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.
I don't have these films:
VAMPING VENUS - 1928
THE WARRIOR’S HUSBAND - 1933
THE GORGON (1942) starring Rossano Brazzi
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.
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)
LA CORONA DI FUOCO (1961) - film not released in English
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 -
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
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)
ALI BABA AND THE SACRED CROWN - 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
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.
CONQUEST OF THE NORMANS (Ettore Manni) - Better copy in widescreen (in any language)
DEFEAT OF THE BARBARIANS - Widescreen (in any language)
MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND - Widescreen (in any language)
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 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.
SINBAD AND THE CALIPH OF BAGHDAD - Widescreen (in any language)
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 VALLEY OF LIONS - Uncut
HERO OF BABYLON - Uncut
MARS GOD OF WAR - Better print - widescreen print is way too dark
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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