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The Tartars [DVD] [1962] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY8CW
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Oleg the peaceful leader of a band of Vikings is summoned to meet the local Tarter chief. During their discussion the Tartar demands the Vikings help him destroy the local Slavic tribes around them. When he refuses stating a pact he made with the Slavic people the two nations will collide.

After the success of Hercules in 1959, the Italians went all out in making these minor historical epics, this one thought stands out for three reasons. It's two lead actors and it's director who is Richard Thorpe. Who was very experienced in making these films having made two classics with Robert Taylor, Ivanhoe and Knights of the Round Table.

As the peace living Oleg we have Victure Mature who many people felt was miscast in this role. I didn't really have any issues with him as Oleg after seeing him in Roman epics such as the Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators. He does however wear a very short skirt, too short for my liking and have jet black hair slicked back. Not very in tone with the Viking style. He is completely out done thought by Orson Welles, as the cruel Burundai who swears vengeance against the Viking people after Oleg slays his brother.

The story has a very Helen of Troy feel at times with Oleg younger brother Eric running off with a Tartar girl and falling in love which leads to Burundai leading his army to attack the Viking fort. Oleg also disapproves and puts the two on trial. The jury decide their vote by throwing small axes against a pillar, one side they live, the other they die.

We get three well staged battle scenes. One at the very beginning at the Tartar camp, the second a ambush outside the Tartar castle and the final been the best is a siege battle at the Viking fort.
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I always wanted to own this film. I saw it on the local cinema when I was a youngster. There isn't a lot I can say about it. I LOVE IT, so my advice is. Watch it and enjoy.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9617b060) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x964548ac) out of 5 stars A Viking and Moors Sixties Bash 1 Sept. 2012
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Warner Archive has finally released an epic film which has gotten sporadic showings on Turner Classic Movies, Director Richard Thorpe's 'THE TARTARS' aka 'I TARTARI'-1961, an Italian/American co-production also co-directed but not credited by Director Ferdinando Baldi made at the height of the sword and sandal craze and unquestionably lost in the shuffle because of that. It is one of Victor Mature's last epic stints and was maybe a bit too old for the role of Oleg, the Viking chieftain . Orson Welles as the Tartar Khan, Burundai is just required to leer and smirk but his voice carries the villainy. The film is bogged down with a soap opera plot by having the Vikings capture Burundai's niece Samia and in turn the Moors capture Oleg's wife Helga. In a shocking scene, Helga is thrown off the castle walls to her death and causes the tide to turn into a climactic battle to the final fade out. Director Thorpe who was one of MGM's top action directors in the fifties with credits such as the remake of 'THE PRISONER OF ZENDA'-1952, 'IVANHOE'-1953 , and 'KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE'- 1954 (to name but a few) directs competently but always leaves you feeling that the film could have been.. so much more. Director Baldi would go on to helm many Spaghetti Westerns and action films in Italy. Great sets and battle scenes aside, the film is hampered with an uneven pace, a listless music score by Renzo Rossellini and a tired looking Victor Mature. Liana Orfei and Bella Cortez play the ladies in peril and we have a surprise cameo from the great Folco Lulli. Warner releases it as a DVD-R in a beautiful 2.35 transfer with nice color and sound so 'Hide your women, seize your swords, and prepare for 'THE TARTARS'. Its better than the CGI tripe epics? flooding the screens these days.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96177774) out of 5 stars Vintage Orson Welles 29 Sept. 2012
By Brad Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Warner Archives has just released the first Region 1 DVD transfer of 1961's "The Tartars", filmed in Technicolor in Italy and Yugoslavia. An obvious European production, MGM's Richard Thorpe directs Orson Welles and Victor Mature in a battling opus that fizzles kind-a-quickly. "The Tartars" is set in the Russian steppes around 900 A.D.. Viking Prince Oleg is asked to join the Mongol horde and help destroy the Slavic tribes. Oleg refuses and war breaks out. The Tartar chieftan vows to avenge his brothers' death, which occurs, and more bloodshed begins. A criss-cross series of bloody battles and raging horse-charges leaves the viewer wondering who's army is on the screen at any point in time? The Vikings or the Tartars? "The Tartars" lists Victor Mature as first-billed; a successful actor for 20 years, Mature over-acts and hams through every scene. Long-shots of Mature clearly reveal looping and dubbing for him by another actor. Obviously bored, Orson Welles mumbles through his lines and dreams of spending his salary on his own Welles-directed features. Welles is normally installed front-face to the camera, on his large Tartar throne, in a lavish palace set. But, in one sequence filmed from the side, his larger-than-life girth becomes visible. A certain curiousity for Orson Welles fans, "The Tartars" has Welles valiantly sword-fighting with Mature in the final reel; so much Welles' gymnastics may have never been seen on film before. Welles also rides a horse; again probably a first. In 1950's "The Black Rose", Welles' character warlord Bayan charges his horse across the wild plains; but this is only a stunt double. In "The Tartars", lovely Bella Cortez plays the the captured Tartar daughter. Surely an edited-for-U.S. version, this Warners' DVD is generally non-graphic. Constant battles between the Vikings and the Tartars produces almost no blood. The Vikings capture the lovely Vikings kings' daughter(Bella Cortez), who is seduced by Oleg's young brother. The scene ends before anything really happens. Tartar chief Burundai stages an erotic pagan dance, and then mauls and assaults Oleg's captive wife; again the scene ends before you see anything. This 83-minute version is an edit of the orginal, listed at 105 minutes. If you needed PG-13, you got it. Unfortunately, the lack of graphics produces a generally bland affair. Besides "The Tartars", Cuban-born Bella Cortez would steam up the screen in a series of 11 sword-and-sandal epics. She then got married and retired. Today, Bella Cortez is resentful of her continued success on DVD, VHS tapes, and the Internet. Ms. Cortez reports that her contract included no residual actor payments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x963a4060) out of 5 stars Great film of it's genre 2 Mar. 2013
By M. G Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember going to the theatre to see "The Tartars" when it was first released. I liked it then and I still like it now. So happy that Warner Archives is releasing these films from my younger years!
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HASH(0x962ecdbc) out of 5 stars pleasant memories. 26 May 2014
By freddy g. - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie did not win any awards. it has the production values of the early 60"s late 50"s. but i have a prejudiced view. i have a pleasant memory of the saturday morning my mom took me to the movies to see this. Wow! i did not remember that victor mature and orson welles were in it. not that i would have known who they were back then. my parents noticed that i seemed to have an interest in movies about the romans or vikings or ancient greeks. back then i would root for whoever had on "uniforms". the romans in spartacus, the english in "the vikings", and the spartans in "the 300 spartans" (with victor mature"). but strangely in this movie i rooted for the vikings. this is quite inexplicable. if you like sword and sandal epics than this is for you.
HASH(0x96a4a600) out of 5 stars Excellent sword and sandal rarity 15 May 2013
By David L. Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
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Call me crazy, but I love this little B-grade sword and sandal flick. This is a color DVD with excellent picture quality. The story involves the good guys -- Swedish Vikings or "Rus" who settled along the Volga River in Russia who are at war with the bad guys -- the Tartar tribes of the east. Yes, it really happened way back in the Middle Ages. When I traveled along the Volga I was surprised by the number of cities and advertizing that still had Viking ships as their heraldry or logos. Veteran sword and sandal hero Victor Mature heroically takes on the evil Khan played by Academy Award winning Orson Welles. Was Welles ever in a truly bad movie? The battles compare favorably with other movies of this genre of that time period of motion pictures. Despite the presence of Welles, however, the acting is wooden in many places. But if we wanted Shakespearan performances we would have bought "Hamlet," right? Several of the women are quite easy on the eyes; nevertheless, there is nothing keeping this from being a fine family film. Take a chance, go in with lowered expectations and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
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