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Meet Him and Die [Blu-ray]

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Derivative Undercover Caper April 19 2014
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Over a decade ago, the Italian Exploitation genres were being well represented by such companies as Media Blasters, Blue Underground, and No Shame films as fans were introduced to complete , uncut and widescreen versions of Horror, Crime and Pepla photoplays. Now Raro Video has taken up the mantle set up by those companies by releasing important Euro Crime titles for the first time . Their Fernando Di Leo crime sets are fabulous and now this month no less than four titles will be released to fans of which this one, Director Franco Prosperi's 'MEET HIM AND DIE' aka 'PRONTO AD UCCIDERE '-1976 is the first. Although its a great showcase for star Ray Lovelock who would go on to star in another film for Prosperi, the underrated 1978' s 'THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH' aka 'LA SETTIMA DONNA' , it emerges as a derivative yarn involving undercover drug operations surrounded by some exciting car chases and double crosses. Lovelock ,who fans saw as a secondary character in some early films of Director Umberto Lenzi and Fernando Di Leo and who was also front and center in Director Jorge Grau's excellent Zombie Horror 'LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE' aka 'THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE'-1975, plays his anti hero role no holds barred straight. He is joined by American actor Martin Balsam as a capo in the drug trade and gorgeous Elke Sommer coming off some US titles and some great Horror films of Director Mario Bava. Unfortunately, she does not have much to do here. The photography by Roberto D'Ettere Piazzoli is excellent and the music by Ubaldo Continiello mixes Lovelock's folky tunes with some progressive motifs. I viewed the DVD and it is gorgeous in a nice 1.85 transfer in Italian with English subtitles. The disc has a 6 minute intro by writer/filmmaker Mike Malloy as its only extra. He also wrote the booklet included with the DVD. Recommended to fans of Euro crime thrillers, just be sure to know there are other titles out there that are much better than this but you can do know wrong in having this in your collections. I'm looking forward to Raro Video's other titles. Just keep em' coming!
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Nothing to say now ... what's done is done April 5 2014
By orvuus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Raro strikes again! We are fortunate to have a company like Raro in this day and age that brings to light these beautiful Italian films of the past. The quality of the blu ray, its packaging, and its one extra (a video introduction by Mike Malloy, an author) are all first-class, as usual. The film has suffered a few minor damage marks in one spot, but otherwise is remarkably preserved.

This film stars Ray Lovelock, who plays a policeman who goes undercover in part to avenge himself against a couple of thugs/robbers who shot and crippled his mother (while she is trying to prevent him from drawing his gun? Nice, mom!). He is ostensibly out to break up the drug ring that these thieves belong to, and Martin Balsam plays one of the drug bosses, and Ray gets into his gang during a prison breakout and subsequent doings. Down the road a bit (literally) we meet up with Elke Sommer as the "secretary" of another drug underboss, and she turns out to have more to do with the plot than one might expect.

This film almost got four stars from me, because frankly the plot is full of holes, but for once the folksy theme song is not completely horrible (kind of catchy, in fact), the action sequences made me realize the Italians were at least on par with Americans in this regard (but the collateral damage is much better! Machine gun innocent bystanders! Why not?), and the cinematography is first rate and of course you have Ray Lovelock in a starring role, and Elke Sommer always raises a film by one star for me, because she's beautiful and has a charm all her own.

Be sure to watch the "extras" to see the Mike Malloy interview/introduction. It's very funny, entertaining, and informative. He points out this was one of two films signing on Ray Lovelock as the star, since Ray was up to this point usually the sidekick or some other supporting player. He also gives a pronunciation guide for the term poliziotteschi and related terms, though of course I am still confused. Malloy points out as well that at this time there were, confusingly, two directors with the same name (Franco Prosperi!). This Prosperi's other best known film may be "Last House on the Beach," which also has Ray Lovelock in it (La Settima Donna - 1978).

You can't go wrong with a Raro film. Highly recommended.
Not bad, but still waiting for Raro to release the superior poliziotteschi entries July 24 2014
By Fan of Fred Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I love poliziotteschi (or polizieschi-- Mike Malloy clarifies the difference in the intentionally hammy introductory video) so I had to give this one a shot, especially after admiring Ray Lovelock in "Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man." This 1976 movie is kind of a mess and is obviously not written by Fernando di Leo. But a flawed Italian crime movie from the 1970s is better than no Italian crime movie from the 1970s, right? Maybe in the "so bad it's good" category. And I suppose Italian prison inmates did walk around in street clothes-- bell bottoms and denim vests-- and drink wine in their cells, otherwise audiences would have laughed at how unrealistic the prison scenes are, and I wasn't there so I can't criticize. Just wonder. The song during the opening credits is cool-- I thought Ray Lovelock was the performer, as he was in "Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man" but I don't see that credited anywhere. It's a Dylanesque song whose folksy guitars "contrast nicely" (criticspeak) with the decaying urban landscape. It's great to see American character actor Martin Balsam (dubbing his own voice-- important, to me anyway) and the still beautiful Elke Sommer (not her own voice, but not a big distraction). There are a few familiar faces but the Italian supporting cast isn't as strong as most of the entries I've seen. And speaking of the music, I was surprised the chase sequences weren't set to cool music. The whole thing seemed like such a downgrade from the Tomas Milian entries ("Syndicate Sadists" and "Emergency Squad"), or the Enzo Castellari-directed films such as "Heroin Busters" and "Street Law," that I almost thought it wasn't worth my time to keep watching, and yet the sheer lousiness of the picture (as well as the excellent screen presence of Lovelock) kept me watching. Each viewer will have to decide for herself/himself. If you're a fan of the genre, you might like this. You won't like that the wrong biography for the director was included in the accompanying booklet. Some reviews talk about how bad the video quality is but I thought it was just fine. One more thing-- it's cool how amoral the film is, very different from preachy American cop movies. Like so many of these entries, the good guys and bad guys are hard to tell apart.

I just hope the ultra-cool company Raro gets around to releasing "Tony Arzento" (aka "Big Guns") which is one of the best in this genre, or any and all films with Tomas Milian. As good as Ray Lovelock is, Milian would have transcended the crumminess of the script and other production values.
Italian Police Intrigue May 24 2014
By Emiliano O. Rivas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Lukewarm Italian movie with handsome Ray Lovelack, sexy Elke Sommer
(with some nude scenes) and veteran Martin Balsam. Nothing special.