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La Morte Ha Fatto L’Uovo

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on March 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Title: La Morte Ha Fatto L’Uovo (Death laid an egg)
Production: Italy 1968
Director: Giulio Questi
Cast: Gina Lollobrigida, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ewa Aulin
Run Time: 90min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master & VHS Master
Language:  Italian, German, English
Subtitles:  None

A pipipip project, about which he says: “This strange Giallo was released as an NTSC DVD in Japan some years ago. Sadly this DVD looks only good on NTSC CRT screens because of the weird encoding with interlaced and fieldblended video. Also this DVD is cut by some minutes which are available on German VHS. To reconstruct a progressive video stream I had to investigate deeply into Avisynth scripting nightmare. But the result looks quite cool and on top the video runs absolutely fluid without any stuttering. For the cut scenes I created english subtitles (Excuse to the Italian speakers: You have to use the English subs here.) The movie starts with audio of the preferred DVD player language.

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“A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and Gabriella (the very beautiful secretary). Marco continues to kill as jealousy becomes more prevalent on the farm.” [imdb]

L’Arma, L’Ora, Il Movente

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on March 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Title: L’Arma, L’Ora, Il Movente
Production: Italy 1972
Director: Francesco Mazzei
Cast: Renzo Montagnani, Bedy Moratti, Eva Czemerys
Run Time: 101min
Circulation: PAL DL-DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Italian, German
Subtitles:  English, German

A darioargento project, adding English subtitles to the German release.

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“A young clergyman, Don, has had two loves, and now he chooses one of them, Julia, as his only one lover. But soon Don is found dead in the chapel. And there is a witness, Felcio, who tells almost nothing about the murder to the police. But the murderer continues to take people’s lives, and finally Felcio decides to inform of the very secret of the first murder… This is a typical Giallo film with good music by Francesco De Masi. The problem is that he does better jobs in other films. Indeed almost everything about this film seems to have average quality and therefore I have almost nothing say about it. Still it can be said that the story itself, which is nether complex nor confused, has at least one interesting side. Person like the first and leading victim, Don, is immoral. And killing the immoral person is much more immoral. But not revealing those immoralities is immoral? Or is there clear distinction between killing and letting-die? Although this film as a whole is not a moralistic one its religious and/or philosophical side, which seems to support the classic claim that there can be a deductive proof that the God does not exist based upon the existence of the evil, is rather unique and therefore can be interesting.” [darioargento]

Cosa Nostra Asia

In Exotic Nuts on March 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Title: Cosa Nostra Asia
Production: Philippines 1974
Director: Bobby A. Suarez
Cast: Dick Chan, Larry Chiu, Elle Chow
Run Time: 89min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language:  English, German
Subtitles:  English

A icandyman  project, adding English subtitles and audio to a German VHS rip.

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“This Bobby Suarez-produced action movie gets off to a rollicking start with our hero Chris Bellinger (Chris Mitchum) bursting in on a drugs ring and beating the lard out of everyone until one of them tells him where tonight’s big dope handover is going to take place. He zips there on a motorcycle while the titles roll (accompanied by Ruben Sabinano’s bouncy, brassy spy-jazz score) and tricks both sides of the dope exchange into shooting each other dead. When they’re all lying lifeless in pools of their own blood, he sets fire to their cars. Take that, mafia.

Meanwhile, back at gangster HQ, Don Claudio (Larry Elkin) has to choose a replacement for their man in Hong Kong, and the only candidates are the fiercely competitive Angellini (Michael Kaye) and “the mafia boss of Hawaii”, Tony Dee (Tony Ferrer, best known for his recurring role as Agent X44, the Pinoy James Bond), who squabble like teenage siblings. For no discernible reason Angellini gets the job, and he sends his man Pietro (Rey Sagum) to Hong Kong to find out who was responsible for the massacre. While chillaxing at the hotel pool, Chris meets tourist Nancy Wong (Ellie Chow), whose father has been forced into helping Angellini. They go for a romantic walk, and then, as Nancy drives away, a couple of young hoodlums steal her fancy-schmancy car and drive off. Chris and Nancy follow in hot pursuit, and end up at the kung fu school of Dick Chen (Dick Chan), a martial arts instructor who agrees to help them out with their mafia problem. When Pietro arrives in Hong Kong, Dick intercepts him before he can get to Nancy’s father, and kills the hell out of him.

Angellini is blamed for the eff-up and Don Claudio tells him he’ll let him live if he fights Tony Dee bare-handed. “But that’s worse than murder,” exclaims Angellini rather shrilly, so Tony lets him use his bodyguards to fight. Ha. As if. Tony clobbers the bodyguards and leaves Angellini in the hospital. A mysterious man called Dai Si Cheung (Wong Sai Lap) visits Angellini and after enjoying some racist banter offers to help him get rid of Don Claudio and take over the operation. Chris and Dick Chen pose as heads of Cosa Nostra Aisa and get Cheung to arrange a meeting with Tony. When Tony arrives in Hong Kong, Cheung’s men try to ambush him, but he fights them off easily with the help of his bodyguard Liu (Larry Chiu). As it happens, Tony and Chris are old school friends, and to celebrate their reunion they have a massive fight wearing full gladiatorial gear – in Tony’s office. This goes on for ages, rather like the “put on the glasses!” scene in ‘They Live’, and is interrupted only when Dick Chen comes along to tell them that Angellini has killed Don Claudio and taken over the racket.

Chen, Chris and Cheung meet down at the docks for a big drugs transaction which predictably but gratifyingly turns into an ambush which then rapidly turns into a counter-ambush, after which Cheung is abruptly kidnapped at gunpoint. Angellini comes to Hong Kong, thinking he’s going to make a deal with Cheung, but Dick and Chris arrange an ambush for him. Angellini gets wind of the set-up, though, and fixes up his own surprise for the good guys at the ship’s graveyard: “It’ll be more than a ship’s graveyard when I’m through with them”, he lamely boasts.” [imdb]

L’Homme Au Verveau Greffe

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on March 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Title: L’Homme Au Verveau Greffe (The Man with the transplated Brain)
Production: France 1971
Director: Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Cast: Mathieu Carrière, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nicoletta Machiavelli
Run Time: 81min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHSx
Language:  French
Subtitles:  English

A shado124 project, adding English subtitles by aloysius70 to a French VHS rip.

brain

“Professor Marcilly is a famed brain specialist who, following in-depth and extended research work, is now able to perform brain transplant surgery. One day, he finds himself in the presence of a young car accident victim for whom the only hope of survival would be a brain transplant. Marcilly, who has a heart condition and is terminally ill, decides to become the “donor”. The operation is a success. But who is actually the patient discharged from the hospital: a young fellow with the brain of a young man or an old man in the body of a young one?” [imdb]

Blue Rain Osaka

In Exotic Nuts on March 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Title: Blue Rain Osaka
Production: Japan 1983
Director: Masaru Konuma
Cast: Kiriko Shimizu
Run Time: 79min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  Japanese
Subtitles:  English

A lordretsudo project, enhancing the Japanese release with English subtitles by kagetsuhisoka.

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Ordine Firmato In Bianco

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on March 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Title: Ordine Firmato In Bianco
Production: Italy 1974
Director: Gianni Manera
Cast: Gianni Manera
Run Time: 96min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  Italian
Subtitles:  English

A bubikoglu project. The source for this custom is an old widescreen ReteOro sat/tv rip). With custom fan subtitles by Merlin.

Ordine Firmato In Bianco

Director Gianni Manera (also the maker of WOODEN OVERCOAT/THE OVERLORDS) stars as mafioso Luca Albanese. Along with his gas-masked men he robs a bank and then hides at a remote mountainous region. Soon his men start being killed by an unknown black-gloved figure! Not to mention the killer likes to paint the victims’ faces white! Originally titled ORDINE FIRMATO IN BIANCO, this unbelievable creation shouldn’t be missed by any giallo fan! [imdb]

Missile X Geheimauftrag Neutronenbombe

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on March 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Title: Missile X Geheimauftrag Neutronenbombe (The Tehran Incident)
Production: Germany 1978
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Cast: Peter Graves, Curd Jürgens, Karin Schubert
Run Time: 96min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  German, English
Subtitles: None

A pipipip project, dubbing  a German TV  rip with English audio.

tehran

Peter Graves is the iconic 70’s agent material, and MISSLE X is one of his lesser features exploiting the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE persona. However, the non-Hollywood production atmosphere fills this one up with highly paid stars doing some exploitation work that you can’t usually see under the major studio banner. MISSILE X delivers violence, menace and a few neat Packinpah influenced shootouts in this noirish and yet very Bondian tale o stolen Soviet cruise missile being smuggled into Iran and put on wholesale. The whole American male agent alternately versus and with Russian female agent fighting the villain played by Kurt Jurgens makes MISSILE X look like a THE SPY WHO LOVED ME rip-off. And that definition holds. However, this film is derivative that it simply cannot stand such singled out rip-off allegation. Tehran is well used as a location and the mixture of Iranian luxury juxtaposed on very poor suburbs precisely explains why the revolution eventually took place there. This film, with its’ unashamed Western jive and aim to exploit the Persian setting may as well be used as the epitome of Iranian revolution and the Shah’s decadence. Overall, MISSILE X is the ideal programmer for the 70’s superagent fare hounds. It may as well be worth the search. [imdb]

Der Pfarrer von St.Pauli

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on March 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Title: Der Pfarrer von St.Pauli
Production: Germany 1970
Director: Rolf Olsen
Cast: Curd Jürgens, Jean-Pierre Bonnin, Dieter Borsche
Run Time: 98min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language:  German
Subtitles: None

A pipipip rip of a German TV broadcast.

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Curd Jurgens, a staple in American movies calling for a German character, is home once again acting in a German movie. Doubtless, I saw a dubbed translation somewhat poorly edited but just the same the acting prowess of Herr Jurgens shone through.

Here he plays a former submarine commander (which he was in The Enemy Below) turned Catholic priest ministering to outcasts – the poor, petty thieves, ruffians, prostitutes and the like. It must be explained though that among the soldiers of the Third Reich, it is believed that those who served in the submarines were the least involved in atrocities and may have been a decent lot. The Michael Caine movie, The Eagle Has Landed, explains this better.

Etched in my memory is the scene where Curd Jurgens talks with a prostitute who at first propositions him. Reacting with the formulaic Spiritual Work of Mercy of admonishing the sinner, the well meaning Padre is rebuffed as the lady of the night unburdens to him her troubles. Just recently, she was ill used by a client who not only beat her but robbed her of her earnings.

The advice of the priest is both surprising and practical. “You should be more selective of your clients.” The woman, however, retorted that poverty drives her to accept whoever comes along.

Towards the end, Jurgens plays Cupid to star-crossed lovers. He told them to fortify themselves (they were eloping) with hot tea spiked with rum, a drink I have enjoyed ever since. [imdb]

Fantomas contre Scotland Yard

In Paprika Chips, Police & Thieves on March 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Title: Fantomas contre Scotland Yard
Production: France 1967
Director: André Hunebelle
Cast: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot
Run Time: 98min
Circulation: PAL DL-DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  French
Subtitles: English

A shado124 project, adding English subtitles to the Hungarian release

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This movie is the third in a trilogy that parodied the popular silent Fantomas serials of director Louis Feuillade, which followed the adventures of the titular master criminal created by writers Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain.

“In the final episode of the trilogy, Fantômas imposes a head tax on the rich, threatening to kill those who do not comply. Journalist Fandor and commissaire Juve are invited to Scotland by Lord McRashley (played by Jean-Roger Caussimon). Lord McRashley, one of Fantômas’ potential victims, uses his castle as the headquarters to set up a trap for the menace called Fantômas.”

Fantomas

In Paprika Chips, Police & Thieves on March 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Title: Fantomas
Production: France 1964
Director: André Hunebelle
Cast: Jean Marais, Louis de Funès, Mylène Demongeot
Run Time: 101min
Circulation: PAL DL-DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language:  French
Subtitles: English

A shado124 project, adding English subtitles to the Hungarian release

fanto2

This movie is the first in a trilogy that parodied the popular silent Fantomas serials of director Louis Feuillade, which followed the adventures of the titular master criminal created by writers Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain.

“After a daring jewelry heist signed “Fantomas,” police commissioner Juve (Louis de Funès) goes on national television claiming that Fantomas doesn’t exist and that there is no reason for public concern. Riding the wave of public interest, journalist Fandor (Jean Marais) publishes a bogus interview with the master criminal. Fantomas (also played by Jean Marais) doesn’t appreciate the joke and kidnaps Fandor to teach him a lesson. A master of disguise, he pulls an even more daring robbery wearing the Fandor mask. Comic relief is provided by commissioner Juve’s awkward attempts to capture the elusive arch-criminal.”