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A Night At The Movies, Halloween 1963.

Happy Halloween from Emporia, Kansas! I’m sorry, Howl-O-We’en.

This woulda been a good one. You’ve got Godzilla. You’ve got Christopher Lee in a Hammer pirate movie. And you’ve got an Italian monster movie shot (and partially directed) by Mario Bava!

Would’ve gone, but I wasn’t born yet.

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Filed under 1959, 1962, 1963, A Night At The Movies, Andrew Keir, Christopher Lee, Eiji Tsuburaya, Halloween Marathons, Hammer Films, Ishirō Honda, John Gilling, Mario Bava, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed, Riccardo Freda, Toho, Universal (-International)

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