Friday, February 21, 2020

By the Gods!

Moira Orfei, Massimo Serato and Alan Steel in SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN (1963)

Also known as ZORRO VS MACISTE. In this post it's VHS vs DVD. I got a new version of this film from an old VHS print. It's amazing how different it is compared to the DVD release. Of course the DVD print (above) is superior in every way to the VHS one (below) except for one: the warmth. Why is the VHS one so colourful and warm compared to the official DVD release? It might be a bit too  warm but the DVD one seems so drab in comparison. I made a GIF animation of the two.

Moira's dress look almost different. Her skin tone is better in the DVD one though. Massimo's costume is  more visible in the VHS screengrab. You can also see his eyes better. Steel's natural hair and skin color is so different. The VHS might be a bit too orange but just a few levels less and it would be great. The DVD one is nice and subtle but a bit too subtle. It needs some warmth.

A fun film regardless of the copy.

1 comment:

Scott Ochiltree said...

An enjoyable swashbuckler/muscleman flick. However, the title SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN is very deceptive.

The "good" princess never gets enslaved. Indeed she spends only a very brief time behind bars.