Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Produced by Alberto Marras & Vincenzo Salviani
Written by Fernando Di Leo, Alberto Marras & Vincenzo Salviani
Cinematography by Guglielmo Mancori
Music by Ubaldo Continiello
Cast: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi, Silvia Dionisio, Franco Citti, Marino Mase, Flavia Fabiani, Renato Salvatori

1976/91 mins/Color/Dolby Digital Mono
1.85:1/Italian/Italy/PAL Region 0

Review from the Raro Video & Nocturno DVD

Fred (Porel) and Tony (Lovelock) are two ruthless cops that are part of a secret anti-crime squad, where you take action first and ask questions later. Much to the displeasure of their Police Captain (Celi), the duo are just as cold, cruel and sadistic as the criminals they are after but they happen to be on the right side of the law.

The film opens with a tension filled motorcycle chase that is rarely seen in cinema. After a series of various crimes busting, our homoerotic duo are after the criminal drug lord Roberto "Bibi" Pasquini (Salvatori). What they don't know is that he's always one step ahead of them since a corrupt cop helps him.

LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN was the first and only polizieschi (Italian cop thriller) from director Ruggero Deodato. Screenwriter Fernando Di Leo also wrote the polizieschi classics MILANO CALIBOR 9 (CALIBRE 9) and LA MALA ORDINA (MANHUNT). After the success of the film at the box office, Deodaoto was actually working on a sequel but it was never made due to a disagreement between the two lead actors. Marc Porel who died very young of a drug overdose was previously in Lucio Fulci's excellent DON'T TORURE A DUCKLING. Ray Lovelock appeared in many films including the classic Spanish zombie film LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE. He also wrote a few songs for LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN. As for Adolfo Celi, he was known mainly for his roles in DANGER DIABOLIK and THUNDERBALL. In the case of Deodato, later the same year he would direct and release JUNGLE HOLOCAUST (LAST CANNIBAL WORLD), a film that would serve as the blueprint for his masterpiece and one of the most controversial movie ever, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

Even though it was digitally restored and remastered from the original 35mm negative, the film's image is a little too soft but there is only a few print damage. Unfortunately the transfer is not anamorphic but it its in a proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio. An Italian Dolby Digital Mono with optional English subtitles is available along with an English dubbed track. None are spectacular or home theater material but does the job.

As for the extras we get a very interesting 45 minutes featurette on the making of the film with Deodato, Lovelock, Al Cliver (WAVES OF LUST) and others talking about the film and the people around it. It is in Italian but with optional English subtitles. There is also many TV spots directed in the early 70s (with optional Italian commentary by Deodato), and finally a filmography and biography on the director. There is 10 chapter stops, the disc features animated menus with music and comes in a transparent keep case with a 4-page booklet.






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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2007. ©

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