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Dorado

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Italian War films
« on: 04 Aug 2007 - 20:21 »

The thread on Horst Frank reminded me that I still have an old VHS tape of some Italian war movie with him in it. The film turns out to be Dessert Commando (Umberto Lenzi, 1967) I have not seen the film for many years so I don’t remember anything about it, but it inspired me to open a thread on Italian war films.

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Re: Italian War films
« Reply #1 on: 04 Aug 2007 - 20:34 »

I haven't seen Desert Commando in years but remember that it's about 3 Nazi soldiers crossing the desert to Casablanca on a misson to assasinate Churchill,Roosevelt and Degaulle,it's not a bad film but not bursting with action either-good scene of a tank driving over the nazi commando's though.
There's a French dvd out and of course the old uncut lbx UK Fletcher/Techno tape which is how i'm sure most UK fans will have first seen it :-\
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Re: Italian War films
« Reply #2 on: 04 Aug 2007 - 20:57 »

The Spaghetti War films are even harder to find than Peplums on DVD, especially if you want original widescreen prints as well (so greedy aren't we).

Good news then that Wild East seem to be getting into the game, and they've just announced a double bill of 'Churchill's Leopards' and 'Salt in the Wound' - link.

I plan to start digging up some of these films for a season next year, even if it does mean delving into Treeline boxsets!
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« Reply #3 on: 04 Aug 2007 - 21:04 »

Battle force/Il grande attacco (Umberto Lenzi, 1978) has also been released recently.

http://www.anotherworldent.com/index_dk.htm

Hint, click on "Kommende Titler" in the menu bar in the left of the screen.
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« Reply #4 on: 04 Aug 2007 - 21:28 »

Battle force/Il grande attacco (Umberto Lenzi, 1978) has also been released recently.

http://www.anotherworldent.com/index_dk.htm

Hint, click on "Kommende Titler" in the many bar in the left of the screen.

Yes! That's the one I've been wanting to see for a long time. The only one I have is 5 FOR HELL. Saw Lenzi's BATTLE OF THE COMMANDOS when I was a kid. Palance stars in that one.
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Re: Italian War films
« Reply #5 on: 05 Aug 2007 - 10:20 »

Do you know if the disc has any English options, and where you can buy it?

Cheers.
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Re: Italian War films
« Reply #6 on: 05 Aug 2007 - 10:33 »

Do you know if the disc has any English options, and where you can buy it?

I can't find any info out about whether it has English options or not, nor where to buy it! But the cover's in English so it's highly likely!



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Dorado

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« Reply #7 on: 05 Aug 2007 - 10:57 »

The version from Another World Entertainment that I linked to has English sound and Danish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles that are removable.

As far as I know the company get all their films from other producers, the only thing they do with them are to prepare them for distribution on the Scandinavian market.
That means putting subtitles on them in various Scandinavian languages and making covers in those same languages.

To my knowledge they got their version of “The Inglorious Bastards” direct from Koch Media, and then only added the Scandinavian subs and covers to it before distributing it.
Therefore I'm very sure the same is the case with “Battle Force”.
So my reasoning is that this film is available somewhere on the net in a plain English version from the company that supplies AWE, but who that is don’t know. 
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« Reply #8 on: 05 Aug 2007 - 21:05 »

The only one I have is 5 FOR HELL.
I think "5 for Hell" is great and a really fun movie, Gianni Garko is great as always leading his band of misfits.  ::)
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« Reply #9 on: 12 Aug 2007 - 14:10 »

Good news then that Wild East seem to be getting into the game, and they've just announced a double bill of 'Churchill's Leopards' and 'Salt in the Wound' - link.

The uk satelite MOVIES4MEN channel have just added CHURCHILLS LEOPARDS to their schedule in a lovely widescreen print.

There are so many titles on that channel that i'm unfamiliar with , so i'm wondering how many other hidden Euro gems are lurking on there?

Tanzi,i agree FIVE FOR HELL is wonderful. ;)
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« Reply #10 on: 17 Aug 2007 - 12:07 »

I watched Paolo Cavara's The Ravine (La Cattura) the other night on VHS. It's probably more drama than war but the first half of the film with the cat and mouse game between David McCallum and Nicoletta Machiavelli (who's beautiful eyes by the way 8) ) is pretty decent. It gets rather lovey dovey in the second part but I'd like to see a better quality release on DVD some day.
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« Reply #11 on: 17 Aug 2007 - 18:28 »

Got THE LAST HUNTER in the mail today. Put off buying the vipco disc in hopes some other company would release it. Dark Sky's disc has a featurette with Margheriti's son. Now if only someone would release ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX...unless the Vipco release is decent. I had read that a number of their discs are bad quality.
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« Reply #12 on: 17 Aug 2007 - 18:34 »

Castellari's Escape from the Bronx looks great,i have a dvd-r of the VIPCO disc and was very pleased with it.
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« Reply #13 on: 17 Aug 2007 - 18:36 »

Got THE LAST HUNTER in the mail today. Put off buying the vipco disc in hopes some other company would release it. Dark Sky's disc has a featurette with Margheriti's son. Now if only someone would release ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX...unless the Vipco release is decent. I had read that a number of their discs are bad quality.
I don't know what the dark sky disc of last hunter is like, but i do have the vipco one and it's the best presentation i've ever seen, and it's uncut.

Love that Franci Micalizzi tune that plays in the bar, i've got a record of it.
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« Reply #14 on: 17 Aug 2007 - 18:38 »

Castellari's Escape from the Bronx looks great,i have a dvd-r of the VIPCO disc and was very pleased with it.

Great! I'll make a note to get that one then. I'll pop LAST HUNTER in and let you know and maybe post some caps later on.
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