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Svegliati e uccidi

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on January 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Title: Svegliati e uccidi
Production: Italy 1966
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Cast: Robert Hoffmann, Gian Maria Volontè, Claudio Camaso
Run Time: 117min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: TV capture
Language: English, German, Italian
Subtitles: English, German

A pipipip composite of the German and Greek VHS tapes.

“Although the poliziotteschi sub-genre would not dominate the Italian box-office until the 1970’s – a period which also saw crime movies in American cinema become distinctly grittier – it’s roots can be traced back to the early work of director Carlo Lizzani. His early work, such as Wake Up and Kill (also known as Wake Up and Die) and The Violent Four (1968), laid the foundations for a rougher crime flick, movies that weren’t afraid be socially aware or show Italy as the haven for crime and corruption it had become. For Wake Up and Kill, Lizzani took inspiration from one of the country’s most popular Robin Hood figures – Luciano Lutring. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Lutring before I was reading up about the film before watching it. I also doubt many people outside of Italy, or perhaps France (where Lutring served 12 years in prison), would have heard of him either, but his story is a familiar one. The likes of Ned Kelly and Jesse James come immediately to mind – criminals who are pardoned of their acts through folk-tales, becoming mythic heroes in the process. Lutring (played with a charismatic swagger by Robert Hoffman) robs jewels in broad daylight by smashing shop windows with a hammer and grabbing what he can. As his fame rises and his reputation hardens, he turns increasingly violent, carrying a sub-machine gun in a violin case which lends him the name “the machine-gun soloist,”. At first, Lizzani draws us into a sexy world of crime where every robbery lacks sophistication but sets the pulse racing, with sexy club singer Yvonne (Lisa Gastoni) soon on Lutring’s arm before she realises what she’s gotten herself into. Led by the determined Inspector Moroni (Gian Maria Volonte), the police are always one step behind Lutring’s crime-spree. A few moments of casual domestic violence aside, Lizzani mainly portrays Lutring in a sympathetic light, being sexed-up by the media and blamed for crimes he didn’t commit. For the crimes he does commit, Lizzani delivers a couple of well-handled and realistic set-pieces, usually in broad daylight. But at just shy of two hours (there are various versions of the movie out there – it appears I saw the longest) Wake Up and Kill feels dragged out, despite closing with a fantastic open-ended final scene.” ~imdb


Scacco alla mafia

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on January 19, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Title: Scacco alla mafia
Production: Italy 1970
Director: Warren Kiefer
Cast: Victor Spinetti, Maria Pia Conte, Pier Paolo Capponi
Run Time: 89min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: TV capture
Language: English, Italian, German
Subtitles: None

A pipipip project, using a rare German TV capture.

“At the Rome airport two men are taken into custody. Inspector Scott Luce thinks their two suit-cases are full of drugs, but the suit-cases contains only white powder. Afterwards the corpse of Susan Palmer is found. She was a drug runner for the Cosa Nostra boss Frankie Agostino. Susan’s friend, Jenny Ryan, meets a mysterious man from America, Arthur Ardigan, supposedly her cousin. In the meantime Inspector Luce is investigating.” ~imdb

Terrorism, Could It Happen Here?

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on June 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Title: Terrorism, Could It Happen Here?
Production: Italy 1977
Director: Massimo Pirri
Cast: Luc Merenda, Lou Castel, Andrea Franchetti
Run Time: 86min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language: Italian, German, English
Subtitles: None


A pipipip project.

“I went into this film under the impression that it would be an Italian crime flick. It is; but it’s not the type I’m used to, as instead of all the fights and car chases that I would usually expect from this sort of film, we merely get lumbered with a load of talking and theories that don’t have much weight behind them and thus the result is really boring. The plot focuses on a small group of terrorists. Three of them try to kill somebody; one ends up dead and the other two flee. But there was a last minute change of plan, which causes trouble in the terrorist cell. The problem with this film being so boring is that it’s very difficult to follow. I honestly found it hard to care about anything in this film. It’s not that I need things like car chases to make me like a movie; but I do watch films for enjoyment more than anything else, and this one didn’t deliver anything like that. The film stars Luc Merenda, who despite being great in many Italian films; is not enough to elevate this one above tedium. I have no idea if the film was trying to make a point about something going on in Italy in the late seventies, but whatever the point was went right over my head and I would not recommend anyone seek this dull film out!” ~imdb

La mano nera

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips, Uncategorized on August 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Titel: The Black Hand (La mano nera)
Production: Italy 1973
Director: Antonio Racioppi
Cast: Lionel Stander, Rosanna Fratello, Michele Placido
Run Time: 87 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian, English, German
Subtitles: Italian


A pipipip project, enhancing the Italian CineKult release with English and German audio tracks.

“just viewed this movie and decided to take the time to make some comments since no one else has.overall I give the movie a 7,the score would be higher if there were less blood and more clothes on the females.Deserves an R rating.In the 1960’s and 70’s I spent many hours being entertained by dubbed movies,this one is dubbed so it is to my liking.What I like about it in no certain order is as follows:The movie is about the mafia…it’s made by Italians,has alot of Italian actors…it seems fitting.Set in the early 1900’s in America it has a dark look and mood…great atmosphere.I believe the character lionel stander plays is the same one ernest borgnine had in the movie “pay or die” that of an Italian on the police force combating the mafia,based on a real person.His character gives a sense of realism to the movie and made me wonder if the movie was based some on fact.The little I know about the real person is similar to the character in the movie.In the past I havn’t seen much of Lionel stander in the movies but his performance as a tough cop is very good.He is not the main character though,a young man(placido ?)is,he plays a young immigrant that is a victim of circumstance.He is a just person that kills an expendable gangster in the heat of a fight,the victim had previously killed an elderly friend of his.He gets employment from the mob being unaware of the serious unlawful part he has in one of their cold blooded operations…he is a tragic figure.Other viewers might feel this movie is just another low budget poorly dubbed movie.The film left me with the feeling it may have been based more on fact than much more expensively made films about organized crime.It also left me wondering if the young main character was based on a real person-I liked the movie.” ~imdb


Fatevi vivi: la polizia non interverrà

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on August 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Titel: Fatevi vivi: la polizia non interverrà (Kidnap)
Production: Italy 1974
Director: Giovanni Fago
Cast: Henry Silva, Rada Rassimov, Philippe Leroy
Run Time: 90 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: English


A darioargento project about which he says: “Using the netflix dvdr and the italian audio from the quite obscure telecine, i’ve made this little swansong. The english track is complete but the italian audio side was shorter as the telecine was cut so a couple of scenes revert to english audio. The English subtitles are being made by my partner in crime, so hopefully one of patch guru’s can do a patch at a later date. The italian audio has been elusive for quite a while and i know quite a few people are after it, yes its not Henry Silva’s voice but its a Poliziottesco in italian as intended.”

This crime drama follows Italian police commissioner Caprile (Henry Silva) as he races to rescue the 6-year-old daughter of an important businessman. Also hoping to save her is Frank Salvatore (Gabriele Ferzetti), the old-school Mafia don accused of the crime. Caprile leans on a low-level thug (Philippe Leroy) for information and is led to Salvatore, who considers children to be off-limits as targets and hopes to restore his reputation.

La legge dei gangsters

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on August 19, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Titel: Gangster’s Law (La legge dei gangsters)
Production: Italy 1969
Director: Siro Marcellini
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Maurice Poli, Franco Citti
Run Time: 90 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: English, Italian, German
Subtitles: None


A pipipip project. Uncut version based on the German VHS release with spliced in missing scenes from a secondary source.

“Part groovy Italian exploitation and part gangster movie, about the only enjoyable part of this movie is studying the young Klaus Kinski. I suppose this was made before Klaus became unbearable to work with due to the fact this was one of eight movies he made in 1969 alone. He’s young, strong, and takes direction well. Only a minor performance from Franco Citti (Bruno) whom you can also find in the Italian segment of The Godfather (1972) as Michael’s bodyguard and in Pasolini’s Decameron (1971) though not much elsewhere unless you like more Italian crime films. The rest of the cast played well, but the movie lacked direction from the beginning. At only 89 minutes, it felt that at 40 the movies should have already been finished. After the robbery and flashback portion, the movie ran out of steam and regressed into droll segments highlighting each robber’s downfall. Ending with ineffective shootouts and car chases, I was squirming in my seat for the movie to wrap up what I already knew was going to happen. Aside from short scenes of dancing in a night club that was shot and edited in a decidedly “groovier” style than the rest of the movie, I don’t recommend renting or buying this Italian-made crime/revenge caper.” ~imdb

La notte dell’ultimo giorno

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on August 18, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Titel: La notte dell’ultimo giorno
Production: Italy 1963
Director: Adimaro Sala
Cast: Bruno Boschetti, Franco Fabrizi, Fiorenzo Fiorentini
Run Time: 80 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: Screener
Language: Italian
Subtitles: None


Bizarre and intriguing at the same time. It is difficult to classify this particular film in a specific genre. Although the plot is simple and predictable twists out there, especially the last half hour. Each character has its precise characterization and it seems that everyone is against everyone. Good use of music by Stelvio Cipriani commented to mark the various scenes. After all, despite its not easy to find, well worth a viewing! One of the strangest films made in that period!

Con la rabbia agli occhi

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on June 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Titel: Con la rabbia agli occhi (Death Rage) 
Production: Italy 1976
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Cast: Yul Brynner, Massimo Ranieri, Barbara Bouchet
Run Time: 94 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English


A pipipip project, enhancing the Italian CineKult release with English subtitles by aldo.

“Opening with a funky 70’s concert presumably in Italy, DEATH RAGE is an obscure Italian knockoff of the American action flick starring Yul Brynner in one of his final film performances. Brynner is really the only good reason to watch this movie, as there is very little special about it beyond that. Barbara Bouchet, Brynner’s leading lady, is very sexy and does show a lot of skin, so there is some eye candy. Unfortunately, Brynner and Bouchet, in terms of acting, have almost no chemistry together (according to the trivia section at IMDb, they did not get along on the set–it shows). For those not familiar with Italian cinema during the 70’s and 80’s, keep in mind that the dubbing is never well done in these kinds of movies. The main focus is watching Brynner being a badass (which he does exceptionally well), watching Bouchet’s body, and seeing lots of gunfights, car chases, and explosions. The plot is nothing new, and some of the dialogue is out-and-out stolen from other films. The special effects are standard for the time, and there is some animation featured during Brynner’s flashback sequences (the “Death Rage” from the title). The movie follows retired hit-man Peter Marciani (Brynner), whose brother was, once upon a time, killed by the Mafia. He is lured out of retirement to hunt the man responsible for his brother’s death, and travels to Italy, where he meets a goofy young wannabe named Angelo (Massimo Ranieri). Angelo shows him to his method for manipulating horse races, then takes him to a nightclub where Marciani is introduced to exotic dancer Anny (Bouchet). With his companions by his side, Marciani avoids death and struggles with his eye condition while trying to bring down the mob. If interested in watching this movie, I strongly suggest searching for it online; it is public domain, and should be available for free. It is also included in various dollar-bin versions and 50 movie boxed-sets.”

Genova a mano armata

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on June 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Titel: Genova a mano armata (Merciless Man) 
Production: Italy 1976
Director: Mario Lanfranchi
Cast: Tony Lo Bianco, Maud Adams, Adolfo Celi
Run Time: 87 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: English
Subtitles: Swedish (Hardcoded)


An argoman upgrade of the kuenfist disc. “I have worked with Premiere to reassemble the parts of the Italian version in 35mm absents on the RARE SWEDISH VHS RIP and then i added the ITALIAN AUDIO. Unfortunately, the Italian version of the film that we have very damaged and then some parts of the film are in English. Obviously being a vhs Swedese subtitles are not removable … In over the vhs has the image slightly elongated, I tried to bring it back in the correct format 2.35:1. SO NOW WE HAVE THE FINAL 86min. UNCUT VERSION”

A kuenfist rip of a Swedish rental tape.
“Hello friends of the italian cinema and the eurocrime genre, today i bring you something very special a nice VHSrip remastered anamorphic of ” Genova a mano armata”. A good friend of mine had the swedish tape in prestine condition he gave it to me with the promise that i do not upload it after i made the custom DVD…… but after argoman uploaded today “Yellow”. I was thinking everybody should enjoy my work and my friend gets a lot of DVDs from me too so where’s the problem. I made a uncompressed rip and this time with a long AviSynth scrypt i made everything in one step…. but i made a mistake the first time … to much sharpening was not good for the picture. After another 3 hours the picture was alright and i encoded it for DVD with cinevision. Please set the audio a little down it is very loud. Hope you enjoy my work …. and i love some good comments … this tape is damn rare !!!!!!!!!!”

“A disgraced American cop (Tony Lo Bianco) sets up a detective agency in Genova, Italy. His only client is Dr. Marta Mayer (Maud Adams) who has hired him to find out who kidnapped and killed her father. It isn’t easy as villains pop up ever 10 minutes to kill him and he has to contend with cantankerous Italian cop Lo Gallo (Adolfo Celi). This is a really odd thriller from director Mario Lanfranchi. I say that because stuff happens at random in the flick. For example, Lo Bianco just shows up at places where major plot moments are going down. How did he know to be there? Am I just supposed to assume his amazing detective work brought him there? The strangest moment has Lo Bianco shooting himself up with heroin to get inside a fancy rehab facility that actually wants to distribute more street drugs. It is interesting to see Adams post-THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and pre-OCTOPUSSY. Lo Bianco, obviously cashing in on his fame with THE FRENCH CONNECTION, seems to be having fun as the wise ass detective and does a lot of his own stunts.” [imdb]

I mafiosi

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on June 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Titel: I mafiosi 
Production: Italy 1959
Director: Roberto Mauri
Cast: Erno Crisa, Wandisa Guida, Philippe Hersent
Run Time: 82 min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English


A lordretsudo project, adding Ganjafarmer’s subtitles to an obscure Italian retail.

“Roberto Mauri was one of the first Italian directors to really home in on the crime flick as populist entertainment, gone is the neo-realism of his peers – here we have a very well photographed film that, perhaps rather surprisingly portrays the Mafia as a group of bandits who come across more like Robin Hood and his merry men than the evil mass murderers every film (after this) would go on to portray them. It is, perhaps, for this very reason that ‘I Mafiosi’ is a film you won’t see in many (any?) reference books.

On the other hand, it’s worth pointing out that Italians (certainly Sicilians) probably didn’t hate the Mafia that much (around the time this film was made) because they tended to help keep law and order in places where there really was no law and order… Times certainly have changed since their days of protecting the lemon and orange groves of Sicily.

My rip from the ultra-obscure Italian retail DVD – once again only available in news stands for a limited period of time. It cost me more than I could afford, but it’s also the only release I know of… I suspect it hasn’t aired much on TV either, if at all.

Random Trivia:

The film co-stars Wandisa Guida, a former Miss Italy at the time.

Director Roberto Mauri also co-stars as ‘Cosimo’

Also stars Walter Brandi, who would go on to appear in lots of vampire flicks not long after…

The minstrel who plays the catchy Mafia themed ballad in the movie probably isn’t very popular now.” ~ganjafarmer