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Dagli Archivi Della Polizia Criminale

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on March 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Titel:  Dagli Archivi Della Polizia Criminale 
Production: Italy 1973
Director: Paolo Lombardo
Cast: Edmund Purdom, Cleofe Del Cile, Gordon Mitchell
Run Time: 83min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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A hipcamp project, enhancing the Italian DVD release with English subtitles.

Mediocre poliziottesco, with Eurospy overtones about the attempt to smash a drug ring in Tunisia (admittedly, an atypical setting for the genre). Amusingly, one of the two criminal factions involved is led by a cigar-chomping heavy-set man called Maltese Joe (even if he speaks with a heavy Sicilian accent!) – the other by a paraplegic sporting slick attire, shades and the coolest of demeanors (hilariously instructing his underlings at one point to elevate him off his wheelchair). The hero, then, is an Edmund Purdom past his prime – his womanizing antics (in a feeble attempt to link the film with the concurrent James Bond spy sagas) often getting in the way of his job. In fact, most of the action is entrusted to a couple of relics from the peplum era – namely Alan Steel (who has a fixed expression throughout, and the sight of him behind a desk with coat and tie was also quite funny!) and Gordon Mitchell (who actually turns up in only one scene before being killed, for no specific reason).

El Techo De Cristal

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on March 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Titel: El Techo De Cristal (Glass Ceiling)
Production: Spain 1971
Director: Eloy de la Iglesia
Cast: Carmen Sevilla, Dean Selmier, Patty Shepard
Run Time: 92min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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A bubikoglu project about which he says: “Spanish language custom DVDR of Eloy de la Iglesia’s downbeat but superior ‘The Glass Ceiling’. Having watched the film previously in it’s English dubbed form, I couldn’t help but be aggravated by the awful English dubbing job – especially the monotone bint who dubbed Patty Shepard’s character! – so I tracked down a copy of the Spanish language version, created some English subtitles and a custom menu. As there’s a distinct lack of Spanish fan-subbers on the site, I unfortunately had to create “dub-subs” for the majority of the running time, tweaking lines here and there where it was obvious that dialogue had been altered for the English market, and attempting to bring the translation closer to the original. The film definitely plays a lot better in it’s Spanish form in my opinion. There are no major differences between the two versions, certainly not in terms of footage anyway. The Spanish audio track adds some more dramatic musical cues in some places. There are also some additional (unimportant) lines in the Spanish version not present in the English dub & vice versa. This print is slightly darker than the two other prints on site but the colours are definitely bolder and richer. I should also note that at 1:23:46 there is a loss of audio for about 15 seconds. Luckily it’s at a point where nothing important is on screen. This print also lacks the music playing over blank screen after the end. I’ve seen screenshots on the web of a Spanish sat rip that uses a much brighter source (and has a Spanish language credits sequence). If anyone has that version, please feel free to upgrade!”

“This is the second Eloy de la Iglesia film I have seen (the first being CANNIBAL MAN) and I found it to be an excellent thriller. Lonely housewife Carmen Sevilla begins to let her imagination get the best of her when she hears a man’s footsteps in the apartment above her late at night. Her upstairs neighbor (Patty Shepard) insists it was her husband who had returned from business, but Sevilla doesn’t believe her and begins to investigate. This is a great film, with lots of nice twists along the way and an incredible dream sequence. The final revelation is one that will have you thinking for hours afterwards. I enjoyed this much more than the straight forward CANNIBAL MAN.” ” [imdb]

Guyana: Crime of the Century

In Exotic Nuts on March 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Titel: Guyana: Crime of the Century
Production: Panama/Mexico/Spain 1979
Director: René Cardona Jr.
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Gene Barry, John Ireland
Run Time: 108min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD/VHS Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

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A clarence project about which he says: “Frustrated by the lack of a decent uncut release of Rene Cardona Jr’s notoriously exploitative meisterwork GUYANA: CRIME OF THE CENTURY (aka GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNED), I decided to create my own composite using the VCI DVD and the uncut Japanese VHS release. The VHS rip is uncut but features hardcoded Japanese subtitles and a very weak image. On the other hand, like the other DVDs that are available in Italy and Germany the VCI DVD is cut but presents the film letterboxed and with reasonably good image quality (not brilliant, but to my knowledge as good as any of the other DVD releases that are available worldwide). The cuts affect two sequences: the infamous electrocution scene, in which one of the boys caught stealing is tortured by Jones’ goons; and images of nudity in a scene in which Jones dishes out his own peculiar punishment to a young couple caught ‘frolicking’ in the fields (he has them raped by ‘Lazarus’, a cult member). I digitised my copy of the VCI DVD and cropped the VHS rip to the same screen dimensions (in comparison with the VCI DVD, it was open matte), inserting the two scenes into the rip of the VCI DVD. The result is what I believe to be an uncut composite version of the trash meisterwork, with a running time of 107:48 mins (the uncut Japanese VHS rip runs 2 seconds longer but this is down to 2 seconds of black screen at the start of the rip). There is rumoured to be a 115 minute version of the film in existence, but to my knowledge a version of this length has never been released on home video and the claimed existence of this 115 minute version may simply be a myth. (If I’m wrong about this and there’s proof that this 115 minute version has been released, please let me know via the comments or PM – I’d love to know whether or not this rumoured cut of the film actually exists or not.) This composite was made using a combination of Handbrake and iMovie. The DVD-R presents the film in anamorphic widescreen (with an AR of 1.85:1) and is 6.26Gb in size.”

“Reverend Jim Jones, the priest of an independent church in Guyana in South America, orders his followers to suicide. But not all follow him blindly and begin to think on their own…” [imdb]

El Clan De Los Inmorales

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on March 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Titel: El Clan De Los Inmorales (Mission To Kill)
Production: Dominican Republic 1975
Director: José Gutiérrez Maesso
Cast: Helmut Berger, Sydne Rome, Kevin McCarthy
Run Time: 92min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian, English, German, Spanish
Subtitles: None

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A pipipip project, dubbing the Italian DVD release with German and English audio tracks.

“The story concerns a mob family, headed by gambling czar Jose Ferrer. When one of family’s hit men (Helmut Berger) fails to come up to expectations, Ferrer orders the man’s execution.” [imdb]

No, il Caso è Felicemente Risolto

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on March 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Titel: No, il Caso è Felicemente Risolto (No, the Case Is Happily Resolved)
Production: Italy 1973
Director: Vittorio Salerno
Cast: Enzo Cerusico, Enrico Maria Salerno, Riccardo Cucciolla
Run Time: 94min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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A bubikoglu project, enhancing the Italian DVD release with English subtitles by ganjafarmer.

“While fishing at a quiet lake, a blameless civil servant happens to witness a murder. Although he and the killer suddenly stand in front of each other, the witness (Signore Santamaria) manages to escape. At home, however, he decides not to call police, assuming that he won’t be bothered by the incident any further. The murderer, on the other hand, plays his only card: He goes to police, claiming that he is in fact the witness and that Santamaria is the killer.” [imdb]

Pena De Muerte

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on March 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Titel: Pena De Muerte (Violent Blood Bath)
Production: Spain 1973
Director: Jorge Grau
Cast: Fernando Rey, Marisa Mell, Máximo Valverde
Run Time: 92min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

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Rip of the Super Video VHS release.

Thunder

In Charlie don't surf, Paprika Chips on March 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Titel: Thunder 
Production: Italy 1983
Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Cast: Bo Svenson, Mark Gregory, Raimund Harmstorf
Run Time: 82min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

thun

An asano project, dubbing the Italian DVD release with English audio, ripped from a Japanese VHS tape.

Thunder II

In Charlie don't surf, Paprika Chips on March 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Titel: Thunder 2
Production: Italy 1987
Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Cast: Mark Gregory, Raimund Harmstorf, Karen Reel
Run Time: 90min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

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An asano project, dubbing the German widescreen DVD release with English audio, ripped from the Japanese VHS tape.

Thunder III

In Charlie don't surf, Paprika Chips on March 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Titel: Thunder 3
Production: Italy 1988
Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Cast: Mark Gregory, John Phillip Law, Horst Schön
Run Time: 84min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

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An asana project, dubbing the Italian DVD release with English audio, ripped from a Japanese VHS tape.