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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Killer Cop aka La polizia ha le mani legate [Blu-ray]


(Luciano Ercoli, 1975)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (P.A.C.)

Video: Raro



Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:37:00.564

Disc Size: 24,040,326,875 bytes

Feature Size: 22,484,017,152 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.98 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: June 2nd, 2015



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



LPCM Audio Italian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit



English, none



• Video interview with Alessandro Calosci (20:01)

12-page liner notes booklet





Description: A great example of “Poliziotteschi” (Italo-crime) with a plot based upon the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan, Killer Cop begins with an explosion in a hotel killing dozens of innocent people. Police inspector, Matteo Rolandi is a witness to the massacre and the suspect, Franco Ludovisi is a young political activist. Ludovisi, even though the General Attorney Di Federico puts him under protection, is shot and killed. Behind this event there seems to be a conspiracy aimed at destabilizing the political social scene, but despite the fear instilled by the bombers, inspector Rolandi continues his investigation, strongly determined to find the people behind this brutal terrorist act.



The Film:

Killer Cop is a pretty damned good reflection on how the Italian public looked at their country at the time. There was a lot of politically themed activity and a lot of corruption in the country and obviously filmmakers where going to tap into that. Within the Giallo sphere it’s quite common that policemen and detectives are portrayed as pretty incompetent characters, hence forcing the plot device of amateur sleuth into taking personal action. The directors and screenwriters of many movies at this point in time where not only coming up with some great movies, but also flirting with their audiences and merely projecting onto the screens what the audiences already thought. This is also one reason why many of the Poliziotteschi deal with themes of corruption and dishonest officials, which also generates the strong protagonist characters that take law in their own hands, either as a vigilante outside of the law, or that one hard headed cop who won’t do as his superiors tell him. But remember for every badass cop, there’s an even worse villain.

Excerpt from Cinezilla located HERE

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

Production values are modest, to say the least, on this genre of fast-and-furious Italian crime cinema films. Killer Cop however make being in the upper tier of image quality released on Blu-ray by Raro. It, predictably looks thick and heavy - but has some pleasing film textures.  It is in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio but the 1080P transfer has slim black bars on both side edges. This is only single-layered with a reasonable bitrate and the visuals seems to improve in appearance as the film runs. Colors have some perk but otherwise those who appreciate the, original looking, dense image will be content with this HD rendering.






















Audio :

Raro offer audio in either Italian and English - both with a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 1536 kbps. Of the English track Raro states:



So the English subtitles are not a 'DUB-titles' and does differ from the Italian translation. The score sounds typically misplaced for the genre and is by Stelvio Cipriani (Rabid Dogs, Baron Blood, A Bay of Blood) and it sounds clean with some depth. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo Blu-ray player has identified it as being a region FREE.


Extras :

We get a 20-minute video interview with production manager Alessandro Calosci in Itlain with English subtitles to a backdrop of clips from the film and him in an outdoor cafe. He is quite animated in his remarks. There is a 12-page liner notes booklet with an essay and photos.



Another pulpy, raw Italian crime drama - and this is a good one, IMO. It builds the characters identities and doesn't over-confuse with the action/violence. The image is above average on Raro's Blu-ray and those keen on this addictive, and very definable, genre (“Poliziotteschi”) - should definitely indulge. Absolutely recommended! 

Gary Tooze

May 28th, 2015

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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