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    Euro-crime: policier, polar, poliziesco all'italiana, poliziottesco/poliziotteschi

    As the Spaghetti Western thread is running so nicely, I thought it would be good to have a similar thread in which we could discuss Euro-crime pictures, whether French (the policier and the polar), Italian (the poliziesco all'italiana or poliziottesco pictures - or poliziotteschi, which seems to have become the dominant word for these amongst English-language fans) or otherwise.

    Today, I received the Italian Raro Video release of di Leo's IL POLIZIOTTO E'MARCIO/SHOOT FIRST... DIE LATER. I haven't seen this (semi-rare) film before, so it'll be nice to have a 'new' di Leo picture to watch. I've popped the disc in for a quick look, and I have to say that it looks to be a very exciting little film with a metric tonne of the immediacy and urgency that characterise di Leo's best poliziesco pictures; the English dubbing isn't bad either. Merenda has grown on me as an actor over the years, I have to say.

    Isn't this slated for a release in the US soon?



    I also took receipt of the German DVD release of LA POLIZIA RINGRAZIA, which I have seen before, many years ago - via the Japanese DVD release from King Records(?) This new German release looks to be a significant improvement. Has anyone else watched it yet?

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    Yeah, Raro's got the Di Leo film slated for release soon I believe both as a single disc release and as part of the Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection 2 boxed set. Looking forward to seeing it myself.

    LA POLIZIA RINGRAZIA was released in English as The Execution Squad, correct? Been years since I've seen it but I remember really liking that one a lot. Time for a revisit maybe.
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    Not a police film per se (as he is a private investigator) I have always been very fond of The Day of the Cobra (1980) with Franco Nero. Nice score by Paolo Vasile and a very memorable chase on the rooftops of Genua. Has this been released on any form of disc?
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    The Alive/Colosseo disc of EXECUTION SQUAD looks terrific, we discussed that one a bit somewhere around here. I love the film, it's one of my favorite euro-crimers. Enrico Maria Salerno brings a gravitas to his role that most other actors in the genre simply don't have. It's easily my most watched of all the poliziotteschi I've seen. Stelvio Cipriani's score is brilliant and really is another character in the film. It's my favorite of his many variations of certain themes that pop up in films like WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? It's not exactly the same music but it's in the ballpark. Love the ending of this film, where Mario Adorf finally wakes up and injects a bit of hope.

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    Yep, Ian: THE EXECUTION SQUAD is the English title for LA POLIZIA RINGRAZIA. It's a cracking film too. The German DVD looks to be a decent upgrade over the Japanese disc, and it's got a second disc with two hour-long documentaries - although they're in German only.
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    Hmm. The feature has English audio or subs though, Paul?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Silly Swede View Post
    Not a police film per se (as he is a private investigator) I have always been very fond of The Day of the Cobra (1980) with Franco Nero. Nice score by Paolo Vasile and a very memorable chase on the rooftops of Genua. Has this been released on any form of disc?
    I agree, Chris: it's a good film. There's a crappy US fullframe release, which looks to be sourced from a videotape. There are also a couple of German releases, but they feature the German dub only. The best of the bunch seems to be the Italian release, which AFAIK is the only one to feature an anamorphic transfer - but it's Italian language only. I think there's an English fandub of this kicking around on the Interwebular-nets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    Hmm. The feature has English audio or subs though, Paul?
    Yep, the feature disc features the English dub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    I think there's an English fandub of this kicking around on the Interwebular-nets.
    I knew I couldn't be alone in liking this! Any idea what this fanclub is titeled? My googlings are not going all that well.
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    There's a fan dub version on Cinemageddon.
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