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Una Colt in mano al Diavolo

In Guns of Brixton, Paprika Chips on January 31, 2013 at 12:11 am

Title: Una Colt in mano al Diavolo (Colt in the hand of the devil)
Production: Italy 1973
Director: Gianfranco Baldanello
Cast: Robert Woods
Run Time: 75min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Using the Italian DVD uploaded by dreamwarrior82, I stripped away everything except the main feature, and added in English subs created by ganjafarmer. So now you’ve got the film in original Italian, with custom English subs. Use your remote to select the subtitles. Thanks to dreamwarrior82 for supplying the DVD, and ganjafarmer for the subs! (CG)

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The movie begins at a prison camp in the desert. Jeremy Scott saves Roy Koster (Robert Woods) from the bullet of an angry warden. Scott dies soon afterwards, but with his last dying breath, he reveals the name of the place he came from: Silvertown. Koster, after his release from the camp, decides to visit Silvertown and see the family of Scott. However, he finds the town to be rather hostile, even the relatives of the deceased. Nobody wants to speak to him, the only one who does is hanged and Koster begins to suspect that Scott was innocent, thus the truth about the deed he was sentenced for is still hidden. The town is ruled by Warner (George Wang) and his gunmen, and when Koster starts investigating, he quickly makes a lot of enemies… “Una colt in mano al diavolo” is quite a clever little movie. Obviously made on a shoestring budget, it manages to combine western with a crime investigation story, and the result surely is entertaining. Until a flashback explains what’s going on after 30 minutes, the audience gets only few clues, and the mystery makes it interesting. In this second collaboration between director Gianfranco Baldanello and actor Robert Woods, the results weren’t quite as successful as in Black Jack (1968). But they delivered at least solid Spaghetti Western fare in this routine genre entry, which still is one of Baldanello’s better westerns. William Berger got a good role as a saloon owner, even if the only thing he has got to do in the first half is stand around and look enigmatic. (CG)

Les étrangers

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on January 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Title: Les étrangers (The Strangers)
Production: France 1969
Director: Jean-Pierre Desagnat
Cast: Michel Constantin, Senta Berger
Run Time: 84min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  French, English, German
Subtitles: None

Captured from German dTV and authored by pipipip

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With literally thousands of European action films cranked out in the ’50s and ’60s, a fan of the genre gets used to fairly routine plotting and even casting -usually “one from column B” mix & match of name talent from the various co-production countries. THE STRANGERS was a very pleasant surprise, holding up extremely well over 40 years later thanks to its abstracted locale and storyline, and casting against type for a change. As the female lead Senta Berger was certainly a superstar, lending A talent to a B picture. But the male cast eschews big names, or even medium-size names, and the movie is all the better for it. Earning top billing is French character actor Michel Constantin, who began his career literally at the top, co-starring in Jacques Becker’s action classic LE TROU, probably the finest film of its type. But he was never a box office draw or matinée idol, so it is refreshing seeing him as the tough as nails Senta-protector, living out in the remote desert near Socorro. Well-dubbed in English, the film doesn’t make clear whether Socorro is in New Mexico or in Spain, but I suspect it was set in America but shot in Spain. Constantin’s co-star who actually has the film’s largest role is Julian Mateos, from Spain, a journeyman actor who really outdoes himself here. He gives an explosive, well-judged performance of a type one associates with action star Tomas Milian, and in fact one would have expected Milian or a bigger name to have been cast instead. I had seen Mateos in several Westerns, including RETURN OF THE SEVEN and SHALAKO, but his work here is a revelation. Film begins with a sleek heist scene, notable for its Melville-styled gangsters in their suits and skimpy-brim hats (including Mateos) as well as its ruthlessness. Mateos gets away with a bag of diamonds, which he plans to fence in Hong Kong, but after a well-staged car chase he ends up in the desert, finding refuge in the remote cabin of Constantin and Berger. They don’t even have electricity, cooling beverages in a deep well, and doing the washing by hand. All the details, plus the remote location, make for interesting scenes and help give the film a timeless quality. I soon realized that it determinedly stood apart from the time it was made, hence was not dated at all, compared to the way more recent films seem so absurd with their instantly out of date various sized cell phones, TV monitors and other “hip today, square tomorrow” technological crutches. Movie quickly becomes a war of wills -who will get and keep the upper hand. Constantin knows from press coverage that Mateos is the criminal on the run with the diamonds and he insists on splitting them 50/50, or else. Flies in the ointment are a dogged local sheriff Blade anxious to catch Mateos (well-played by Hans Meyer) and various hit men being dispatched by the Syndicate to get Constantin for a years-ago misstep on his part, which caused him & Berger to be hiding out. Final reel twists are clever and keep the pot boiling, though for some reason the film’s finale is rushed and too pat for my tastes. Perhaps journeyman filmmaker Jean-Pierre Desagnat ran out of gas, or budget, or just inspiration.Its ending aside, this is engrossing entertainment from an unlikely source. Berger is stunningly beautiful, even without any glamorizing elements like fancy costumes, and fans will appreciate her extremely sadistic scene of whipping and beating up Mateos after he steps out of line. All in all, a real treat for traditional B movie fans. (imdb)

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Orgasmo Esotico

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on January 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Title: Orgasmo Esotico
Production: Italy 1982
Director: Joe D’Amato
Cast: Marina Lotar
Run Time: 89min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  German
Subtitles: None

Transferred and remastered by kuenfist.

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La Controfigura

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on January 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Title: La Controfigura (The Double)
Production: Italy 1971
Director: Romolo Guerrieri
Cast: Jean Sorel, Lucia Bosé
Run Time: 89min
Circulation: PAL 2DVDr Set
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Spanish, English
Subtitles: English

Based on a 35mm Telecine transfer of unknown origin… Authored and remastered by darioargento, who says the following about the process:

DVD One
Right then where to start; The Video source is a private telecine of the spanish 35mm, its the pity that Jose A Diago had no intention of even letting a dvd company release this print , even stating “perhaps one day a dvd” – yeah fuck you too, now everyone has a chance to view it. Thanks to a mystery friend we’ve got this version, it was cut and in spanish audio only , so with the help of a few friends we’ve put this little package together. First Steps were too remove the spanish audio and resync both the italian and English audio to the new print. Then the cut footage has been reinstated [just over two minutes] Now for those who claim the greek VHS to be Fully Uncut – its not , due to splicing damage its missing 30 seconds. I used the Greek vhs inserts because a test composite with the german vhs inserts looked worse and screwed with the AR. New Running Time is 1hr 28mins 50 seconds @ PAL
Once again my good friend ganjafarmer has created some superb English Subtitles for use with the Italian Audio.
Talking of Audio – sound quality initially was a little rough but thanks to janus2810 & nikko  thats been improved:
English Audio – in need of some love to reduce hiss and hum , janus2810 did great work…..
Italian Audio – Thanks to nikko for the more complete wav file.

DVD Two
The Original Telecine without any inserts , Spanish Audio with English Subtitles , 1 hr 26mins 54 seconds

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“Romolo Guerrieri’s The Double has tried to do something a little different with the common Giallo formula, and like the latter film; this one isn’t entirely successful, although it’s certainly an intriguing take on Italy’s finest style of film-making. The plot is narrated via a series of flashbacks, and while this gives the film a rather disjointed feel, the talented director ensures that every scene flows well and is relevant to the plot. The focus of this movie isn’t on murder, despite someone being shot in the opening scene and it’s always clear that the characters are the star of this show. The film revolves around Frank; the man shot at the beginning, as he lies in a pool of blood, he thinks back to how he got into that position – a story that centres on the mother of his nineteen year old girlfriend. Frank is an architect living off his father’s allowance and he’s also a jealous lover. He doesn’t like his girlfriend seeing an American holidaymaker, also staying in Morocco – but he also can’t resist the lure of his girlfriend’s sexy mother…” (imdb)

La Mansion De Los Muertos Viventes

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on January 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Title: La Mansion De Los Muertos Viventes (Mansion of the Living Dead)
Production: Spain 1982
Director: Jess Franco
Cast: Lina Romay
Run Time: 90min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Spanish, German
Subtitles: English

Custom DVD by suckmysound, enhancing the German X-Rated release with English subtitles.

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Tango 2001

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on January 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Title: Tango 2001 (Tango of Perversion)
Production: Greece 1973
Director: Kostas Karagiannis
Cast: Lakis Komninos, Erika Raffael
Run Time: 90min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Greek
Subtitles: English

Custom DVD by meridarpax, enhancing the Greek DVD release with English subtitles.

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“This is essentially an old-fashioned, Tales Of The Unexpected type drama made a little bit special by the way its done, ie quite seedy, gaudy looking, fairly kinky. It is very Seventiesish and very continental, with all of the leading actresses disrobing at some point or other. The film’s strange twists are all quite enjoyable in a weird sort of way, especially the last two. It’s the sort of film which will never be made again, and it’s well worth seeing. A film with a title as great as this one’s certainly deserves some attention.” (imdb)

Plaisir à Trois

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on January 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Title: Plaisir à Trois (How To Seduce a Virgin)
Production: France 1974
Director: Jesús Franco
Cast: Alice Arno, Robert Woods
Run Time: 83min
Circulation: PAL DL-DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  French
Subtitles: English

Custom DVD by suckmysound, adding English subtitles by aquasantajoe to the French release.

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“PLAISIR A TROIS is a wickedly droll and amoral “morality” play, a chamber piece after Sade’s PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOUDOIR, but very different in tone and style from his other adaptations of that work: EUGENIE…HER JOURNEY INTO PERVERSION (1970), COCKTAIL SPECIAL (1978) and EUGENIE, HISTORIA UNA PERVERSION (1980), all of which deal with the supposed corruption of the innocent “Eugenie”, here named Cecile. A sexually voracious woman and her male consort direct the proceedings only to have the tables turned on them at the last moment. PLAISIR was shot in Portugal and Spain at the same time as the production of LA COMTESSE PERVERSE, this was 1973 a year of white hot creativity for JF during which he made 12 feature films, not counting alternate versions! Shot under the title OUTRE-TOMBE this is another Franco study of the artist-as-killer or vice versa. Martine (Alice Arno, rn:Marie-France Broquet) produces human sculptures of her female victims after torturing them to death with whips, chains and the rack. Her male lover (Robert Woods), a mute sex slave (Lina Romay), the chauffeur (Howard Vernon) and the gardener (the delightfully diminutive Alfred Baillou) all know about the murder spree and more or less enable Martine’s sick agenda. Cecile, who lives nearby with her wealthy parents, will be the next victim… [robertmonell]

Code 7, Victim 5

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on January 7, 2013 at 2:01 am

Title: Code 7, Victim 5
Production: UK 1964
Director: Robert Lynn
Cast: Lex Barker
Run Time: 81min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language: German, English
Subtitles: None

Captured from German TV station RBB by pipipip and synched with English audio.

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“Producer Towers was very big on stories in which people are picked off, one after the other. (He produced screen versions of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” three times!) While this film isn’t exactly in the same vein, it does feature, as part of its plot line, five men who are connected by an event during the war being killed, one at a time (the first one being during the war.) Former “Tarzan” Barker plays a hired detective, placed in charge by Rilla of finding out who is behind the slayings before Rilla’s turn comes about. As he pokes around South Africa trying to uncover the killer’s identity, he is allied with a local police inspector (Fraser) and distracted by two very curvy and very big-haired ladies. Smyrner is Rilla’s blonde, Danish assistant and Vendell is his brunette adoptive daughter. Barker is unable to figure out the mystery or to keep the body count at bay until all is revealed at the end in a fairly surprising finale. Barker is still fit and unbelievably tan here, though obviously older than when he swung from the vines and cavorted with his one-time wife Lana Turner. He gives a decent performance, doing a large amount of his own stunts and only looking awkward or in any way foolish when he is mired in some tentative love scenes with the ladies. It’s asking a lot of the audience to believe that Fraser is the “chick magnet” that he’s portrayed to be here. There’s nothing wrong with his acting, but that aspect of his character is ludicrous with Fraser in the role unless he has about 12 undisclosed secrets no one knows about. Smyrner is pretty weak. Her lines (like many peoples’ in this international cast) aren’t always completely discernible and she’s content to smile prettily rather than display any significant emotion in her scenes. Vendell has the spicier role, though she’s not exactly amazing either. Both gals show off some serious curves (and use enough hairspray that they should have their own ozone hole named after them!) The setting of Capetown is amply exploited with some really interesting locations and varieties of terrain. There doesn’t appear to be much, if any, rear projection here. The cinematography (by no less than Nicholas Roeg!) manages to capture the local color in a reasonably captivating way, especially in a vertigo-inducing scene atop a jagged cliff. The music has a bouncy, swingy feel to it that may annoy as many viewers as it pleases, depending on one’s taste. In this relatively tame film, there is one awfully bloody death scene that also includes an actor mumbling a long stream of last words that, unfortunately, reveal aspects of the plot, but good luck understanding him! The revelation of the killer is, thankfully, a bit less obvious than it seems as if it’s going to be and that helps make the film better that it could have been. As it stands, it’s a so-so mystery whose chief assets are the strong arms and sun-kissed smile of Barker and the interesting location work.” (imdb)

El Juego Del Adulterio

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on January 7, 2013 at 1:52 am

Title: El Juego Del Adulterio (The Deadly Triangle)
Production: Spain 1973
Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent
Cast: Erika Blanc, Marisol Delgador
Run Time: 81min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language: English
Subtitles: None

Captured from Spanish TV and re-synched with English audio from a VHS release.

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“Although it was made relatively late in the giallo cycle, this mostly Spanish production is kind of an old-fashioned throwback to the late 60’s giallos starring Carrol Baker, especially “So Sweet, So Perverse” which co-starred the female lead of this one, Erica Blanc. Like several early Italian gialli this is kind of a variation on the French classic “Diabolique” with a wealthy women, her industrialist husband, and her lover all crossing and double crossing each other. It has many twists in it (some not entirely believable) but it is nevertheless pretty staid and sober compared some of the delirious over-the-top giallo of that era like “Deleria Caldo”, “Case of the Bloody Irises” or “Torso”. It’s also pretty tame. It takes awhile for a “real” murder to occur, and the anticipated image of a dead body being thrown in a cellar and devoured by rats is not really ever delivered on (whereas it happens in the pre-credit sequence in “Seven Deaths in a Cat’s Eye” made the same year). The ever-gorgeous Blanc has her usual gratuitous nude scenes (which itself might be worth the price of admission for some), but the sex and nudity is nowhere near as graphic or perverse as in most contemporary gialli. I suspect this movie probably even played uncut in Spain during the late Franco era. Which doesn’t necessarily make it bad, depending on what you’re looking for.” (imdb)

The Amazing Mr. No Legs

In Cheese Doodles on January 5, 2013 at 2:27 am

Title: The Amazing Mr. No Legs
Production: USA 1979
Director: Ricou Browning
Cast: Richard Jaeckel, Ron Slinker
Run Time: 86min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

A kuenfist restauration. Mainly based on an old German VHS release, but with the cut scenes added back in.

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The Cops want to get him. The Mob wants to hit him. But no one wants to meet him face to face.