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Hannibal (1960)

Victor Mature , Gabriele Ferzetti , Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia , Edgar G. Ulmer  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Victor Mature, Gabriele Ferzetti, Rita Gam, Milly Vitale, Rik Battaglia
  • Directors: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Writers: Edgar G. Ulmer, Ottavio Poggi, Mortimer Braus, Sandro Continenza
  • Producers: Ottavio Poggi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEU4O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hannibal" on IMDb

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VCI is very pleased to present this epic motion picture, which has been mastered from the original negatives and presented in all its widescreen glory for the first time on home video! Love and war intertwine in this fanciful adaptation of history. The brilliant Carthaginian general, Hannibal (Victor Mature) despises Rome. Fueled by vengeance, he drives his army of elephants through the treacherous, frozen Alps into Italy, crushing anyone who dared to oppose him. As a strategy to break the morale of his enemies, Hannibal captures the beautiful Sylvia of Rome (Rita Gam) so she may see the might of his army and spread the news of impending doom to her people. However, a love grows between the two that will eventually be his undoing. This big-budget spectacle produced by Warner Bros. was shot in Technicolor and SuperCinescope and literally features a cast of thousands... over 4,000 foot-soldiers, 1,500 horsemen, 45 elephants and a vast assortment of war machines were employed in the historic battle of Cannae alone. Bonus Features: Anamorphic Widescreen Enhanced for 16 x 9 Monitors, Photo & Poster Gallery, Original Theatrical Trailer, Bios, Scene Selection Menu. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital Mono; 100 minutes; Color; 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1960; SRP - $14.99.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pyhric Hannibal at Best November 24, 2004
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Anyone expecting a really good view of the Punic Wars in Italy will certainly not find it here. That being said, there are a number of interesting and amusing scenes that make it half-way worthwhile. Victor Mature sleeps his way through the role of the great Carthegenian general. Mature seems never to have taken his own acting skills that seriously, and that is evident here with his lethargic style.

Probably one of the best parts of the film is the extended scene showing the crossing of the Alps. This was surely one of the great feats of ancient warfare and we get a decent look at how tortuous it must have been here. The Punic soldiers crying out in English somehow lacks something, but this was a 1960 Italian dubbed film! Some of the battle scenes with the elephants are not too bad, but the overall effect is on the poor side. The most vigorous battle shown, Cannae in 217 BC is a joke! There is some attempt to show how the Romans were destroyed here, but somehow it gets lost in the details.

I give the film some credit for staying somewhere near the history, but many details are wide off the mark, and almost purposely so. The romance with Mature and Rita Gam is required of course for this period of movie, but it seems half-hearted at best. Again, Mature's Hannibal seems to almost doze through the scenes! No doubt Hannibal did console himself with a few Roman women for the many years he was in Italy, but what we get here is standard hollywood filler for the time. This film might be fun to watch along with the Italian Propaganada epic, Scipio Africanus. Both have the same lame style, although the older facist film has the production value which this film really lacks. Still, both make for some light viewing in the classic sword and sandal style.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal After Too Many Cocktails June 17, 2005
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A very contrived rendition of the Second Punic War between Carthage and Rome in the 3rd century B.C. The fact that Victor Mature plays the lead role is enough to discourage anyone from buying this shallow film. This film is also outmatched in every respect except color by another production and so not really worth one's time or money unless you're a die-hard Mature fanor accept only the color medium for a film.

The screenplay is disjointed as it doesn't really convey the reasons why Hannibal hated Rome so much or why he led an army of almost 100,000 men to trample over the Italian countryside for 18 years. The battle reenactments are small, sparing, and second-rate. The acting stinks especially by Mature whose presence always appears as if he just came out of a cocktail lounge around 3:00 a.m. Victor Mature was barely competent as a back-up actor not to speak of a lead role in a historical epic. Even more shame on the Italians who contrived this silly film about their own history. The direction is purely conventional for the period and so unimaginative. The screenplay is terrible and focuses on a ridiculous love story instead of the historical events for dramatism. History here is simply the backdrop for the romance. The anachronisms of the film themselves would require modern anachronisms to interpret as this film is horribly out-of-date. Wayne's 'Genghis Kahn' is better than this film. At least you have The Duke instead of 'Manure' to watch in a bad film.

A vastly superior film on Hannibal is Carmine Gallone's 1939 'Scipio Africanus' that looks at the conflict from the character Scipio's point of view in which the climax comes with Hannibal's defeat at Zama. Unlike this film, 'Scipio' primarily emphasizes on the history for the drama as opposed to romance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spaghetti December 18, 2010
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"Hannibal" is a great movie for nine year-old boys, or at least it was back in 1960 when I sat through it twice at a Saturday matinée. I don't think it had much of a mainstream release, playing mostly to kiddie matinée and drive-in audiences. The film planted in me an interest in this historical period and was my first taste of cinema gore; my one memory being the blood pouring from a soldier's mouth after he was crushed by an elephant during the army's march over the alps.

In style "Hannibal" is like a really bad spaghetti western, only set it 200BC and produced by people generally clueless about just who was their target audience. On one hand the less your sophistication the less energy you will need to burn suspending disbelief. On the other hand the subject matter cries out for a more sophisticated audience interested in history. And finally the awkwardly inserted love story will go unappreciated by both sophisticated and unsophisticated viewers.

Hannibal was a brilliant military tactician from Carthage (now Tunisa) who gave imperial Rome a run for its money as the dominant world power two centuries before the birth of Christ. The film was promoted by Warner Brothers as "a fanciful adaptation of history" (make that an extremely condensed adaptation). Given all the omissions it is difficult to understand why they felt compelled to invent a love story. It might have made some sense if they had paid a box office draw actress to star as the title character's love interest; but Rita Gam was an aging bit player, pleasant in a wholesome Dorothy McGuire way but too detuned to add any sizzle to a production desperately in need of some sparks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
VERY GOOD
Published 1 month ago by HUGH STEPHENS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by FB
1.0 out of 5 stars stnks
Bought this in memory.of youth revisit 15 cent theater I still
Want . My 15 cents back .I only compounded the 1st purchase
Published 2 months ago by Gerald j. Fagnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Objectivity of Feeling over Narrative Flow and other Distractions
HANNIBAL is an amazing film. This is an incredible film. What initially seems like a grotesque homage or even satire to the horror/slasher genre is far from that. Read more
Published 5 months ago by gobirds2
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but it could have been great!
I was happy to just find a movie dealing with the Punic wars but the potential for a great movie fell short with this attempt. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leo Hott
5.0 out of 5 stars best service
saw this movie in 1960 and still a lot of fun to watch many years later. mature super as the world weary general and an attention to detail.
Published 8 months ago by larry newman
2.0 out of 5 stars A peripheral, distorted story......
A peripheral, distorted story in conflict with documented evidenced actions historically. It ignored the real Hannibal who spoke 7-8 languages who had no battlefield equal, who was... Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by IrishBaron
1.0 out of 5 stars my order
I bought a dvd and it doesnt work in any of the dvd players. i would like to maybe get it on vhs.
Published on March 23, 2011 by spurvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Hannibal
Picture and sound quality very good, movie had plenty of action, I enjoyed it
Published on November 9, 2010 by joevwman
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever
This is a poorly done movie. I would rate it a -8 +10 being the best!!
Published on June 5, 2010 by Gary B
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