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Author Topic: Wake Up and Die / Svegliati e uccidi (Carlo Lizzani, 1966)  (Read 12116 times)

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Arrow Blu-ray coming on 23 November 2015



SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
•Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Optional English and Italian soundtracks presented in their original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
•Newly-translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
•Theatrical trailer
•Limited Edition illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography 1968-1980 and Italian Gothic Horror Films 1959-1969
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Very curious to see how this turns out.

As mentioned elsewhere, I worked on the subs for a composite print by (il grande!) Pipipip over at CG which runs for just under 2 hours (1h 55m, to be more precise)

There are lots of very different prints of this film. The original UK dub (on the Greek VHS) contains more violence and two reasonably long dialogue scenes  (notably an early scene where Franco arrives at the hotel and calls Yvonne from the hotel lobby - and a later scene where an undercover cop is tailing Yvonne) The German version has a long scene with Gian Maria Volonte discussing the case with the French inspector, Julien, amongst other things - including extensions to scenes that play out slightly longer. But there's a lot more than that...

It seems like every territory had its own unique cut of the film.

Does anyone have any idea of the possible running time for Arrow's release?

Still, any release is a blessing - I'm just not sure what to expect given all the variant prints. It's a strange beast because I wouldn't want to cut anything from the film and like it how it stands with everything re-instated. Mostly because it's that good...

One slight criticism of the Arrow marketing blurb (not posted here, but over at RockShockPop forums... copied/pasted below)

"During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the ‘machine gun soloist’, a name he’d earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a Robin Hood figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career."

Anyone who's watched the film or done the slightest bit of reading up on the real-life Luciano Lutring would know that is complete nonsense. He was a simple smash-and-grab jewellery store thief and nothing like a 'Robin Hood' figure. Unless, of course, Robin Hood beat his women a lot, organised bank robberies, and stole from tiny jewellery stores. He's also credited with over 500 robberies, not 100.

Quibbles aside, let's see how the reviews pan out.

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As with the new French Blu of "Lizard in a woman's skin" I suspect that it won't be a complete composite cut, just a "specific" cut from one of the territories. Who knows though? Would be good to get an idea of their plans
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As with the new French Blu of "Lizard in a woman's skin" I suspect that it won't be a complete composite cut, just a "specific" cut from one of the territories. Who knows though? Would be good to get an idea of their plans

A specific running time would help.

And, yes, I guess it's going to be the Italian version which clocks in at roughly 102 minutes. That would make sense.
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The German label Subkultur will release a BD too. They confirmed at German Dirty Picturs board that they use an Italian master but weren't able to be more precise at the moment about the run length.
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The German label Subkultur will release a BD too. They confirmed at German Dirty Picturs board that they use an Italian master but weren't able to be more precise at the moment about the run length.
Nice one, thanks for the info!
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The German label Subkultur will release a BD too. They confirmed at German Dirty Picturs board that they use an Italian master but weren't able to be more precise at the moment about the run length.
Cool, I just hope it's English friendly.

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Looks like it's due to be screened on Italian TV in October on the RAIMovie channel, a month before this hits retail.

Reminds me of the HD remasters of the Di Leo flicks on SKY Movies years ago.

I suspect a lot of these releases are being remastered in collaboration with television companies out here in Italy. RAIMovie are also showing 'The Killer Reserved 9 Seats' which I guess will be the same master as the Camera Obscura release.

I really need to plug the telly back in...  :P
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Looks like it's due to be screened on Italian TV in October on the RAIMovie channel, a month before this hits retail.

Reminds me of the HD remasters of the Di Leo flicks on SKY Movies years ago.

I suspect a lot of these releases are being remastered in collaboration with television companies out here in Italy. RAIMovie are also showing 'The Killer Reserved 9 Seats' which I guess will be the same master as the Camera Obscura release.

I really need to plug the telly back in...  :P
Unfortunately, RAI Movie channel can be legally viewed abroad only with an expensive computer satellite card with 8PSK ACM/VCM support.
By the way, 'The Killer Reserved 9 Seats' is more appropriate for the newly launched channel Giallo:'(

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Arrow dvd just came out... who bought it?  :-X
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Re: Wake Up and Die / Svegliati e uccidi (Carlo Lizzani, 1966)
« Reply #10 on: 25 Nov 2015 - 13:36 »

Arrow dvd just came out... who bought it?  :-X

not yet. waiting on price.

first review i've seen >
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_70/wake_up_and_kill_blu-ray.htm
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Re: Wake Up and Die / Svegliati e uccidi (Carlo Lizzani, 1966)
« Reply #11 on: 25 Nov 2015 - 20:32 »

I did! Picked up the Blu from Fopp after work yesterday (along with Lizzani's Requiescant).
Contains the full length Italian version and the shorter English dub, looks superb to my eyes. Only ever had the VHS so very happy with this. Definitely can't argue with having more Volonte on Blu. I can't see it being a top seller, and it's a bold move putting out such an obscure title (or at least 'obscure' to the general high st consumer) but having owned the Greek tape for years, it's amazing that this even got the light of day in any digital format.
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Re: Wake Up and Die / Svegliati e uccidi (Carlo Lizzani, 1966)
« Reply #12 on: 26 Nov 2015 - 07:21 »

it's a bold move putting out such an obscure title
I wouldn't say so, there's enough Arrow obsessives out there who buy anything they put out now even if it's something they couldn't care less about otherwise. Shame Eureka didn't release this instead (in my eyes, before anyone pipes up).
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Re: Wake Up and Die / Svegliati e uccidi (Carlo Lizzani, 1966)
« Reply #13 on: 27 Nov 2015 - 11:42 »

I'll buy anything Arrow these days  ;D
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Re: Wake Up and Die / Svegliati e uccidi (Carlo Lizzani, 1966)
« Reply #14 on: 27 Nov 2015 - 12:58 »

I'll buy anything Arrow these days  ;D
Hahaha  :-\
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