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Mister Zehn Prozent – Miezen und Moneten

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on July 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

Titel: Mister Zehn Prozent – Miezen und Moneten (Psychopath)
Production: Germany/Italy 1968
Director: Guido Zurli
Cast: George Martin, Ingrid Schoeller, Karin Field
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian, German, English
Subtitles: Italian

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A pipipip custom of the Italian retail.

“I can understand the previous reviewer’s frustration if he was expecting this to be a horror film, due to the extremely misleading English title (“Psychopath”) and Klaus Kinski’s presence (he actually has a very small role). The truth is this is an offbeat crime comedy, mostly flippant and parodic when it focuses on the hero, a gentleman-thief-master of disguise, and the almost Clouseau-like Inspector of Scotland Yard, who is always one step behind him, but also pretty grim in its actual crime plot, which ends with several deaths, including some of innocent people. The hero also has extra springy gymnastic abilities, which make for some unusual fight scenes. The female cast is exceptionally attractive: Sophia Loren-lookalike Gloria Paul has just one scene, a show-stopping musical number, and Orchidea De Santis appears in an equally show-stopping bikini. The music score is somewhat repetitious but extremely catchy. This is not really a great film, but at least it never gets boring.”

Due Occhi Per Uccidere

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on July 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Titel: Due Occhi Per Uccidere
Production: Italy 1968
Director: Renato Borraccetti
Cast: Jack Taylor, Aïché Nana, Warren Daniels
Run Time: 55 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: 35mm Reels
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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A ganjafarmer project. Read his details below.

“12 months ago I happened to find a listing on imdb that puzzled me – a ‘giallo’ titled ‘Due Occhi Per Uccidere’ (lit. Two Eyes to Kill) but a further web trawl didn’t reveal anything… except for the locandina which looked pretty cool. Then I promptly forgot about it…

Skip forward about 7 months and by sheer fluke I did a search for 35mm films on eBay.it – something I’d never done before, well… maybe once or twice in previous years. And there it was, from a seller in Naples. The story behind this print ending up with the seller is equally as lucky – apparently he swapped a load of film prints with some old guy for a bunch of VHS tapes. Eventually, with all these prints taking up a load of space in his basement, he ended up quite literally dumping half of them in a rubbish bin… luckily for us he didn’t dump this one.

So, for at least the last 20 – 30 years this print has been sitting in a cold, damp, basement somewhere in Naples in what must have been pretty rotten conditions. The print was completely red and scratched to hell, it had also had paraffin poured on it at some point (to make it run smoother through a projector) so it was pretty damned sticky as well.

Flash forward a month later and I was able to find a lab to do the transfer – this was only possible via a fundraiser over at LoveLockandLoad and wasn’t cheap. (Huge) Thanks to everyone who stepped up to help – and also our man at the lab who slaved over the print for almost two weeks sticking it all back together and cleaning it. Just remember when you’re watching it that this print was a hundred times more scratched and generally beaten up than what you’re seeing now…

So… what’s the film like?

Well, like I said over at the forum, I think you’ll know why it’s been almost written out of the giallo history books when you watch it. I enjoyed it, but I’ll be the first to admit we haven’t stumbled across cinematic gold here…

Saying that, I certainly don’t regret any of it (even if it has personally cost me an arm and a leg!) and I’d do the same again in a heartbeat, definitely. Although, luckily for us, there are only three or four ‘lost’ gialli out there now so that’s not likely to happen again any time soon – but I’ll always keep my eye out. With the change over from celluloid to digital happening right now here in Italy – this is the best time to be looking out for these things as a lot of collectors are dumping their films for peanuts… the only snag is the means to telecine these prints ‘properly’ are also disappearing very fast. To give you an idea, there are only two or three places near here that can actually do this… and they’re going digital in a matter of months – then the price sky rockets for a telecine.”

Pembalasan rambu

In Exotic Nuts on July 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Titel: Pembalasan rambu (The Intruder)
Production: Indonesia 1986
Director: Jopi Burnama
Cast: Peter O’Brian, Craig Gavin, Lia Warokka
Run Time: 88 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: English
Subtitles: Greek (Hardcoded)

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This is a direct VHS Rip of the Greek Copy. It’s in Non-Anamorphic Widescreen.

It’s Rambu…Rambu…keep pushing and he’ll intrude upon you…and I’m spent…I’m not that creative. I’ll add the screencaps in a little while along with other specs on the disc. Torrent may take a little while to sort out as this is the first time I’ve used a Seedbox to upload…but if it works…shits going to be good. I’m going through my piles of DVD-Rs and uploading what I have that others here don’t have.

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“The Intruder, known simply to its admirers as “Rambu” follows the exploits of “Alex Termabuan, aka Rambu”, an “unemployed bum” who “loves justice and hates crime”. Cue plenty of hilariously sped up, ferocious fight scenes, a rather bizarre motorbike vs Autorickshaw battle(!), an explosion packed finale and atrocious acting, dubbing and voice over work throughout and you end up with this minor bad movie classic. Certainly it starts off excellently (the opening scene is a classic!) and ends on a high (not to mention explosive!) note but to be honest, the main bulk of the film is a less than engaging affair despite the glowing reviews many other ostensibly easily excitable folk on here are bestowing upon it. For fellow connoisseurs of cinematic craptaculars, it’s certainly worth a look but it has to be said, is nowhere near as much fun as the utterly demented spectacle that marks as Arizal’s ultimate masterpiece, namely the hilarious Final Score.”

Il maestro del terrore

In House of the Ju-Ju Queen, Paprika Chips on July 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Titel: Il maestro del terrore (The Prince of Terror)
Production: Italy 1988
Director: Lamberto Bava
Cast: Tomas Arana, Carole André, David Brandon
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: TV Capture
Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: None

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A darioargento project.

“The film tells the story of an infamous Romanian horror director named Vincent Omen,who calls himself The Prince of Terror.During the filming of his latest horror movie Vincent fires his scriptwriter and a former friend,who plans cruel and bloody revenge on Omen and his family.After family’s dinner the blood begins to flow…Pretty entertaining and gory Lamberto Bava’s home invasion movie with gruesome decapitation,skinned dog,a hand impaling and a killer golf ball doing some juicy eyeball mutilation.The gore effects by Sergio Stivaletti are great as is Simon Boswell’s score.”

Estambul 65

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on July 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Titel: Estambul 65 (That Man in Istanbul)
Production: Spain/Italy/France 1965
Director: Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi
Cast: Horst Buchholz, Sylva Koscina, Mario Adorf
Run Time: 117 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: English, German, Spanish
Subtitles: None

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A pipipip project for which the Cult Action bootleg DVD was recoded and corrected.

“This is one of the best action spy thrillers I saw, and believe me I’ve seen a lot. Even by today’s standards, it would be good, provided someone cared to restore it’s brightly colour, perfect editing, and natural sound. The alternate soundless shots of a knife fight inside the hotel swimming pool, where he can see each detail of two athletic actors actually going at it, and the merry sounds of tourists on the esplanade above while still unawares of the drama close-by, has NEVER been recreated in any film, possibly because it was too much trouble, or there were no Horst Buchholz and Mario Adorf around. The dialog was OK, and true grit, real lines, and delivered with realism. In that not only Buchholz was good, but the other actors, too, therefore grabbing the spectator into a quite realistic scenario. The story develops from a predictable ending into something quite different, therefore we miss the presence of Koscina in the later part of the story, but it is all for the best of the film. The director was defending his name and career, but also his money in more ways than one, as he was one of the producers investing in the project through Isasi (Barcelona, Spain). It is a pity that there was never a VHS around that I know of, and that no DVD is made of such a precious B jewel.”

Kadin Hamlet

In Raki Randale on July 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Titel: Kadin Hamlet (The Female Hamlet)
Production: Turkey 1977
Director: Metin Erksan
Cast: Fatma Girik, Sevda Ferdag, Reha Yurdakul
Run Time: 86 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English

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Doctor Satán

In Exotic Nuts on July 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Titel: Doctor Satán 
Production: Mexico 1966
Director: Miguel Morayta
Cast: Joaquín Cordero, Alma Delia Fuentes, José Gálvez
Circulation: NTSC DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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A Nickthecreep project, with subtitles by Spinal.

“Rare movie, the first of two films about the devil-worshipping Dr. Arozamena, alias “Dr. Satán”. In this first entry, the wicked doctor kidnaps important men and turns them into zombies using a secret formula and some help from his master, the Prince of Darkness. The kidnappings raise the suspicions of Inspector Mateos as well as Dr. Arozamena’s secretary, Elsa. Elsa and the inspector’s girlfriend Nora stumble into the doctor’s world of horror, are taken prisoner and face being turned into zombies themselves.

Dr. Satán was filmed a full year before its sequel and before color photography became the norm, thus it was shot in black and white. The monochrome photography gives it an atmosphere much closer to the classic horror movies that came before it than does its brightly-colored sequel. The movie was directed by Miguel Morayta, well known for his vampire films The Bloody Vampire and The Invasion of the Vampires. Four familiar faces from other horror movies, Carlos Agostí, Quintín Bulnes, Antonio Raxel and Gerardo Zepeda portray the doctor’s zombies.”

Nude Odeon

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on July 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Titel: Nude Odeon
Production: Italy 1978
Director: Marino Girolami (as Franco Martinelli)
Cast: Dorothy Flower, Mary Govert, Margareth Harrison
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: None

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Mission spéciale à Caracas

In Paprika Chips, Save European Home on July 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Titel: Mission spéciale à Caracas (Mission Caracas) 
Production: Spain 1965
Director: Raoul André
Cast: Roland Carey, Jany Clair, Louise Carletti
Run Time: 78 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: English, Spanish
Subtitles: None

cara

An Alomaco project.

 

Q

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 am

Titel: Q (Prickly Problems)
Production: France 1974
Director: Jean-François Davy
Cast: Philippe Gasté, Nanette Corey, Pierre Danny
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: Composite
Language: Italian
Subtitles: none

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An argoman project.

“By his own admission, filmmaker Jean-François Davy has always had to deal with an inner duality regarding sex as cinematic spectacle. Driven by carnal curiosity, leading him directly to the well-intentioned if occasionally morally suspect semi-documentaries – whose editorial tweaking interestingly predates the current spate of “reality TV” shows (which are, of course, anything but) – on “hot” topics like streetwalkers or the fledgling French fornication film industry, his bourgeois upbringing forever kept him from fully embracing the subject as his natural habitat, a situation now redressed by not one but two impressive French DVD box sets, the director as a middle-aged man looking back on his “scandalous” past with a tenderness that comes with advancing years. The official version has Davy turning to skin flicks in the wake of the box office failure that befell his ambitious “film fantastique” LE SEUIL DU VIDE in an attempt to cut his financial losses. The passing of time has given him the courage to be more upfront about his motives at the time, a marriage of libido and the honest artistic wish to draw sex films out of their partially self-imposed ghetto – through lack of ambition – by adding involved story lines, glossy production values and competent acting performances.

The somewhat sarcastically titled Q (the sound-alike “cul” being the French derogatory term for nudies) reflects Davy’s demons perhaps better than any other of his directorial endeavors. The third installment – following BANANES MECANIQUES and PRENEZ LA QUEUE COMME TOUT LE MONDE with several returning cast members from both, the latter actually introducing most of the main characters – in what was dubbed his “trilogie paillarde” (ribald or just plain naughty trilogy) in retrospect, it’s a clear-cut sex comedy with an identity crisis, throwing in everything along with the kitchen sink in an effort to escape the erotic genre’s restraints that were beginning to cut into the director’s wrists. Nearly every single hot tabloid topic or legitimate news item of the early ’70s makes at least a cameo appearance on this occasion, be it the emergence of Women’s Lib, sperm banks, the oil crisis or crooked politicians. Set in the near future of 1980, Paris has lost much of its shining glory. A narrator informs us that there’s no longer a political left and right and that the country’s now run by a (faceless) despotic President and his like-minded Prime Minister Bolduc, played by French “boulevard theater” legend Jean Parédès who had a memorable bit part in Ted Kotcheff’s endearing WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE ? Ever escalating oil prices have seriously injured the car industry and, by extension, the Continental collective male sex drive (something of a boys ‘n’ toys deal), leaving the women of Paris permanently frustrated, liable to fling themselves at any man untouched by this national malaise ! His business about to go under, garage owner and ladies man Gilles Pilard (the amiable Philippe Gasté, part of Davy’s little repertory troupe and male lead of Max Pécas’ cute CLUB PRIVE POUR COUPLES AVERTIS) hits upon the idea of opening a brothel catering to female needs. He quickly gets his buddies to come along for the ride. Lothario wannabe Max (rubber-faced comedian Pierre Danny) wants to get out of the scrap yard business and away from his nagging wife Juliette (scrumptious Anne Libert), mother of his two sons yet desperately longing for a little girl. Lawyer Xavier (handsome Jean Roche, subsequent male star of Pécas’ masterpiece FELICIA) spends more time in the bedroom than he does in the courtroom with a never-ending succession of sex-starved mistresses and is badly in need of a break from his amorous activities. Ex-prostitute turned secretary Irma (the radiant Nanette Corey, the sexy sleuth’s mistress in Paul Vecchiali’s CHANGE PAS DE MAIN, who sadly disappeared after an all too brief carnal career) contributes extensive professional experience in training the ready, willing if not always able young men applying for a job at the house of pleasure. Meanwhile, Gilles grows distracted through a budding attraction to lovely Florence (the exquisite Corinne O’Brien, whose only other major credit was for Jean-Claude Laureux’s LES BIJOUX DE FAMILLE), whose chauffeured car knocks him down in the opening scene and who turns out to be the Prime Minister’s daughter.B Hence running against his reluctant father in law in the upcoming elections seems like a good idea…

Believe it or not, but this is barely a basic outline of the film’s plot, constantly on the verge of veering into yet another direction on a whim. You can almost hear Davy saying : “Hey, wouldn’t it be great… ?” And off we are on a different tangent, often only strenuously connected to the central theme of the whorehouse for women and the possibilities of role reversal satire it represents. Best of these sidetracks is a hilarious episode involving Max’s visit to the sperm bank, contrasting his steamy fantasies with its matter of fact bureaucratic reality, and Davy even manages a couple of decent slapstick set pieces. While fairly explicit for the time, showing full frontal female nudity, sex scenes feel rushed and are strictly employed to comic rather than erotic effect. On the plus side, fans will have a field day spotting some of the most succulent starlets of the early ’70s like Malisa Longo (star of Eurociné’s irredeemably trashy ELSA FRÄULEIN SS), Frédérique Barral, Gilda Arancio and the inevitable Claudine Beccarie in addition to those already mentioned. In addition to their Davy collaborations, there’s another trivia note uniting stars Gasté, Libert, Corey and Danny. They all appeared in the enjoyable sex farce LES COUPLES DU BOIS DE BOULOGNE by Christian Gion, a filmmaker far less talented than Davy who had – on this occasion at least – perhaps a better understanding of what his audience desired. By trying to be too many things at once, Q winds up surely satisfying few of whatever its intended demographic’s supposed to be. “