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Ghost Canyon

'Hercules, Samson And Ulysses'
(Kirk Morris, Richard Lloyd, Liana Orfei, Enzo Cerusico, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Warner Archive)

Overview: Now this is a smackdown, ancient-myth style. No octagonal steel cage. No rules. No surrender. It's Hercules vs. Samson in a brawl to outdo them all, hurling spears, heaving chunks of pillars and, in the clinches, bending thick iron rods around each other.

DVD Verdict: In truth, and not unexpectedly, given the genre and the decade, this film is a nonsensical affair of half-naked muscle-men, including devilishly handsome Kirk Morris as Hercules, posing and fighting against a backdrop of silly sets and dubious locations!

Special effects are rather bad (get a load of that sea monster!) while the acting, dialogue, and action are predictably funny, though not necessarily intentionally so. Look for the scene with a close-up of Morris pretending to be riding a horse while conversing with Delilah; I spontaneously laughed out loud. (I don't think that was the audience reaction the director was hoping for though!)

In all fairness, low-budget sword-and-sandal flicks of this sort have a nostalgic value and do not really deserve or warrant critical review; they can sometimes still be entertaining if not taken at all seriously. The best scenes of this movie are those featuring lots of fake boulders and fake stone ruins, and in the end, one can only feel sorry for the horses and lions.

That all said, and knowing it is classified as a 1960's classic, the film does indeed still manage to go out on a limb. It basically suggests that, while Hercules and Samson were relatively evenly matched in the physical sense, Hercules probably had the intellectual edge.

So, as the marketing says, strap up your sandals' calf-high leather laces and get ready to rumble! This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This is a Widescreen Presentation 1.85:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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