Monday, February 14, 2022

By the Gods!

Anita Ekberg as Queen Zenobia in SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR (1959)

I got a copy of this film in English and with English subtitles when there's no English audio. Ever since I started collecting PEPLUM movies, the English dub version was impossible to get but then the movie was shown on TV in England and voila, the English track was finally available. But the copy that was broadcasted was heavily cut. The original run time is 98 minutes. The TV version was 77 minutes. I tried to do a Fan Dub of this but abandoned the project halfway through. The English copy was so cut, with tiny scenes shaved off throughout, that a Fan Dub was impossible. The solution was to add subtitles to the original Italian version. I did (see below) but I already have 5 or 6 different copies with subtitles, albeit in bad condition. The solution is adding the subtitles when the English audio was missing. So this new copy I found has done this (above). Notice the differences between the subtitles. 

If this movie gets the Blu-ray release, and it should, hopefully the entire English dub, uncut, will be included. This movie deserves a Blu-ray release.

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