Monday, November 9, 2020

By the Gods!

Giuliano Gemma, Pedro Armendariz, and Antonella Lualdi in MY SON, THE HERO (1962; aka The Titans)

There's a copy on Youtube which has been there for a while and is in HD even though it's not. It's a battered print (see the scratch over Giuliano). It was up-converted to HD. The cool thing about it is that the opening credits are in English. I already had one with opening credits in English but it's a poor, discoloured 4:3 VHS source (below). This 'HD' copy is a definite upgrade even if it's not true HD. And one can clearly see how colourful the original version was. Both of these English versions are missing scenes.

In either versions though, that hair on Giuliano...nope. 


Tim Mayer said...

My fave peplum. Wish there was a good copy on the 'tube.

Scott Ochiltree said...

Up-converting to HD is always semi-bogus. Extra pixels are interpolated between existing pixels, but no genuinely new information is added.

The interpolated pixels are not always in the correct place, unlike true HD. Nevertheless the interpolated pixels make the image appear to be sharper on a very large screen.

Anonymous said...

It's not an upconvert, it's just from 16mm, and being a print of the US version, it's probably at least three generations of dupes away from the 35mm negative back in Italy, which would result in the loss of quite a bit of detail.