Posted June 21 2013 - 01:26 PM
I know a party who has plans to acquire the Embassy Pictures copyrights for at least four Reeves films: HERCULES, HERCULES UNCHAINED, MORGAN THE PIRATE, and the elusive THIEF OF BAGHDAD if film elements can be found. Some work has been done, but this venture is just getting off the ground. Their plan is to release DVD and/or Blu-rays of some Reeves films. I wouldn't look for this to happen overnight, however.
There is a German widescreen (2:35-1) DVD of HERCULES UNCHAINED that is pretty good quality, although I find the color to be a bit dark (Bava's color scheme was more lurid than the German disc portrays. I don't recall if it's anamorphic or not, but it does have English audio as well as German.
I certainly agree that we need properly letterboxed versions of Reeves' films, and hope to see more of that in the future. I was very happy with Warner's widescreen MODs of THE SLAVE and SANDOKAN THE GREAT. There are gorgeous European prints of GIANT OF MARATHON and THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII out there on PAL (the POMPEII disc is English-friendly, but the MARATHON disc is not.
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