HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN (Blu-ray Review)
FROM THE FILM DETECTIVE
Review by Mr. Paws😼
A little clarity is in order. This Italian relic was first released in 1961 under the title, Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis). It was edited, rescored and more luridly retitled Hercules and the Captive Women for its U.S. release in 1963 (atrociously dubbed, of course). But as far as one certain group of fans is concerned, this particular sword & sandals epic hails from 1992.
That’s when the film found its way to the Satellite of Love for some good-natured ridicule on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Like The Film Detective did with their 2019 release of Eegah!, this Blu-ray includes that episode as a bonus feature. While it’s always enjoyable to watch Joel and the boys, this one doesn’t rank among their classics. Perhaps part of it is due to the fact that - unlike much of the low budget dreck Dr. Forrester throws their way - Hercules and the Captive Women is actually pretty well produced and originally filmed in 70mm. There are still laugh-out-loud comments, but they don’t come as frequently.
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And be aware that this disc features the American version, meaning the daffy dubbing remains part of the fun, even without additional robot commentary. The film has also been given a really nice 4K restoration. Just check-out the stark difference in picture quality from the unrestored MST3K version!
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 VERSION - From the Joel era in 1992.
INTRO TO MST3K VERSION - By Frank Coniff (“TV’s Frank”)
“HERCULES AND THE CONQUEST OF CINEMA” - Pretty interesting 20 minute documentary about the character’s impact in movies, particularly in Italy.
AUDIO COMMENTARY - By Tim Lucas