Category Archives: Cornel Wilde

Blu-Ray News #318: The Norseman (1978).

Directed by Charles B. Pierce
Starring Lee Majors, Cornel Wilde, Mel Ferrer, Jack Elam, Susie Coelho, Christopher Connelly, Jimmy Clem, Deacon Jones

When it comes to costume films, I tend to prefer the cheap, cheesy exploitation pictures to the serious epic ones. And they don’t come much cheesier than the gloriously stupid The Norseman (1978) starring Lee Majors.

The premise is pretty simple: the Six Million Dollar Man is a Viking who comes to North America about 500 years before Columbus got here — and has to fight it out with the Indians. And in a subplot that’s never fleshed out, the Viking Jack Elam must’ve fraternized with the Native American ladies, since his wild-eyed bloodline turns up in lots of Westerns in the 1950s.

Lee Majors did The Norseman between The Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy. He got half a million bucks and a percentage. Cornel Wilde and Mel Ferrer round out the cast. Charles B. Pierce (The Legend Of Boggy Creek, The Town That Dreaded Sundown) wrote, produced and directed it, and American International handled the distribution. It’s pretty terrible, but that’s of little consequence here.

I love to see anything bearing an AIP logo make it to Blu-Ray, and Kino Lorber and Scorpion Releasing are bringing The Norseman to the format in February of 2021. See, once we get out of 2020, things are gonna get better.

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Blu-Ray News #179: The Naked Prey (1965).

Directed by Cornel Wilde
Starring Cornel Wilde, Gert Van Den Bergh, Ken Gampu

Cornel Wilde did a great job with The Naked Prey (1965), directing and starring in a movie that is exhausting to watch — can’t imagine what making it must’ve been like. Wilde’s a safari guide chased across the African veldt after the hunters he’s guiding offend a local tribe. Along the way, he goes through all kinds of awful stuff, even having to eat a snake.

The Criterion Collection is bringing it to Blu-Ray in October. Highly recommended.

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