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(aka "Brothers Till We Die")

 

Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Italy 1978

 

Before he became king of the cannibal movie, Umberto Lenzi (Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive) specialised in another sort of savagery...

Brothers Till We Die is a hard-as-nails crime flick with the very great Tomas Milian (Syndicate Sadists, Django Kill) doing double duty as lookalike brothers Il Gobbo ('the Hunchback') and Er Monnezza, both of them up to no good. A robbery is planned but the boys are betrayed; you'd better believe that revenge is on the way, served up as only Lenzi can.

A follow up to Lenzi's earlier Rome Armed To The Teeth, Brothers Till We Die is one of the best of the Poliziotteschi cycle the tough Italian action movies that gave Clint Eastwood such a run for his money is the seventies. 88 Films are proud to present the UK Blu-ray premiere of this ruthless classic.

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Vincenzo 'hunchback' plans a robbery on a armored police van with his gang. Once the job is done, his gang try to kill him and absconds with the loot. Vincenzo hides in the sewers before looking up his friend Monezza who the police later interrogate for his involvement with vincenzo. Meanwhile, Vincenzo is getting revenge on his gang by killing them off one at the time in his various brutal ways.

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Theatrical Release: August 18th, 1978

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:37:46.026        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,151,358,835 bytes

Feature: 26,771,939,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.90 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:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
88 Films

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,151,358,835 bytes

Feature: 26,771,939,328 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
Heart of Rome - An Interview with Composer Antonello Venditti (18:51)
Master of Funk - An Interview with Composer Franco Micalizzi (19:33)
Introduction by Mike Malloy (Director of Eurocrime) (11:17)
Trailer (3:48)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 24th, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: 88 Films Blu-ray (February 2020): 88 Films have transferred Umberto Lenzi's 1978 Poliziotteschi Brothers Till We Die (aka "La banda del gobbo") to Blu-ray. It has some, consistent, softness and can look a bit waxy if you look too closely (I don't see this as digitization), but the 2.35:1 1080P image is pleasing enough with true, if dullish and green-leaning, colors, some depth and a natural film-like heaviness. There is some reasonable detail in close-ups. Not a stellar HD image but serviceable for this 70's film.

On their Blu-ray, 88 Films offer linear PCM mono tracks (24-bit) in the original Italian and an English-language DUB with modest sync. There is a good action-based, funky, score by Franco Micalizzi (The Tough Ones, The Visitor, and known for some music on Grindhouse releases Planet Terror and Death Proof - as well as Taratino's Django Unchained) sounding deep and occasionally imposing. 88 Films offer optional English subtitles (Not DUB titles) on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The 88 Films Blu-ray has an audio commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson who cover a lot of ground, having some fun discussing how Italian genre films in the late 70's were descending into parody, a lot on Tomas Milian ex. writing his own dialogue, his wigs, plenty on the Poliziotteschi genre, the death of the Spaghetti western, the ''common thief and renegade cop' plots, Millian being born in Cuba trained at the Actors Studio, his 'indulgences', eye liner trends (liberal application of mascara), J+B the signature liquor in Poliziotteschi films and significantly more. There is also a 20-minute interview with composer, singer, actor Antonello Venditti entitled Heart of Rome. He talks about his career, how it started and how his love of Rome among other things. Master of Funk is a 20-minute interview with composer Franco Micalizzi and there is a thoroughly-produced introduction by Mike Malloy for over 10-minutes. He is the director of Eurocrime - a documentary concerning the violent Italian 'poliziotteschi' cinematic movement of the 1970s. Lastly, is a lengthy trailer and the package has a 12-page liner notes leaflet with photos and an essay by Francesco Massaccesi.

Umberto Lenzi's Brothers Till We Die is  a decent example of the genre even with Milian hamming it up at times. It was their last collaboration. This is known as a lesser Eurocrime effort by the director, but has plenty of machismo sequences. I'd say that if you lean to enjoying the poliziotteschis - this is one you should have in your Blu-ray collection. Great to see 88 Films put so much into the package with the excellent commentary, interviews and liner notes. Love the cover too... there is certainly value to be had here.

Gary Tooze

 


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