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CONTRABAND - DVD Movie
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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.
"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.Read more ›
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Bad dialogue, bad directing, bad acting, bad camera work, and slow describe this waste of time. Grab a camcorder, go see "The Godfather", and you probably have tools... Read morePublished on March 14 2004
I'll admit, the artwork on the cover of the DVD case had me thinkin this was some corny James Bond type spy flick, the only thing attractin me to it was that the master Fulci had... Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by Josh DeMarco
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