Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

By the Gods!


Matte paintings from A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS (1945)

Simple and yet effective matte shots. The top shot appeared in other movies. These shots don't last that long on screen. Making these paintings took hours only to appear for a few seconds in the final cut. The movie was nominated for an Oscar for its special effects. Lawrence Butler was responsible for these. 




Musings!

Searching far and wide for all things PEPLUM! Luciano Marin and Steve Reeves in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959)


Commenting on comments

Quick notes on comments here at the blog. I've noticed that at Facebook or Twitter, the comments there for my accounts are pretty good and positive (I know, Twitter is usually very toxic). Most comments here at the blog are courteous and interesting. Commenting here has always been moderated since the blog gets a ton of spam. I rarely deleted non-spam comments, whether they're positive or negative. But for a while now the blog has received an increasing amount of comments made in 'bad faith'. Starting in 2021, I decided not to publish everything.

- Repetitive comments
- Overtly sexualized comments. 
- Comments that completely contradict what I wrote, which tells me they didn't read what I wrote
- 'Drive-by' commenting: comments with the purpose of not being engaging to the topic or anything.

The blog has for many years been the target of an insane number of other blogs which are X-rated or 'adult' in nature. I don't mind that but it in turn attracts unsavoury comments. I don't mind if someone says that an actress is sexy or an actor is handsome. The entire PEPLUM genre is built on beefcake and cheesecake. I get that but sometimes comments go too far. In other words, I don't care about your handmaiden fetish.

Well, that's it!

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Cinematic Confusion


VHS cover of THE GIANTS OF THESSALY (1960) with art from THE TROJAN HORSE (1961). Why?


Identify the movie


Can you identify the movie from this screengrab? Extra points if you name the actor or actors starring in it.


Twitter accounts

The new MACISTE Twitter account is going great. The stats are already amazing. Make sure to follow it.










I highly recommend these twitter accounts:

One of the most interesting Twitter accounts. By Carole Raddato.





This Twitter account is simply amazing. History comes to life. I can't recommend this Twitter account enough.

Here's Queen Zenobia.



Here's Queen Zenobia played by Anita Ekberg in SING OF THE GLADIATOR (1959)



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The fun thing about the new batch of PEPLUM movies available in HD is those wardrobe malfunctions are pretty obvious now.

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I'll have new merchandise next week. Too late to publish today.

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As you can see I set the fonts to 'default' and the size at medium. Larger than medium makes the formatting of the blog almost unusable. 



Future musings:

- New official PEPLUM TV merchandise

- A PEPLUM TV podcast?

- A PEPLUM TV forum?

- List of PEPLUM books

- List of movies available in HD / Blu-ray?


Monday, February 22, 2021

By the Gods!

John Hennigan as Hercules in HERCULES REBORN (2014)

I decided to watch this movie because it's available on Amazon Prime. I almost never watch anything there (here in Canada) because the selection is not really interesting. With that being said, I watched it, knowing that this is a THE ASYLUM studio production. As I watched I thought 'well, it's not so bad..." but 20 minutes later I had to stop watching it. It was just being repetitive and it seemed like they had one set for the entire 'story'. I put story in quotation marks because there's really no story here. Movies from ASYLUM are notoriously cheap but they could actually do something interesting if they had a good story (which they didn't follow the actual story of Hercules) and more sets or locations. I don't mind low budget movies but this was just too much. I'm a PEPLUM fan but even I couldn't finish this.

PEPLUM Movie Posters

Original Italian poster of SANDOKAN THE GREAT (1963)

Great poster. There are so many different artworks for it though. Hard to choose which is the best.

Friday, February 19, 2021

By the Gods!

Anthar (Kirk Morris) rescued Princess Soraya (Michèle Girardon) in ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE (1964) 

This is from the Blu-ray release. It was one of the first PEPLUM movies released in HD. Kirk made a ton of movies during this period, with this one being one of the 5 movies he starred in 1964, and then in a few years...nothing. Sadly, Michèle Girardon's film career was short-lived since she committed suicide a few years later. The US title, DEVIL OF THE DESSERT AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES, is dreadful. ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE is the real title.

Actor Profile: ALDO BUFI LANDI


Continuing with profiling supporting actors of Italian/Euro PEPLUM films. This time the spotlight is on Aldo Bufi Landi or simply Aldo Landi. You might not now his name but you definitely saw him in one of his many PEPLUM movies. He alsmot always played supporting roles, never leading. His best roles are in CORIOLANUS: HERO WITHOUT A COUNTRY (1964) and TRIUMPH OF MACISTE (1961).  This profile is an overview of his PEPLUM movies only. He acted in over 100 productions with nearly 20 PEPLUM ones. I like him and he was always excellent in his roles.


IL CONTE DI MATERA (1958)

Aldo in a small role in this movie starring Giacomo Rossi Stuart (lifted arm)


CAVALIER IN DEVIL'S CASTLE (1959)

One of his first roles in a action/ PEPLUM movie. It's quite good but Aldo's role was minimal. As minimal as it was, he stood out from the crowded pack and eventually became a famous face in Italian movies.


THE LAST OF THE VIKINGS (1960)


Above and below: Aldo has a substantial role in this classic PEPLUM starring Cameron Mitchell (below). Aldo plays a good guy.



ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS (1961)


Above and below: another classic PEPLUM movie starring Gordon Mitchell. The character Aldo plays helps Atlas throughout the movie.



TRIUMPH OF MACISTE (1961)


One of his most famous roles in which he played Themail, the right hand man to the evil queen. His grounded performance helps the movie tremendously.


Above and below: Themail watches the classic 'Feat of Strength' of Maciste being pulled by horses. Thermal is frustrated with Queen Tenefi (Liuba Bodina). who is clearly fixated with Maciste.



SEVEN SEAS TO CALAIS (1962)


Above and below: this excellent production starts with Aldo. Great way to start a movie. Unfortunately, he doesn't last long in it. But Aldo is memorable in the brief role.




THE BLACK INVADERS (1962)

A good performance by Aldo in this rare movie.


TERROR OF THE BLACK MASK (1963)

This movie has a crowded cast and Aldo is part of it. A fun movie directed by Umberto Lenzi.


SAMSON AND THE SEA BEAST (1963)

Aldo co-starred with Kirk Morris again but he's a good guy here.


SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN (1963)


Above and below: Aldo played the usual role in this fun action-packed PEPLUM. Samson and Aldo's character have a violent confrontation during this scene.



SWORD OF REBELLION (1964)

Aldo plays another role as the right hand man of bad guy, played by Ivano Staccioli


CORIOLANUS: HERO WITHOUT A COUNTRY (1964)


Aside from TRIUMPH OF MACISTE, this is most definitely one of Aldo's best roles. He gives a good performance.


Above and below: Aldo is given a rare chance to play romantic role as he's in love with Livia (Angela Minervini), the sister of Coriolanus (Scott). A nice change of pace for the actor.




TOTO VS THE BLACK PIRATE (1964)


A small role, almost a cameo, for Aldo in this Toto comedy. Fast paced dialogue between the two. Aldo was uncredited. That's Maria Grazia Spina below.



DESERT RAIDERS (1964)

Aldo co-starred with Hélène Chanel in this serious desert adventure. This is the third movie he made with Kirk Morris.


SANDOKAN AGAINST THE LEOPARD OF SARAWAK (1964)

Aldo has a small role as a mystic 


MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (1964)

Aldo played a soldier in this South Asian adventure. Blink and you might miss him.


ERIK THE VIKING (1965)

Giuliano Gemma, Elisa Montés, and Aldo co-star in this Viking adventure. After a couple of small roles Aldo finally gets another easy role. He easily steals the show from the rest of the cast.


THE ADVENTURER OF TORTUGA (1965)


Above and below: Aldo's last substantial role in a genre role. He Would continue acting well into the 1970s but not in the PEPLUM genre. Below: that's Guy Madison in the background.



BY THE GODS!: Date for the DUEL OF THE TITANS German Blu-ray...


New release date for the German Blu-ray...

@ BY THE GODS!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Note to readers

Do you like the fonts to be this size

Or you prefer the fonts to be this size? (regular or default)

Which font do you prefer?

PEPLUM TV (default)

PEPLUM TV (Times)

PEPLUM TV (Verdana)

PEPLUM TV (Arial)

I'm experimenting. Is the regular text too small? Do you want it bigger?


By the Gods!

Mars (Roger Browne) is seduced by 'Venus' (Jackie Lane) in MARS - GOD OF WAR (1962) 

A totally different PEPLUM movie directed by Marcello Baldi, not to be confused with Ferdinando Baldi, who directed DAVID AND GOLIATH (1960) and a slew of other PEPLUM productions. The pacing and style of this movie is unlike any other even though all the usual elements of the genre are present. This scene is like a reverie of sorts, with Venus being a figment of his imagination. Notice the lightning bolt at Roger's ankle, a 'prize' everyone wants to get a hold of. I like it. It has a lot of charm. 

Behind-the-Scenes

A candid photo with the two stars of BEN-HUR (1959), Charlton Heston and Haya Harareet, who recently passed away.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

By the Gods!

Ettore Manni, Geneviève Grad and Philippe Hersent in ATTACK OF THE NORMANS (1962)

In this scene, Hersent, who is Grad's father, recalls a past event which will change the course of everyone's life. In the only English copy I had at the time, the reveal was cut, including part of this scene. I did a Fan Dub of this movie with this incomplete English track and had to cut the parts in Italian. Well, I eventually found another English version which was complete. It had all the scenes missing from the first copy I had. So I re-did the Fan Dub, adding the missing scenes to it and when I uploaded the movie in its complete form, the added scenes where copyrighted. So I had to remove that new Fan Dub and re-upload my old Fan Dub with the missing scenes. Youtube is very bizarre. 

The three actors are great and I really like this movie (sorta why I did a Fan Dub). I just got a new copy of it, with a beautiful print. And this print has the English track added to it, in other words, someone did a Fan Dub of this copy which was broadcast on TV. 

Musings!

Searching far and wide for all things PEPLUM! Luciano Marin and Steve Reeves in GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959)

Not many musings this week. Most of it will be about Cinematic Confusion.

Cinematic Confusion:

As I reported last week, there'll be two new Blu-ray editions of HERCULES (1958) and HERCULES UNCHAINED (1959). These editions are from France and they don't include an English track, only French and Italian. Oddly enough, these new prints might already be afflicted by Cinematic Confusion. I say might.


These new editions will come with a book. In the book there are plenty of photos. If you look at the image above, the photos in the book are NOT from HERCULES (1958). The big photo on the left and the one at the bottom right are from HERCULES UNCHAINED. And the photo on the top right is from DUEL OF THE TITTANS (1961) starring Steve Reeves and Virna Lisi. Now, this booklet MIGHT be an overview of Steve's career (notice the Steve Reeves book..) but why include those photos in an ad dedicated to and selling HERCULES Blu-ray? There are many great scenes in it so why not use photos from HERCULES instead? Just an observation.


The artwork on the cover of the HERCULES UNCHAINED edition is sorta odd. As I pointed out  yesterday in PEPLUM Movie Posters, it's from the Turkish poster. The lady in the artwork doesn't look like Sylvia Lopez or Sylva Koscina. I don't mind it. They're both drawn in a sexy way but when I think of HERCULES UNCHAINED, that artwork doesn't match with what I see. It sorta belongs to another movie altogether.

Also, the cover for HERCULES is not that good. Sorta garish. Oh well...

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The same company, Artus, is also releasing a new DVD of THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS (1958). It's not a Blu-ray but just a regular DVD release. Hopefully, it will be uncut. I did a Fan Dub of this, combining scenes from various different prints, and it's the most complete version available anywhere. I hope this one will be as complete as my Fan Dub.

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I have to remember that with every new Blu-rays. DVDs, or digital downloads I buy I need to update the list of my collection. It's an odd thing to keep on managing. It's not something I'm familiar with.

Because I'm very busy on my end, I still haven't completed sorting every movie of my collection on one hard drive. I'm almost there but not quite. Once it will be completed, I'll have some news to tell you.

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Make sure to follow the new Twitter account dedicated to all PEPLUM heroes (and villains).


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I received new Merch from my PEPLUM store. More on this next week.

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Here's an interesting article on AIP and their PEPLUM movies. It's fun to read articles on the genre other the ones I write. 






Future musings:

- New official PEPLUM TV merchandise

- A PEPLUM TV podcast?

- Comments at the blog

- A PEPLUM TV forum?

- Wardrobe malfunction in HD!