Questions and Requests

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Check out Howard Hughes' book CINEMA ITALIANO.

This is available at Amazon.com.
Also check out Howard's new blog The Filmgoers' Guide.

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A collector is looking for PAL speed (25 fps) English language DVDs or VHS of the following titles
(Not PAL converted from NTSC copies):
SONNY AND JED
THE MIGHTY KHAN
GIANTS OF THESSALY
VALLEY OF THE RESOUNDING ECHO
RAPE OF THE SABINES
REVOLT OF THE GLADIATORS
THE TARTARS
ATLAS AGAINST THE TSAR
SECRET MARK OF D'ARTAGNAN
If you have copies of these, please drop me a line.

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Larry Anderson has provided a tribute to Reg Park..

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A Martial Arts Movie fan named Mike wrote,
"I'm looking for a Martial Arts film I saw in the early 1970's; in a San Francisco Asian Movie House. Since it had no English subtitles, I don't know it's name. It's NOT Shaolin Intruders! It had some crazy Reverse Human Pyramid. And before forming the Pyramid, each Martial Artist had a different Weapon. The one Weapon I remember, was a Shield with a hole in the middle; like a Donut. And once they formed the Reverse Haman Pyramid, they could hardly be beaten. Do you know the name of this Movie, & how I might get a copy of it? It's a fond memory from my Teenage years."
If this sounds familiar to you, please drop me a line.

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In a Los Angeles Times Book Review of SILENT MOVIES The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture by Peter Kobel and the Library of Congress, Richard Schickel made this interesting insight:
"Movies, unlike the other arts, are uniquely dependent on nostalgia for their staying power. Moviegoers have - or had - real feelings for the stars and the narrative conventions that absorbed their attention when they were young and impressionable. But nostalgia is sub-critical and anti-historical - emtional near-beer. To unleash its power, a writer has to have been there, sharing the joys of movies when they first burst upon the screen."

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Rick Garibaldi asks, "What is singer Raoul's last name?"
John Nudge knew that "Raoul" was really named Ettore Lovecchio. The IMDb seems to suggest that he also appeared as an actor under the name Raul Lovecchio.

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A beautiful two-disc DVD set of the 1984 TV version of THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII has come out from Colosseo Film of Germany. It is available in the U.S. from Xploited Cinema.

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John Steiner is now working as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker. Check this out.

The new three-disc DVD release of CALIGULA features a terrific twenty-something minute chat with Steiner about his whole career with some candid comments about Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Antonio Margheriti and Tinto Brass among others.

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Guy Farley writes,
"After a lifetime of watching spaghetti cinema from the 50's & 60's I know most of the voice actors' voices by heart. I even know what one or 2 of them actually look like, however I know very few of their names.
"There is one voice actor in particular who is more recognizable than all the others (to me that at least).
"His voice can be heard in everything from Peplum to Spaghetti westerns, to Kaiju films (Japanese monsters). I even heard him in 1 episode of Gigantor. Unfortunately I have know idea what his name is.
"Clues to his identity are as follows:
"1. He is the voice of the King 'Pelius' in the US dubbed version of Hercules.
"2. Early in GBU (he did at least 4-5 different voices in this film) he is one of 3 bounty killers & says to Tuco: 'Hey amigo, you know you got a face beautiful enough to worth $2000.00?'
"3. However, he may be most recognizable as the announcer for the Sons of Hercules series: 'Through the centuries in olden times there lived, the sons of Hercules, heroes supreme, they roamed the earth righting wrongs helping the weak & oppressed' etc., etc., etc.,
"Any idea who he is?"

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Howard Hughes wrote, "I think Reeves is dubbed into English by Richard McNamara for the first HERCULES. Do you know who dubbed Reeves in HERCULES UNCHAINED, as it's a completely different voice."
Please drop me a line if you know.

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Mailan asks,
"I just bought the set of Lone Wolf and Cub DVDs last week. Awesome stuff to watch!!
"I am wondering if you know what happened to the child star who played Daigoro?"
If you know, please drop me a line.

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If anyone has a copy of THE TREASURE OF MAKUBA with Cameron Mitchell
please drop me a line.

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A fellow wrote,
"I was in Rome for two weeks and I saw a poster announcing a movie called VAMPIRI and it had red lips with a bat. The movie seem to have started in March. Is this movie available yet and possibly can a copy of the poster be had?"
If anyone has information on this, please drop me a line.

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Yohanes wrote,
"Just want to share a bit information. If you have double-feature Django DVD from Anchor Bay there's a nice booklet there, describing trivias about Django and other movies that have been Django-fied or clearly influenced by the original Corbucci's Django. There's one title mentioned: Cowboys must be Crazy, year unknown, and the country origin is assumed as Philippines. Actually it's an Indonesian comedy movie that I recently watched partially on TV called, 'Koboi Sutra Ungu' (Purple Silk Cowboy), a campy comedy directed by one of our most prominent comedy director, the late Nyak Abbas Acup. I can't blame Anchor Bay for this mistake since it's very difftcult to get a copy of this movie, even in Indonesia.
"This film was indeed influenced by Django, or making parody of Django. The main character drags a guitar case - not machine gun is inside - but merchandise! hahahahaha ... But alas, the score use Django theme song instrumentalized and rearranged but definitely you can still recognize the tune.
"Still on similar Django parody, there's also another Indonesian movie titled 'Tiga Django' (Three Djangos) -now the main character drives a buggy with small another carriage behind. Another campy comedy, now starred the late Benyamin Sueb, also one of Indonesia prominent comedian.
"Those facts clearly show that the popularity of Django was definitely quite significant in Indonesia too. In slang words in the past we usually use word 'Njango' which roughly means as showing 'bold, rough, don't-give-a-damn' attitude, just like Django. People here sometimes still remember it, though.
"Now a question about Django: When it's released the first time, it is instantly banned in UK. But few years ago the ban was lifted. Do you know any story about it? Does it mean that it is shown in theatres in England for the first time ... in this modern-day cinema?"

I know that after the ban was lifted, DJANGO was screened in a series hosted by the British Film Institute, and that the BFI got a print for its collection. The film has played on TV in the U.K. and is now available on home video, but I don't think it got a belated theatrical release.
In the U.S., a few people in the South reported seeing DJANGO during some test screenings in the late 1960s, but the film never got a national theatrical release. It came out in the mid-1980s on Magnum Home Video, but has reportedly never played on U.S. TV.

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Julian Grainger is looking for the following films featuring Thomas Hunter:
REVENGE (dir. Pino Tossini, 1968)
EQUINOZIO (dir. Maurizio Ponzi, 1970)
MADNESS (dir. Cesare Rau, 1971)
CARLOS (dir. Hans W. Geissendörfer, 1971) with Gerladine Chaplin, Anna Karina and Horst Frank
WER STIRBT SCHON GERNE UNTER PALMEN/DEATH AMONG THE PALM TREES (dir. Alfred Vohrer, 1974)

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Wanted on DVD (in English or original language with English subtitles and letterboxed):

1) THE SLEEPING CAR MURDER, Directed by Costa Gavras
2) THE CONFESSION, Directed by Costa Gavras
3) JEFF, Directed by Jean Herman
4) THE 2nd BEST SECRET AGENT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, aka LICENCE TO KILL, Directed by Lyndsey Shonteff
5) WHERE THE BULLETS FLY, Directed by John Gilling

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Charles Gilbert wonders:
"of what did Michele Girardon of DEVIL OF THE DESERT AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES die at the age of 37?"

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Alejandra Zappone is looking for a copy of BRARCHI (1999) starring Ginluca Grignani.
Can anyone help?

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Mike Eustace wondered, "Does anyone know who voiced the opening narration to SPARTACUS? A really familiar sounding voice, but uncredited."
Bill Reynolds answered this one: "The voice is Vic Perrin. He also did the opening narration on one of my favorite TV series 'Outer Limits'."

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Trevor Thomas is looking for an Anthony Steffen film in which he plays a prominent Indian (Sect from staunch Hindustani background) convert to radical Christianity. The name of the film is SADHU SUNDAR SINGH. Has anyone any information about it?
Trevor has also informed me that he has doubles of PAL prerecords for THEODORA SLAVE EMPRESS, DUEL OF CHAMPIONS, and three prerecords of HANNIBAL. He also has doubles of NTSC prerecords of BATTLE OF THE VALIANT, MESSALINA VS THE SONS OF HERCULES, REVENGE OF THE BARBARIANS (w/Anthony steel), SPARTACUS AND THE TEN GLADIATORS.
If you have an interest in any of these tapes, please drop me a line.
Trevor is also looking for a movie about THE BATTLE OF SALAMINA.
And for a copy of DACII, aka THE DACIANS, aka THE WARRIORS, a Romanian/French production directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu, about the invasion of present-day Romania by the Ancient Romans. The cast includes Amza Pellea, Pierre Brice, Georges Marchal and Marie Jose Nat. (So, it seems that the French play the Romans in this flick.)

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Who wrote the lyrics and who sings the theme song for SARTANA KILLS THEM ALL?
John Mansell opinioned, "Giombini worked with Peter Boom many times, so it could be him. He also wrote lyrics for movie soundtracks."

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Carl Kidder needs help finding a particular Western:
"I am looking for the western in which the following scene is in. The scene is an escape convict on the run and hiding in the bushes see a American Army Officer on horseback. The escapee makes a noise and the officeer gets off his horse to investigate. The convict jumps the officer and a fight starts, but the officer is no match and soon is laid out. The convict then takes the officers gun belt off, then starts to strip the officer and when the scene returns he is dressed the the officers uniform and the officer gagged and tied in his long johns."
Please drop me a line if you've got an idea as to what this movie might be.

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Please drop me a line if you can help on these requests:
Michael Barnum is seeking photos of "Richard Harrison, particularly from his westerns or spy films if anyone out there has any they would like to sell."

Richard Owens is looking for material on Ed Fury.

Linus Bengtsson is looking for "Italo Martinenghi's E Cosi Divennero I 3 Supermen/3 Supermen In The West. I can either trade for some other movies or pay."

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The new U.S. DVD release of NAVAJO JOE has a screwed-up moment that is glaring.
In the pre-credits sequence, Duncan (Aldo Sanbrell), shoots the Indian woman and then scalps her. The music starts shreiking as Duncan begins to scalp the woman and should continue until the scene shifts to the opening credits and the gang is seen riding towards the camera.
That's how the movie was when it played theatrically, how in appeared on the MGM/UA VHS and how it appeared on the Japanese DVD release by Stingray.
Now, the new MGM DVD, released through 20th Century Fox, shows up and the distinctive percussion hit that has always signalled the beginning of the credits sequence comes during the scalping, causing the main theme to begin early.
After the music finished, the audio engineer laid in more sound of the gang riding to keep the rest of the movie in sync.
What had been a treasured cinematic moment of picture and music syncing perfectly is ruined on the new DVD release. What are the chances that a re-release will correct this? (Poor, I believe.)

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