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Author Topic: Violent Rome / Roma violenta (Marino Girolami as Franco Martinelli 1975)  (Read 37038 times)

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I just received a DVDr of this film. The film is brilliant the quality however was the worst I have seen yet.

It ran 84 min, was pan & scan, had Greek subtitles, and it was a direct transfer from a tape.

A direct transfer can be okay, the Greek subtitles do not bother me either, but the transfer was so poor that the film was hardly watch able.

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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #1 on: 06 Jul 2007 - 17:42 »

Yeah, the Greek tapes are not known for their quality transfers. The Portuguese and Danish VHS releases look much better. Vigilante has a fan subtitled copy of the Italian DVD release which I should have in a week or so. Drop me a PM Dorado, I might be able to help you out with an upgrade.
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #2 on: 06 Jul 2007 - 18:34 »

Every print i've seen of this looks a bit ropey including the new Italian dvd,not the worst transfer but CGHV/Federal were obviously working with a very damaged master.They also released a dodgy looking disc of Alfonso Brescia's THE NEW GODFATHERS which is jumpy and splicy,still it's nice to see these 2 out there even if the offical releases are Italian language only.Bring on the fandubs/subs.......
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #3 on: 06 Jul 2007 - 18:44 »

The Greek VHS of VIOLENT ROME doesn't look as bad as Dorado says, it is watchable. There are other Greek prints that are unwatchable, specially some that were released in the early 80s that were sourced from wretched 35mm prints...

I would love to see a really good remastered print of VIOLENT ROME one day. Noshame had their chance but they released the crappy VIOLENT TURIN instead ???
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #4 on: 06 Jul 2007 - 19:37 »

Every print i've seen of this looks a bit ropey even the new Italian dvd,not the worst transfer but they(CGHV/Federal) were obviously working with a very damaged master.

Yeah, I have to agree with you there Stephen I was really disappointed when I first watched the Federal DVD. I'd say it's only a marginal step up from an original VHS quality wise.
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #5 on: 06 Jul 2007 - 21:03 »

ROMA VIOLENTA 1975- aka VIOLENT ROME

Maurizio Merli, Richard Conte, Ray Lovelock, John Steiner

I understand very little Italian so this synopsis is from what I could make out as this DVD had no english track nor subtitles.

Commissioner Betti (Merli) transfers to Rome to help quell the abundant crime and violence in the city. His methods prove to be as destructive as the criminals themselves. He is relieved of duty and is ultimately hired out by a rich business man (Conte) to lead a private group of vigilantes to eliminate as much scum as possible.

Maurizio Merli's first euro crime actioner is one mean mother and an outstanding start that would produce close to a dozen more violent Italo crime pictures. Merli commands your attention in every scene he is in and only needs to give an intimidating scowl to let you know somebody is about to get hurt. Merli, the king of the bitch slap gets to dole out mucho punishment here and director Marino Girolami (father to Enzo Castellari) gives him ample opportunity to do so.

The fight scenes are very good for a change and aren't as telegraphed as they are in so many Italian action films especially their westerns. Some of them are quite brutal such as the one where two men (including polizio regular Luciano Rossi) are caught after brutally raping Conte's daughter. Merli and his group viciously beat the two men with chains, baseball bats and crowbars. The beating Merli dishes out on a bus is also memorable.

The one scene that stands out most of all involves Merli chasing some crooks who have robbed a grocery store and murdered a woman and gunned down Betti's friend (Lovelock) in the process. Merli relentlessly chases the two men all over Rome. When they fail to lose him, they machine gun some women and children on the street in an attempt to get Betti to stop and see to the civilian casualties. Amazingly, Betti continues with the chase which ends up on the Freeway where the two villains attempt to lose Betti in the traffic. Needless to say, things end badly for the bad guys in what appears to be a modernized take on the famous gun duel seen in so many westerns.

Conte isn't in the film until 53 minutes in but his presence is welcome as he had become a regular face in these movies usually playing Mafia types similar to his portrayal in Coppola's GODFATHER.

Lovelock plays a character called 'The Blonde'(?) He takes a great deal of punishment throughout the movie for helping Betti nail the bad guys. The ending is a bit strange as Betti leaves Lovelock in the rest home and he foresees Betti gunned down in the street. As Betti turns the corner, we see a car approaching from behind him as the screen freezes before the credits roll.

An excellent Merli movie that desperately needs a US DVD release or at least a subtitled release from somewhere. There is an interview with Ray Lovelock here as well as a 7 minute doc on Italian crime movies by Daniele Magni and Silvio Giobbio who have apparently written a book on the subject bearing the title of Lenzi's THE CYNIC, THE RAT & THE FIST also starring Merli. The doc is specifically about Merli and shows shots from HIGH CRIME probably in lieu of the producers wanting a Nero look-alike for similar movies. Sadly, like the movie, none of these features have english subtitles.

There is a poster in the crime doc for a Merli movie entitled ITALIA A MANO ARMATA from 1976 with John Saxon that was made before Lenzi's ROMA A MANO ARMATA. Haven't heard of the former. Some other Merli movies which are listed on this DVD which I may know under a different name are POLIZIOTTO SENZA PAURA (1977), POLIZIOTTO SPRINT (1977 this may be the Merli movie where he is a motorbike racer), UN POLIZIOTTO SCOMODO (1978) SBIRRO, LA TUA LEGGE E LENTA...LA MIA NO! (1979) and POLIZIOTTO SOLITUDINE E RABBIA (1980). Any information on these others would be greatly appreciated.
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I love this film - was a little disappointed the first time I saw it - probably because it took Tanzi and I the best part of two or three years to track it down. That said, I've seen it a good few times now and really like it. Steiner is a first-class cunt of a villain.
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Its the film that launched Merli's career in Italian crime cinema and its definitely one of his finest moments, if not the finest! I was truly amazed at how violent it was the first time I watched it!
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Its the film that launched Merli's career in Italian crime cinema and its definitely one of his finest moments, if not the finest! I was truly amazed at how violent it was the first time I watched it!

It'certainly Marino Girolami's response to his son's HIGH CRIME, right down to the casting of Merli, who was seen as a second-rate Nero at the time. It's funny how the Merli films were seen as a cash-in to the "serious crime films" that were made at the time, because int ehir own way, they're equally enjoyable.
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #9 on: 14 Jul 2007 - 13:21 »

Merli relentlessly chases the two men all over Rome. When they fail to lose him, they machine gun some women and children on the street in an attempt to get Betti to stop and see to the civilian casualties.
One of these is the UK born actor John Steiner,he plays Franco Spadoni aka English with a very over the top dubbed cockney accent in the English language print.
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #10 on: 14 Jul 2007 - 15:09 »

There is a poster in the crime doc for a Merli movie entitled ITALIA A MANO ARMATA from 1976 with John Saxon that was made before Lenzi's ROMA A MANO ARMATA. Haven't heard of the former. Some other Merli movies which are listed on this DVD which I may know under a different name are POLIZIOTTO SENZA PAURA (1977), POLIZIOTTO SPRINT (1977 this may be the Merli movie where he is a motorbike racer), UN POLIZIOTTO SCOMODO (1978) SBIRRO, LA TUA LEGGE E LENTA...LA MIA NO! (1979) and POLIZIOTTO SOLITUDINE E RABBIA (1980). Any information on these others would be greatly appreciated.

Some quick info...

ITALIA A MANO ARMATA = Special Cop in Action (Top film!)
POLIZIOTTO SENZA PAURA = Fearless Fuzz (Co Starring Joan Collins!)
POLIZIOTTO SPRINT = Highway Racer (Merli without a 'tache!)
UN POLIZIOTTO SCOMODO = Convoy Busters (NoShame put out a great DVD in the US)
SBIRRO, LA TUA LEGGE E LENTA...LA MIA NO! = Hunted City (Never seen this one)
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Re: Violent Rome/Roma violenta (Marino Girolami 1975)
« Reply #11 on: 14 Jul 2007 - 19:08 »

SBIRRO, LA TUA LEGGE E LENTA...LA MIA NO! = Hunted City (Never seen this one)
Haven't you got the dvd-r from the widescreen English language Japanese tape?
Good film which stars Mario Merola in the role he seemed to play in all his crime films from that period-the firm but fair mafiosa.Only thing that lets this down IMO is the dreadful dubbing job on Merli,just doesn't sound right at all.
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Yeah, I realized later what SCOMODO was. I have the NoShame DVD and they couldn't have picked a more dull Merli movie to release here. The numerous features made up for it though.
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« Reply #13 on: 14 Jul 2007 - 21:08 »

POLIZIOTTO SPRINT (1977 this may be the Merli movie where he is a motorbike racer)
This is HIGHWAY RACER directed by Stelvio Massi,he plays a cop in this who likes racing in his police car.
Anyone know of a widescreen print of this,everyone seems to have the old Danish f/s tape .

Btw CONVOY BUSTERS dull?

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Yes. After seeing VIOLENT NAPLES, CYNIC, THE RAT & THE FIST, ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH then FEAR IN THE CITY (my favorite of his so far) CONVOY BUSTERS is dull. A friend who had watched all of the above save for FEAR....thought it was dull. I found a review of it that wasn't all that thrilled about it either. There's hardly any action whatsoever and what there is (save for the finale) is very lazy. The best thing about this one is the cinematography and some interesting camera tricks which I'm sure were all ideas from Massi himself.
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