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 Posted:   Aug 13, 2013 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

There have been a number of threads about this series, so excuse me for starting a new one. I wanted to avoid getting buried at the end of a long thread in order to ask a question.
I have been keeping up with this wonderful series and ordering every CD, but there seems to be an inexplicable gap in the series.
CDDM 226 "Rosamunda e Alboino" is described as Volume XXIV in Digitmovie's continuing Peplum Series.
CDDM 234 "Maciste l'eroe piu grande del mondo" is described as Volume XXVI.

CDDM 227 through 233 are accounted for and are not peplum titles ("Grazie Zia", 2 westerns, 2 comedies,a police thriller, and a giallo) and two later releases are described as Volumes XXVII and XXVIII.

What happened to Volume XXV? Did I miss it and it's already sold out? The general numbering of the CDs seems to rule this out however. Anybody know?
Or is this just a numbering slip-up in Digitmovies' descriptions on their site (and the CD booklets)?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   John Bender   (Member)

Ray, I spotted your quite reasonable question going totally ignored and thought I'd at least acknowledge your existence. First things first: You do exist! Secondly: I passed your query along to our gang at The European Film Score Society and have already got a first response. My friend Dafydd offers: "I would think that the 'slip-up' theory is a strong contender when dealing with Italian labels! A few of Digit's peplum releases have also not appeared within this 'official' range. ERCOLE AL CENTRO DELLA TERRA (Trovajoli) and the three-score CD containing AGI MURAD IL DIAVOLO BIANCO/ESTER E IL RE / GLI INVASORI (Nicolosi / Lavagnino) have appeared as part of their Mario Bava series instead. I would have expected the De Angelis brothers SANDOKAN release to have appeared in the peplum range too, but it didn't. I'm not suggesting there's a connection but the allocation of category does seem confusing. I myself own 12 of the peplum releases, but they're all from among the first twenty, so I can't be sure of the numbering on the latest ones." / I agree with Dafydd. A simple error in numbering is the most likely culprit. You might try writing Digit directly. I bet Claudio Fuiano or someone would answer you. / I am delighted to encounter someone who is a fan of the music for these "period epics, costume dramas, muscle-man fantasy" films! I buy them all too, but I must admit more because of my "collector's agenda" of having a complete CD library of Italian Silver-Age soundtracks. The music for the peplums is very good - Italian film music of the 60s and 70s is almost always worthwhile - but this particular style is not my cup of tea. These scores seem too Golden Age for my tastes. This is my limitation and has no bearing on the value of the music. Are you a Golden Age fan? What are some of your favorite peplum scores? / Please feel free to join The Society: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eurofilmscoresociety/ - Our masthead is a nice image of a bare-breasted Edwige Fenech (she bared her lovely breasts in probably 90% of her film roles) and so Yahoo dumped our little gang of harmless Film Score nerds into the Adult Section. What fun!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

I also have been gathering up every peplum score I can find, most of them from Digitmovies. (I even have all those little cards they've included, though I don't seem to be able to register them any more, since Digitmovies has changed their web site.)

I have long been a fan of peplum films, ever since I saw many of the incarnations of them on American screens, back in the late 50's/early 60's, when I was roughly between the ages of 10 and 14, a more or less perfect age to appreciate them, as most of them have a kind adolescent feel to them. I even have a number of books concerning them; there are several just about the poster artwork alone, as well as long mentions about the genre in several more comprehensive books about films about the ancient world in general.

As for the music, well, I am a Golden Age fan, which certainly adds to my enjoyment of the scores. I guess my favorites would be the scores to the original HERCULES films, which made a great impact in the late 50's, and started the whole genre, as well as others, such as SAFFO VENERE DI LESBOS, L'ASSEIDO DI SYRACUSA, and SAUL E DAVID, to name a few off the top of my proverbial head. Being more a fan of Golden-Age-style music, and fond of the peplum films, I'm not as familiar with other scores to Italian films of the period.

Since I have them currently in separate places, I'm not able to check all the Digitmovies Volume numbers. (Also, a number of these scores are from other labels, such as Legend, and a number have yet to be released commercially, but have wended their way around out there in the aether...)

Any questions, please e-mail me; address is on my profile.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   serifiot   (Member)

It seems like a mistake and a misprint to me. I have the lower numbered early volume peplums, I haven't acquired the ones mentioned as of yet. From the CD's I have opened and from what I remember, the music was pretty awesome. As a kid I remember watching these on television. I did like them, they were fun to watch. Sooner or later I would like to get peplum on DVD's. Any good movie recommendations?

AND, while we're at it here...

What happened to DIGITMOVIES CDDM 223???

CDDM 222 is Morricone's L'IMMORALITA

& CDDM 224 Cipriani's L'UOMO PIU VELENOSO DEL COBRA

Nothing for CDDM 223...

http://www.digitmovies.com/digitsoundtracks/products/

Great label!

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Didn't even know about the Trovajoli Ercole/Bava release mentioned above, and I thought I had all the Digitmovies peplum scores. From what I can find out, it's now unavailable. Annoying.

Perhaps Digitmovies should provide us with a complete list of their peplums (in the official series and those hidden away in others, like the Trovajoli). With all the titles in Italian and featuring the same names, like "Ercole xxx x xxxxxxxx", or "Maciste xxxxx xx xxxxx..." it gets confusing keeping track of them sometimes. All the more with volume numbers missing.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Thanks guys, for validating my existence! I was beginning to have an existential crisis when my question was ignored after approaching 200 views.

Anyway, I'm glad other folks here appreciate these fun scores. I too grew up on a lot of these films and saw many of them in cut-up re-formatted versions on the "Sons of Hercules" syndicated TV series. Remember that awesomely awful theme song? "The mighty sons of Hercules were men as men should be. They took the world, and shook the world....the Sons of Hercules....Ah-ah-ah"
big grin

I have pretty much decided that Digitmovies just goofed and skipped a number. Maybe they'll number a later title to fill in the gap...or not. I believe Claudio Fuano posts here occasionally , maybe he can shed some light. It's such a minor thing I don't think it's worth bothering writing them about it. As for other Digitmovies scores that could have been included in the peplum series but weren't - I noticed that too. I have the two Bava scores and I wondered about SANDOKAN as well.
Truthfully, I'm glad the De Angelis scores have not been included in the series. I would have been at odds with my "collector" mentality because I generally loath every note written by the G&M D brothers. I was not impressed by SANDOKAN samples.

I can't say I'm just a Golden Age fan. I love modern stuff too, but I guess my favorites tend to be more Golden Age, so I have a fondness for these types of scores. It's hard to pick a favorite peplum score. I like all the Lavagnino scores, especially NEL SEGNO DI ROMA. Other faves include Masetti's two "Hercules" scores, Innocenzi's IL TERRORE DEI BARBARI, Fusco's two Troy/Aneas scores, LA GUERRA DI TROIA and LA LEGGENDA DI ENEA, Rustichelli's IL LADRO DI BAGDAD, and among those not in the Digitmovies series, Cicognini's ULYSSES.

 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Didn't even know about the Trovajoli Ercole/Bava release mentioned above, and I thought I had all the Digitmovies peplum scores. From what I can find out, it's now unavailable. Annoying.

Perhaps Digitmovies should provide us with a complete list of their peplums (in the official series and those hidden away in others, like the Trovajoli). With all the titles/artwork in Italian and featuring the same names, like "Ercole...", it gets confusing keeping track of them sometimes. All the more with volume numbers missing.


Yes, it is annoying. I discovered the Trovajoli/Hercules/Bava scores a couple of years ago and they were already scarce. I ended up paying a premium on the Chris' Soundtrack Corner site. (A good source for European scores that one might have missed the first time around).

I make it a habit to go through the Digitmovies site fairly regularly and look at all their new releases for any scores that interest me. Almost anything peplum looking or historical or epic, I'll often order without being familiar with the film, especially now that I'm more familiar with a lot of the composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2013 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Hi All

A great series by Digitmovies. I cannot answer on this missing title, but to anyone interested in these scores I would strongly recommend some of the Carlo Rustichelli releases.
Start off with the triple score IL DOMINATORE DEL DESERTO/MACISTE ALLA CORTE DELLO ZAR/I PREDONI DELLA STEPPA release, some epic themes and exciting action music.
Following that I can thoroughly recommend his superb scores to I GIGANTI DELLA TESSAGLIA and ROSMUNDA E ALBOINO also on Digitmovies.
Finally the recent release of the peplum score ANTINEA by Rustichelli on the Legend/GDM label is also wonderful, really evocative music by Rustichelli and highly recommended to anyone who likes 'golden age' scores.

Cheers Dave

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 2:27 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Perhaps Digitmovies should provide us with a complete list of their peplums (in the official series and those hidden away in others, like the Trovajoli).

You can find such a title list (all peplum titles released by Digitmovies till June 2012) here in this posting by Luca Di Silverio:

http://www.beatrecords.it/public/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=v256ckr8q97erqonpb17g86680&topic=1738.msg6429

And these are the other ones released since that time:

CDDM 220 IL FIGLIO DI CLEOPATRA/CORIOLANO Carlo Rustichelli
CDDM 226 ROSMUNDA E ALBOINO Carlo Rustichelli
CDDM 234 MACISTE L'EROE PIU GRANDE DEL MONDO Francesco De Masi
CDDM 236 MACISTE IL GLADIATORE PIU FORTE DEL MONDO Francesco De Masi
CDDM 241 LA VALLE DELL'ECO TONANTE/GENOVEFFA DI BRABANTE Carlo Rustichelli

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Didn't even know about the Trovajoli Ercole/Bava release mentioned above, and I thought I had all the Digitmovies peplum scores. From what I can find out, it's now unavailable. Annoying.


Perhaps my thread on Nicolosi may assist in determining the titles worth persuing:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=89583&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Would love to see the release of Carlo Savina's L'Ira di Achille

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Nice music, though the sound makes it seem like it's playing in an aquarium.

Such was the case with many peplum scores. It's a wonder any of them has been preserved, let alone released.

I'd like to get THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES sometime, though I have been buying all of them.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

I love all the Digitmovies peplum releases. I'm hopeful that the last of the 4 Ursus scores yet to be released in complete form from the Ursus cd (the score by Roman Vlad) will be forthcoming soon.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Put me down for a copy of that one as well the film looks to be in pretty good shape I'll take the underwater tapes of these scores if that is all that remains. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Nice music, though the sound makes it seem like it's playing in an aquarium.

Such was the case with many peplum scores. It's a wonder any of them has been preserved, let alone released.

I'd like to get THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES sometime, though I have been buying all of them.


This version below (even though it has Greek voice-over narration) of L'IRA DI ACHILLE sounds much better (the movie print has also much better colours) and it has the COMPLETE Main Title which is totally missing in the rather cheap US version on Youtube posted above. Nice to hear how Savina has taken over some Rozsa flourishes from BEN HUR in his Main Title:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po_i1rl6zEk

In the early 70s there was one track from L'IRA DI ACHILLE on the CAM CML library LP "Pastorale-Archeologico" with the title "Meriggio" (with 2:23 minutes). So the score has been preserverd in the CAM - or rather now Sugar - archives and I suppose that it may still appear in the near future on Digitmovies in their peplum series.

As to Lavagnino's IL COLOSSO DI RODI which John Archibald mentions: Unfortunately, the original tapes for this score are long lost as the music publisher was Nazionalmusic and not CAM. Also in the Lavagnino estate there are no tapes at all of this famous peplum score! So for now it is just impossible to release it on CD.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Thanks Stefan do you know anything about Savina's Sfida al re di Castiglia I watched this film on YouTube about a year ago can't seem to find it now Christopher Lee was in it not a peplum but it had plenty of music that would not be out of place in a peplum or Mario Bava film.

Savina's Ursus Nella Terra Di Fuoco is one of my favorites out of the whole bunch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga4wZJwUYK4

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

Yes, SFIDA AL RE DI CASTIGLIA is a swashbuckler movie from 1963 with Mark Damon set in the 14th century and the original tapes for this Savina score are also in the CAM catalogue. CAM does really have a lot of Savina scores, almost 90 titles. So it would be probably no problem for Digitmovies or Beat or another label to get it out on CD.
However, Christopher Lee is not at all in the cast of this movie. There is another Italian movie from 1963 with Lee as main actor with the title SFIDA AL DIAVOLO.
Have you maybe confused the titles?

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2013 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

That must be it Thanks I must have mixed them up and great to know that so many Savina titles survive in the CAM archives.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Yes, SFIDA AL RE DI CASTIGLIA is a swashbuckler movie from 1963 with Mark Damon set in the 14th century and the original tapes for this Savina score are also in the CAM catalogue. CAM does really have a lot of Savina scores, almost 90 titles. So it would be probably no problem for Digitmovies or Beat or another label to get it out on CD.
However, Christopher Lee is not at all in the cast of this movie. There is another Italian movie from 1963 with Lee as main actor with the title SFIDA AL DIAVOLO.
Have you maybe confused the titles?



Yes! More Carlo Savina, please.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2013 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   serifiot   (Member)

I'm not sure if it has been mentioned in another thread but it looks like peplum's mystery volume XXV will be Lavagnino's 'The Last Days of Pompeii' aka 'Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei' conducted by Carlo Savina and planned for release on September 22nd. Nearly a year later, it will be the missing number Digitmovies CDDM 223 I was wondering about above.



Other releases by Digitmovies on the same date are 'I Due Para' ('The Two Parachutists') by Piero Umiliani and 'Per Grazia Ricevuta' ('Between Miracles') by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis.



 
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