Blu-Ray News #225: The Hemisphere Box Of Horrors.

You know, anybody can do a 4K scan of some perfectly-preserved studio picture made 10 years ago — or do what little is needed to put last summer’s digitally-shot blockbuster on a silver circle. But to take some cheap little independent, international piece of junk — that’s been beaten to crap wherever it’s been reposing for the last 40 years — and make it look as though it was made yesterday, well, that’s really doing something.

And that’s why I thank God for folks like Severin Films. With their upcoming The Hemisphere Box Of Horrors Blu-Ray set, they take a handful of films from Hemisphere and give them the love and respect few people would say they deserve.

The Blood Drinkers (1964, AKA The Vampire People)
Directed by Gerry De Leon
Starring Ronald Remy, Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Fernandez, Eva Montes
Some of this Filipino vampire picture was shot in black and white, some in color. The B&W scenes were tinted in various shades and promoted as “blood-dripping color. 

Curse Of The Vampires (1966, AKA Blood Of The Vampires)
Directed by Gerry De Leon
Starring Amalia Fuentes, Romeo Vasquez, Eddie Garcia
There’s a woman chained up in the dungeon of a jungle mansion. Turns out she’s a vampire who bites her son — and soon the entire family is on the prowl for blood.

Brain Of Blood (1971, AKA The Creature’s Revenge, The Oozing Skull, The Undying Brain)
Directed by Al Adamson
Starring Grant Williams, Kent Taylor, Reed Hadley, Regina Carrol, Angelo Rossitto
You can always count on Al Adamson for something terrible — and a lot of fun. It’s got everything from brain transplants to torture chambers to chained-up women to sinister dwarfs. Something for everyone. This was Reed Hadley’s last film.

The Black Cat (1966)
Directed by Harold Hoffman
Starring Robert Frost, Robyn Baker, Sadie French, Scotty McKay
This horror picture, shot in Texas, was picked up for distribution by Hemisphere. It was paired with The Blood Drinkers. This is one I’ve been wanting to see for eons.

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The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism (1967, AKA The Blood Demon, The Snake Pit And The Pendulum, Castle Of The Walking Dead)
Directed by Harald Reinl
Starring Christopher Lee, Karin Dor, Lex Barker
Count Regula (Christopher Lee) is executed for killing 12 virgins in his dungeon. Years later, he comes back for revenge. This West German production, co-starring Karin Dor and Lex Barker, is a lot better movie than it’s plethora of lurid titles would indicate. (The Torture Chamber Of Dr. Sadism has to be one of the greatest movie titles of all time.) This one and The Black Cat are exclusive to this set and will not be sold separately.

All these pictures will get the usual Severin treatment with lots of extras — interviews, cut scenes, trailers and more. For those of us who can’t get enough of these things, highly recommended.

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Filed under 1964, 1966, 1967, Christopher Lee, DVD/Blu-ray News, Severin Films

23 responses to “Blu-Ray News #225: The Hemisphere Box Of Horrors.

  1. john k

    Actually, THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR SADISM is a pretty good
    film,with a decent cast and stunning dream (nightmare) like visuals.
    It borrows very liberally from Poe’s Pit & The Pendulum.
    It’s only been available in crappy DVD versions, slashed (pun intended)
    to ribbons. I live in hope that the Blu Ray version will be a marked
    improvement.
    Don’t know the other films from Adam (son)- regarding BRAIN OF BLOOD
    poor Grant Williams certainly deserved better not to mention Reed Hadley!
    Sadly Kent Taylor,by this time was already a veteran of this sort of junk.
    Backtracking to previous thread another “Aladdin” film on the missing
    list is Lew Landers’ 1952 Allied Artists flick ALADDIN AND HIS LAMP.
    An AA Cinecolor special starring Johnny Sands and Patricia Medina
    and a most intriguing supporting cast.
    A Walter Wanger production written by Millard Kaufman, he of BAD DAY
    AT BLACK ROCK.
    In the UK the film played as a “floating” release and was described as
    a life line for struggling independent cinemas. “Aladdin” was top billed
    over The Bowery Boys FEUDIN’ FOOLS a sure fire holiday attraction.
    This film has been requested on Warner Archives Facebook page and
    I understand it is a work in progress for all those Aladdin fans out there!

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  2. Texican

    If Warner has ALADDIN AND HIS LAMP, it should come out in the Archive at some point. But, it could be with Paramount or MGM, I guess, as they also have some of the Monogram and Allied Artists titles.

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  3. john k

    Aah! The perils of composing posts in ones lunch hour! 🙂
    Us H8 fanatics (all 3 of us!) seem to forget that The Guv’nor also has a
    day job as well as that growing list of commentary gigs.
    Anyway it’s Karin Dor not Diana Dors in the Harald Reinl thriller.
    Karin and Harald were also married for a considerable time and the talented
    actress appeared in many of her husband’s films. Karin had a diverse
    career also appearing in James Bond movies and Hitchcock thrillers.
    I also, checking Karin’s filmography, came across a David Janssen
    thriller that I’d never heard of WARHEAD where Karin had the female lead.
    Karin also appeared in the notorious Euro Thriller ASSIGNMENT TERROR
    (aka Dracula Vs Frankenstein) which Toby hates but I don’t.
    ASSIGNMENT TERROR had the star trio of Karin,Michael Rennie
    and Craig Hill and the once esteemed Hugo Fregonse was said to have
    had a hand in directing. ASSIGNMENT TERROR was slated for a Blu Ray
    release but seems to be on hold for now.
    Harald Reinl is probably best known for the hugely successful “Winnetou”
    films,of which he directed the lion’s share. Karin also appeared in some of
    these. Karin also appeared in Reinl’s non Winnetou Euro Western
    THE LAST TOMAHAWK.
    Regarding Winnetou films Lex Barker played “Old Shatterhand” when
    Stewart Granger took over the character became “Old Surehand” and
    Rod Cameron for one final entry became “Old Firehand”
    Bizarre trivia note…working title for the next James Bond picture is,
    would you believe “SHATTERHAND” ‘though I don’t think it’s going to
    have anything to do with German Westerns.
    Sadly Mr Reinl’s demise was under somewhat sordid circumstances
    but nowhere near as bizarre as the demise of Mr Adamson.

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    • Thanks for pointing out my error — was going way too fast on this one! I’ve never seen a Winnetou film, and I’d really like to at some point.

      You’re right, I do hate Assignment Terror, though it had terrific poster art. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to give it another shot if it came out actually looking like something.

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  4. john k

    ASSIGNMENT TERROR was supposed to be released on Blu Ray by
    Code Red-the artwork is still up on Blu-Ray.Com.
    Tulio Demicheli is the main credited director and was probably best known
    for the Harry Joe Brown production SON OF CAPTAIN BLOOD starring
    Sean Flynn. Tulio also directed several Spaghetti/Euro Westerns including
    GUNMEN OF RIO GRANDE (Duel At Rio Bravo) featuring Guy Madison as
    Wyatt Earp.
    Regarding Winnetou films Harald Reinl’s TREASURE OF SILVER LAKE
    got the ball rolling and had the advantage of having Herbert Lom as the
    heavy. My personal favourite of the Winnetou’s is OLD SHATTERHAND
    (Apache’s Last Battle) and was Hugo Fregonese’s sole entry in the
    series.
    ASSIGNMENT TERROR in all it’s widescreen glory would be a very
    attractive proposition as far as I’m concerned,all I remember about the
    film is how straight the three leads play the whole thing-sadly this was
    Micheal Rennie’s final film.

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  5. john k

    Some other interesting ASSIGNMENT TERROR snippets on Wikipedia…….
    according to them Fregonese directed two thirds of the picture,when he
    walked fellow Argentinian born Demicheli finished the film.
    According to Wikipedia Fregonese balked at budget cutbacks which
    originally had intended to bring flying saucers and The Golem into the mix.
    Even more bizarre originally Robert Taylor was interested in playing the
    Rennie role. I find the latter hard to believe but even so Taylor’s career had
    hit rock bottom with Euro disaster THE GLASS SPHINX.

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  6. Walter

    Man alive! These are some kind of low rung obscure movies. Toby, I really got a kick out of your description and it is worth repeating, ” cheap little independent, international piece of junk.” I have never seen these five hiyas. I continue with your description, “that’s been beaten to crap wherever it’s been reposing for the last 40 years — and make it look as though it was made yesterday, well, that’s really doing something.” I so very much agree and I like that Severin(very close to my last name)Films is doing this.

    My question is, why can’t this be done for the Western genre? Is it because the fan base is getting smaller with passing years, or is it that Western fans don’t shell out the money, as Horror fans seem to do?

    There are other movies from this era that also have never seen the light of the ‘DVD’ day. I remember watching an Italian/Yugoslavian made World War I movie titled FRAULEIN DOKTOR(1969) in 1975 on the CBS LATE MOVIE. The movie had a fine cast of Suzy Kendall, Kenneth Moore, James Booth, Nigel Green, Capucine, and Alexander Knox. It really had some memorable scenes of battle harshness, almost horror. During a mustard gas attack, the German cavalry mounted on their horses, both soldier and horse wearing gas masks and covered from head to boot and hoof, made for an eerie battlefield climate of terror. All this was accompanied with a musical score by Ennio Morricone. As far as I know, FRAULEIN DOKTOR, which was a Dino de Laurentiis production directed by Alberto Lattuada, has never been released on VHS or DVD, and so it is virtually unobtainable. You would think that during the Centennial of World War I, this movie would have had a DVD release.

    John K, I’ve never seen ASSIGNMENT TERROR(1970), but I have seen some of the WINNETOU Westerns. In the 1970’s CBS Affiliate Channel 3 WREC-TV Memphis, Tennessee aired some of these popular West German Westerns. In THE TREASURE OF THE SILVER LAKE(1962), right off the bat, I could see this was no Lone Ranger and Tonto. This Western was different in that it wasn’t from Hollywood. No White man saves the day in this story. Winnetou(Pierre Brice) was both a noble and a savage Indian. Hollywood usually portrayed Indians as one or the other.

    John, have you ever viewed any of the East German Westerns(Indianerflime)? They were made during the 1970’sand ’80’s and were, of course, anti-USA. I’ve never seen any of them. Some starred the American singer Dean Reed the “Red Elvis,” who was from Colorado. He co-starred with Yul Brynner in ADIOS, SABATA(1970) and was in other Italian Westerns before he repatriated to Communist East Germany in 1973. His end wasn’t real well either. He was found drown in a lake near his home outside East Berlin in 1986. Accidental, suicide, or murder?

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    • When you asked “Is it because the fan base is getting smaller with passing years, or is it that Western fans don’t shell out the money, as Horror fans seem to do?” — I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

      Also, a lot of 50s Westerns are controlled by major studios, though not always the folks that made em, such as the Republics being at Paramount. With these weird old horror movies, they’re winding up in the hands of Severin and the like, They know the movies and appreciate them, and they understand the niche, and give em what they want. That can make a huge difference.

      I’d kill for a Blu-Ray of Hell Canyon Outlaws, but who’s gonna go through the legal and detective work necessary to do it, when it’s gonna sell just a few copies?

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      • Walter

        Toby, how about the 1946-67 Western movie market in Germany and France? In the past, there have been many fans over there, or are they thinning out also?

        Brian Keith is so good in HELL CANYON OUTLAWS(1957). Keith played edger roles during his pre-Disney and FAMILY AFFAIR years. That said, I also liked him in the Disney movies and TV.

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  7. johnk

    As far as the UK goes most Western fans (still around) that I know,or
    know of are totally happy with their huge collections of “off air” versions,
    many of them are in various “trading cliques” and they pass the films among
    themselves.A (very) long time acquaintance of mine is still knocking out
    4×3 (pan & scan) versions of CinemaScope films like WARLOCK
    recorded back in the 80’s (VHS) and cats are still buying them.
    These people seem oblivious to the fact that they can pick up the DVD
    on Amazon for less than what this chap is selling crap off air versions.
    It does fund this fellows retirement,I guess but these “bootleg kings” are
    killing the market for Western films especially the ones featuring second
    string Western stars.
    Horror fans on the other hand have totally embraced the Blu Ray format
    and from what I have gleaned from fansites they are all too willing to
    double dip if an alternate version comes along with slightly better picture
    quality. Horror fans are very excited about Kino’s forthcoming SCREAM
    AND SCREAM AGAIN despite they already have the Twilight Time version
    (now OOP) which I’m sure was pretty good. The bottom line is Horror/
    Sci fans will ALWAYS want the best version available of any film,no matter
    how many versions of it appear-Western fans on the other hand seem just
    happy to have any given version regardless of quality.
    Kino did test the water with their Blu Ray of ROBBERS ROOST but I
    don’t see then following up with other George Montgomery Westerns
    or those featuring similar stars.
    Walter,Iv’e never seen any of those East German Westerns that you mention
    though I have seen ADIOS SABATA, I have also never seen FRAULEIN
    DOKTOR a most intriguing cast,I might add. I’m pretty sure there is
    a market for this type of film should someone be able to untangle the rights.
    I’m also pretty sure someone like Kino would rather release FRAULEIN
    DOKTOR than release THE YELLOW TOMAHAWK from the color neg
    that still exists.

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  8. john k

    Iv’e just attempted a very lengthy post that has got lost in cyberspace.
    I will attempt to break down some of what I said in a series of more
    brief statements.
    Firstly,Walter I have not seen FRAULEIN DOKTOR but would like to,
    I’m pretty sure there is a market for this type of film-a most impressive
    cast I might add.
    I have not seen any of the East German Westerns that you mention,
    in fact I’ve never heard of them. I have however seen ADIOS SABATA

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  9. john k

    Regarding the lack of Westerns getting released as opposed to Horror/
    Sci Fi films I do think part of the problem is getting Western fans to
    “splash the cash” Most UK Western fans that I know,or know of that are
    still around seem totally happy with their huge collections of “off air”
    versions. Many of these cats are in trading cliques where they pass the
    films among themselves.
    An old associate of mine from many decades back is still transfering
    films to disc that he recorded back in the 80’s on VHS.
    He’s knocking out 4×3 pan & scan versions of CinemaScope films
    like WARLOCK and cats are still buying them blissfully unaware that
    they could buy a DVD of the film off Amazon for the same amount
    of money this cat is charging. I guess this is funding his retirement-and
    he’s not the only one doing it-not by a long shot.
    What these “!bootleggers” fail to grasp is that they are killing the market
    for Western films especially the ones featuring second string stars.

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    • Walter

      John K, this is very interesting and enlightening information about what your old associate and others are doing concerning transferring 1980’s VHS tapes to DVD. Why would anyone want to buy old pan and scan versions of THE BIG COUNTRY or HOW THE WEST WAS WON and all the others. I have many VHS tapes from the 1980’s and ’90’s, but I wouldn’t think about transferring and selling them, that’s absurd, but I shouldn’t be surprised of anything. You are right about them helping to kill the market for Western movies. It is a shame.

      Getting back to the East German Westerns or the Red Westerns. I haven’t seen any of them either, but I would only watch one as a curio. I can imagine the Communist messages spouted forth, but I think it all backfired on them by the mid 1980’s and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. All the movies were made by DEFA (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft), which was the state-owned film studio of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) throughout the country’s existence.

      The icon of East German Westerns(Red Westerns) Gojko Mitic, was well-known for his portrayal of heroic Indians in movies such as THE SONS OF THE GREAT BEAR(1965), CHINGACHGOOK: THE GREAT SNAKE(1967), and APACHES(1973). These three movies were made available in sub-titled versions from the DEFA Library in the 2006 DVD box set “WESTERNS WITH A TWIST!”

      These Red Westerns were made by deluded and naïve people under the harsh bootheel of Communism before the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Evil Empire. They are curios made by a regime that should remain in the dustbin of History. With that said, we should never forget History and continue to learn from the past, so that we can do better in the future.

      i don’t necessarily agree with everything in the following review, but here it is for what it is worth. https://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2328defa.html

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  10. john k

    Ha! my original post seems to have turned up in the awaiting approval
    section.Some of the comments I have duplicated in briefer posts but
    my original draft had more detail,especially regarding Horror/Sci Fi fans.
    I guess i keyed johnk as opposed to john k….Iv’e changed systems so
    lets see what happens.
    I’m amazed that not one of the 13 A.C.Lyles Westerns has made it to
    Blu Ray and only one to DVD. If ‘ol AC had made Horror Film they would
    all be out there by now-in fact his sole entry NIGHT OF THE LEPUS
    already is.
    Walter,I’m sure the Western is still going strong in France and Germany
    that is our main hope for Westerns starring the likes of Joel McCrea,
    Randolph Scott and Audie Murphy in particular.
    Sadly many of these films are released by Sidonis,France with their
    horrid “forced” subtitles.
    I presume Spirit Media are obtaining their copy of SITTING BULL from
    Park Circus who also have the new Republic Restorations in their
    portfolio. (THE OUTCAST,THE PLUNDERERS,HELLFIRE,FAIR
    WIND TO JAVA and ACCUSED OF MURDER) Hopefully Germany’s
    Spirit Media might pick up on some of these titles.

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  11. john k

    Cripes! I’m really having a nightmare on line time tonight-now my original
    post has vanished and I’m still having problems.
    It’s strange how directors like Hugo Fregonese,Roy Rowland and
    Rudolph Mate more or less ended their careers in Europe,I guess some
    of them were not to interested in directing TV series,although Rowland
    before heading to Europe did do quiet a few Wyatt Earp episodes.
    It’s interesting how many really good genre directors became quiet
    prolific TV series directors-Joseph Pevney,Jerry Hopper,Joseph Kane,
    Lesley Selander and to a lesser extent George Sherman and Joseph M
    Newman.
    Iv’e never seen the Fregonese MARCO POLO with Rory Calhoun and
    Yoko Tani and would really like too. I have seen his Argentinian Western
    SAVAGE PAMPAS with Robert Taylor and it’s pretty good-I’d love to see
    it be given a proper restoration.

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    • Walter

      John K, I know that it can be frustrating, at times, when our wonderful technology is being a pain. I’m getting to where I save what I’m typing as I go along, so when it vanishes out into cyberspace, I’ve saved it.

      Talk about TV directing, William Witney flourished there. I think some of the best episodes of BONANZA were directed by Witney. You could almost always tell when he was at the helm, because he would get them off the studio set and out on location. A two-parter, which was filmed on location at Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave desert and Vasquez Rocks at Aqua Dulce, that Witney directed was “Ride the Wind,” which was first aired on January 16 and 23, 1966. It was played overseas as a movie in theaters. Guest stars were Rod Cameron, Victor Jory, DeForest Kelley, and Tom Lowell. Joe Cartwright(Michael Landon) joined the Pony Express in this one. We get to see a good fistfight scene between Ben Cartwright(Lorne Greene) and Curtis Wade(Rod Cameron) and their stunt doubles Ed Jauregui(for Lorne Greene) and Fred Carson(for Rod Cameron).

      I like SAVAGE PAMPAS(1966), which I first viewed on NBC-TV in 1970. This is a movie that I would like to see again in a good widescreen format and in the 112 minute version. I’ve seen it on the Western Channel in a shorter version in pan and scan.

      I enjoyed this movie, because it wasn’t the usual Western. It was set in Argentina in the 1870’s with Robert Taylor as an Argentine Army Captain. I also liked Ty Hardin, TV’s Bronco Layne, in this different role.

      A side note here, the actress Isabel Pisano, who portrayed Lucy in SAVAGE PAMPAS, later became a journalist and a romantic companion of Yasser Arafat. She wrote a book titled YASSER ARAFAT: THE PASSION OF A LEADER(2009).

      I’ve never seen MARCO POLO(1962) with Rory Calhoun, but I would like to.

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  12. Jeremy Entract

    Hello John K, Walter and Toby,
    I just need to say that the (admittedly aging) band of UK Western afficionados that I know and meet up with readily pounce on BluRays of beloved westerns as they come out. Not one of them would countenance pan& scan transfers of old VHS tapes in preference. Don’t know who this bunch of old dynosaurs you know are, John!!
    Enjoy the chat though!

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  13. john k

    Toby,sorry about the duplication of information and for including my
    original lost post-I was having a really bad on-line experience yesterday.
    Walter,thanks for your feedback regarding “the bootleggers” the last time
    I spoke to the fellow I mentioned he reckoned that he had around 50
    regular clients and there are others who are doing this sort of thing on
    an almost industrial scale-as we both agree this sort of thing is killing
    DVD and Blu Ray releases of vintage Westerns.
    I guess it’s a British thing but perhaps this goes on elsewhere as well.,
    Before Warner Archive and the much lamented Sony MOD series plus
    the wealth of releases turning up in Europe there was no other way
    of seeing films by stars like Rory Calhoun,Guy Madison,Jock Mahoney,
    Rod Cameron,William Elliott and others and I must admit I did purchase
    bootlegs because,at that time I thought there was no other way I could
    get to see films like SHORT GRASS,MASSACRE RIVER,THE SILVER
    WHIP,JOE DAKOTA and many others.
    Since those times things have got a lot better but sadly I don’t hold out
    much hope of seeing HELL CANYON OUTLAWS on Blu Ray,unless of
    course Toby wins the lottery…then Watch Out!

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  14. john k

    Walter-your informative piece on so called “Red Westerns” was most
    intriguing. I have never heard of any of the actors in these films and I’m
    certainly in no rush to see any of them.
    Thanks also so much for the link to DVD Savant.
    One of the appealing things about the Winnetou films was the casts-
    apart from Brice,Barker,Granger and Cameron all sorts of people popped
    up in them.-Terence Hill (Mario Girotti) Daliah Lavi,Nadia Gray,Elke
    Sommer,Leticia Roman,Gotz George,Todd Armstrong,Guy Madison and
    Walter Barnes.
    Pierre Brice had a bloodline traced back to French Nobility and the huge
    success of the Winnetou films in Germany was said to help heal post WW2
    tensions between the two nations…nice if true!
    I’ve never so far,purchased any of the Spaghetti/Euro Westerns from
    Wild East but I see there is an interesting German double bill THE LAST
    TOMAHAWK paired with MAN CALLED GRINGO.
    Harald Reinl’s THE LAST TOMAHAWK is (very) loosely based on
    Fenimore Cooper but the costumes look very non 18th century.
    THE LAST TOMAHAWK stars Joachim Fuchsberger and Karin Dor.
    MAN CALLED GRINGO was Roy Rowland’s last Western and stars
    Gotz George and the very prolific (and still working) Canadian actress
    Alexandra Stewart. I may be wrong but I think MAN CALLED GRINGO
    is the only Euro Western by an American director with a non American
    lead.
    While I don’t think that I will check out the “Red Westerns” Walter Westerns
    I’m certainly not opposed to watching Spaghetti Westerns with European
    leads.Of those stars I do like Giuliano Gemma so handsome, athletic and
    charismatic.
    The Winnetou films were so popular in Europe that the three main
    stars teamed up for a spy thriller. KILLER’S CARNIVAL features
    Lex Barker,Stewart Granger and Pierre Brice-Iv’e never seen this one and
    it’s reputation is none too hot.

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  15. john k

    Whoops! sorry..the above should read “Walter mentions…”

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  16. john k

    Walter,
    Thanks again for your feedback on Witney,Ride The Wind and SAVAGE
    PAMPAS.
    I have seen “Ride The Wind” it’s a good two parter and all I can remember
    is the scene where Victor Jory gets about a dozen arrows in his back!
    Regarding SAVAGE PAMPAS………….
    I have seen a Euro Blu Ray of the film and it’s not great-I’d love to see
    it get a proper restoration. SAVAGE PAMPAS and OLD SHATTERHAND
    are both pretty large scale pictures (70mm I believe) with impressive
    combat scenes. It’s a shame that Fregonese was never given a big
    budget CinemaScope American Western to direct.
    SAVAGE PAMPAS also features Mexican actress Rosenda Monteros
    who passed away at the end of last year.
    Rosenda is possibly best known for THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and
    Hammer Films SHE. Rosenda riding bareback in SAVAGE PAMPAS is
    indeed a sight to behold! Rosenda was also in a French Winnetou
    TV series with Pierre Brice and directed by Marcel Camus,of all people.
    Regarding my previous comment of American directors making Euro
    Westerns with non American leads I guess you could include Burt
    Kennedy’s THE DESERTER that headlined Eastern European actor
    Bekim Fehmiu. The Hollywood supporting cast in THE DESERTER was
    however very strong indeed-Richard Crenna,Chuck Connors,Ricardo
    Montalban,Brandon De Wilde,Slim Pickens,Woody Strode,Patrick Wayne,
    Albert Salmi and John Huston. For the live of me I cannot understand
    why THE DESERTER has not had a DVD or Blu Ray release…Paramount
    again!

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  17. john k

    Walter- this thread has been so much fun,thanks so much for your input
    and wonderful snippets that you provide-you continue to advance my
    cinematic education.
    Regarding my previous comments regarding bootleggers I really don’t
    care if folk make a few bucks from duping and selling old TV broadcasts.
    The thing that really gets my goat is when profiteers posing as Western
    fans start duping and selling discs of titles like the Kino restorations
    of the Roy Rogers films (SUNSET IN THE WEST)
    With releases like the Rogers films EVERY UNIT COUNTS and the
    people who buy these bootlegs are destroying the chances of similar
    fare getting released.

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