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(aka "Il trucido e lo sbirro" or "Tough Cop" or "Free Hand for a Tough Cop")

 

Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Italy 1976

 

From the notorious Umberto Lenzi (Nightmare City) comes Free Hand For A Tough Cop, the film that introduced Tomas Milian’s legendary ‘Monnezza’ (A.K.A Garbage Can) to audiences around the world. When the critically ill daughter of a prominent family is kidnapped by a ruthless band of thugs, Inspector Sarti (Claudio Cassinelli, Suspected Death Of A Minor) is forced to bend the rules and oversees the prison break of Sergio 'Monnezza' Marazzi (Tomas Milian, Brothers Till We Die), a low-life criminal with deep roots in the criminal underworld. The unlikely duo team-up in hopes of retrieving the girl and catching the infamous Brescianelli (Henry Silva, Almost Human), the crime boss behind the kidnapping, before time runs out.

Finally making its UK debut, Fractured Visions is proud to present Free Hand For A Tough Cop, a much-loved Euro Crime classic that spawned other genre staples like Umberto Lenzi’s Brothers Till We Die and Stelvio Massi’s Destruction Force. It all started here!

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To find the hideout in which the horrible gang of Brescianelli called "the Frenchman" (Henry Silva) kidnaps a girl from a good family waiting for dialysis, Inspector Sarti (Claudio Cassinelli) is forced to use the services of a former associate of the bandit. So Monnezza (Tomas Milian) came out of the table where he was crouching to help Sarti back up to Brescianelli. The cop brings with him the carte blanche left by his superiors eager to avoid the media scandal that the death of a child will not fail to cause, and the villain brings three of his comrades, savages he manipulates as he pleases.

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Theatrical Release: August 27th, 1976

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Runtime 1:31:49.837         
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

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Feature: 28,092,607,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.53 Mbps

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1598 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1598 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1895 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1895 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -27dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -27dB

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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,319,331,952 bytes

Feature: 28,092,607,488 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.53 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary with Euro Crime producer Mike Martinez
Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
Cops and Robbers: An Interview with Nino Celeste (24:20)
No Small Roles: An Interview with Corrado Solari (28:36)
Producing Mayhem: An Interview with Ugo Tucci (10:56)
Portrait of a Daughter: An Interview with Alessandra Lenzi (18:46)
Eurocrime: The Lenzi Wars with Barry Forshaw (16:10)
Italian Trailer (3:24)
English VHS Trailer (3:52)
English VHS Credits (3:44)
Collector's Edition Slipcase
6 Art Cards
Special Collector's Booklet with new writing by Austin Fisher, Francesco Massaccesi and text interview with Umberto Lenzi by Eugenio Ercolani


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 29th, 2021
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Chapters 8

 

 

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ADDITION: Fractured Visions (UK) Blu-ray (November 2021): Fractured Visions have transferred Umberto Lenzi's Poliziotteschi-cum-comedy Free Hand for a Tough Cop to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "2K Restoration from the Original Camera Negative". It has the same waxy look that many of this genre, from this era, have. But overall it looks quite good in-motion. There may be a slight teal-leaning but colors are mostly rich and deep. Contrast is pleasing with rich black levels and occasional depth in the 1080P visuals.

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On their Blu-ray, Fractured Visions use DTS-HD Master tracks (24-bit) in the Italian language, or the option for an English DUB. Free Hand for a Tough Cop has many aggressive sequences with gunfire, that have reasonably impactful depth with strength in the lower end. There is a score by Bruno Canfora, sounding mostly unremarkable but subtly supporting the film's moods. Fractured Visions offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

Fractured Visions stack their Blu-ray starting with two audio commentaries. The first is by Euro Crime producer Mike Martinez. He gives a good overview of the production - infusing interesting details with discussion about this genre of cinema, Tomas Milian's initial reluctance (how it ended up shifting his career) and many others involved in Free Hand for a Tough Cop. The second commentary is by Troy Howarth, who will be releasing a book about Umberto Lenzi, and he is joined by the always knowledgeable Nathaniel Thompson of Mondo Digital. They cover Poliziotteschi comparables, a lot on Milian, Claudio Cassinneli as Police inspector Sarti, the brief-ness of Henry Silva as Brescianelli, plenty on Lenzi and a good analysis of the story and film production. They, amusingly, identify actors in the film shown in the beginning scene in jail, and that they are also in Free Hand for a Tough Cop. They are always a pleasure to listen to. There are almost 1.5 hours worth of interviews by Eugenio Ercolani, in Italian with English subtitles. The first is with cinematographer Sebastiano Celeste ('Nino') and recollections of the film and working with Lenzi. Another interview is with actor Corrado Solari, who played the 'Thug with Brick' and was also in Lenzi's The Tough Ones and Leone's 'Duck, You Sucker!'. 'Producing Mayhem' spends 11-minutes with Ugo Tucci one of the producers of Free Hand for a Tough Cop. Portrait of a Daughter is an interview with Alessandra Lenzi, the daughter of director Umberto Lenzi and who worked with the production company Filmirage. I enjoyed 'Eurocrime: The Lenzi Wars' with Barry Forshaw (author of Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film and TV) for over 1.4 hour. There are also included an Italian trailer and English VHS trailer and the credit sequence. The package has a collector's edition slipcase, six Art Cards with a booklet with new writing by Austin Fisher, Francesco Massaccesi and text interview with Umberto Lenzi by Eugenio Ercolani.

Umberto Lenzi's Free Hand for a Tough Cop is quite a ride. Tomas Milian is always fun and the serious side of the film is also well realized with great interplay between the cop and criminal. It's a nice genre mix. Fractured Visions have filled their Blu-ray with a solid HD presentation, they include the English DUB as well as original Italian, two revealing commentaries, booklet, and a plethora of interviews etc. Fans of Milian, and the genre, should definitely indulge. Great package - plenty of value here.

Gary Tooze

 

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