Euro Cult Movie Forum => Police & Crime => Topic started by: Jonny on 25 Jul 2007 - 19:38

Title: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 25 Jul 2007 - 19:38
Never seen this film, just got a nice straight from VHS DVD-R a few weeks ago and thought I'd give it watch soon.

Anyone seen it and care to comment, no spoilers though please!

Possibly the only film I know of that features Maurizio Merli without a moustache...

(http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2395/highwayracerfe9.jpg)
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 25 Jul 2007 - 19:48
Blinding :)
Some great car chases and stunt work.I used to own the fullscreen Danish sell thru of this,haven't watched the film in ages though.
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 25 Jul 2007 - 20:00
Never seen this film, just got a nice straight from VHS DVD-R a few weeks ago and thought I'd give it watch soon.

Anyone seen it and care to comment, no spoilers though please!

Possibly the only film I know of that features Maurizio Merli without a moustache...


Great film, the best version that i know of is a Japanese tape which is widescreen (not sure if it's the right ratio though)

Merli is also tashless in "Seagulls fly low" :-\
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 25 Jul 2007 - 20:18
Merli is also tashless in "Seagulls fly low" :-\

I didn't know that! I've got a copy of 'Seagulls Fly Low', an incentive to dig it out and watch it I think!
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Pollanet on 28 Nov 2007 - 22:45
Seems that in january Poliziotto Sprint will be on RAISAT channel after unless 20 years from the last time on italian tv

I absolutely love this movie  8), in italy there is only a bad fullscreen master on CVC VHS, I hope that I can see it in widescreen for the first time...
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Nov 2007 - 22:53
I absolutely love this movie  8), in italy there is only a bad fullscreen master on CVC VHS, I hope that I can see it in widescreen for the first time...
If it not widescreen seek out the Japanese vhs, it's the best print i've ever seen of the film.
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Pollanet on 29 Nov 2007 - 13:26
Usually RAISAT channel has good and correct master and a better definition... I hope also this time

in the early 80's in Italy a large number of local tv-channel started to broadcast, there were no law or order for them, so they used to show pirate copies of movies without paying any royalty for them

in my district one of these local tv-channel had only a few movies that broadcasted in loop

and one of these movies was Poliziotto sprint, during a summer each afternoon you could see Poliziotto sprint and each afternoon I saw Poliziotto sprint, perhaps for 30 times  :D

ok, I was child... but in my district everyone knows Marco Palma & Poliziotto sprint...
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: paperbag on 02 Dec 2007 - 04:53
This film is being included in the boxset Grindhouse Experience, Vol. 2 .. they'd all be in full screen but it's cheap at dvdpacific for all these

Apocalypse Genre- Stryker' & 'Atlantis Interceptors'
Spy Genre- '077:Mission Bloody Mary' & 'Her Majesty's Top Gun'
Sword and Sandal Genre- 'Carthage in Flames' & 'Corialanis'
War Genre- 'Dirty Two' & 'Sinai Commandos'
Car Chase Genre- 'Renegade' & 'Highway Racer'
Shark Genre- 'Deadly Jaws' & 'Shark Hunter'
Crime Genre- 'Blazing Magnum' & 'Three Men to Kill'
Blaxploitation- 'Mr. Deathman' & 'Slavers'
Super Heroes Genre- 'Phenomenal' & '3 Supermen Against Godfather'
Kung Fu- 'Three Avengers' & 'Master Killers'
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Johan Melle on 04 Dec 2007 - 00:04
That Grindhouse set sounds kind of interesting. I've never even heard of the first set. Is it any good? Well, I'm guessing it's all VHS sourced but is it at least watchable? If it is, I just might pick it up.
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: zykl0nb on 04 Dec 2007 - 03:02
The quality varies with each movie, but none of them is exactly "good."  But the ones I looked at were mostly watchable, I guess you could say..
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Johan Melle on 04 Dec 2007 - 12:28
Ok, thanks. I'll probably give it a try if I can find it cheap then.
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Dec 2007 - 16:46
I've got VHS of most of these anyway and 9 times out of 10 they are better than these U.S. budget dvd's.

I'll wait till i hear full reports.
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 04 Dec 2007 - 16:50
The Danish small box sell-thru tape of this doesn't look bad though it's fullscreen,it was the first and only version i ever saw of it.
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Dec 2007 - 16:55
The Danish small box sell-thru tape of this doesn't look bad though it's fullscreen,it was the first and only version i ever saw of it.
The Japanese vhs is widescreen (about 1.85:1) and a nice print awell.
Title: Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 07 Sep 2010 - 16:17
I enjoyed this a lot, although for the first half hour Maurizio Merli's character was such a whiny little bitch I wish he'd died in the car crash  :-\
Watching Merli without his tache is like watching 70's porn without the hairy beavers.  :-\
Title: Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Diabolik on 08 Sep 2010 - 09:21
Danish ex-rental
(http://www.diabolik.dk/llol/DanishCovers/HighwayRacer.jpg)
In english, danish subs., FS
/D
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 11 Sep 2010 - 00:22
The Japanese vhs is widescreen (about 1.85:1) and a nice print aswell.
...and here it is

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/spara2/Highwayracer.jpg)
Title: Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: benbridges on 23 Oct 2010 - 10:01
Strangely enough, I just saw HIGHWAY RACER for the first time last week, and I followed it with SEAGULLS FLY LOW, another moustache-less Merli performance. I enjoyed HIGHWAY RACER but I felt that Maurizio was miscast here as a headstrong cop whose enthusiasm for speed and driving in general often clouds his judgement when it comes to making decisions. If you overlook this, the movie is well worth a watch. Has anyone seen FEARLESS FUZZ? Merli plays the same somewhat 'lighter' character who actually cracks wise and -- wait for it -- smiles occasionally! He has some skill in this department, but is nowhere near as compelling as when he's playing his more obsessive rogue cop roles. He plays it somewhat lighter in HUNTED CITY, and though it's an okay movie, give me something like A SPECIAL COP IN ACTION any day.
Title: Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Oct 2010 - 10:09
Has anyone seen FEARLESS FUZZ?

Sure have!  :P

Fearless Fuzz (http://www.lovelockandload.net/forum/index.php?topic=410.0)

Welcome to the forums btw!
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Garbage Can on 01 Apr 2011 - 00:35
That Grindhouse set sounds kind of interesting. I've never even heard of the first set. Is it any good? Well, I'm guessing it's all VHS sourced but is it at least watchable? If it is, I just might pick it up.

I rented and watched this last night from vol. 2 specifically because I wanted to see this after being fooled by No Shame's "Convoy Busters" DVD. The movie is full screen and sourced from a Danish tape evidently dubbed over a home-recorded tape. When you start the movie, footage of rally cars for what is probably a commercial and a trailer for a Jodie Foster movie with Danish subtitles quickly cut in and out before the theme and generic title card appear. The movie is made even more grainy, since it has digital artifacts from being burned onto DVD. It's still watchable if you need to see it.

About the movie, some thoughts...

-The screenwriter must have had the famous "chickie run" car race scene from Rebel Without A Cause on the brain. I was expecting some guy to wave a pair of pantyhose to signal both drivers to start.
-One of the goons gets hit by a fishtailing car. Was that a dummy or did one of Rémy Julienne's guys take one for the team? That looked very realistic ???
-The director must have cheaped-out on the technical advisor: I guess poking around the piston valve with a household screwdriver "soups up" a car, making it go faster?
-What would be the problem in doing so, anyway? The Italian police have Lamborghini's! (http://www.wired.com/autopia/2008/10/mama-mia-italia/)
Title: Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 01 Apr 2011 - 08:48
-One of the goons gets hit by a fishtailing car. Was that a dummy or did one of Rémy Julienne's guys take one for the team? That looked very realistic ???
Sure does.
I've watched this sequence in slow motion a few times now and it does appear that stuntman took the full impact of the car.
Title: Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Jonny on 23 Apr 2011 - 15:25
Merli dubbed into Japanese...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QjhWH4MC940
Title: Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
Post by: Funktion on 03 May 2021 - 10:59
Arrow will release the film on Blu-Ray (UK and US) in June, as part of a box called Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers 1973-1977.

The boxset includes:

-Colt .38 Special Squad / Quelli della calibro 38 (Massimo Dallamano, 1976)
-Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
-No, the Case Is Happily Resolved / No, il caso è felicemente risolto (Vittorio Salerno, 1973)
-Savage Three / Fango bollente (Vittorio Salerno, 1975)
-Like Rabid Dogs / Come cani arrabbiati (Mario Imperoli, 1976)

(https://images.static-bluray.com/movies/covers/288410_large.jpg)