Wake Up and Kill aka "Svegliati e uccidi" aka "Wake Up and Die" [Blu-ray]
(Carlo Lizzani, 1966)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques (CIPRA)
Video: Arrow Video
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 2:03:51.041 / 1:37:38.000
Disc Size: 48,524,243,516 bytes
Italian Feature Size: 26,899,360,128 bytes
US Feature Size: 21,297,572,736 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps (same for both)
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 23rd, 24th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
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 (SDH - for US version), English (for Italian version), none
•High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut
Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono sound on the respective versions of the film
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English cut
• English Theatrical trailer (1:18)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist.
Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980
DVD of the film(s)
Description: During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more
than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French
Riviera. To the media he was the machine gun soloist , a
name he d earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To
the public he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted
the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his
Luciano Lutring, a petty Italian thief, jumps from a window to escape from a police roundup, leaving behind a stolen machine gun he had planned to sell in the black market. A Milan newspaper picks up the minor incident under a banner headline, and Lutring suddenly gains the reputation of a major criminal. Crimes he never committed are blamed on him and he becomes known as "The Elusive Shadow." While the police cooperate with the newspapers to dupe more dangerous criminals into believing that all police efforts are directed toward capturing the thief, Lutring himself begins to believe his own publicity and, for the first time in his life, starts shooting to kill. His wife, Yvonne, a former stripteaser, realizes that the only way to save Lutring is to turn informer, so she offers to help the police capture him. Lutring, now as crafty as his myth purports him to be, eludes the trap that is set for him and escapes to France. As both the Milan and Paris police chiefs compete in their attempts to capture Lutring, Yvonne crosses the border secretly in the hope of saving her husband; but Lutring, now an irrational, bloodthirsty criminal, is shot and captured.Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the pond beyond minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.
Wake Up and Kill gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow Films. The package offers both the original Italian version (2 hours) and a 26-minute shorter US cut in English. It is not seamlessly-branched but the transfer is technically (very similar bitrate) as robust and looks identical (see our matching captures below.) The beauty of this 1080P is the thick, consistent, grain and the image quality reflects solid contrast exhibiting tight colors and an occasional semblance of depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's clean with only a few speckles or frame-specific marks. This Blu-ray does a wonderful job of exporting both movies in a very, textured, film-like presentation.
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Both Italian and English tracks are transferred in linear PCM (16-bit). There are aggressive effects beyond gunfire including screeching cars and explosions. A big positive would the score by Ennio Morricone (A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) which sounds typical for the poliziotteschi genre. Some may predictably notice some sync issues in the dialogue but I wouldn't say they were overly distracting. There are optional English subtitles for the Italian version and optional English (SDH) subtitles for the English version with some variance in translations. My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE (well, 'A' + 'B').
Besides the English version - there is a hideous quality, and short, English theatrical trailer, the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist, an illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980 and there is a second disc DVD included.
November 24th, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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