Monday, August 30, 2021

By the Gods!

Edy Vessel and Guy Madison in SWORD OF THE CONQUEROR (1961) 

Last week I announced, via BY THE GODS!, that a German Blu-ray of this movie will be released in October. Great news. Made by the same folks who made the classic GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS (1959), starring Steve Reeves, this one pretty much follows the same template with Jack Palance being the unruly barbarian here. I like this movie but in terms of being memorable, it's nowhere near the classic GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS, which has several iconic scenes in it. The movie was already shown in HD on some HD channel / streaming service (notice the MGM HD logo in the top left). This screenshot is from that version which I already have in my collection. The upcoming Blu-ray from Germany will have the English track but it won't have the obtrusive MGM HD logo. The fact this movie is being released in such a great quality is simply because United Artists / MGM actually owns the copyright to this while GOLIATH is without a studio backing it up and is left in limbo. It's sad but that's how the world of copyrights work.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think that being a Titanus film also has something to do with the quality and availability. That company seems to have opened their vaults to Koch Media.