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Imputazione Di Omicidio Per Uno Studente

In I fought the law on October 31, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Title: Imputazione Di Omicidio Per Uno Studente
Production: Italy 1972
Director: Mauro Bolognini
Cast: Massimo Ranieri
Run Time: 99min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French

Custom DVD by Luisa, enhancing the Italian release with English and French subtitles

“Roma. During a clash between demonstrating laborers (whose fight the students have joined) a policeman and a student are both killed. The investigating magistrate – in charge of the case with two commissioners – wants to believe to the version of the police: the student was killed by one of the laborers, while the policeman would have been killed by Massimo Trotti (Luigi Diberti). The witnesses give credit to this hypothesis, and therefore Trotti will be judged in court. But the actual murderer is Fabio Sola (Massimo Ranieri), the son of the judge.” [CG-Luisa]

L’Avvertimento

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Title: L’Avvertimento (The Warning)
Production: Italy 1980
Director: Damiano Damiani
Cast: Giuliano Gemma
Run Time: 105min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Italian, English
Subtitles: None

Custom DVD by Luisa, enhancing the Italian release with English audio.

“The Warning is a very serious film dealing with police corruption from Marxist filmmaker Damiano Damiani, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Best known for his contribution to the spaghetti western genre, Damiani has always had an interest in the corrupting tendencies of power, and this film is no exception. Guiliano Gemma and Giancarlo Zanetti play Baressi and Prizzi, a pair of honest cops looking to solve the murder of a fellow officer who may have had his hand in the till. The crooks repeatedly try to grease Baressi’s palm in an effort to get him off their trail, with no success. Martin Balsam is also on hand but doesn’t have a lot to do other than look grim faced, beautiful Laura Trotter is impressive as the widow of the dead policeman, and Alota Vagina herself, Fabiana Udenio, appears as a small time hoodlum. Unfortunately, the only way for Anglophone audiences to see this terrific little film is via an horrible pan and scan tape with Greek subtitles, but it’s better than nothing.” [imdb]

 

L’Arma

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Title: L’Arma (The Gun)
Production: Italy 1978
Director: Pasquale Squitieri
Cast: Claudia Cardinale
Run Time: 84min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Italian, English
Subtitles: None

Custom DVD by Luisa, enhancing the Italian release with English audio.

“Luigi, a middle-aged engineer who, getting increasingly worried about the rising crime rate in his surroundings, follows the advice and example of his sleazy drinking cronies (whose relaxation activities include photographing nubile girls in the nude) to arm himself with the titular weapon; the problem is that he starts carrying – and, occasionally, brandishing – it with him everywhere (at his workplace, while taking a walk with his estranged wife Claudia Cardinale, etc.).Things come to a head when his rebellious daughter decides to teach him a lesson: picking her up from a cafe’ late at night, he is invited inside and made ‘welcome’ by her friends; however, one of them shoots off the gun while admiring it and kills his buddy in the process! The father panics and asks his daughter to tell everybody that she had lifted his gun from his drawer – because his career would otherwise be ruined by the ensuing scandal following a police investigation. The movie is presented here totally uncut and widescreen!” [CG-Luisa]

Bruka: Queen of Evil

In Exotic Nuts on October 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Title: Bruka: Queen of Evil
Production: Hong Kong/Philippines 1973
Director: Felix Villar, Albert Yu
Cast: Connie Angeles
Run Time: 97min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: Unknown source
Language:  Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese and English Hardsubs

“Once considered to be completely lost, this rare sequel to Manda the Snake Girl (a.k.a Devil Woman – also starring pretty Filipino actress Rosemarie Gil) was unearthed last year and did the rounds in collector’s circles. But the plot in a nutshell is centered around Manda being reunited with her wicked grandmother (an old witch with a snake’s body) who sends her out to wreak havoc. There is a sub-plot about some captured girls, loads of midgets, and some silly rock monsters as well as Alex Lung, our hero, who is out to save the girls and kick midget ass.” [CG- bubikoglu]

I Contrabbandieri Di Santa Lucia

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Title: I Contrabbandieri Di Santa Lucia (The New Godfather)
Production: Italy 1979
Director: Alfonso Brescia
Cast: Mario Merola
Run Time: 89min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Italian, English
Subtitles: Italian, English

Custom DVD by Luisa, enhancing the Italian release with English audio and subtitles.

“The Poliziotteschi genre is mostly populated by maverick cops and sadistic criminals; so The New Godfathers is something of an original addition to the genre. As the Italian title suggests; this film focuses on contraband – which a popular focus for this genre, but rather than focus on one side of the war; the film is instead bolstered by a working relationship between a customs officer and a top criminal as they work together for mutual gain. It has to be said that the film has some problems in terms of plot pacing and it’s not exactly a thrill a minute; but some good characters and interesting plot development at least ensures that the film remains decent for the running time. The New Godfathers begins with a heroin shipment in Iran being halted by a revolution. Naturally there’s people intent on getting this heroin to the USA; and so decide to run it through a small group of smugglers in Italy. However, Italian customs get wind of what is going on and seek to strike a bargain with the local criminals. The most interesting parts of the film focus on Naples’ smuggler community and thankfully director Alfonso Brescia (who previously directed the disappointing Giallo Naked Girl Killed in the Park) spends a lot of time on this element. There’s also a subplot involving two young kids in love that works better than it really had any right to. This genre is usually bolstered by high speed car chases and gunfights; although this one doesn’t feature as much of that as other genres, which is disappointing; although it made up for by some superior characters and acting. The cast is lead by the pairing of Mario Merola and Antonio Sabato, who will both be familiar to Eurocrime fans; having starred in a number of these films between them. The second half of the film is more action packed than the first and the move towards the story’s conclusion is carried off with style and verve; although the final sequences could have been better edited. Overall, I wouldn’t exactly say that this film is at the pinnacle of its genre; but it’s a more than decent watch and Eurocrime fans should give it a look.” [imdb]

Symptoms

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Title: Symptoms (The Blood Virgin)
Production: UK/Belgium 1974
Director: José Ramón Larraz
Cast: Angela Pleasence
Run Time: 87min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  English
Subtitles: None

Remastered and color corrected by zoPZ.

“A young woman is invited by her girlfriend, who lives in an English country mansion, to stay there with her. The estate, however, isn’t quite what it seems–and neither is the friend who issued the invitation.” [imdb]

Un Ombra Nell’Ombra

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Title: Un Ombra Nell’Ombra (Ring of Darkness)
Production: Italy 1979
Director: Pier Carpi
Cast: Anne Heywood
Run Time: 87min
Circulation: 2xPAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  Italian, English
Subtitles: English

Authored and remastered by darioargento, with English subtitles by Merlin.

“Many 1970’s Italian horror films tried to rip-off Hollywood hits “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Exorcist”, or “The Omen”. Well this one tries to rip-off all three at the same time, and the result is a completely incomprehensible mish-mash. As near as I could follow, the film is about a coven of middle-aged female Satanists who begin to have buyer’s remorse over the deal they made with the Dark Prince after he targets their nubile teenage daughters (perhaps this is supposed to be a metaphor for former 60’s “flower children” reconsidering what the social changes of that era had wrought by the late 70’s?). Three of the women band together to fight back against their infernal master.” [imdb]

Morbo

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on October 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Title: Morbo (Morbidness)
Production: Spain 1972
Director: Gonzalo Suárez
Cast: Ana Belén
Run Time: 87min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Spanish
Subtitles: English

Custom DVD by pipipip, using the Spanish DVD release as source material. English subtitles were added.

“This Spanish thriller by dilettante director Gonzalo Suarez tells the story of two newlyweds and the uncanny happenings that attend their low-budget honeymoon. For much of the film the audience is treated to scenes of freshly-married bliss. The couple have parked their car/camper combination in a remote area, and generally frolic around. Then they begin to experience some odd occurrences, such as one of their two hamsters killing the other one. When hubby discovers a nearby home where he can get water, the story gets much more complicated and involves a blind woman, a murderer, and some inexplicable symbolism.” [CG-pipipip]

Nella Stretta Morsa Del Ragno

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Title: Nella Stretta Morsa Del Ragno (Web of the Spider)
Production: Italy 1966
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Cast: Klaus Kinski
Run Time: 106min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  Italian
Subtitles: English

TV capture with soft English subtitles. Authored by Necropolis.

“Right after Mario Bava, the late Antonio Margheriti was arguably the second-greatest Italian Gothic Horror director, his doubtlessly most ingenious work being the 1964 masterpiece “Danza Macabra” (aka. “Castle of Blood”) starring the one and only Barbara Steele. “Danza Macabra” easily ranks among the most brilliant and fascinating Gothic Horror films ever made, and I was therefore sceptical about this “Nella stretta morsa del ragno” aka. “In the Grip of the Spider” (1971), a remake which Margheriti made of his own film only seven years later. While “In the Grip of the Spider” does in no way equal (or even come close to) the greatness of “Danza Macabra”, however, it is nonetheless an atmospheric, creepy and highly entertaining film that every fellow fan of Italian Gothic Horror should enjoy.
The storyline is more or less the same as in “Danza Macabra”: When interviewing Edgar Allan Poe (Klaus Kinski), a journalist Alan Foster (Anthony Franciosa) makes a bet with a sinister count. Foster has to spend a night alone in the count’s eerie, presumably haunted mansion. When the first after his arrival is the beautiful Elisabeth Blackwood (Michèle Mercier), Foster does not foresee the horrors that he is about to experience… Anthony Franciosa is always great, most fellow Italian Horror fans will agree that he had his greatest moment in Dario Argento’s “Tenebre” (1982); and who would not love a film that begins with the credits: “Klaus Kinski as Edgar Allan Poe”? Michèle Mercier is a beauty, but she is no Barbara Steele. Barbara Steele is my all-time favorite actress and her mere appearance is such an enrichment to all the great Gothic gems she has starred in that a remake with someone else in her role is most likely to disappoint. She is dearly missed in this one, even though Miss Mercier is in no way bad. “Danza Macabra” is one of the most atmospheric and eerily beautiful Horror films ever made. “In the Grip of the Spider” can not compete with the wonderful mood of the original, even though the film is nicely filmed in cool, eerie settings. It really is a blast to see Klaus Kinski play Edgar Allan Poe, however. While the film mostly keeps the storyline of “Danza Macabra”, Margheriti added a long opening sequence which consists mainly of Kinski wandering through eerie tombs in search of a grave. Before seeing this, I expected it to be more exploitative than “Danza Macabra”, but the film is actually quite low on sleaze and violence. Overall, “In the Grip of the Spider” is nowhere near as brilliant as “Danza Macabra”, but it is definitely still atmospheric, creepy and vastly enjoyable Gothic Horror. My fellow Italian Horror buffs can definitely give this a try, but should make sure to see “Danza Macabra” first.” [imdb | Benjamin Gauss]

La Strega In Amore

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on October 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Title: La Strega In Amore (The Witch in Love)
Production: Italy 1966
Director: Damiano Damiani
Cast: Rosanna Schiaffino
Run Time: 105min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  Italian, English
Subtitles: None

Sky Cinema Classics capture. Authored by darioargento.

“This is an absolute masterpiece of extravagant, sensuous Continental 60s art cinema, and provides an “incendiary” Gothic femme fatale to rival the Hayworths and Gardners of film noir. Nominally a horror film (which only becomes completely apparent during the last reel), it actually fits nicely into that 60s subgenre of manipulative mind games and metaphysical character duality, not unlike Losey’s “The Servant” (though it’s closer in execution to his elegiac “Eva”). Although it’s constantly threatening to unravel under the stress of its own pretensions (as was the fate of many international art films of the time), Damiani is firmly in control as he continues to up the ante with a bacchanalia of outrageously stylish devices, visual metaphors and tactile atmospherics. Schiaffino is one of those classic beauties who seemed to fall out of Italian poplar trees at the time, Johnson is suitably arrogant in his machismo, and the exotic flute-and-bongo score is a retro dream driving the erotic game-playing. Many will find its excesses over-the-top or campy, and it’s startlingly misogynist at times, but for those tuned in to the excesses of the 60s, this is a mindbending treat right up to the astonishing but fitting conclusion.” [imdb]