tab, R.I.P..



By the Gods!

Antonio Vilar and María Mahor in KING OF THE VIKINGS (1960)

I recently got a copy of this rare movie in English and I like it. It's a Spanish / Italian production with an entirely Spanish cast. I had a copy of this in Spanish (from a VHS source) and it's okay but this one makes the movie look less cheap, more robust. Will I upload it to PEPLUM TV? We will see. Not to be confused with LAST OF THE VIKINGS (1961).

Extra note: many have mentioned that this is really not a Viking movie in its original Spanish production. I'm aware of this but the English dubbing changed it to a Viking story (a common thing distributors did back in those days).

Non-PEPLUM PEPLUM films

SANTO VS THE MARTIANS (1967)

What seems to be an unlikely edition to the NON-PEPLUM PEPLUM movies is actually a distant relative of the PEPLUM genre so it's not surprising that there is a Santo story with a PEPLUM angle. But this one also has a sci-fi aspect to it, which, as we know, is a very common mash-up as well.

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Argos (Wolf Ruvinskis), the leader, tells his fellow martians that they need to blend in more with humans.


They emerge out of the chamber as Greek gods and Goddesses!

Argos starts identifying everyone with their new personas (from right to left): Cronos (El Nazi), Morpheus (Ham Lee) and Hercules (Ben Galan)

Female martians tuned into Greek Goddesses (from left to right): Aphrodite (Maura Monti), Selene (Eva Norvind), Artemis (Gilda Miros) and Diana (Brenda Corel).

They start their reign of terror, by appearing out of nowhere and terrorizing humans.

Santo is on the case!

Argos meets Santo in the ring.

But Santo is master of the ring. Argos has no chance of winning!

Monday, July 9, 2018

By the Gods!

Russell Crowe, as Maximus, in GLADIATOR (2000)

With the release of this Oscar® winning Hollywood film emerged a new trend of PEPLUM movies, which, by 2018, is all but dead. This Third Wave (with the Golden Era being the first and the second being the 1980s) had a good if uneven run. What's the next film, from Hollywood or from Italy, that will re-ignite the genre again, if ever? They actually thought of making a sequel to this even if Crowe's character dies at the end, by resurrecting him.


Movie Poster Mondays

Original Italian poster of LEGIONS OF THE NILE (1959)

Doesn't look anything like Linda Cristal. Simple poster for a somewhat grand production.

PEPLUM TV compilation: Oracles, Seers and High Priests


Scenes with oracles, seers and high priests from different PEPLUM films.

- HERCULES (1958)
- GOLIATH & THE REBEL SLAVE
- HERCULES AGAINST THE HYDRA
- THE WARRIOR EMPRESS (Sappho the Venus of Lesbos)
- GOLIATH & THE DRAGON
- HERCULES THE AVENGER
- SAMSON & THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE
- REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS
- THE MIGHTY URSUS
- ALI BABA & THE SACRED CROWN
- THE BACCHANTES
- SLAVE QUEEN OF BABYLON (2 scenes)
- HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE
- THE LAST GLADIATOR
- TRIUMPH OF MACISTE
- HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

By the Gods!

Jorge Rivero and Candice Wilson are Adam & Eve in THE SIN OF ADAM & EVE (1969)

A corny but entertaining retelling of the story of the beginning of mankind. This wasn't the first 'Adam & Eve' Mexican film, with a previous one made in 1956. It was a way to show nudity (no frontal) without it being pornographic. Beefy Jorge was famous for his many roles in SANTO films. Very little is known about Candice aka Candy or Kandy. According to IMDb, she only appeared in one other film.

PEPLUM TV Double Feature: REVOLT OF THE PRAETORIANS


Starring Richard Harrison, Paola Piti, Moira Orfei, Piero Lulli, Giuliano Gemma and Salvatore Furnari.

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PEPLUM TV Double Feature: REVAK THE REBEL


Starring Jack Palance, Milly Vitale, Guy Rolfe and more. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Also known as THE BARBARIANS.

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PEPLUM TV Dance scene from NEFERTITI


Only the dance scenes with Liana Orfei. This dance sequence cuts back and forth between scenes with Edmund Purdom. I removed the scenes with Edmund Purdom to show only Liana.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

By the Gods!

Kirk Morris, as Hercules, in HERCULES, SAMSON & ULYSSES (1963)

This movie was finally released on DVD by Warner a couple of years ago. The image quality of their DVDs is good but always too dark. THE SON OF SPARTACUS suffers from the same problem, and its even darker than this one. It's annoying that PEPLUM fans wait and wait for 'official' releases of certain titles and when they're finally release, they're too dark or the wrong aspect ratio (the aspect ratio of this Warner DVD is also incorrect). This has nothing to do with the way the movie itself, but how it was transferred to a digital format. Oh well...



Behind-the-Scenes

Extras wait patiently on the set of SAPPHO - THE VENUS OF LESBOS (The Warrior Empress ; 1960)

Happy 4th of July!