The film has 2 main versions. The original Italian version, "Il Boia Scarlatto" ran 83 minutes. The full length version was released on VHS by Something Weird under the title "A Tale of Torture" (1993).
The U.S. release titled "The Bloody Pit of Horror" (1965) ran 74 minutes.
The DVD release from Image Entertainment and Something Weird Video is the shortened 74-minute American version (in 1.85:1 widescreen), offering the 9 minutes of deleted scenes as supplements. The scenes were not restored due the fact that the quality was not as good as the main film, which was transfered from an original 35mm negative. This extra footage is expositive scenes (e.g. more of the photographic crew looking around the catacombs, more of the models posing for camera shots...) but no extra gore or nudity.