Two films in excellent versions and one in a good version
Stephen M. Kopian | GLEN HEAD, NY USA | 12/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a fan of sword and sandal films. They amuse me to no end thanks to the seriousness that afford very silly plots (a guy in a loin cloth rambling about fighting rubber monsters? oh please). One of the things I've found is that the films tend to play better if you can see them as close to their original form as possible. As such I am constantly trying to find letterboxed and more complete versions of films that have been chopped up by uncaring TV stations and film distributors. In the quest to find better versions of the films I like I'm constantly re-buying the films again and again (thankfully the sword and sandal films tend to be really cheap).
I have the three films in this set at least one other time in my collection. And I'm happy to say that the versions on this disc are among the best.
Hercules Unchained is a beautiful copy. It looks like it was made from a restored version of some sort.Yes its pan and scan but it looks so good you won't mind, especially since the compositions seem fine.
Giant of Marathon is good, but slightly worn version of the film.
The real find here is the version of Samson and the Seven Miracles of the World. Its a more or less complete version (its about 2 minutes short of IMDB's run time), with good color and a good image. Best of all its letterboxed. This is Only the second time I've run across the film letterboxed but its light years ahead of the truly terrible version that Retromedia put out to initial high hopes (it was to be the film letterboxed at last-and it was- sort of-mostly it was a scratch worn print missing 20 minutes of running time). This is the real deal the version of the film that you'll want to pick up.
Actually this is the version of all the films you'll want to pick up since its three very good films for a very cheap price."