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(Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM)

(aka "La Belva col Mitra" or "Ferocious" or "Mad Dog" or "Beast with a Gun" )

 

directed by Sergio Grieco

Italy 1977

Nanni Vitali (Helmut Berger, Salon Kitty) and his band of lunatics escape from prison and embark on a violent crime-spree across Italy. Caught in this madmanís web of destruction is the beautiful Giuliana (Marisa Mell, Gang War in Milan) who is under the protection of Police Chief Santini (Richard Harrison, Ninja the Protector) having survived a run-in with Vitali and his crew. Santini must do all he can to prevent his key eyewitness from becoming another victim, but Vitali has plans of his own for taking care of Santini.

Inspired by the crimes of infamous mobster, Renato Vallanzasca, Mad Dog Killer is a deliriously violent poliziotteschi that pushes the limits of onscreen brutality and is a must-have for any self respecting fan of Italian Cult cinema. 88 Films are proud to unveil this iconic classic uncut, and re-mastered in glorious 4k, for the first time ever!

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Theatrical Release: October 29th, 1977 - Italy

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Comparison:

Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Anchor Bay Entertainment Screen Caps!

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Distribution

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

88 Films
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:35:15 1:35:06.659
Video

2.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Disc Size: 31,862,740,979 bytes

Feature Size: 28,767,854,592 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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

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Anchor Bay Entertainment

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

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

Subtitles none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.32:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 3:05)

DVD Release Date: 11 June 2002
Amaray

Chapters 26
 

Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

 

2.35:1 Disc Size: 31,862,740,979 bytes

Feature Size: 28,767,854,592 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Restoration Featurette (12:34)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: November 7th, 2016

Transparent Blu-ray case (thick - UK) slipcase

Chapters: 8  

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region 'B'- Blu-ray - March 17': The new Blu-ray is described as a "New 4K Transfer from the Original Techniscope Negative". The DVD, at 2.32:1, is cropped on the side and bottom edges. The 4K restored 1080P Blu-ray visuals are a giant leap beyond the 2002 SD. Colors are brighter, there is consistent, fine, grain texture visible, detail significantly rises and contrast is beautifully layered. The new HD is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and, also, looks impressive in-motion.

Audio goes linear PCM tracks for both, the serviceable, English DUB and the original Italian (with optional English subtitles). There are plenty of effects - mostly aggressive violence - slaps, punches, screams and gunfire. The authentic uncompressed remains flat but is consistent with depth notable at times. The equally bombastic score is Umberto Smaila - his first film credit and it sounds solid in the uncompressed. The Blu-ray disc is region 'B'-locked.

The only digital extra is a 13-minite restoration featurette that shows the obstacles that had to be overcome to bring this film back from its vinegar-syndrome et all effected state. There is also a reversible sleeve on the transparent keepcase package.

Intense film with sadistic murders and rapes carried out my a cowardly, brutal, punk and his cohorts. No redemption here - this is one psychotic badass. You watch spurred on by the heightened tension and control-less emotions of the characters. It works for its genre. Certainly not for the faint of heart - but a riveting Poliziotteschi, nonetheless. Great Blu-ray package by 88 Films...

 - Gary and Eric

 


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