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 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Just stumbled upon this gem!
Such a great score.
Usually I´m not into those B- picture scores..I often find them a bit too ...well.. hectic and
hysteric ( don't know how to describe it better, sorry) not in an atonal way like the ones of Goldenthal, Kraft or Corigliano , which I like a lot.
Even the James Bernard ones for the old Hammer pics ( they fit the movies though and thats what they are there for of course).
But this one for "ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA" is so subtle and redeemed, that its a great listening experience.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Glad you like it, moolik.

I wrote about this Trovajoli soundtrack in my "Christopher Lee in Italy" thread.

Unfortunately, it's out of print @ Digitmovies

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

i have always enjoyed it as well. I remember it from my childhood. America used to show so many of these Hercules films on free Tv back in the 60's 70's. But since the cable age, they have not be so friendly with the whole bunch of those films. It has been a once and a while affair and some nearly never. Of course one can get so many from other sources.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

A lot of the sword&sandal films have deteriorated badly.

I seem to have a yen for them, though this also seems to extend to wanting to collect them, but not always watching all of them.

They were all originally in widescreen, and though the vocal and music tracks sounded as if they'd been recorded in a goldfish bowl, they all had a certain cheesy charm, and some, those art directed by Mario Bava, like the original HERCULES films, had a striking use of color cinematography.

However, practically the versions for many of them now are pan-and-scan, at best, with no one really interested in preserving any of them. Warner Archive restored 4 titles, in widescreen, but hasn't done any more since; so I guess they didn't sell all that well.

I still love them, though, for the exotic sets and locales, and the heroic characters. (The "muscle man" type in these films was the first influence to create a male version of localized attraction in the cinema, which has carried on, with variations, into the present day, where now men are often seen as sex objects, by everyone. This was by no means the case in the 50's, when the first HERCULES film was a smash success.)

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2014 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

"moolik" hasn't come back yet, but I am curious how he recently stumbled upon this Digitmovies CD ...



... which has been sold out for a while.

Perhaps he got it from the secondary market?

Good luck to anyone searching for out-of-print Digitmovies titles; I don't think items such as CALTIKI or ROMA CONTRO ROMA will get re-issued...

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Looks like a "Peplum" Trovajoli is slated for release at Digitmovies, 28.4.2014.



I wonder how this sounds?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 6:05 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Looks like a "Peplum" Trovajoli is slated for release at Digitmovies, 28.4.2014.



I wonder how this sounds?


This is getting confusing since it seems at least four movies have the same name except for one adjective for "Maciste"!

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

I wonder how this sounds?

No clue as of yet.

There's 3 different MACISTE albums by De Masi, and I don't own any of them.

I think "wayoutwest" has some MACISTE, so perhaps he could answer better than I.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Good luck to anyone searching for out-of-print Digitmovies titles; I don't think items such as CALTIKI or ROMA CONTRO ROMA will get re-issued...

Titles that are "Sold Out" on the Digitmovies catalog arent necessarily unavailable. Plenty of ROMA and TERRORE NELLO SPAZIO on AMAZON (and TERRORE on SAE).

ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA is available as an MP3 download.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AY76MQU/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1397694391&sr=8-9

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)



... which has been sold out for a while.

Perhaps he got it from the secondary market?


I guess about 10% of the sold out items are really hard to find, including this one. A few years ago I won this one on ebay for cheap, and found out it was a pretty good CDr reproduction (with full liner notes of glassy paper). I didn't complain since I got pretty much what I wanted, although it has of course no re-sale value. I assume the seller has long been banned from ebay.

For me MP3 download is not an option.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

For me MP3 download is not an option.

I was addressing Tonerow's ponderance of where the OP could have gotten the music, and his tangent about hard-to-get Digitmovie cds. Of course the OP could have gotten a copy (from a friend or whatever) as you did, if he didnt buy a used original.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Good luck to anyone searching for out-of-print Digitmovies titles; I don't think items such as CALTIKI or ROMA CONTRO ROMA will get re-issued...

Titles that are "Sold Out" on the Digitmovies catalog arent necessarily unavailable. Plenty of ROMA and TERRORE NELLO SPAZIO on AMAZON (and TERRORE on SAE).

ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA is available as an MP3 download.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AY76MQU/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1397694391&sr=8-9


Hi, Last Child.

While I'm not searching the secondary marketplace for OOP Digitmovies, I have no doubt there's used copies for sale.

What I meant is that it doesn't seem likely that there will be new CDs to re-issue this content, like the multiple version we have of THE SAND PEBBLES or THE BLUE MAX.

Glad to know that Trovajoli's ERCOLE is downloadable - perhaps this is what "moolik" meant by stumbling onto this soundtrack.
[when one intentionally purchases an item, I don't think one would use the word 'stumble'. smile ]

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I happened to be looking for Digitmovie CDs recently, and just wanted to encourage anyone to still look for sold-out titles.

I've never seen a film scored by Roberto Nicolosi except part of "Black Sabbath" (with the Baxter score) which I didnt like, so I'd been avoiding him for no good reason. He was mentioned in another thread, so I decided to check out some samples, then bought a CD, and now I'm collecting all his CDs. It's sort of like stumbling on a composer. wink

I wouldnt expect expanded versions since Digitmovie releases are usually pretty extensive, but reissues would definitely be in order.

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2014 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I have all three of those Francesco De Masi "Maciste" scores amd I love them all.
But I don't know if my opinion will count for much because I love all the 'peplum' scores that I have gotten. I'm a sucker for that bold, brassy, drum heavy style that seems to infuse most of them.
I will definitely be getting the new Maciste when it is available. I order all those Digit Movie releases as soon as they are announced because, as noted, they are limited and unlikely to be re-released.
Oddly, the one I like the least (although it still has it's moments) is the "ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA" raved about above. Too much electronic organ noodling for me. But that won't discourage me from the new Trovajoli. I suspect what I like most about peplum scores is exactly what moolik dislikes. Oh well, diff'rent strokes.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2014 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Found it on i tunes...

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2014 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)


Oddly, the one I like the least (although it still has it's moments) is the "ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA" raved about above. Too much electronic organ noodling for me. But that won't discourage me from the new Trovajoli.


Hi, Ray W.

SAE has sound samples on Digitmovies' latest MACISTE by Trovajoli.

http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26998/MACISTE-LUOMO-PIU-FORTE-DEL-MONDO-MOLE-MEN-VS-THE-SON-OF-HERCULES/

Based only upon these brief selections, this Peplum has the low-end piano rumblings and strident brass that we've heard from AT's music for Bava's ERCOLE.

There's no organ noodling around, apparently, but the string section provides some suspense.

This was not previously on my wish list, but after hearing this I wish to get this most recent MACISTE offering! smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Who will be the first to share there impressions! I was somewhat sceptical as to my interest, after those samples turned up I'm more confident. Unfortunately WoW writes of his bureaucratic frustrations.

I can't find information regarding limited numbers on this one. As to the scarcity and reissue of limited titles, a decade give or take seems to be the cycle of reissue? Usually with a new master to mint.

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Who will be the first to share there impressions! I was somewhat sceptical as to my interest, after those samples turned up I'm more confident.

Probably not until July will I be able to get Trovajoli's MACISTE, so somebody else will likely offer feedback prior to me.

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)


I can't find information regarding limited numbers on this one. As to the scarcity and reissue of limited titles, a decade give or take seems to be the cycle of reissue? Usually with a new master to mint.


Digitmovies CDs are typically limited to 500. I haven't read about any decrease in the numbers, but GDM seems to have reduced their limit to 300 based upon their most recent releases.

If Digitmovies reduces to 300 in the future, then I would think that change in quantity would be announced...

[I would not expect either Trovajoli's ERCOLE or MACISTE to be reissued a decade later. Then again, if Mario Bava's ERCOLE achieves such a cult status, it's possible that album might get reissued onto vinyl LP! smile ]

 
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