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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "The Love Life of a Cop")

 

Directed by Leon Capetanos + Lewis Teague
USA 1974

 

Morgan Paull (Blade Runner) is Dirty O’Neil, a small-town policeman with a big-time libido. On the rare occasions when his pants are on, he patrols the neighborhood and coaches the girls’ basketball team. But when three nasty hoodlums appear in his peaceful California town, Dirty wastes no time dispensing justice. This sizzling slice of ’70s exploitation will quench your thirst for raunchy cop comedy! Co-directed by Leon Capetanos (Secret Life of a Schoolgirl Wife) and Lewis Teague (Alligator), and co-starring Art Metrano (Andy Sidaris’ Seven), Pat Anderson (TNT Jackson), Jeane Manson (The Young Nurses) and Katie Saylor (Invasion of the Bee Girls).

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A police officer has very little work as there is virtually no crime in his small California town...until three hoodlums appear and rape a young woman.

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Theatrical Release: May 1974

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Distribution Code Red - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:29:17.083         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,261,534,998 bytes

Feature: 22,123,315,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.49Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1813 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1813 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,261,534,998 bytes

Feature: 22,123,315,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.49Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Theatrical Trailer (Newly Mastered in 2K) (1:47)


Blu-ray Release Date: March 15th, 2022

Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Code Red Blu-ray (April 2022): Code Red have transferred Leon Capetanos + Lewis Teague's Dirty O'Neil to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master". It looks as one might anticipate - occasional speckles and marks but the image is fairly consistent with a few weaknesses appearing to be part of the original production not the single-layered 1080P transfer. There is a slight blue-leaning but detail is surprisingly strong and it has some pleasing textures without undue gloss. Overall, an easy notch above SD and a worry-free HD presentation if not escalating to top tier status. 

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On their Blu-ray, Code Red use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Dirty O'Neil has aggressive - notably in the conclusion with gunfire and a car crash - they carry modest depth. The score is by versatile journeyman Raoul Kraushaar (often credited as Ralph Stanley) who is credited with film compositions for She Should Have Said No, Billy the Kid vs. Dracula, 1953's Invaders from Mars, September Storm - 3D, and Fritz Lang's The Blue Gardenia. Most of his later work was in television until his retirement. Audio is about the same level as the video - imperfect but without egregious flaws. Code Red offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Code Red Blu-ray offers only a restored trailer.

Well... Dirty O'Neil is a bit notable with above-average (for this genre) production features, a decent-enough story - if getting quite dark in the finale - and there is a bevy of titillating 70's 'B' starlets - a few of whom weren't afraid of onscreen nudity. Mostly it's a lot of cheesecake posing in revealing, skimpy, clothing. These ladies include Pat Anderson (Bonnie's Kids,) Jeane Manson (Charles Bronson's 10 to Midnight,) Katie Saylor (Invasion of the Bee Girls,) Kitty Carl (The Centerfold Girls,) Tara Strohmeier (Truck Turner,) Susie Ewing (briefly in Hal Ashby's Shampoo,) Ella Edwards (an uncredited appearance in Mark Robson's Valley of the Dolls,) Anitra Ford (iconic 70's horror Messiah of Evil getting eaten by zombies in the grocery store), and June Fairchild (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.) Odds are you have seen these gals in plenty of films. So, the plot is that this lothario police officer (Morgan Paull) realizes he isn't taking his vocation seriously enough in a new small town where he has moved. He is basically just getting laid... without much effort. He gets a chance to redeem himself in a rather violent confrontation with baddies. It's a corollary for the film itself which also seeks recognition by ambitiously advancing beyond a superfluous sexploitation comedy. There you have it. Dirty O'Neil is better than you might expect. The, bare-bones, Code Red Blu-ray would probably get plenty of replay in the right hands... (cough, cough.)

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