Monday, November 6, 2017

Post of the week : HERCULES (1958)

As a new feature at the blog, once a month, I'll make a 'Post of the week.' The last one I did, Serious PEPLUM films, was very successful. This posts will cover a subject or a film that's to important for a single simple daily post.

This week, I'm covering HERCULES (1958) starring Steve Reeves and directed by Pietro Francisci. A few months ago I mentioned that HERCULES was being removed by a shady company claiming copyright infringement. It seems the issue has been resolved since I tested an upload and it was accepted by Youtube. This doesn't mean that this classic film which started the PEPLUM explosion back in the late 1950s doesn't have any lingering rights issues. Unfortunately, it still does. In order to circumvent these issues, I decided to upload a series of clips instead of the entire film.

These clips were taken from a Fan Dub I created. Back in the day, Italian studios created  'International English' versions of every film, dubbed in Rome by a cast of English speaking voice actors. For its US release (and TV broadcast), a different English dub was made. The English version available in widescreen is the International English version, which is not that good. The chances of a pristine widescreen copy with the US English dub surfacing are remote so I decided to make a Fan Dub, adding the preferable US English dub to the nice widescreen image from Europe. The clips are from this and are not available anywhere else. They are exclusive to PEPLUM TV.

In addition, I uploaded the US version of HERCULES (with its different opening and closing credits) at PEPLUM TV RETRO channel, linked at the bottom of the post.


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Uploaded at the PEPLUM TV RETRO channel : HERCULES (1958) - US version


WrestlePorno said...

Steve Reeve’s built is indeed a “classic”.. however to properly convey ancient heroic “built”.. I reckon it should be a more muscle BEEFY look like Alan Steel. Should look like more an off season bodybuilder or wrestler’s built!!

Scott Ochiltree said...

Thanks, very good indeed!

Steve Reeves totally dominated the role. Indeed, it is very difficult to imagine another male actor playing Hercules.

Anonymous said...

Off topic but I wanted you all to know that Brad Harris died on Tuesday. He was 84 years old.

Anonymous said...

Brad Harris is dead.Rip