Blu-Ray News #373 UPDATE: Samson And The 7 Miracles Of The World (1961).

Directed by Riccardo Freda
Starring Gordon Scott, Yôko Tani, Hélène Chanel

It’s great that these peplum pictures are turning up on Blu-Ray, and Kino Lorber has announced an upcoming release of Samson And The Seven Miracles Of The World (1961).

Designed to use sets designed for Marco Polo (1962, also with Yôko Tani), this was a Maciste picture elsewhere in the world — Maciste (Gordon Scott) was renamed Samson in the English dubbing for the UK and US. In the UK, the title was shortened to Samson And The Seven Miracles (1962). It sends Gordon Scott to the Orient where he has to come to the aide of a Chinese princess. The earthquake in the final reel is pretty cool.

Released in Italy in late 1961, it was almost 1963 before AIP put it out, re-scored by Les Baxter — and with yet another incredible poster by Reynold Brown. I’m sure Kino Lorber will give us something to make us forget those horrible pan-and-scan 16mm TV prints.

The disc will include both the longer international cut and the shorter AIP version — and a commentary from Tim Lucas. Coming in August. Can’t wait!

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Filed under 1961, AIP, DVD/Blu-ray News, Gordon Scott, Kino Lorber, Les Baxter, Peplum, Riccardo Freda

3 responses to “Blu-Ray News #373 UPDATE: Samson And The 7 Miracles Of The World (1961).

  1. john k

    Kino Lorber have taken a chance with these Peplums………
    somebody must be buying ’em because here’s another one.
    Also from 1962 on a slightly bigger scale (and budget) Warner Archive
    have announced a March release for their extensively restored
    version (s) of George Pal’s THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE
    BROTHERS GRIMM.
    It would seem this two disc set gives us two different ratios 2.85
    and an alternate version as close to viewing curved screen Cinerama
    on a TV screen…..the bigger the TV screen the more impressive the
    effect. The two disc set is crammed with extras and the 4K remastering
    is going to be a visual treat even if fairy tales are not ones thing.
    I for one am looking forward to returning to early 60’s Cinema Of Wonder.

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  2. I have this Samson on a Mill Creek DVD collection and the transfer is not good.Let’s hope Kino do better.

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