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The Film Crew: The Giant of Marathon - comedy DVD review
THE FILM CREW: THE GIANT OF MARATHON Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
  Studio: Shout Factory
DVD release: 09 October 2007   Runtime: 95 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio tracks (English, Dolby Digital Stereo), An Apology from Mike Nelson, Selected scene commentary by Walter S. Ferguson

The Film Crew have done it again! They've gotten their hands on the same great kind of film they used to work over at MST3K in The Giant of Marathon. Their job is to add commentary to (best) forgotten old films. This one's got Steve Reeves, for heaven's sake! Steve plays Phillipides, the star of the Olympics who's asked to work in the army in defending Greece from the Persians.

This may look interesting to you if you've recently seen the vastly superior 300, but you'd be wrong. It's a poor movie. If I'm not mistaken it's colorized, and not well. There's lots of fighting and wrestling and guys in diapers running about. I'd offer a better synopsis, but it was difficult to distill from the awful film. Mike, Kevin and Bill do their best to stave off our gag reflex with their great commentary. It was made in Italy, with a mostly Italian crew and dubbed in English. It doesn't seem to have been a low-budget job, and it looks like a number of horses and men were even in danger of real peril. You know, old school.

This DVD fares a bit better than Hollywood After Dark in that the film is just bad, rather than gut-wrenchingly wrong. Mike says some disparaging things during the movie and afterward is asked to apologize. This is hilarious - don't miss it. The guys are playing their A-game, and the host segments are loosening up a bit. I still miss the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 premise and the appearance of Crow and Tom Servo, but I'm getting past it. Is there a 12-step program for this?

Extra features include selected commentary from The Giant of Marathon film extra Walter S. Ferguson.

Don't miss The Giant of Marathon! What're you, nuts?
reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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