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Un colpo da re

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on May 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Titel: Un colpo da re 
Production: Italy 1967
Director: Angelo Dorigo
Cast: Luciano Catenacci, Sergio Ciani, Demofilo Fidani
Run Time: 89 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS TV Capture
Language: Italian
Subtitles: None

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An old VHS recording of an Italian TV broadcast, the Mediaset logo is on display in the lower right corner of the screen throughout the duration of the movie.

Superseven chiama Cairo

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on May 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Titel: Superseven chiama Cairo (Super Seven Calling Cairo) 
Production: Italy 1965
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Cast: Roger Browne, Fabienne Dali, Massimo Serato
Run Time: 90 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Capture
Language: Italian, English, German
Subtitles: None

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A pipipip project about which he says: “A capture of a recent German TV broadcast. This version looks much better than the German DVD. Also this version is a few seconds longer and is nearer to the oar of 1.66:1. The only thing to do was to remove the tv station logo. nikko was so kind to give me access to the Italian dub. It sounds good but there were some jump cuts which I had to deal with. The English audio is taken from skadogWarned’s rip. There were some German inserts which sounded very different. I replaced them with parts of the Italian dub where possible to make it sound more even. Thanks go to nikko for the Italian dub, to skadogWarned for the English version and to Cornflakes for the German TV2DVD.”

“A piece of a brand new metal has been hidden in a camera, but this one is sold by mistake ! Superspy Super 7 is called out to retrieve the camera and finds it in Cairo, where he has to fight Russian agents and dangerous women.” [imdb]

Le spie amano i fiori

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on May 7, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Titel: Le spie amano i fiori (The Spy Who Loved Flowers) 
Production: Italy 1966
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Cast: Roger Browne, Emma Danieli, Daniele Vargas
Run Time: 91 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian, English, German, Czech
Subtitles: None

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A pipipip project about which he says: “The Czech DVD and the German Audio was kindly provided by BDVC member docblubberish. The English audio is taken from this VHS rip uploaded by superapeDonated £18 because the audio had less filtering artifacts than skadogWarned’s rip. That means I had to sync the audio again but I think it was worth the efforts. It still won’t get a THX certificate but it sounds ok. The German version misses a few minutes because of several jump cuts. Those gaps are filled with English audio. The movie starts in English if the preferred DVD player language is English, in German if the player language is German and otherwise like chosen in the menu. Of course it can be switched to any of the other languages by remote.”

“I don’t know what the circumstances were under which Lenzi took the helm of this movie but the fact that he didn’t use his own name says something. I’m guessing he did this at the last moment for cash and had no say in the script and even then I’m not sure why he bothered. Yoko Tani is the best thing in this and she has a couple of weak cat fights. That I give this boring so called spy tale anything is down to the way it looked and that we glimpsed several cities and there was the glimpse of a wonderful red convertible at one point. Uncharismatic lead, maybe he thought if he was to appear British, he should appear as bland as possible, who knows? Who even cares and why am I writing about this 90 minutes of wasted time? Just in the remote chance that someone can find and apply that poster!” [imdb]

Más allá del terror

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on May 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

Titel: Más allá del terror (Further Than Dear) 
Production: Spain 1980
Director: Tomás Aznar
Cast: Francisco Sánchez Grajera, Raquel Ramírez, Emilio Siegrist
Run Time: 82 min
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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An sjb224 project about which he says: “Sourced from the Midnight Video VHS. Spanish audio with English fansubs added. Big thanks to Turdis for the subs and cochino for his addtional help on the subs.”

Excellent Spanish horror film high on the gore and sleaze monitor. A violent sadist goes on a rampage and kills both elderly and children. They end up in a cabin that contains a door that leads to an ancient crypt. Supernatural things start to happened. Bloody zombies appear, zombies that kill the men and rape the woman.

Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on May 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

Titel: Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117 (OSS 117: Mission for a Killer) 
Production: Italy 1965
Director: André Hunebelle
Cast: Frederick Stafford, Mylène Demongeot, Raymond Pellegrin
Run Time: 98 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English, German, French
Subtitles: None

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A pipipip project, using the German retail release as source material.

“What atmosphere! What lovely girl (Mylène D)! 4,7 as an average? I must protest!! This is pure magic, the stuff that dreams are made of. Who cares about the story! This is for boys! Pure adventure, a fairy-tale! Will it ever occur on DVD? In France? This is just one film of still many, which has not reached the DVD-format yet although there are thousands of films which are so much badder than this one, which we had to endure on DVD. Probably this is due to the fact, that the people who know about these good films are becoming an extinct race.” [imdb]

Agente 077 Missione Bloody Mary

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on May 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

Titel: Agente 077 Missione Bloody Mary (Mission Bloody Mary) 
Production: Italy 1965
Director: Sergio Grieco
Cast: Christopher Mitchum, Barbara Bouchet, Malisa Longo
Run Time: 98 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Capture
Language: English, German, Italian
Subtitles: None

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A pipipip project about which he says: “Very few sources are available of this enjoyable Bond clone. This custom DVD is made of the beatiful looking french paytv broadcast. Te disadvantage is that it is cut some minutes. The missing scenes are taken from the rip nikko provided. Sadly nikko’s recording suffered from bad blending and interlacing artifacts. I did what I could but the result is still not satisfying. On the other hand, this is the only uncut version where the picture quality is quite decent most of the time… Since the english dub is taken from the cut version I had to take the italian dub from time to time but there are no longer scenes involved.”

“Virile blond stud Ken Clark slugs and shoots his way from Paris to Madrid and back in “Mission Bloody Mary.” Directed with momentum by “Beast with a Gun” director Sergio Grieco, this fast-moving secret agent escapade qualifies as an above-average but low-budget knock-off of the fourth Sean Connery James Bond epic “Thunderball.” The first installment in a three film franchise about tenacious CIA Agent Dick Molloy, who rates as quite the ladies man, puts him on the trail of a mysterious organization that calls itself the Black Lilly. They use a resourceful impostor to sneak aboard a Strategic Air Command bomber and snatch a top-secret American nuclear warhead which the Black Lilly plans to sell to the Red Chinese unless the Soviets can acquire it first in this melodramatic international Cold War saga of action and intrigue. Of course, the impostor demands a bigger pay-off after he risks his life to seize the bomb for his employers. Naturally, the villains are prepared for this treachery and they barbecue the turncoat for his perfidy. Grieco stages a nimble scramble of a chase across the rooftops in Paris, a fistfight in the hold of a freighter off the Spanish coast, and a savage knockdown drag-out brawl in a train compartment along with several surprises right up to the last five that make this a exciting as well as entertaining adventure opus. Incidentally, the film derives part of its title “Bloody Mary” from the code name for the explosive device. There is an interesting strip tease scene in Paris when a beautiful Asian circulates around a room and allows the gentlemen, usually seated with their women, to remove articles of her clothing. She lets Molloy unsnap her bra which contains a message about a future rendezvous.” [imdb]

Non sta bene rubare il tesoro

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on May 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

Titel: Non sta bene rubare il tesoro
Production: France 1976
Director: Mario di Nardo
Cast: Larry Ward, Marie-France Pisier, Ingeborg Schöner
Run Time: 85 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS TV Capture from the 80’s
Language: Italian
Subtitles: None

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Not the greatest source material, but apparently the only copy in circulation. Has the TV stations logos super imposed in the lower left and right corners throughout the flick.

Different groups set out to search for a hidden treasure in Turkey. The news, indeed, if it is invented Flo, charming, young, aspiring journalist and ends to stimulate the interest of some bands of adventurers, eager to get their hands on the fabulous wealth.

Tortura

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on May 1, 2014 at 10:22 am

Titel: Tortura (Gloria Mundi)
Production: France 1976
Director: Nikos Papatakis
Cast: Olga Karlatos, Roland Bertin, Philippe Adrien
Run Time: 95 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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An sjb224 project about which he says: “Many thanks to nikko for the Italian LE DVD. I’ve resynched the English subs from the NTSC One 7 release with the Italian PAL DVD , since the PAL disc is far superior. The original timings were a bit all over the place. I also fixed a lot of spelling and grammar errors (pretty sad that One 7 doesn’t take the time to proofread their own subs)” Hamdias, a producer, has just started a movie whose main theme is torture. But filming is soon interrupted first because of a lack of capital but mainly because Hamdias is killed in tragic circumstances. After a while, Gaila, his friend and also the main actress of his film, sets about continuing his work…

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“Papatakis gives the film-within-a film and movies-about-moviemaking sub-genres a whole new spin with this anti-establishment tale of a director’s widow Galai (Olga Karlatos) who follows the directions of her missing-in action husband in preparing for her role prior to a pitch session for seed money, in order to complete the half-finished movie about the French occupation of Algeria. This, however, becomes a ruse, because Galai is seemingly aware that part of her goal is to destroy a faction of the French bourgeoisie – investors and snooty colleagues who treat her as a servant and object of ridicule. Rather than bow to their torments and further humilations, she seeks to cross over from her film role into reality, and make an impact through a real-life act of total destruction. Whether the film is approachable as an allegory, satire, or harsh critique of French colonialism, Tortura is not for the squeamish, even though it’s neither a gore film nor insane erotic romp. Galai’s masochistic method acting includes torturing herself to achieve the right scream for her character; doing scene run-throughs with a live bomb; and humiliating herself in sexual poses, plus one act involving digestive expulsions. When she finally shows an assembly of the unfinished films to the batch of snooty investors, two sequences detail a ‘bottle trick’ sequence, and a brutal torture scene which Papatakis films from a high angle in one long take. These are the film’s most controversial and likely most-talked about elements, but beneath the garish and the profane is a rather brilliant, anarchic, cinematically playful storytelling technique. While not fully linear, Tortura has a coherent plot even though Galai’s reality is never fixed. We also never know if she’s being influenced by real or imagined forces, and whether Papatakis’ film is one big political salvo much in the way of Dusan Makaveyev’s W.R.: Mysteries of the Orgasm (1971) involves the signing decapitated head of a political agitator, or his Sweet Movie (1974) and its excrement dinner. Tortura isn’t an exercise in surrealism, but more performance art, and Karlatos is brilliant as the tormented actress who gradually loses her mind in what may be a make believe terrorist crusade orchestrated from the grave by her anarchic director / husband Hamidas. It’s a great performance by an actress better known for more commercial genre films – the spaghetti western Keoma (1976), shockers Cyclone (1978) and Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979) and Murderock (1984) – and a handful of TV and film appearances, notably Prince’s mother in Purple Rain (1984). As revolting / appalling as the sexual torture may be, it is in context with the character’s shift from actress to terrorist, and Papatakis stages some brilliant sequences. The best is perhaps Galai’s bank bombing run-through, which has both wit and a mounting fear that she may err and blow herself to bits as she works out the correct blocking and performance beats. Papatakis also makes use of some striking decrepit locations. Galai resides in a bombed out apartment block, and her building is a disintegrating by the second. The production most likely decorated a condemned, derelict building, and the omnipresent decay provides potent subtext in her scenes prior to venturing to France for financial backing. There’s also a few intriguing editorial touches, especially the zoomed-in masking of a notice informing Galai of imminent danger. Nico Fidenco, no stranger to controversial films – he scored Joe D’Amato’s snuff-centered Emanuelle in America (1977) – wrote an appropriately peculiar score with upbeat cues accentuating Galai’s terrorist actions, and abstract ‘rubbing sounds’ for the bomb montages. In spite of One 7 Movies’ beat-up source print, Frederic Variot’s cinematography is very arresting, accentuating the grunge of Galai’s wretched apartment and the garishness of the ugly upscale Parisian apartment where the film terminates. Part drama, experimental, and sexploitation, this is not a nice movie, but worth the time for those interested in films designed to provoke audiences with blunt force trauma towards their moral cabinet.”