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Fabio Testi , Ivana Monti , Lucio Fulci    Unrated   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Crime Drama Nov. 7 2003
One of Fulci's best films. A violent italian made crime drama about smugglers of cigarettes and dope. Very gory. Starts out a little slow in the beginning but picks half way in with a vengeance. All the action sequences are top notch. Not so much suspenseful as they are shocking. Recommended viewing for anyone that is a fan of Fulci or Italian spaghetti westerns made in seventies like Django and Mannaja.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Goriest Gangster Flick Ever Jan. 6 2004
One question that should be asked is - Why are there hardly any mafia films based in Italy? Sure we have the Godfather series with its flashbacks of Sicily, but what about Italy? There are not many and certainly even the best of movie lovers will have trouble trying to list one or two if any at all! So here you have one... and its good!... in its own very odd strange way.
Contraband is a lost classic that has now been restored here on this DVD. What happens when the world's foremost gore director decides to make a crime caper? Answer - more blood than Al Pacino can shoot up in all his gangster flicks put together. Although the plot is mostly non-existent and certainly there is little here in terms of brains, there is plenty of action and horror to boot.
Basically the plot revolves around several smuggler gang families from Naples all snubbing each other out in the worst possible way imaginable... and that is all there is it to it really.
Everything on display here is pretty pointless but it is not done badly at all and the acting is a little better than what you would expect. There are several gore scenes that stand out - a woman getting her face torched to full melt, a gangster having his head machine gunned to pieces, a mob leader having his throat blown off, plenty backs of the heads flying across the room, cops arresting nuns, horses burning up, mobsters getting boiled alive, gangster shot up in church, a vicious rape sequence, intestines being shot out and lots of screaming - all done to the tune of a funky eighties disco beat that is more apt for a ...movie. No Sir, you will not find this one playing on television any time soon.
If gangsters, guns and gore is your thing then you'll love it, but don't get this expecting the cinematic flair of what Hollywood has done with this genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fulci made a Crime Flick? Fugeddaboudit! July 7 2003
The wonderfully warped world of the late Italian film director Lucio Fulci offers much to the fan of horror films. His most notable films, "City of the Living Dead," "Zombie," "The New York Ripper," and "The Beyond" are legends amongst fans. Rabid Fulciophiles excitedly point to his mind blasting gore scenes as proof positive that he is one of the true greats when it comes to sleazy horror films. Who among us can watch the Olga Karlatos splinter gouge in Zombie and not swell up with pride in a job well done? Or note the razor blade devastation in "The New York Ripper" without cringing in ecstatic delight? Horror fans the world over continue to offer paeans of praise to good old Lucio's memory. I myself have often cast my eyes to heaven after surviving one of Fulci's gorefests. Unfortunately, too many Fulci fans overlook his technical weaknesses while singing praises for his screen violence. Let's face it, several of the maestro's films are all but incomprehensible in terms of script, pacing, and cinematography. At least "Contraband," Fulci's contribution to the crime film genre, has a semi-coherent narrative to go along with his trademark gore.
"Contraband" takes place in Naples, Italy. Two brothers, the Di Angelos, who happen to be cigarette smugglers, run into problems after an opium smuggler attempts to ply his trade in the area. What follows is a lengthy run of assassinations directed against the tobacco syndicate. After Luca Di Angelo, played effectively by Fabio Testi, loses his brother in a hail of bullets, he avoids his wife's advice to get out of the business and launches a vendetta against the men who are trying to take over his smuggling operation. Predictably, Luca's enemy abducts his wife and young son in order to force Di Angelo to join forces with the drug trade.
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