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Almost Human - Fan Edition (with lenticular) [DVD]

Tomas Milian , Henry Silva , Umberto Lenzi    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli
  • Directors: Umberto Lenzi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Shameless Sreen Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O8ATBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't making him all that much money, so he figures to hit the ""big time"" by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.

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Almost Human


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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Human 4 Feb 2013
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Petty criminal Giulio Sacchi decides that his current way of life that involves bank heist's and stealing from phone boxes isn't making him enough money. So along with his two friends, he kidnaps a rich man's daughter and demands a hefty ransom. However tough cop Walter Grandi is hot on his trail.

This is prohaps the greatest Poliziotteschi film ever made and not to mention one of the most violent as well. It may not be as gory as some of director Umberto Lenzi's later films (such as Eaten Alive and Cannibal Ferox) but the cruelty shown here will leave a bad taste lingering after.

Tomas Milan plays the low life Giulio Sacchi who kills without remorse (with the exception of the scene where he accidentally murders a 5 year old child) and has no morals to speak of. He murders his girlfriend, kills his friends and stabs an elderly policeman all without a second thought. His character is prohaps the most despicable to ever feature in any of the Italian crime films. American actor Henry Silva plays the cop Walter Grandi and he to is impressive but he plays second billing to Milian as the movie mainly focuses on him. The rest of the cast includes Ray Lovelock, Laura Belli and stuntman Nello Pazzafini can been seen in a brief scene where he beats up Milian.

Umberto Lenzi keeps the film moving at a great pace, we open with a traditional bank heist gone wrong, with a well made and exciting car chase. Then we are on a wild ride of violence as we follow Giulio Sacchi on his crime spree. This has got to be his best film.

Ennio Morricone composes a powerful and dramatic score which is the icing on the cake.

Overall a must see film and if you like this then I recommend you check out Rome Armed to the Teeth which was one of the six Poliziotteschi films Lenzi and Milian made together.

DVD quality is great. Extras include a PDF introduction to Poliziotteschi films and a interview with Tomas Milian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect! 26 Aug 2011
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Long famed mostly as the director of "Cannibal Ferox" Umberto Lenzi is clearly more than a one-hit wonder and if you're a distractor this might be a nice place to start down the path to appreciating the man's versatile career beyond his most infamous venture, while not as gory as its jungle based counterpart this film hits harder and its largely down to the infamous Tomas Milian who plays his part with demented fury (apparently aided by large quantities of vodka!). "Almost Human" follows a rather petty and pathetic two bit criminal (Milian) who at the start, beaten and humiliated by a crime boss for screwing up a bank heist you could actually really pity, don't get used to this feeling! Soon after, sick of risking his neck for loose change he embarks on an overly ambitious scheme kidnapping the daughter of a wealthy businessman assisted by two friends (one of whom is Ray Lovelock), first they need guns and Milian knows just where to get them blasting to pieces the dealers (supposedly his friends) before paying them, this is just a hint of the sadistic fury bottled up through years of failure and mediocrity about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting Rome and its innocent citizens. From there all hell breaks loose as Milian starts torturing and slaughtering his way through every opposition or potential threat awaiting his big payoff with his buddies increasingly uneasy about his conduct, on the other side of the law is hard boiled cop Henry Silva who is determined to take down the mystery criminal leaving trails of blood and destruction in his wake and he begins to suspect just who the man is, of course it all comes to a pretty rough end.

Cult favourite Luciano Martino produces while Ernesto Gastaldi writes and the icing on the cake is the brilliant Ennio Morricone score.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a revelation! 7 Mar 2013
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i bought this expecting it to be decent, but it really exceeded my expectations! What a great role for Tomas Milian, he really impresses and is alternately really humourous and scary, all the time a showcase of what a kind of pathetic, cringing individual and his loser friends can achieve when armed with some trusty machine guns. Also another great role for the detective played by Henry Silva. Really, this eclipses most US crime films of the 70's ive seen, and is a must-see for crime genre fans. If i had to decribe the film in terms of well known USA films id describe it as a cross between Mean Streets and Last House on the Left. Go see!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 70's Italian Poliziotteschi flick! 27 Dec 2011
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"Almost Human" sadly remains the only 70's Italian Poliziatteschi film released by Shameless so far but what a great one to start with!

Directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Italy's busiest actor of the 70's Mr Tomas Milian "Almost Human" has all the staples of great 70's Eurocrime drama! Cue - Car chases galore,violent killings, a hard boiled cop and plenty of gangsters! This is definitely one of the all time great Poliziatteschi films of the 70's.

Tomas Milian plays Gulio Sacchi a career criminal who's latest bank heist hasn't been that successful, when Sacchi's girlfriend mentions the daughter of her rich boss Sacchi get's the idea to kidnap her for ransom, helped along by his 2 sidekicks Sacchi must evade a hard nose cop (Henry Silva) and the suspicions of his girlfriend.

What makes this film so great is the stunning performance by Milian, as the film goes on the more deranged and psychotic he becomes, when he brutally guns down a family in their home for no real reason you half expect the young child of the family to either get away or somehow be reprieved, nope!, even young children get mercilessly slaughtered by the psychotic Sacchi and he gets worse until his glorious downfall at the end ( you didn't expect someone this corrupt to get away did you!..
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