Thursday, April 18, 2013

Photo of the Day

Roland (Orlando in the original; Rik Battaglia) and Renaldo (Fabrizio Mioni) battle it out in ROLAND THE MIGHTY

I watched this film again last night. It's a Pietro Francisci film so of course I love it. The great thing about this film is that it was made just before HERCULES and you can clearly see similarities in style and tone and dialogue in both films. Fabriozo was Jason in HERCULES and his dubbed voice in this film is the same as in HERCULES. Fabrizio is solid as Renaldo, which parallels his role as Jason. The cast includes the luminous Rosanna Schiaffino and Mimmo Palmara (also in HERCULES) in another over-the-top villainous and showy role. He's totally fun to watch. The greatest thing about this film is Rik Battaglia. He's very impressive in the action scenes and his acting is believable. Excellent entertainment. Now if I could only find a decent uncut widescreen copy of this.

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