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(aka "Liberi armati pericolosi" or "Dirty Devils" or "Racket Boys" or "Young, Violent, and Desperate" )

 

directed by Romolo Guerrieri
Italy 1976

 

Lea (Eleonora Giorgi, INFERNO) warns a police commissioner (Tomas Milian, ALMOST HUMAN) that her boyfriend Luis (Max Delys, ANDY WARHOL'S L'AMOUR) and his friends Blondie (Stefano Patrizi, MURDER OBSESSION) and Joe (Benjamin Lev, EYE IN THE LABYRINTH) are planning to knock over a gas station at nine that morning. She portrays them as mixed-up kids who have no idea what they are really getting into, and that is the portrait that the commissioner and his men get from visiting their well-off but apathetic parents (including familiar Italian genre film faces Venantino Venantini [CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD] and Tom Felleghy [LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN]). Thus, they are both shocked when the heist leaves four men (including three cops) dead and the three youngsters are skillfully evading the police; however, it turns out that they are not on the run, since they knock over a bank (before tossing the money into the scrambling crowds of a farmer's market) and team up with some other "young, violent, dangerous" youths to rob a large supermarket. Lea soon finds herself a hostage - as well seemingly a pawn in the mental game between Blondie and Luis - while the commissioner tries to track them down as the body count escalates.

Not really a Tomas Milian crime film despite the advertising, the focus is actually on three youths (the actors portraying them are the ones that get over-the-title billing in the actual film credits); but the three are not very well sketched out and the performances are rather one-note, so it is hard to care whether they get away or whether Milian stops them. The actors fail to deliver the needed intensity for the climax, which most will see coming a mile away. The film was scripted by Fernando Di Leo from a novel by respected Italian crime novelist Giorgio Scerbanenco (whose work provided the basis for Di Leo's own directorial ventures NAKED VIOLENCE, CALIBER 9, and THE ITALIAN CONNECTION) and directed by Romolo Guerrieri (whose previous films in the genre included CITY UNDER SIEGE, THE POLICE SERVE THE CITIZENS?, and RING OF DEATH). The script is fairly unpredictable and serves up the exploitation elements nicely with some bloody bully hits and means to undrape three young actresses in the cast, and there is amusement to be gleaned for the seasoned Italian genre film viewer as Joe works in the titles of some crime films into his dialogue (including ones by Guerrieri and Di Leo) and a policeman reads a newspaper headline to Milian about the perception of their handling of the case as "La polizia brancola nel buio" (the police are stumbling in the dark) which is the title of an Italian/Turkish giallo made the year before.

Eric Cotenas

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DVD Review: Raro Video USA - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Distribution

Raro Video USA

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:36:39
Video

1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.26 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono; English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Raro Video USA

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.83:1

Edition Details:
• RAGAZZI FUORI documentary (4:3; 16:51)
• Director Filmography
• Director Biography
• DVD Credits

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Amaray

Chapters 10

 

Comments

Raro's NTSC Region 0 disc features a single-layer, progressive, non-anamorphic 1.83:1 transfer (presumably from the same master as their Italian disc). The image is clean, but not pristine. There are green stains that flash for a few frames in one or two instances and a repaired vertical tear that lasts for several frames. The muted colors seem to be more an effect of the seventies decor and costumes. The Italian mono audio is in good condition and the better track overall. The English dub features some familiar voices, but some of the vocal performances are more grating here. Optional English subtitles are also included (selecting the subtitles with the English track brings up a screen before the feature that warns the viewer that the subtitles may not be in sync with the dialogue since they were timed for the Italian track). The only substantial extra is an interview with director Romolo Guerrieri (brother of director Marino Girolami and uncle of Enzo G. Casterelli) who mentions that Lev was detained by the police for much of the shoot and he had to be doubled (it is extremely well done in the film).

A PDF liner notes booklet is mentioned on the cover and in the DVD menus (with the usual instructions on how to access it), but the file is missing from the disc itself.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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