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 Posted:   Jun 11, 2019 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Stovepipe46   (Member)

I saw this in the cinema in 1963 and liked it a lot. It has very good production values, good sets and costumes, very impressive battle scenes (as good as those in "El Cid") but a so-so script and performances, although I liked Cornel Wilde with his authentic French accent ( he also directed). Fast forward 55 years and as I was browsing You Tube today and I found it again, not just an excerpt but the whole film in glorious widescreen and sparkling colour. The highlight of course was Ron Goodwins great score probably the best he ever wrote. Why was there never an album released? It's true we did get a 25 min suite conducted by the composer on Label X (also available on iTunes) but I would be great if the original tapes surfaced and we could get a proper CD release and a DVD or BluRay.

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 12:48 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

I am with you, Stovepipe46! This Ron Goodwin score is one of my Holy Grails. I was hoping that Intrada may release it when some years ago they had that run of several Goodwin CDs... but alas!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   Clemens   (Member)

I agree with you, but me favourite score to a movie with Corner Wilde and his wife Jean Wallace is MARACAIBO with the score by Laurindo Almeida!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Since the score was undoubtedly recorded in Britain, that always presents a problem when trying to find music elements. The film was produced by Emblem Productions and distributed in the UK by Rank.

The film opened in the U.S. just days after its UK premiere. Universal had prepared one-sheet posters for the film, but at the last minute, for whatever reason, they decided to re-title the film SWORD OF LANCELOT. Maybe Universal felt that the new title made the picture sound more like an action epic and less like a love story. In any case. to avoid re-printing all those posters, the studio just printed a sticker with the new title, which they pasted over the existing title.




 
 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I saw this in a theater way back when. Production values and music were its best assets. But the script and somewhat wooden performances marred the proceedings.

Like other films directed by Wilde, there are sudden moments of violence, shocking for the time when it was made, though seeming bland, compared to what’s shown nowadays.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I saw this in a theater way back when. Production values and music were its best assets. But the script and somewhat wooden performances marred the proceedings.

Like other films directed by Wilde, there are sudden moments of violence, shocking for the time when it was made, though seeming bland, compared to what’s shown nowadays.

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 8:11 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I see.

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2019 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I see.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2019 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Must be an echo in here...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

I saw THE SWORD OF LANCELOT in 1963, as the co-feature with Hammer's KISS OF THE VAMPIRE. When SWORD was later shown on US TV, some of the violence and the unclothed swimming scene were cut.

The film apparently lapsed into public domain status in the US. For decades, there were poor quality VHS and DVD releases on el cheapo labels. Most of those cost about ten bucks at retail.

Finally, in 2012, Koch Media in Germany released an excellent PAL DVD that restored the CinemaScope aspect ratio and featured improved color values. Univeral's logo appeared on the packaging, so I assume that this was a legitimate release. In fact, I'd call it a restoration, compared to the terrible US tapes and discs of the film. The PAL had the original English audiio track, along with a German audio track as well.

My guess is that the YouTube version is probably derived from the PAL DVD release.

I too would like a CD of the full score. Calling it a "Holy Grail" is very appropriate, given the subject matter.

 
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