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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #30 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 21:28 »

The best version is certainly the Japanese VHS which is widescreen and looks very nice- just don't expect it to go for less that $25.
I have a Japanese laserdic of it.
It came out on vestron video in the 80's in the U.K under the title "Fists of Steel" but i think it was slightly cut by the BBFC (Cunts!)
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #31 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 21:37 »

The best version is certainly the Japanese VHS which is widescreen and looks very nice- just don't expect it to go for less that $25.
I have a Japanese laserdic of it.
It came out on vestron video in the 80's in the U.K under the title "Fists of Steel" but i think it was slightly cut by the BBFC (Cunts!)

I think that the laserdisc you have might be the source that this Revok.com guy has used to produce his copies. That explains why nobody can find the DVD he else should have used as source.

If I remember correctly he also writes somewhere on his homepage that he has used laserdiscs as sources for some of the films he is selling.
What is the duration of your disc?
 
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #32 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 22:08 »

What is the duration of your disc?
94 mins
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #33 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 22:08 »

Here is the cover



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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #34 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 22:12 »

Would you consider selling this Tanzi? Just don't let anybody else have it if you ever decide to get rid of it!
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #35 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 22:19 »

What is the duration of your disc?
94 mins

Same here, my version also runs 94 minutes so I’m pretty sure this is the digital source Revok.com uses.
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« Reply #36 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 22:20 »

Would you consider selling this Tanzi? Just don't let anybody else have it if you ever decide to get rid of it!
I doubt if i will sell it but if i do you will be the first to know.

Do you like LD's then Lefteris?

I've opened up a new thread "EuroCult Laserdics covers"

http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=439.0

it would be great if anyone can add some pics! ::)
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« Reply #37 on: 03 Aug 2007 - 23:45 »

I doubt if i will sell it but if i do you will be the first to know.

Do you like LD's then Lefteris?

I've opened up a new thread "EuroCult Laserdics covers"

I only have a couple but don't have a player! This is one of my all-time favorites so I would grab it without second thought!
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #38 on: 04 Aug 2007 - 00:23 »

I doubt if i will sell it but if i do you will be the first to know.

Do you like LD's then Lefteris?

I've opened up a new thread "EuroCult Laserdics covers"

I only have a couple but don't have a player! This is one of my all-time favorites so I would grab it without second thought!
what have you got?
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #39 on: 28 Oct 2007 - 17:18 »


TOP LINE (1988, Nello Rossati)

Franco Nero is alcoholic (again!!) writer Ted Angelo. He discovers a UFO (or is it Noah's Ark?) inside a cave located somewhere at the Columbian jungle. Of course that means trouble as literally everyone wants to get rid of Ted and get their hands on the priceless treasure: CIA, KGB, the mob, a Nazi villain (George Kennedy of THE DELTA FORCE) and even a cyborg ala HANDS OF STEEL.TOP LINE is definitely one of the craziest Italian cult movies you will ever see. The first half plays like a RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK rip-off (Franco even wears a hat similar to Harrison Ford's) with shades of ROMANCING THE STONE. Of course there is nothing wrong with that as the Italians always do it better. The film is fast-moving and entertaining although nothing prepares the viewer for the outrageousness of the last act where a cyborg appears and goes after Nero's character. Shades of THE TERMINATOR (and Sergio Martino's HANDS OF STEEL aka RETURN OF THE TERMINATOR) are obvious here as the cyborg's head is bust wide open and his eyeball pops out, hanging from wires. The half-human, half-robot is defeated by a bull that is enraged by his red shirt. Brilliant. TOP LINE goes even more over the top when Mary Stavin's character turns into an alien monster. The ending is sudden and could have been way more gripping but the rest of the film definitely pays off. Nero is perfect as the alcoholic writer- after all it's one of his favorite parts isn't it? His performance ads seriousness to the admittedly trashy script and rescues TOP LINE from being classified as another b-movie piece of junk. So does the competent direction: Rossati is not the man you would expect to direct a sci-fi/action film (that would be probably Enzo Castellari or Sergio Martino) but he does a great work, using traveling shots frequently. The locations help a lot and the cave where the ark is found is probably one of the most beautiful settings in an Italian genre film. The ark itself is a piece of art and definitely no low budget work. The special FX will probably scare perfectionists away although they are not bad at all, considering the budget limitations. The sequence where Nero is hunted by the mob and George Kennedy in his car is one of the most memorable in the whole film as it creates tension due to Rossati's expert touch and Nero's incredible performance.Overall, TOP LINE is top-notch Italian cult, highly entertaining and certainly an original creation. If you love movies that try to throw in a little bit of everything this one is for you. Not to be missed. For the record, director and star cooperated again on previous year's DJANGO STRIKES AGAIN aka DJANGO 2.


One of the maddest things I've seen in a long time - and all the better for it!  ::) The ending made me think of the X Files - with added conspiracy theory! (Cheers again Tanzi for the tape!) Nero is great, and George Kennedy was suitably hissable as the bad guy (still can't quite get his NAKED GUN character out of my head though!) - loved the demented gleeful grin he sports in the chase sequence!
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #40 on: 10 Nov 2007 - 16:37 »

Bloodbuster,who did the great Italian crime reference guide 'Cinici infamie e violenti',have just published a guide to Italian sci-fi/fantasy films of the 80's titled 'CONTAMINATIONS-Guida al fantacinema italiano anni 80'.It's €16 and 210 pages with all the films from 1980-89 plus home video editions,actors etc but limited to 1000 numbered editions.I'm ordering a copy from Ebay next week.
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #41 on: 10 Nov 2007 - 16:44 »

Cheers for the heads up Stephen. I too will be buying one of these.  :'(
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #42 on: 10 Nov 2007 - 16:48 »

Shit! I don't believe this has English text does it??? Looks like a must have.
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #43 on: 10 Nov 2007 - 16:56 »

Shit! I don't believe this has English text does it??? Looks like a must have.
No English text sadly but this is essential for you as i know you love these films,i'll get a copy as soon as i've some spare cash in my account and let you know.
Here's the Bloodbuster catalogue page through Google translator:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.bloodbuster.com/index.php%3Fidlingua%3D1%26pageid%3Ddettagli2%26idprodotto%3D3530&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=3&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2527CONTAMINATIONS-Guida%2Bal%2Bfantacinema%2Bitaliano%2Banni%2B80%2527%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DG
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Re: Italian Terminators & Cyborgs
« Reply #44 on: 10 Nov 2007 - 18:14 »

Just ordered a copy direct from Bloodbuster, might as well spend the money in my paypal account while I've got it!

Lefteris I can vouch for the quality of Bloodbusters books, I have the 'Cinici, Infami e Violenti' polizieschi book and even though there's no English text it's still a great book with some quality info.
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