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Steve Reeves Collection (2008)

Steve Reeves , Mylène Demongeot , Giorgio Venturini , Jacques Tourneur  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Steve Reeves, Mylène Demongeot, Sergio Fantoni, Alberto Lupo, Daniele Vargas
  • Directors: Giorgio Venturini, Jacques Tourneur, Mario Bava
  • Writers: Albert Band, Alberto Barsanti, Arrigo Montanari, Augusto Frassinetti, Bruno Vailati
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Retromedia
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZM1MI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Steve Reeves Collection" on IMDb

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Steve Reeves, the pioneering American bodybuilder and actor, dusts off the sword and sandals for this outstanding strongman-movie double feature! Includes Giant of Marathon (Sergio Fantoni. 1959/90 min.) and War of the Trojans (Carla Marlier. 1962/95 min.). Color/NR/widescreen.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rare widescreen prints of these Steve Reeves films January 31, 2008
By Jobla
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Finally, these two Steve Reeves films are available in English and widescreen (2:35-1, anamorphic). GIANT OF MARATHON is arguably Reeves' best film, a depiction of the Persian invasion of ancient Greece. The spectacular battle spreads from land to sea, including some great underwater cinematography. This print has better color than all other American home video releases of this title, and the letterboxing shows off the battle scenes to greater effect.

WAR OF THE TROJANS (aka THE AVENGER, aka THE LAST GLORY OF TROY) is a lower budget sequel to THE TROJAN HORSE. Reeves again portrays the warrior Aneas, who flees from the sack of Troy and eventually founds the city of Rome on the banks of The Tiber River. The DVD print, while fully letterboxed, is not quite as good as the print for MARATHON. There is some brief debris, print scratches, and occasional reddish color. However, this release represents the only way to see the film in widescreen and in English, so it's very acceptable as a co-feature.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About as good as it will get, I think. February 19, 2008
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Yes, I too agree that finally these two movies are now eminently watchable, the only problem I found with "Marathon" was that the print had quite a few joins in the earlier scenes, but the print itself has great color and sound(they've used an english MGM master) and at last it is in 2:35:1. The 2nd movie "War of the Trojans" is also in reasonably good condition but the color is not as good as "Giant". I hope that Retromedia will bring out more volumes of these Steve Reeves classics, how about "Morgan the Pirate" and "Thief of Bagdad" in 2:35:1. Well done, keep "em coming.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Prints so far March 1, 2008
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Have to agree with my fellow reviewers here: "Giant of Marathon" does look noticeably better than any of the several other versions currently available, and the widescreen is more pronounced. Several splices early on, but the film is clean, clear, and in reasonably fine condition: a pleasure to see this film looking this good, and the second feature isn't too bad, either. For fans of "Giant of Marathon" (one of Steve's more polished and watchable efforts) this is the version to own.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Said I'd Double-Dip, and I Did! January 31, 2009
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Sometime back, Alpha Video released Giant of Marathon in a letterboxed presentation that I praised for at least trying to get it right. It wasn't a beautiful presentation by any means. In fact, it was a pretty darn awful film print that was used, with a great deal of scratches and jump-cuts, popping and hissing in the soundtrack, and even scenes that were washed out with print damage. In that review, I praised the low-budget company Alpha Video for at least releasing the movie in a truncated widescreen version (no animorphic enhancements, of course) and until that release, I had not had an opportunity to see this entertaining Sword-and-Sandle epic in widescreen. It wasn't great, but it was at least watchable.

I also said I'd step up and buy a future, digitally remastered, animorphic widescreen version, if a studio would release it. I still say good job Alpha Video. However, that was then, this is now, and now Retro Media has released The Steve Reeves Collection, a double feature that includes both, Giant of Marathon and War of the Trojans, both in fairly nice prints (though still with some apparent age related problems).

At last, fans of Steve Reeves can enjoy a very decent print of Giant of Marathon. It is lightyears ahead of the Alpha Video release. It now appears to have it's correct 2:35:1 Scope which is also enhanced for widescreen TVs. The colors are vivid and lush. The black tones are deep and full. The sound is clear, although it does appear to be the original mono stereo, it's fine, and it no longer has the distracting hisses that were prevelent in the Alpha Video version. Both movies are more than acceptable in this release, though not perfect.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny May 6, 2008
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I'll keep this review brief: if you like Sword & Sandal films or Ancient History or Mythology, you won't be disappointed by this double DVD pack. I like both films equally. Giant of Marathon is probably Steve Reeves' best film. The assured direction by underrated Jacques Tourneur keeps the level of cheesiness to a low level. Yes, there are some cheesy moments here and there but compared to other S&S films, Giant of Marathon is fairly level-headed. The structure of the story is excellent and the cinematography by Mario Bava is a thing of beauty. There are many highlights in this film, most certainly the ending, with the battle between the ships and the underwater sequences.

The second feature, War of the Trojans, is surprisingly good. This is the sequel to The Trojan Horse, also starring Steve Reeves, and War of the Trojan is as good if not better than the first film. I thought the film was surprisingly believable with a low level of cheese.

The DVD transfers are in widescreen and they're pretty good even if i'm sure better transfers could be made from cleaner prints. For what they are, I won't complain because it's fairly rare to find S&S films in a presentable widescreen format.

Definitely recommended for fans of Peplums.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor Steve Reeves/Italian Movie
The jacket shows a Buck Jones movie, of this same title, but it is actually an Italian made movie starring Steve Reeves.
Published 5 months ago by Michael N. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Joke, or just incompetence??
The photo you show is of a 1931 Buck Jones western, your description says it's a WWII documentary, and the actual film is a 1964 Steves Reeves Hercules type movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Billy Zoom
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but a garbage
Sorry, But I really can't understand those who gave 2 ~ 5 stars on this dvd
The picture quality and everything is just nothing but a garbage to me.The Steve Reeves Collection
Published on July 18, 2012 by Movie Lover
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
If you're looking for quality transfers of these fine classic films, you won't find it here, this boxed set is pure garbage, there was no attempt at quality transfer to DVD, a real... Read more
Published on July 11, 2010 by Ralph Paulsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Reeves is awesome
Steve Reeves is flipping awesome. The movies are terrible and Steve has all the range of Arnold Schwarzenegger but that's not why you should buy this anyhow. Read more
Published on March 30, 2010 by Mr. Forever
2.0 out of 5 stars Disillusioned...):
I was very disappointed when I realized that this DVD WAS NOT a collection of Steve Reeves movies, at all. Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by Anamarie Medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Reeves Collection
It's Steve Reeves. What more is there to say? Any fan of the "Sword & Sandal" genre will love to have these in their collection.
Published on May 27, 2008 by Dominick A. Serra
4.0 out of 5 stars Giant of a man
The Giant of Marathon is certainly Reeves at his best and the Trojan film is enjoyable. Like the other reviewers I too would liove to see Morgan and Thief released. Read more
Published on March 28, 2008 by Highlander
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STEEVE REEVES
I also would like Retromedia to release in 2.35 C/Scope
Morgan The Pirate and Theif of Bagdad.as a Steeve Reeves double.

Great prints on Giant of Marathon
Published on February 21, 2008 by Paul Scott
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