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 Posted:   Apr 15, 2010 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

The Italian Peplum Series from Digitmovies never ceases to astound me. Their latest, Volume XVII: MACISTE NELLE MINIERE DI RE SALOMONE / LA RIVOLTA DELLE GLADIATRICI / IL FIGLIO DELLO SCEICCO, composed by Francesco De Masi, promises to be amazing. I loved these films (at least the ones that filtered through to the US) when I was a kid -- I recall many fond Saturday afternoon matinees with friends -- after which we'd march out of the theater feigning battles with swordfights and flourishing make-believe shields and maces. Great, great times. As an adult the heroic music for these films (often with adventurous electronic experiments thrown in for good measure) never fails to lift my spirits -- conjuring up burnished worlds of larger than life heroism and daring-do. Thank you Digitmovies and please keep them coming!

 Posted:   Apr 15, 2010 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

You are so right! I've gotten every one of the scores in this series (plus a couple from the Mario Bava series that were peplum) and I have yet to be disappointed. This is great stuff!
Many of them are now being released as 500 limited editions so you have to act fast.

Anyone who likes epic orchestral scoring will enjoy these and yes, there is also some interesting early electronic experimentation going on in some (but not most) of the scores.
If spaghetti western music has whetted your appetite for Italian composers this is great place to continue your exploration of these talented and prolific musicians. Fun artwork and photos too.

The liner notes can be a little trying as they are in English but obviously written by an Italian with an imperfect grasp of idiomatic English. But still informative and interesting given that I have not seen most of the films. In a way it is surprising they are in English... the market for these CDs must not be primarily Italy, but international.
Over the years of being a Morricone fan I have gotten pretty good at reading Italian liner notes with only a little help from a English/Italian dictionary, but this is still a better alternative, small mistakes and all.

Ah, I shouldn't even gripe about this...the music is just so great, it doesn't matter. smile

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2010 - 11:39 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Well, I just received my copy of Volume XVII ( 3 Francesco De Masi scores... as noted the original post) today.
I am not disappointed, it is another great entry is this series...good old-fashioned (in the best sense) classic orchestral film scoring. It's all exciting, melodic and exotic stuff.
I hurriedly ordered VOL XVII ( 2 Carlo Savina scores) which somehow managed to slip by me. I'm looking forward to hearing these.
I was pleased and surprised to discover that LA RIVOLTA DELLE GLADIATRICI was actually the Roger Corman-produced THE ARENA with Pam Grier and Margaret Markov (obviously I didn't read the SAE blurb too closely when ordering). An exploitation fave of mine from years was wonderful hearing this music that I never imagined would see any sort of release when I first saw the film years ago.

I am somewhat disappointed there has been little response to this thread...just not that many peplum music fans on this board? Or has this been covered elsewhere and I just missed it?

 Posted:   Sep 23, 2012 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

In praise of Digitmovies' CD volume 22 of peplum.

Very much grateful for the advocacy of music by Gino Marinuzzi Jr. which Digitmovies has been periodically releasing throughout the past 10 years, and their latest offering - MARTE, DIO DELLA GUERRA - may very well be the finest specimen of Marinuzzi's orchestral output:

[previous soundtrack albums on Marinuzzi's scores have typically featured his predilection for integrating early electronics with acoustic instruments, but this most recent disc is quite symphonic and should appeal to "Silver" age customers as well as lovers of "Golden" age movie music]

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

In praise of Digitmovies' CD volume 30 of peplum.

This Trovajoli is a bit different than his music for Mario Bava's ERCOLE; this MACISTE has got lots of banging African-type percussion ... plus a chorus of females screaming (track # 6 - over 7 minutes) like "The Whipping Of Christ" from Mario Nascimbene's BARABBAS!

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I picked up Marinuzzi's Marte Dio Della Guerra not so long ago it is a superb score have edited it down to maximise listening pleasure 3,7,8,9,10,12,13,15,17,18,22,23,24

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