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Author Topic: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)  (Read 7780 times)

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Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #15 on: 08 Sep 2010 - 09:21 »

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In english, danish subs., FS
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Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #16 on: 11 Sep 2010 - 00:22 »

The Japanese vhs is widescreen (about 1.85:1) and a nice print aswell.
...and here it is

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Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #17 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.
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Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #18 on: 23 Oct 2010 - 10:09 »

Has anyone seen FEARLESS FUZZ?

Sure have!  :P

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Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #19 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!
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Re: Highway Racer/Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #20 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.
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Re: Highway Racer / Poliziotto sprint (Stelvio Massi, 1977)
« Reply #22 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)

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