Ultimate Most Wanted List

Updated Feb. 2016


Here's an update on my Ultimate PEPLUM Holy Grail list posted almost 3 years ago : PEPLUM Holy Grails

I've recently acquired tons of PEPLUM titles, some of which were on my 'Most Wanted List,' so I needed to update it. The list is even longer but here are the most important titles.


------ Missing

I don't have these films:


VAMPING VENUS - 1928

THE WARRIOR’S HUSBAND - 1933

THE GORGON (1942) starring Rossano Brazzi


L’APOCALISSE (1947)

IL FALCO ROSSO (49) - Sernas

THE GAY SWORDSMAN - I only have the beginning of this film

THE LION OF AMALFI (50) - Vittorio Gassman, Francisci film

ANTHONY OF PADUA (51) - Francisci film

THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF GUERRIN MESCINO - Directed by Pietro Francisci

NERO AND THE BURNING OF ROME (1953) - Gino Cervi

TOTO THE SHEIK (1950)

LOVES OF HERCULES - I have this film, in several different versions, but I can’t make a Fan Dub with it since they made two different versions one for the European market and another for the American market. The English track of the American version simply doesn't match with the European/French/Italian versions so a Fan Dub is impossible without it being a confusing mess. The original widescreen version of the American version would be in order.

**SABU AND THE MAGIC RING - This film is apparently considered 'lost'.

Addendum

The B&W version is on Youtube but there's a story behind it. The fellow who uploaded at Youtube explains it:

"There was a color print, but by the time I inherited it, it had deteriorated beyond repair. I am happy that the B/W print survived, though. Allied Artists sold most of its prints to Warner Bros, so the color version is likely hiding in a vault in Burbank, CA, waiting to be released in the year 2100 or so."

The B&W version uploaded at Youtube came from a private collection and has only been available since he uploaded to Youtube but before that it's been out of circulation for at least 57 years hence the reason why it's was considered lost. The color is still missing. Thanks to Joana for the update.


THE SINNER (Desert Desperados)

WHITE SLAVE SHIP - starring Edmund Purdom


IL SIGNO DEL VENDICATORE

LA CORONA DI FUOCO (1961) - film not released in English

MARCO POLO (1962) - starring Rory Calhoun

KARIM - THE SHEIK’S SON The Egyptian-version ; this film was shot in Italian and Egyptian and the Egyptian version is MIA

Updated : REVOLT OF THE MERCENARIES - I thought I had this film but looking at my collection and I was shocked to see it wasn't there. This film has somewhat eluded me. Probably because I confused it with another one. (see 'English Dubs' below)

SWORD OF ALI BABA (1965)

MISSION ARENAS ARDIENTES (Howard Ross)

THE GOLDEN FALCON starring Massimo Serato. There's a nice clip on Youtube but never came across it anywhere else.


Jeffrey Stone swashbucklers:

KNIGHTS OF THE QUEEN

THE KING’S MUSKETEERS

LA SPADA IMBATTIBILE


----- Widescreen, uncut and better print 

I have these films but would love to have them in their original widescreen format (it doesn't matter which language) uncut (all of the Ed Fury URSUS movies in widescreen are cut), and/or in a better print quality, or all three.

SAPPHO THE VENUS OF LESBOS - A clean widescreen print would be fantastic

HERCULES (1958) - Uncut - the definitive version ; every version of this Pietro Francisci classic is different: the French version is different from the Italian. Both of those versions are different from the two US versions (Original release and TV version). So the true Director's cut is missing.

HERCULES UNCHAINED - Uncut. Not one widescreen version out there is uncut. A definitive version would be great.

This scene is missing from most copies of HERCULES UNCHAINED

SIGN OF THE GLADIATOR - Uncut - I have this in widescreen and English but the whole beginning is missing. Doing a Fan Dub would be possible with the uncut Italian widescreen print but the whole beginning would be missing the English dialogue which would be a pain to do. Why do they do this to PEPLUM fans like me?

THE GIANT OF MARATHON - I have this film from difference versions, all in widescreen but the quality is poor on all of them

EL NASER SALAH AD-DIN  (Saladin) - Better print

THE LOVES OF THREE QUEENS - Better print

SIGN OF THE PAGAN - Uncut - the missing dancing scene with Ludmilla Tcherina

PRINCESS OF THE NILE - Better print

SWORD AND THE CROSS - Widescreen / Better print

ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA - I have this film from Youtube and in French; a good version in it's original widescreen version would be cool

CAPTAIN KIDD & SLAVE GIRL - in Color ; I have this film but it's only available in Black & White even though it was shot in color. Apparently the color version is lost.

Where's the color?


THE RED SHEIK - Widescreen (in any language)

FALCON OF THE DESERT - Widescreen (in any language)

ALI BABA AND THE SACRED CROWN - Widescreen (in any language)

ALI BABA AND THE 7 SARACENS - Widescreen (in any language)

THARUS - SON OF ATTILA - Widescreen (in any language)

7 FROM THEBES - Better print (in any language). I have a Full screen copy and a widescreen copy. Just a better version of it.

ATLAS - the Roger Corman flick in its original widescreen format

THE BIG FISHERMAN - Widescreen

THE BLACK LANCERS - Widescreen (in any language)

CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER - Better widescreen print (in any language). I have it in widescreen but muddy.

THE PHARAOHS' WOMAN - Better widescreen print (in any language). I have it in widescreen but fuzzy.

CONQUEROR OF THE ORIENT - Widescreen (in any language) - just added to my collection.

CONQUEST OF THE NORMANS (Ettore Manni) - Better copy in widescreen (in any language)

DEFEAT OF THE BARBARIANS - Widescreen (in any language)

ESTHER & THE KING - Widescreen (in any language)

MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND - Widescreen (in any language)

HELEN YES…HELEN OF TROY - Widescreen (in any language). I have it in widescreen but poor

HERCULES AGAINST MOLOCH - Better print ; I have 3 copies of this : in English and 4:3 ; in English and widescreen but fuzzy image ; and in French but in a distorted widescreen

HERCULES AGAINST THE BARBARIANS - Netflix has a spectacular copy of this film in English and widescreen

HERCULES AGAINST THE MONGOLS - Widescreen (in any language)

HERCULES THE AVENGER - Better print than the current one available in English

THE INVINCIBLE BROTHERS MACISTE - Widescreen (in any language) I have three version of this but none of them are true widescreen.

THE INVINCIBLE GLADIATOR - Better print in widescreen (in any language)

SAMSON & THE 7 MIRACLES OF THE WORLD - I have 2 versions: the US cut and the Italian cut, which is in widescreen but it's not pristine

LAST OF THE VIKINGS - Better widescreen print.

THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS - Better print in widescreen (in any language)

TAUR THE MIGHTY - in Widescreen (in any language)

TREASURE OF THE PETRIFIED FOREST - Widescreen (in any language)

SINBAD AND THE CALIPH OF BAGHDAD - Widescreen (in any language)

THE ARENA - Widescreen

RAMPAGE OF EVIL aka Capitani di Ventura (1961) - Widescreen (in any language)

REVENGE OF THE MERCENARIES aka Il capitano di ferro / Rampage of Evil  - Widescreen in :  English or any language with English subs

SLAVE GIRLS OF SHEBA - Widescreen (in any language)

QUEEN OF THE TARTARS - Better copy in widescreen (in any language)

THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD - Better print (all the prints out there are terrible)

THE MERCENARIES (Daniela Rocca / Debra Paget ) - Widescreen (in any language)

GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS - Better print - current prints are uneven at best.

THE ISLAND PRINCESS - Better print

THE MIGHTY URSUS - Uncut

URSUS IN THE LAND OF FIRE - Uncut

URSUS IN THE VALLEY OF LIONS - Uncut

HERO OF BABYLON - Uncut

GOLIATH AND THE REBEL SLAVE - Uncut

MARS GOD OF WAR - Better print - widescreen print is way too dark

AVENGER OF THE SEVEN SEAS - I have this film in two copies; in widescreen and English but the quality is sorta off, with audio issues

BATTLE OF THE AMAZONS - I have it in widescreen and English but poor quality

GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES - Better print

HERCULES AGAINST THE SONS OF THE SUN - Better print in widescreen; I have in 4 versions and none of them are tops or in widescreen

COLOSSUS OF ROME (HERO OF ROME) - Uncut

HANNIBAL - uncut

THE SECRET SEVEN - Widescreen (in any language)

THE SECRET SEVEN 

DEVILS OF SPARTIVENTO - Widescreen in English ; I have one in "widescren" but it's not the real format.

ZORIKAN - Widescreen (in any language)

3 SWORDS OF ROME

SECRET MARK D’ARTAGNAN - I have this in Italian with Greek subs only. I know there's a Fan Dub out there of this.

SWORD OF THE EMPIRE - a nice copy but not from a TV broadcast like the one I have. And in English.

KNIGHT OF A 1000 FACES - Widescreen (in any language) but the audio of my copy in English is poor so a clear English dub would be good too

THE BLACK PIRATES (1954) - better print. Current one is truly poor.

SANDOKAN AGAINST THE LEOPARD OF SARAWAK - I have two copies of this but in Italian with Greek subs or Czech subs. So widescreen print with English audio would be great.

THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN - I know there's a High Definition print of this in Italy but I don't have a DVD player for HD so I can rip it and play it on my computer.

ANTHAR THE INVINCIBLE - widescreen...like the title above, it's available in HD but can't find it anywhere

SWORD IN THE SHADOWS - Widescreen (any language)

Many PEPLUM films from the 1970s and Sword & Sorcery films from the 1980s in good quality. Titles like NERONE or GUNAN in English would be cool.


The following Alan Steel films in widescreen:

HERCULES AND THE BLACK PIRATE - Better widescreen copy (in any language). I have "widescreen" version but it's not the real WS format.

HERCULES AND THE MASKED RIDER - Better widescreen (in any language). I have it in widescreen but muddy.

SAMSON AND THE MIGHTY CHALLENGE - I have 5 different versions of this film but on one of them in true widescreen format, for some reason this title in widescreen has eluded me ;  I know there's an Italian DVD out there in widescreen but I haven't got  hold of it yet.

URUS THE REBEL GLADIATOR - Better widescreen (in any language). I have it in widescreen but fuzzy.


The following Peter Lupus films in widescreen :

CHALLENGE OF THE GLADIATOR

GOLIATH AND THE CONQUEST OF DAMASCUS

THE GIANT OF EVIL ISLAND



----- English dub or English Subtitles (updated - Feb 2016)

I have the following titles but would need their English dub (if it was released in English, of course), or at least a working subtitle file.


REVOLT OF THE MERCENARIES aka La rivolta dei mercenari 1961 starring Virginia Mayo - English dub

GODDESS OF LOVE - English dub. I already have the English sub version.

DEVILS OF SPARTIVENTO - English dub

ADAMO ED EVA (Adam & Eve; 1949) - Dub or Sub (this was apparently dubbed in English)

TOTO AGAINST MACISTE - Dub or Sub

TIBERIUS - Dub or Sub

SWORD OF THE EMPIRE - Dub or Sub

SIEGE OF SYRACUSE - Dub...where is it?

ATTACK OF THE MOORS - working English dub ; I have it in English but it's a badly made Fan Dub which has the English track and the European track together. Weird.

CAPTAIN FALCON - Dub or Sub

CATHERINE OF RUSSIA - Dub only. I have a Sub version of this

THE SEVEN REVENGES - Dub or Sub

Ed Fury's best role in THE SEVEN REVENGES


SIGFRIDO - Dub or Sub

ZORRO COURT OF ENGLAND - Dub or Sub

TYRANT OF CASTILE - Dub or Sub

3 MOUSQUETAIRES - Dub or Sub

THE BORGIAS - Dub or Sub

CAPTAIN FRACASSE - Dub or Sub

CLASH OF STEEL - Dub or Sub

THE COSSACKS - Dub or Sub

JUDAS’ KISS - Dub or Sub

NIGHTS OF LUCRETIA BORGIAS - Dub or Sub

PONTIUS PILATE - Dub or Sub

POPPEA PROSTITUTE SERVICE OF THE EMPEROR - Dub or Sub

SATYRICON by POLIDORO - Working subtitles (I don't think this was ever dubbed in English)

SCALAWAG BUNCH - Dub or Sub

FURY OF THE PAGANS - I have English subtitles for this so looking for English dub

MACISTE AVENGER OF THE MAYAS - Never dubbed in English so working subtitles would be cool

COLUMNA - Dub or Sub - Looking for a possible English Dub?

LIONS OF CORSICA - Dub or Sub

KOLOSSAL - I MAGNIFICI MACISTI - is this documentary available anywhere?

TEMPLE OF WHITE ELEPHANT - In English and widescreen

RAIDERS OF THE DESERT - English dub if it exists. I've made a Fan Sub of this but an English dub would be great. The image is also a bit too dark so a better print too.

Kirk Morris and Rosalba Neri in RAIDERS OF THE DESERT

SAMSON AND THE SLAVE QUEEN - Working English Dub - I have a pristine widescreen copy of this (as ZORRO CONTRO MACISTE) and I have an English copy but the audio is so poor and so many scenes are missing that I've given up on doing a Fan Dub on this one.

MAN WITH 100 SWORDS - Subtitles


Michele Lupo’s SLAVE trilogy; I have subtitles for all these films but the English dubs are MIA.

7 SLAVES AGAINST ROME - Dub

7 REBEL GLADIATORS - Dub

REVENGE OF THE GLADIATORS (THE VENGEANCE OF SPARTACUS) - Dub


5 comments:

Henry Plantagenet said...

Vamping Venus may be lost, it's after all from 1928.
The Warrior's Husband has never ever been repeated or released. I saw it in New York once, so it isn't lost.
There are now working subtitles for the Polidoro Satyricon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qfZ6vzRNt0

traveler1000 said...

If you mean the 1955 Robert Wise version of Helen of Troy it was available in a spectacular Cinemascope and stereo print from WB some time ago individually and may still be available through Amazon as part of a set of 3 mid-50s movies including Land of the Pharohs. I have the indvidual release of Helen of Troy, so it does exist, although it is out of print.

PEPLUM Cinema said...

I have the Robert Wise film. The HELEN YES...HELEN OF TROY one is a raunchy comedy made in Italy

Henry Plantagenet said...


Original title "Elena sì... ma di Troia" (1974). I may have a copy of that actually.

Scott Ochiltree said...

Amazon's Italian website lists some Gianna Maria Canale flicks that are either not available, are available in Italian only, or have French subtitles (L'Age d'Or du Peplum series).

MIA (at least in really good quality English dubs or subs are:

1. Slave of Carthage.

2. Conqueror of Corinth.

3. Son of Spartacus (AKA THE SLAVE)

4. Sins of Rome (Spartico).

5. Afrodite Goddess of Love (no Gianna role).

Someone is missing a good marketing opportunity by not releasing these films - properly restored and with the language issue addressed - for the English speaking global market.