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The Golden Arrow (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

The Golden Arrow (L'Arciere delle Mille e Una Notte, or "Archer of One Thousand and One Nights," 1962) is an Italian sword-and-sandal film starring Tab Hunter, and it's pretty much precisely what one would imagine an Italian sword-and-sandal film starring Tab Hunter might be. Gaudy, action-packed, dubbed into English, it's basically an Arabian Nights-type action fantasy, but otherwise very much in line with the peplum genre of the period.

What makes The Golden Arrow a bit unusual is that its studio, the Italian company Titanus, clearly spent significantly more on this production than the typical Hercules or Maciste programmer. For starters it was photographed in the expensive Technirama process, a widescreen format in which 35mm film negative ran through the camera horizontally rather than the usual vertical manner, exposing eight perforations (sprocket holes) of film per...Read the entire review »

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