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A former Mr. World and Mr. Universe, Olympic weightlifter Steve Reeves shot to movie stardom as Hercules in this action-packed retelling of the quest for the Golden Fleece by Jason and the Argonauts. After defeating a man-eating lion and the Cretan Bull, Hercules promises a dying friend that he will help Jason (Fabrizio Mioni) reclaim the throne of Iolcus from his evil uncle, King Pelias (Ivo Garrani). Hercules falls for Pelias's beautiful daughter, Iole (Sylva Koscina), sails aboard the Argo with Ulysses (Gabriele Antonini), and pulls the palace down with his stupendous strength in the spectacular climax. Originally titled Le Fatiche di Ercole (The Labors of Hercules), this 1957 epic was photographed by Mario Bava, later the director of such classic horror films as Black Sunday, and followed by a sequel.

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  • Actors: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni, Ivo Garrani, Gianna Maria Canale
  • Directors: Pietro Francisci
  • Writers: Pietro Francisci, Agenore Incrocci, Apollonios Rhodios, Ennio De Concini, Furio Scarpelli
  • Producers: Federico Teti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Gaiam - Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LKHN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hercules" on IMDb

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143 of 154 people found the following review helpful By bix lang on September 28, 2003
Format: DVD
Ah, yes! Those were the days! Disregard the dubbed-in dialogue and hokey plot lines. The orginal 1957 "Hercules" is a treasure of fantasy and fun. To those Americans who possess a sense of the past (what used to be known fondly as "nostalgia" prior to the MTV generation and its contemptuous stance toward anything that occurred prior to the maturation of Jennifer Lopez's big, fat posterior), Johnny Weismuller was Tarzen. Bela Lugosi was Dracula. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger. And Steve Reeves was Hercules. Long before Arnold there was Steve Reeves, the prototype body builder who in the 1940s and 50s surpassed what Charles Atlas initiated a generation earlier. A scrawny, unathletic kid who was teased unmercifully, Reeves decided to do something about his predicament. He made body building and fitness a way of life. Between 1945 and 1950, Reeves won every body building competition and award in the universe, and he did so without the use of steroids or any other drugs. It didn't take long for Hollywood to come calling. After being considered and then turned down for the role of Samson (for being "too muscular") in the 1949 MGM production of "Samson and Delilah" opposite Heddy Lamarr, Reeves spent a few years playing mostly forgetable parts in a number of films before achieving celluloid stardom in his adopted home, Italy. In 1957 Reeves portrayed the legendary Greek hero Hercules in the film of the same name, and repeated the role in its sequel, "Hercules Unchained," two years later. Reeves was extraordinarily handsome with black wavy hair and piercing blue eyes. With his beard and spectacular physique, Reeves looked exactly like the image of the Greek demigod as it had been depicted for thousands of years.Read more ›
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Gratis, Sr. on January 25, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Finally, Steve Reeves on DVD! The version sent to me was by Gemstone Entertainment; but appears to be the same version as United American Video. A few years back I was on Steve's web site and commented that I was disappointed that there were none of his films on DVD, and the reply that I got back was, "Only on VHS now; but just wait a bit longer...." I remember the first time I saw this movie as a kid, I was totally hooked on Steve Reeves and his name was forever connected with Hercules, which is kind of funny considering that he only made two Hercules movies. Though watching Italian movies can take a little getting used to, mainly due to the editing practices, in addition to dubbing the sound in after the movie had been completed, this movie holds the test of time very well, considering that it's almost 45 years old. My only real complaints are that it's not presented in a natural widescreen format and that the copy of the print was not in pristene condition; but don't let the TV format, soft focus and colors in some spots, and a few scratches and specks during the movie deter you from getting this classic. Some day I'm hoping to see a higher grade edition, in widescreen, with the film digitally restored and maybe a few extras; but until then, this will more than suffice.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Graham Chalmers on June 9, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a review of the DVD by Gemstone Entertainment - ISBN 0-7694-1100-2, UPC 84296-40174. Judging by the price, the one listed here on Amazon.com is likely to be similar.
I would rate the movie itself as one of my all time favorite fantasy adventures, although many would view it as "campy" I view Steve Reeves as the best Hercules ever.
I was rather disappointed that the DVD was a formatted-for-TV version of the movie, apparently made from a rather faded print of the film. The sound was generally out of sink with the actors lips. (Stopping and restarting my SONY player did not fix the problem.)
I'm glad I have some version of this movie in my library. Hopefully a restored, letterboxed version will be done someday.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Kimbriel on July 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I remember seeing this movie as a child and interestingly enough, now that it is on dvd, my son has bought this for his family.There are no great special effects. And don't look for any great acting, but Hercules is a fun movie and Reeves is the perfect Hercules with a sculpted physique, handsome and charismatic. I hope more Reeves movies become available on dvd. He was the original action hero.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert Redgwell on October 26, 2003
Format: DVD
This is without doubt the worst film transfer to DVD I have ever seen. I saw the film recently on TV and it was 10 times the quality of this DVD. Dont waste your money on this DVD.
It is an insult to modern technology and frankly a rip-off. Amazon should be ashamed of selling this product.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorey on December 18, 2006
Format: DVD
Wish the Steve Reeves Hercules films were just a little more robust than they are: Reeves is magnificent to look at, and the women are beautiful. But somehow, these Hercules films don't create the same feeling in people that they get from Harryhausen's "Jason and the Argonauts", and the more elaborate spectacles like "Ben Hur". Fans of Reeves, and the genre, may object most to the pan-and-scan versions of these movies presented here. Bad prints, too, and this is a shame, because the color photography and widescreen were a huge part of the appeal of these amiably modest spectacles. If you've been waiting for "Hercules" to come out on a restored DVD, this isn't it, sadly. Reeves and his fans deserved better.
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Reeves or Forest?
Steve Reeves all the way. Even fully clothed, as in THIEF OF BAGHDAD, Reeves is not only attractive but has a warm and charming screen presence.

Mark Forest, on the other hand, has a great body but no life or humor and a poker face.

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