- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: September 17, 2019
- Originally Released: 1962
- Label: Alpha Video
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Steve Reeves plays Aeneas, the legendary hero of Troy. The Trojans, defeated in battle by the Greeks, seek refuge on the banks of the Tiber River. Aeneas and his people only wish to live in peace, but the chieftain of a nearby kingdom, Turno, is convinced they want to depose him. He attempts to destroy the Trojans' encampment, leading to a bloody war that costs many lives. To prevent further bloodshed, Aeneas challenges Turno to hand-to-hand combat away from the battlefield. The outcome of their duel will have far reaching consequences, leading to the birth of the Roman Empire….
Early 1962 had seen the stateside release of The Trojan Horse, starring John Drew Barrymore as Odysseus and Steve Reeves as Aeneas. That inspired American producer-director Albert Band to quickly make a sequel in Italy, The Avenger, with Reeves reprising his role as Aeneas. Band took inspiration from Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid for the film's storyline. The Montana-born bodybuilder Reeves, who had held the titles of Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. World, shot to fame starring in Hercules (1957) and Hercules Unchained (1959). Despite his inseparable association with the Greek Demi-god, these would be the only times Reeves played the Son of Zeus. He did star in many more Italian-made sword-and-sandal epics, however, including The White Warrior, Goliath and the Barbarians and The Giant of Marathon (all 1959). The Avenger would be Reeves' last entry in the genre. After making two pirate movies and a Western, Reeves would retire from acting, citing an injury sustained on the set of The Last Days of Pompeii (1959). He lived on his ranch in Southern California, tending to his horses, until his death in 2000 at the age of 74.