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(aka "Roma a mano armata" or "Assault with a Deadly Weapon" or "Brutal Justice" or "Rome: Armed to the Teeth")


Directed by Umberto Lenzi
USA 1976


Umberto Lenzi, legendary director of CANNIBAL FEROX, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Meril stars as an Italian DIRTY HARRY, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex and crime infested cesspool of mid-'70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (star of THE BIG GUNDOWN).

Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi's uncensored director's cut, the new Grindhouse Releasing edition of THE TOUGH ONES includes an incredible slate of special features (see below.) In addition, the first 2,500 orders will include a limited edition .30 calibre bullet-pen emblazoned with the TOUGH ONES logo.


Rome: Armed to the Teeth is an extremely enjoyable and entertaining movie despite a major handicap. Its main weakness lies in a typically abysmal and nonsensically plotted screenplay by Dardano Sachetti. I have even less respect for Mr. Sachetti than I do for Mr. Lenzi; I consider him to be the architect of the some of the worst crimes against the written word in cinematic history. Sachetti has got away with it for far too long in my view. Here is one writer who has benefited tremendously from the attention placed on a director in the wake of the ‘auteur’ theory. I’ve lost count of the number of times that Lucio Fulci for example has got it in the neck for misogony or incompetent narratives, only to see the name Dardano Sachetti on the writing credits..

Excerpt from The Celluloud Highway located HERE


Theatrical Release: February 25th, 1976

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Runtime 1:33:53.669        

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,312,150,399 bytes

Feature: 27,268,780,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.50 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:


DTS-HD Master Audio English 1787 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1787 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 2031 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2031 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -31dB

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
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2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,312,150,399 bytes

Feature: 27,268,780,032 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.50 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Mike Malloy, director of EUROCRIME!
Brand new, in-depth interviews with director Umberto Lenzi, actors Tomas Milian, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Sandra Cardini, Maria Rosaria Riuzzi and Corrado Solari, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti, and composer Franco Micalizzi.
• Special tribute to Marizo Merli with appearances by Enzo Castellari and Ruggero Deodato.
• Vintage VHS intro by cult movie superstar Sybil Danning!
• Original international theatrical trailer. 

"All Eyes on Lenzi" (1:24:04)
• "Music for Mayhem" - Umberto Lenzi and Franco Micalizzi, July 26, 2010 ROME (33:12)
• "Citta' Frontale" - Roma on location (22:01)
• Sybil Danning's Action Videos Intro (01:32)
• International Trailer (03:29)
• Home Video Trailer (0:33)
• Grindhouse Releasing Prevues

• "Umberto" - director Umberto Lenzi (55:31)
• "The Rebel Within" documentary on actor Tomas Milian (1:28:50)
• "The Merli Connection" - a tribute to actor Maurizio Merli (44:39)
• "Back Story" - actor Tomas Milian (05:54)
• "Beauty and the Beasts" - actor Maria Rosaria Omaggio (29:31)
• "Corrado Armer to the Teeth" - actor Corrado Solari (45:17)
• "Brutal City" - actor Maria Rosaria Riuzzi (14:12)
• "The Rebel and the Burgeois" - acotr and costume designer Sandra Cardini (19:05)
• "Vodka, Cigarettes and Burroughs" - screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti (39:31)
• "The Godfather of Rhythm" - composer Franco Micalizzi (36:14)
• "Still Gallery"



• BONUS CD - original soundtrack album by Franco Micalizzi - newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/192khz sound from the original master tapes.

Liner notes by Italian crime film expert Roberto Curti.

Blu-ray Release Date:
July 9th, 2019
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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Grindhouse Releasing Blu-ray (July 2019): Grindhouse Releasing present Umberto Lenzi's iconic 'Polizieschi' film, "The Tough Ones". This is a 3-disc set (2 Blu-rays and a bonus soundtrack CD) that even includes a pen shaped like a bullet. The film has been mastered in 4K resolution for maximum detail. The feature is located on the first Blu-ray (dual-layered) and the 2.39:1 1080p image looks pretty impeccable, especially in-motion (thanks in part to a high bitrate). The clarity to the image shows quite a bit of definition in the various close-up shots. Certain instances of the color red seem a little pink to my eyes, but this is hardly an issue and could very-well be the original color.

There is the choice of watching the film with the Italian language soundtrack (with optional English subtitles) as well as the English soundtrack. Both of these choices are offered in DTS-HD Master audio, 2.0 in 24-bit. The various street scenes give way to chases and gun fights, all sounding strong on either track. Franco Micalizzi (The Visitor, Brothers Till We Die, and known for some music on Grindhouse releases Planet Terror and Death Proof - as well as Taratino's Django Unchained) does the score. This is a Region Free Blu-ray.

Where to begin with these extras... Grindhouse have absolutely outdone themselves here, packing in hours upon hours of fascinating extras. Even as of the time of this writing, I feel as though I have barely begun to scratch the surface of what is offered here. Disc one features a feature-length audio commentary with Mike Malloy, director of "EUROCRIME!" as well as a feature-length documentary "All Eyes on Lenzi", which runs about 1.5-hours. Also here is "Music for Mayhem", 33-minutes between Umberto Lenzi and Franco Micalizzi, filmed in Rome in 2010. "Citta' Frontale" is a 22-minute tour of Rome locations. Sybil Danning's Action Videos Intro is also here, as are the film's international and home video trailer, as well as a bunch of trailers for other Grindhouse releases. Grindhouse could have called it a day after the truly bonus-packed first
Blu-ray disc, but pop in disc 2 (also a Blu-ray) and get ready for hours upon hours more.

Disc two hosts yet another feature-length documentary, "The Rebel Within" a 1.5-hour look at actor Tomas Milian. This is accompanied by a fantastic look at director Umberto Lenzi, in the 55-minute "Umberto". "The Merli Connection" is a 45-minute tribute to actor Maurizio Merli. "Back Story" features more from Milian whereas "Beauty and the Beasts" spends 30-minutes with actor Maria Rosaria Omaggio. "Corrado Armer to the Teeth" is 45-minutes on actor Corrado Solari. "Brutal City" is 14-minutes on actor Maria Rosaria Riuzzi. "The Rebel and the Burgeois" spends 20-minutes with actor and costume designer Sandra Cardini. I would recommend checking out "Vodka, Cigarettes and Burroughs", 39-minutes with screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti. "The Godfather of Rhythm" features 36-minutes on composer Franco Micalizzi. This is all rounded out with a stills gallery, liner notes by Italian crime film expert Roberto Curti, custom 30-calibre metal bullet pen, deluxe embossed slip cover, and a BONUS CD of the original soundtrack album by Franco Micalizzi, newly remastered in stunning 24 bit/192khz sound from the original master tapes.

Grindhouse Releasing continues to be one of my favorite companies, and their
Blu-ray release of Lenzi's "The Tough Ones" is continuing proof of their dedication to preserving great grindhouse cinema. The 4K remastering here is impressive. If you have the time, the extras on this Blu-ray package are incredibly deep and numerous and worth a look. One of the best releases in recent memory. 'Polizieschi' genre fans should definitely indulge. 

Colin Zavitz


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