DVD/Blu-Ray News #338: Hercules And The Captive Women (1963, AKA 1961’s Hercules Conquers Atlantis).

Directed by Vittorio Cottafavi
Starring Reg Park, Fay Spain, Ettore Manni, Luciano Marin

Next month, The Film Detective is unleashing Hercules And The Captive Women (1963), the Woolner Brothers’ US version of 1961’s Italian peplum picture Ercole Alla Conquista Ai Atlantide. Coming on both DVD and Blu-Ray, it’s been given a 4K Restoration from the original 35mm camera negative. Being that this one was shot in Technicolor and Technirama, it should be quite a treat.

Hercules And The Captive Women one was one of my favorite peplum things as a kid, thanks largely to the lizard monster Hercules (Reg Park) takes on (see above). It was Park’s first film. His next one was Mario Bava’s Hercules In The Haunted World (1961).

The Film Detective has promised a mighty batch of extras, including a commentary by Tim Lucas, a documentary and MST3K’s take on the film. But the biggest bonus, for me at least, will be seeing it in its proper aspect ratio and high definition. Can’t wait. Highly recommended.

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Filed under 1961, 1963, DVD/Blu-ray News, Peplum, Reg Park, The Film Detective

3 responses to “DVD/Blu-Ray News #338: Hercules And The Captive Women (1963, AKA 1961’s Hercules Conquers Atlantis).

  1. Kevin Coon

    Can’t wait for this either

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  2. john k

    I don’t know much about Film Detective except the restoration that
    they did on GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN was jaw dropping so if this
    Peplum release is half as good it should be sensational.
    I did see the film back in the ’60’s at the Essoldo Cinema Hackney,
    East London who always showed this type of fare.
    Reg Park I always thought was a wonderful Hercules and the budget
    was way above the norm for these type of things.
    I DO remember seeing the very visible “strings” when Herc fight the eagle
    I hope they don’t airbrush them out as it all adds to the considerable
    charm of these things.

    Like

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