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4.0 out of 5 stars

on 8 April 2012
The king of Babylon demands the sacrifice of 30 virgins each year but when Goliath arrives he teams up with a group of Gladiator rebels lead by Evandro and decides to fight back against the evil king and restore peace back to Babylon.

This is a impressive and well made film by director Michele Lupo but the film does use some stock footage from Carthage in Flames (in the desert and naval battles).

Mark Forest is great as Goliath but for once he is not given the majority of the screen time as he has to equally share it with future Spaghetti Western star Giuliano Gemma who is also impressive as Xsandros. There is also some fine support from its brilliant cast that includes Mimmo Palmara, Livio Lorenzon and Nello Pazzafini as rebel Gladiators and Piero Lulli as the cowardly king Pergasos.

The action sequences have both their good and bad points, the main let down was director Michele Lupo's style of making some of the fight sequences in a light hearted comedy style. He does however make some impressive set pieces such as the chariot race where the winner is entitled to marry Princess Regia and the torture scene where Goliath is strapped to a table and has long metal spears fall down onto him.

The new music score by Les Baxter that was used in the American release (which is this version) which replaced Francesco De Masi's music, is average and constantly uses to much comedy styled cues over the fight sequences.

Overall a good film that prohaps with less comedy and a better score it could have been something special.

The extra feature is the terrible Peplum comedy Colossus and the Amazon Queen which is in poor quality and has the honour of been the worst film of the genre.
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