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Goliath and the Dragon (Widescreen Special Edition) (1960)

Mark Forest , Broderick Crawford , Alfonso Brescia , Vittorio Cottafavi  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Forest, Broderick Crawford, Gaby André, Philippe Hersent, Leonora Ruffo
  • Directors: Alfonso Brescia, Vittorio Cottafavi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 216 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M1ZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Goliath and the Dragon (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Conqueror of Atlantis" (1965, 91 min.) - Hercules (Kirk Morris) visits the futuristic remains of Atlantis to battle an evil wizard and an army of gold-skinned reanimated dead guys in this science-fiction sword & sandal feature
  • Goliath and Gang in Trailers for "Atlas," "Colossus and the Amazon Queen," "Colossus of the Arena," "Giant of the Metropolis," "Goliath at the Conquest of Damascus," "Hercules Against the Mongols," "Hercules Against the Moon Men," "Hercules of the Desert," "Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World," "The Trojan Horse" and "The Witch's Curse"
  • 3 Sword & Scandal Short Subjects: "Muscleman Montage," "Hercules Oblivious" and "The Son of Hercules Vs. the Fire Monsters
  • Gallery of Sword & Scandal Exploitation Art

Editorial Reviews

While strongman Goliath is busy battling a fire-spewing three-headed doggie and a giant bat-monster in the "Cave of Horrors," his brother Illus has made the mistake of falling in love with the bride-to-be of evil King Eurystheus (played by Broderick Crawford). Responsible for the death of Goliath's parents, Eurystheus captures Illus and sentences him to death. Worse, a centaur kidnaps Goliath's wife and delivers her to the temperamental tyrant. Naturally, Goliath goes ballistic, flexes his muscles, and clobbers all the king's men. GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON comes complete with "A Cast of Thousands," goofy monsters, elephant wrestling, temple wrecking, a Goliathquake, and a comical midget!

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fearless filmmaking, great image quality February 5, 2006
By Remus
Format:DVD
The Alpha Video dvd of GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON is from a well-preserved widescreen print, and it's dazzling to look at! To be sure, the color balance goes a bit wonky in a few outdoor scenes, but the aquamarine trees and purple skies almost seem intentional, given the strangeness of director Vittorio Cottafavi's vision. If all the old sword and sandal epics were in this good a shape, the genre would attract many more fans. Great quality for a great price!

The movie itself is a delirious muscleman fantasy from start to finish. A bearded Mark Forest shows off the biggest pecs and widest lats of his generation, and melts everyone with his smile (except scar-faced Broderick Crawford as the cranky villain). The costumes are beautiful, the sets are extravagant, the exterior landscapes are a lush paradise, the monsters are huge puppets, and just when you think the story can't become more bizarre...it does! An absurdly majestic music score by Les Baxter strives to match the melodrama of a hero who dares to revolt against the gods themselves.

Cottafavi will try just about anything to dazzle and disorient the viewer. In one scene, as Goliath approaches, looms above, and then passes over the camera, the point of view turns completely upside-down; the effect is so unexpected and audacious I had to laugh out loud! This is fearless (and yes, perhaps sometimes mindless) filmmaking, and the result is truly dreamlike, if not downright mythic.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goliath and the Dragon - Good movie August 5, 2002
Format:DVD
This movie was a spin off from the Steve Reeves film Goliath and the Barbarians.Mark Forrest, real name Lou Degni who was a former Mr. California and Mr. America stands out in this "spaghetti" sword and sandal movie.The addition of Broderick Crawford at least puts a top name actor to the list of credits.I remember seeing this movie as a child and enjoyed it and recently saw it again on dvd.The widescreen is excellent. One of the better sword and sandal movies made during that time.Conquerer of Atlantis was interesting and a decent movie for the time. Kirk Morris made a bunch of sword and sandal films including several Sons of Hercules and played Hercules in Hercules, Samson and Ulysses, a movie produced by Pietro Torrisi, the same Italian producer of Hercules and Hercules Unchained. This movie also had the same cast of Hercules and Hercules Unchained minus Reeves and Sylvia Koscina. It's great to see that these movies are gaining popularity today, 40 years after they were originally produced.I still feel that the Reeves films, Hercules, Hercules Unchained and Goliath and the Barbarians were the best sword and sandal films. White Warrior, although not a sword and sandal film is a good movie starring Reeves.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One GREAT sword and sandal Movie!!! March 5, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First of all, let me say that Goliath and the Dragon is my favorite sword and sandal movie of all time. Mark Forest is perfectly cast as Goliath and the DVD format is absolutely incredible. Last year I bought a VHS format of this movie from Hollywood Attic and the quality was abysmal. They also hacked the movie to death cutting out key parts from beginning to end. The quality of this DVD is amazing and it looks to be completely intact. My mother took me to see this movie when I was a wee lad of 6 years old and I must admit I love watching this movie now every bit as much as I did then. If your a fan of this genre, this is a MUST BUY for your collection.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a sword and sandal film on DVD! September 12, 2001
By A Customer
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Fans of sword & sandal films: finally a sword & sandal film on DVD the way it is supposed to be seen, in widescreen. Something Weird Video put together a really fun package with a fine looking print of "Goliath and the Dragon" and a bundle of extras. They even include another movie "The Conqueror of Atlantis" which is presented full frame. I think I enjoyed this film even more than "Goliath and the Dragon"! There are also trailers for 11 sword & sandals, highlights from "The Son of Hercules vs. the Fire Monsters" and two other short subjects on Hercules taken from mondo movies of the sixties. Hopefully this Somehting Weird release will inspire other comapnies to release more sword & sandal movies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON September 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Excellent movie,originally called Revenge of Hercules,but dubbed into English by American International and re-titled Goliath & The Dragon.,for release in the States.

This Alpha release is in Letterbox,glorious Widescreen and beautiful color

If only all the Sword & Sandal releases were as good as this..........Highly Recomended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goliath starts to sweat -- April 17, 2002
Format:DVD
One of my fondest childhood memories was camping out in front of our big color TV on Saturday mornings watching an endless stream of Italian muscle man "sword and sandal" movies. They were colorful, fun and very juvenile. My father, who held a prominent place in the community, referred to these features as "wop movies." In all innocence, I commented loudly to my dad in a supermarket one time "let's go home and watch some wop movies!" I was incredulously shushed up, for reasons that were unknown to me at the time.
Something Weird has coughed up a winner with this fun double feature. GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON is typical "peplum." An arrogant muscleman hero must do battle with an evil dictator (this time, Broderick Crawford dubbed in with not his real voice!) while his effete male companion and his lovely wife get constantly underfoot. It's big (letterboxed), colorful and will be manna from heaven for those who adore the cheesy monsters found in these films. There's a knee-jerk three-headed Cerebus dog (that looks like it's suffering from cerebral palsy), a centaur that turns into a satyr to solve the problematical nature of two to four horse hooves and of course, the dragon. Really, there's no reason not to buy this disc, crammed full of colorful extras. Put this on and relive your Saturday afternoons of yore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Decent B rated movie.
Published 9 days ago by Brad Richlin
1.0 out of 5 stars awfull transfer
film wasn't bad.but instant streaming looked like a third generation vhs copy.so my rating is for condition of dvd not the movie itself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CALIGERRY
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Movie was silly at best..
Published 5 months ago by Edward C. Duran
4.0 out of 5 stars We know what we are getting.
There is no getting around it...you have to like these old 1960's sword and sandal type movies in order to want this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Russell S
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kinda slow but worth watching while you are multitasking.
Published 8 months ago by Robert Ingegneri
5.0 out of 5 stars it is what it is
someone needs to refresh the writers knowledge of Goliath. If this is supposed to be the Goliath in the Bible then someone needs to tell the writers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by nythawk
2.0 out of 5 stars A-typical sword & sandals movie with several weird plot twists,some...
much of the color was faded, to be expected for a public domain version. But I still ejoyed the movie.
Published 10 months ago by Anthony Torregrossa
5.0 out of 5 stars True classic
Im glad I was able to purchase this item from Amazon; this was one of the best movies I ever watched growing up. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ernest Gamez
1.0 out of 5 stars Picture quality poor.
I did not hate the movie. The quality of the picture made it hard to watch, and I finally gave up. I like this type of movie.
Published on May 17, 2013 by BorgiaStick
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Cheese!
If you are a B-movie fan, and don't mind cheesy acting and voice overs, this movie is ok. Otherwise, it's not worth the time it takes to watch it.
Published on February 19, 2013 by Janette
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