Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 25th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1982
Director: Joe D’Amato
Writers: Joe D’Amato, Michele Soavi
Cast: Miles O’Keeffe, Sabrina Siani, Ritza Brown, Edmund Purdom, Dakar, Laura Gemser, Alessandra Vazzoler, Nello Pazzafini, Jean Lopez, Olivia Goods
DVD released: June 26th, 2012
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: A mighty warriors seeks vengeance against the Spider cult, who slaughtered his family and abducted the woman he loves.
Ator The Fighting Eagle was co-written and directed by Italian cinema’s most prolific purveyor of smut Joe D’Amato. He is most known for directing several of the Italian Emanuelle films, which starred Laura Gemser in the title role of that series. She also makes an appearance in Ator The Fighting Eagle. Other key collaborators on Ator The Fighting Eagle, include co-screenwriter Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) and composer Carlo Maria Cordio (Horrible, Witchery).
Content wise it is not difficult to see that this film is trying to red to coattails of Conan The Barbarian. And if you look hard enough you might also find just a dash of The Beast Master through in for good measure.
Inspirations aside there is very little of redeeming value in this turkey. The anemic plot juts plods along. The sets and customs are shoddy. The visuals lack the flare that one would associate with Joe D’Amato film. One almost gets the feeling while watching this film that he was directing this one on cruise control.
In a production in which nothing really comes together. It should not come as surprise that the acting is dreadfully wooden. And to makes matter worse is this film’s leading man Miles O’Keeffe (Tarzan, the Ape Man) in the role of Ator. Though he does have the physical attributes that are required for such a role. He total lack of charisma proves to be this film’s most damning short coming.
Though Ator The Fighting Eagle is Schlock cinema through and through. The film somehow spawned three sequels, The Blade Master, Iron Warrior and The Hobgoblin.
Scorpion Releasing presents Ator The Fighting Eagle in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Colors fare well, details generally look crisp and there are no problems with compression. It should be noted that there is some very mild instances of print damage that varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. There are no problems with distortion or back ground noise and everything sounds balanced.
Just like the Katarina Nightmare Theater line, this new line titled Katrina’s Kat Skratch Cinema features opening and closing segments with Katarina Leigh Waters. When she is not offering up information about the film, she is goofing it up for the camera. Overall Ator The Fighting Eagle gets a strong audio / video presentation from Scorpion Releasing.