Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man

 

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man

[aka: Uomini si Nasce Poliziotti si Muore]

Written by Fernando Di Leo, Alberto Marras, Vincenzo Salviani 

Cinematography: Guglielmo Mancori

Production Design: Franco Bottari

Editor: Gianfranco Simoncelli

Music: Ubaldo Continiello

Produced by: Alberto Marras & Vincenzo Salviani, Gianluca Curti & Armando Novelli

Directed by Ruggero Deodato

1974

 

Cast:

Ray Lovelock

Marc Porel

Adolfo Celi

Franco Citti

Silvia Dionisio

Marino Masé

Renato Salvatori

Sofia Dionisio

Alvaro Vitali

 

Production:

Theatrical: C.P.C. Citta di Milano & T.D.L. Cinematografica s.r.l.

Video: Raro Video USA

 

Video:

Aspect Ratio: 1.82:1 (Anamorphic)

Codec: MPEG-2

Bit Rate: Moderate-Low (5.5~6 Mbps)

Runtime: 94 minutes

Chapters: 16

Region: 0 / NTSC

 

Audio

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

 

Subtitles: Optional English

 

Extras:
• Documentary: Poliziotti Violenti (41:40)
• TV ads directed and commented by Ruggero Deodato (20:20)
• Director filmography and biography
• 4-page illustrated booklet with critical essays and photos

 

Presentation:

DVD clamshell case: DVD x 1

Release Date: July 26, 2011


 

Introduction [Raro Video USA]:

Referenced in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976) is one of the most violent, censored and unconventional Italian style detective films of its time. The credit goes to both the director Ruggero Deodato, extremely apt at telling stories in a strong tone (he made the infamous Cannibal Holocaust), and the scriptwriter Fernando Di Leo, author of the best Italian noir films (Recently released in a DVD boxed set as The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection.  Above all, the psychological and behavioral description of the main characters, the two policemen, members of an anti-crime squad who have complete freedom in their actions against crime, had never been seen before. Not only do they not hesitate to brutally kill the criminals they are hunting down, but Alfredo (Marc Porel) and Antonio (Ray Lovelock) do so while maintaining a cynical and light-hearted attitude even in the most threatening situations.


       

 

The Movie: 6

Alfredo and Antonio (Marc Porel & Ray Lovelock) are inseparable partners in a special crime fighting unit that is licensed to kill – and kill they do, with a nonchalance that for many will be unsettling, but for those who appreciate the genre, will find very satisfying, supported by ample buckets of beer and popcorn.  The plot is simple enough – the search for a crime boss through the bodies left behind on both sides – but the series of violent set pieces, thrilling and well constructed, though longish, seem disconnected as are the characters themselves.  There is a certain chemistry between the leads, though no substance – the characters are neither homoerotic, nor much interested in each others’ lives.  Then why should they be – they are grown boys who get to play cops and thugs with real bullets.  What else do they need!


       

 

Image: 7/7

At 1.82:1 Raro Video comes close to the designated 1.85:1, hardly worth our concern except for the curious picture-boxing.  The image varies from quasi-mushy in the busy action scenes like the opening motorcycle chase, to sharper sun-drenched close-ups and detailed graphic violence.  But it never achieves the kind of razor sharp distinction as we find in some of Di Leo’s work.  All this is as shot, I assume.  Colors seem correct, contrast is under control, edge enhancement is not in evidence.  Raro’s work for this new transfer is better than seen anywhere on home video.


       

 

Audio & Music: 5/7

Raro offers an English dub for those who don’t wish to bother with subtitles. Curiously, the music is balanced more forward on the English, which is unintentionally comic at times.  Go with the Italian and, if necessary, learn to multitask.  The English translation (of the Italian, not “dubtitles”) is idiomatic with hardly any typos.  As for the subtitles, they are in an easy to read white font, and not so large as to get in the way.  The music score is a pastiche of 70’s pop/rock of little note, but works well for this movie.


       

 

Extras: 5

Extras include an assortment of one and a half to three minute long TV spots directed by Ruggero Deodato (who supplies audio commentary in Italian with English subtitles) and a documentary titled “Poliziotti Violenti” (Violent Cops, also in Italian with English subtitles). Ruggero Deodato, actors Al Cliver, Ray Lovelock, weapons expert Gilberto Galimberti, and producer Armando Novelli are on hand with expert observations.


       

 

Recommendation: 7

Essential viewing for fans of Italian police/gangster violence known as poliziotteschi.  Raro USA’s new transfer and ample subtitles are stellar performers in themselves.


 

Leonard Norwitz

© LensViews

November 11, 2011



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