Monday, July 6, 2020

By the Gods!

Hercules (Steve Reeves) makes his way through a palace in HERCULES UNCHAINED (1959). With Gabriele Antonini and Sylva Koscina.

Someone uploaded this movie (in Italian) on Youtube. You can view the upload here. The print is identical to the Japanese Blu-ray, which I reviewed here. The reason why I'm bringing this up is because the print uploaded to Youtube was from a TV broadcast from the RAI Italian network, presumably in HD. Unfortunately the copy uploaded is not in HD but I assure you it's the same print. This makes me wonder: if a big Italian network shows the movie in this sorta disappointing state, how much chance will we have to ever see it properly in HD? I don't know why these movies get so little respect. Anyway, even if it's in Italian you can still enjoy it even though the image is often too dark in several instances. It is uncut but the image or frame is cropped (as noted in the review).

I'll be posting periodically here at the blog during the month of July.


Scott Ochiltree said...

Great movie - One of Steve's best!

Sylvia was also a first rate actress.

Anonymous said...

Generally the Italians kept their film elements in great shape. Example: the new Blu-ray of Thief of Baghdad. You would think the two Reeves Hercules films, being important films in the history of Italian
cinema, would get decent transfers.

stonesmasher said...

SD,in Italian,cropped,still beats any copy I currently have.Thanks for posting the link.

PEPLUM TV said...

Yes, you'd think the two HERCULES movies would get decent transfers but alas.

Stonesmasher, you're welcome!