Thursday, October 29, 2015
This is a screenshot of a copy provided by Alan (thanks!). It's in widescreen (cropped at the sides) from an Italian TV broadcast. So glad this exists. The version available in the US is in 4:3 screen format and poor at best. Fun film with the recently deceased Alan Steel in a showy supporting role.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Dan Vadis and team in THE TEN GLADIATORS
This screenshot was taken from a HD broadcast of the film in Italy. It's the best looking I've ever seen for this film. Is it true HD? I don't know. The one downside to this HD copy is the edges have been cropped. So It didn't retain the true aspect ratio of the original film. In this image, Ugo Sasso is barely visible on the far left. The other actors are (from left to right) : Arnaldo Fabrizio (short fellow), Emilio Messina, Pietro Torrisi, Giancarlo Bastianoni, Salvatore Borgese, Aldo Canti and Vadis (with the worst haircut in the world!). If the English audio matches the HD image, I'll do a Fan dub.
Maureen O'Hara, the beautiful, fiery redhead Hollywood actress, died last Saturday at the age of 95. She starred in mostly family films and costume / period dramas, some of which were PEPLUM-inspired films, either Swashbucklers or Arabian adventures. She recently published a biography which had some juicy tidbits in it. Fiery till the end. It's amazing that she lived such a long life. RIP.
Maureen with Tyrone Power in THE BLACK SWAN (also first picture)
Maureen was the love interest in SINBAD THE SAILOR starring Douglas Fairbanks jr.
Above & Below : Maureen in BAGDAD, costarring Vincent Price (above)
Maureen with Jeff Chandler in FLAME OF ARABY
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Setas is one of the best (or worst?) villains in the PEPLUM genre. He's so bad, slimy and stubborn, and yet I can't help but admire him. His villainy, in a film with wall-to-wall bad guys and gals, almost makes the movie. Prendes is excellent and is up to the challenge.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The PEPLUM genre needed to do more of these mash-ups to stay alive but by the time this came out and HERCULES, SAMSON & ULYSSES were released, the entire genre was dying.
Gordon Scott in GLADIATOR OF ROME
This moment is the one I've been using for my blog and other social media outlets. It's sorta iconic and yet Scott misses out on all of the action by being crucified there.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Massive pageantry scene for Marcus Vinicius' triumphant return to Rome from QUO VADIS
High Priestess : "Venus, goddess of love!"
Crowd : "We worship you!"
Whether you like this film or not, no one can deny that the production values were amazing in this film.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Hercules (Dan Vadis) battles villain (Ken Clark) in HERCULES THE INVINCIBLE
I like this film even if it's sorta pokey. The really only annoying part (aside form the sidekick) is Clark's role, and subsequent fight between Vadis and Clark. This photo is a publicity shot of a moment that doesn't exist in the final cut. They actually fight outside but it's very brief and it's very disappointing that there's no drawn out "Rock 'em - Sock 'em" moment between two big beefy giants. It should have been one of the highlights but instead it's just an after-thought. Another missed opportunity.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Kirk Morris watches a belly dancer Semira in FALCON OF THE DESERT
This is Kirk's last PEPLUM film. I like. The dancer's name is Erika Jones. She's good. An entertaining auctioneer, the type they don't make anymore.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I wonder what happened to this big prop. No CGI here. It's all on screen. This is one of Mark's best films even if his toga is not very flattering.
(it's an ugly costume, either way)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
The beautiful Rosalba plays a good girl in this film. She usually plays temptresses or bad girls so her character here is sorta dull. I think she realized it while filming the scene. She's often just on the verge of laughing out loud, even during serious scenes like this one. The love story between them is ok but not that memorable. Aside from that film is mucho fun!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Gabriele Antonini and Roland Carey run away from Roman soldiers in REVOLT OF THE BARBARIANS
A little PEPLUM film that can do. I like it. It's much better looking in its original format (above) than the ugly faded one available this side of the Atlantic. Is it a great film? Not really but for those who love PEPLUM films, it's very entertaining and I can watch it over and over again. Antonini (Ulysses in the Reeves' HERCULES films) and Carey (from THE GIANTS OF THESSALY, amongst others) made a great duo. I wished they had made more films together.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Steve Reeves, as Emiliano, in GOLIATH & THE BARBARIANS
Emiliano is a simple 'woodcutter' who is actually a one-man-army set out to destroy the Barbarians who killed some of his people. That tree trunk plays a major part in the story : he hides weapons in a hole under it. An HD print of this would be welcomed.