Thursday, January 18, 2018

By the Gods!

Maciste (Reg Park) is about to be set up by Fariza (Wandisa Guida) in MACISTE IN KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1964)

This is one of those PEPLUM movies I can't upload to PEPLUM TV (for now). It's a shame because it's a 'perfect' PEP : it has every cliché, it's very colourful, therefore entertaining. Park only made 5 movies. Wandisa was a regular actress of the PEPLUM genre. Oh well...

PEPLUM TV movie of the week : THE SECRET SEVEN


THE SECRET SEVEN starring Tony Russel, Helga Line and many other actors. Exclusive Fan Dub from PEPLUM TV!

Very rare!

(the thumbnail is terrible but I can't change it yet or else...)

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PEPLUM TV trailer: COLOSSUS OF RHODES


Trailer for COLOSSUS OF RHODES starring Rory Calhoun, Georges Marchal, Mimmo Palmara and others. Directed by Sergio Leone.

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PEPLUM TV preview: THE INVINCIBLE BROTHERS MACISTE


Preview of THE INVINCIBLE BROTHERS MACISTE starring Iloosh Khoshabe (Richard lloyd), Ursula Davis, Claudie Lange and Steve Lang

I'm working on a Fan Dub of this unique PELUM movie.

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PEPLUM TV RETRO : QUEEN OF BABYLON - Full movie


PEPLUM TV RETRO edition of QUEEN OF BABYLON starring Rhonda Fleming, Ricardo Montalban, Roldano Lupi and Tamara Lees.

There's a US and European version of this movie. I tried to make a Fan Dub, trying to add the English track to the European film, and it wasn't possible. So I gave up on it (for now). I uploaded the US version at PEPLUM TV RETRO. A fun pre-HERCULES PEPLUM production.

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PEPLUM TV RETRO : ODISSEA mini-series (THE ODYSSEY)


I uploaded the entire THE ODYSSEY mini-series starring Bekim Fehmiu, Irene Papas and a host of other actors (Mimmo Palmara, etc). 8 episodes. All in Italian with English subs. I made these Fan Subs years ago. It took a long time to do. The entire series was never dubbed in English but an abbreviated movie made from scenes of the mini-series was.

I won't post all 8 episodes here since no one starts watching a series from the last episodes. This is an exclusive. These uploads are blocked in Italy but viewable around the world.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

By the Gods!

Marilù Tolo and Mark Forest in MACISTE - GLADIATOR OF SPARTA (1964)

A 20 year old Marilù Tolo is the 'evil' temptress to Forest's Maciste. Her role in the film is almost secondary. This is one of those 'twin productions' which I'll post about next week, with THE MAGNIFICENT GLADIATOR (1964) being the other film. In the latter movie, Marilù's role is more important and she and Mark are lovers, which works better. The two had chemistry together. Their scenes are a bit awkward in this movie. The 'official' English title is the boneheaded 'Terror of Rome Against the Son of Hercules.'

PEPLUM TV poll : HERCULES VS MOLOCH



Which version would you like to see at the main PEPLUM TV channel?

HERCULES VS MOLOCH - Full screen + more color (top)

HERCULES VS MOLOCH - widescreen fuzzy VHS (bottom)

take the poll at the Community page of PEPLUM TV




Behind-the-Scenes

Daniele Vargas and Scilla Gabel pose for a photo during the filming of SODOM & GOMORRAH (1962)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

By the Gods!

Wrestling scene from HERO OF BABYLON (1963)

Gordon Scott, Moira Orfei, Harold Bradley and Piero Lulli are in the back. Not all PEPLUM movies have wrestling scenes but many of them do. Fun to watch or a waste of time?

Blog Notes

With 2017 behind us and a new year ahead, I'd like to go over a few points about the blog, its social media presence and mostly on PEPLUM TV Youtube channels.

The Blog

I'm thinking of making a couple of changes to the blog but I'm still not sure how to do this. I like writing articles but the problem with big articles is that there's a limit number of posts that can appear on the main page for x number of days and things can be bumped quickly, and since most visitors won't go beyond the main page, writing a big article only to have it relegated to page 2 just in a few days seems pointless. I've already done 'Post of the week' which means one big post with just a couple of other ones for the week, not the usual multiple posts per day. You might see more and more of these posts, as soon as next week.

Hopefully, I'll also finally update the ULTIMATE MOST WANTED list, certainly after I recently received many great additions to my collection.


PEPLUM TV channels

There are three PEPLUM TV Youtube channels, with a potential fourth one in the near future!

PEPLUM TV
PEPLUM TV RETRO
PEPLUM TV WORLD

Now, I don't want to bore you with the minutiae of keeping a Youtube channel. In fact, I'm thinking of scaling down my presence here at the blog for reasons which have come to light a couple of weeks ago. You see, it's all about demonetization. Demonetization is not just about how YT prevents me from making some coins from my uploads. When a video is demonetized, Youtube basically makes the video invisible to others, even to followers of the PEPLUM TV channel. YT bots decide to demonetize it if it thinks it contains questionable material. The exact wording is: 'Not suitable for most advertisers. Request review.' Because they think the material is unsuitable to most advertisers, the video itself is not promoted across Youtube. It won't appear as a suggestion, it won't on the right hand column, it won't trend. It's the best way to band a video without actually banning it.

I recently had a video that went viral and it never appeared in the 'what's trending' page of Youtube. It was partially demonetized for a period of time. Therefore, during peak viewing time, it wasn't listed anywhere on Youtube. It went viral because people were sharing it, not because of Youtube's (lack of) support.

What can cause a video to be demonetized or become invisible?

- If I use a thumbnail other than the one's suggested by Youtube (you might have noticed that the thumbnails are terrible)
- If a sexy woman or man is included in the thumbnail
- If a couple is kissing in the thumbnail
- If there's too much skin in the thumbnail
- If a word in the text in the title or the information is problematic. So 'SLAVE' is problematic.
- If I link a *new* video to my blog
- If I leave or pin a comment at one of my latest videos (can't leave a comment on my own videos)
- If I leave or pin a link at one of my latest videos (telling viewers to see another related video)
- etcetera

The last movie I linked here at the blog was GIANT OF METROPOLIS, which was demonetized for days. I linked it at he blog the same day I uploaded it to Youtube. This told me that linking a video across my multiple social media platforms, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, etc, was one of the reasons why it was demonetized.

This thumbnail I created for GIANT OF METROPOLIS was refused by Youtube during its initial first days. I had to use on of the awful thumbnails suggested by YT so the movie wouldn't be demonetized.

When I uploaded SLAVE OF ROME back on December 4th, 2017, it was demonetized for the first two weeks. It barely got 1000 views during that time, even if my PEPLUM TV channel has 45k+ followers. When the demonetization was finally lifted, SLAVE OF ROME suddenly became visible to everyone and it now has over 200,000 views!

Youtube is trying to kill my channel or tying to control who sees what at my channel in every way possible. When an upload is demonetized, it basically means few people will see it, even followers of the channel. And I've realized that one of the problems causing this is linking a new upload here at the blog or Facebook or at any of my social media platforms. Youtube, which is own by Google, is trying to limit my means of corralling as many viewers to my uploads as possible.

The dilemma now is how to promote my uploads here at the blog without risking the chance of demonetization, or making them invisible. I will continue to link my videos and films here at the blog and across social media but only after the uploads have been there for a week or more. So the best thing to do is to follow my PEPLUM TV channels by clicking on that bell icon to receive notifications the moment new uploads become public. See below (next to red arrow).



The other best way to get up to the minute information, and the reason for this post, is to follow the Community page of the main PEPLUM TV channel. It's a new feature and it's sorta like a blog page or a Twitter page for the channel. I've been using it for a few days and it's cool. Up to the minute announcements, on upcoming films, clips, and even polls. Make sure to check it out.




Patreon and donations

I tried Patreon and it didn't work. If I were to tabulate all the followers from this blog, Youtube channels,  Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, the numbers would be in and around 50k. That's a pretty good number of followers and yet few of them were willing to join in the Patreon way. In fact, only 2 patrons joined in. I actually understand this lack of support and I'm not surprised it didn't pan out: I've been doing the blog and the various incarnations of Youtube channels for almost 10 years and I never asked for any financial support before so why now? Correct?

Patreons or even Paypal donations didn't exist 10 years ago and if they had existed back then, I would have used them back then. In fact, for a brief period, I did include a (different) Paypal donation button for a while before removing it. Well, the donation process via Paypal is streamlined compared to what it was years ago and now the button is back (top left). Donating through Paypal is the easiest and least demanding way to financially support my expanding endeavours.

P.S.: I have everything under control (for now) so please do not try to contact Youtube on my behalf.

Monday, January 15, 2018

By the Gods!

Giulia (Cristina Gaioni) and Marcus Valerius (Lang Jeffries) rekindle their friendship in FIRE OVER ROME (1965)

A lot of people are not found of this movie. I like it. Yes, it's not QUO VADIS but that's the whole point of a PEPLUM film : a more pulpy version of some bombastic Hollywood production. It's like a cliffs notes version of a big story. I like this approach. Not everything should be massive in scope. The love story is albeit weak which is a shame because I like Cristina (who's sporting an awful wig). Her screen time is limited. Lang Jeffries is...Lang Jeffries. Solid, dependable, sorta believable but sorta dull as well. This is one of those twin productions : two films made with same set, virtually same cast, etc. The other film is the rarely seen SWORD OF THE EMPIRE (1964). I'll write about these 'twin productions' next week.

Movie Poster Mondays

US poster of THE SECRET SEVEN (1963)

Simple poster which, oddly enough, captures the simple spirit of the movie. I completed a Fan Dub of this. It's very rare!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

By the Gods!


I'm taking some time off. I'll be back soon enough. In the meantime keep an eye on PEPLUM TV, PEPLUM TV RETRO and PEPLUM TV WORLD. I'll be uploading stuff to the channels during my blog break.

Thanks to all of those who support this blog and my Youtube channels, and a special thanks to Steven Lester!

PS : If any PEPLUM star die while I'm away, R.I.P..

GIANT OF METROPOLIS - Full movie


GIANT OF METROPOLIS starring Gordon Mitchell, Bella Cortez, Roldano Lupi and Liana Orfei. 

First PEPLUM TV movie of 2018! From a Fan Dub I've made! Enjoy!

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PEPLUM TV compilation : Funny moments


Unintentionally funny moments from PEPLUM movies.

Titles :

SAMSON & THE SEA BEAST
COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE
REVAK THE REBEL
ESTHER & THE KING
REVENGE OF IVANHOE
REVAK THE REBEL
COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE
ALI BABA & THE SEVEN SARACENS
COLOSSUS & THE HEADHUNTERS *
HERCULES AGAINST THE SONS OF THE SUN
CHALLENGE OF THE GLADIATOR
COLOSSUS OF THE STONE AGE
*COLOSSUS & THE HEADHUNTERS
HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD
MACISTE - AVENGER OF THE MAYANS
GOLIATH & THE DRAGON
FURY OF HERCULES
GOLIATH AGAINST THE GIANTS
ALI BABA & THE SEVEN SARACENS
MACISTE IN THE VALLEY OF THE THUNDERING ECHOES
ATOR THE FIGHTING EAGLE
*COLOSSUS & THE HEADHUNTERS
GOLIATH & THE DRAGON

Enjoy!

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'Oh Moses, Moses!' - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


Tiny compilation of scenes with 'Moses, Moses!' being said. From THE TEN COMMANDMENTS starring Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter and Yul Brynner.

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I BACCANALI DI TIBERIO ( Tiberius ) - Preview


Preview of I BACCANALI DI TIBERIO, known as TIBERIUS in English, with Abbe Lane, Ugo Tognhzzi, Walter Chiari, Annie Grassing and more. Up to now, there's no English dubbing or subs available.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

By the Gods!

Hercules (Mark Forest) and Princess Hamara (Anna-Maria Pace) fall in love in HERCULES AGAINST THE SONS OF THE SUN (1964)

Not the most believable love story in a PEPLUM movie. The two don't have any chemistry whatsoever. Aside from this and an overlong dance number, I really like this oddball PEPLUM, with Hercules ending up on the other side of the Atlantic and befriending the Incas. The battle at the end is one of the best. Mark wears a very short tunic, which he keeps adjusting throughout the movie, providing some unintentional chuckles here and there. The one problem with this title : there's never been a great DVD release or TV broadcast of it. Still waiting for a spectacular print.

Behind-the-Scenes

Steve Reeves uses a decidedly different form of transportation during the filming of HERCULES (1958)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

By the Gods!

Bella Cortez in THE SEVEN REVENGES (1961)

One of my favourite 'finds' of the PEPLUM genre was discovering this seldom seen movie. Excellent production. Even though it was once available in English back in da day, the English dub version is currently missing in action. It's a shame because this is a top Peplum. Definitely one of Bella's best films. Years ago, I was one of the first to befriend a Facebook account with the name of Bella Cortez. I didn't know if the account was of the actress and if it was legit. Since then, to my surprise, Bella has finally revealed herself and it's her real account. I wished her a Happy New Year and she thanked me. Cool! Now if she could give an interview. That's Gabriele Antonini seen from the back.

Before they were PEPLUM stars

Woody Strode and Gordon Scott in TARZAN'S FIGHT FOR LIFE (1958)

Woody had already appeared in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) in a brief role as an Ethiopian King but Gordon Scott had never appeared in a PEPLUM film. The transition was probably easy for him.

HERO OF BABYLON - Teaser - Gordon Scott


Teaser / preview of HERO OF BABYLON starring Gordon Scott and Geneviève Grad. Great music!

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TRIUMPH OF MACISTE - Feat of strength


Quick clip scene from TRIUMPH OF MACISTE starring Kirk Morris

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year!


I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!