Tuesday, May 25, 2021

By the Gods!

Queen Zenobia (Anita Ekberg) and Marcus Valerius (Georges Marchal) in SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR (1959) 

This is a screenshot of a recent copy I got from my most excellent PEPLUM source somewhere in Europe. This print was the one available for streaming from RAI in Italy. I didn't retouch the image. Now why would they show a print like this? There's already a beautiful print out there so why not use that one? This one looks like it was transferred straight from an old battered 35 mm print with no colour correction. I'm trying to understand the reasoning here. The nice one was too expensive? They didn't have the rights to it? It's quite fascinating. Great movie nonetheless.

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