Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bright and breezy and bloody cross between Dirty Harry and Starsky and Hutch, 24 April 2012
By 
Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Ruggero Deodato's Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man plays like a bright and breezy and bloody cross between Dirty Harry and Starsky and Hutch as Ray Lovelock and Marc Porel's inseparable cops cheerfully go about their business of killing street scum a la Roma, whether they're seriously injured or haven't actually got round to starting the armoured car robbery they're planning, all to the accompaniment of Lovelock's easygoing ballads on the soundtrack. They may be a two man death squad, but the film retains a surprisingly bright and breezy tone as they go about their business with little in the way of opposition from their boss Adolfo Celi, the violence at once extreme but over the top - this is the kind of film where it's not enough to shoot assassin off a motorbike, he has to crash into a car and fly off. And then get crushed by another oncoming car. Like the Dirty Harry films, most of the action scenes have little to do with the plot that sees them trying to track down Renato Salvatori's elusive mobster but are just vignettes thrown in to keep things lively, but it manages it so well that it's more a strength than a weakness.

Fernando Di Leo's script does take a few swipes at machismo while undercutting the usual genre clichés and assumptions, its two amiable sociopaths finding that rather than being shackled by the law it pretty much gives them free rein for their `tendency towards delinquency,' be it burning all the cars of customers at Salvatori's club or both sleeping with his nymphomaniac sister. Their wilful ignorance of the niceties of the law clearly extended to the making of the film as well, with the producers not bothering to ask for permission to shoot the opening motorbike chase through the streets of Rome in case it was refused. And it has a hitman who looks like Saddam Hussein in it. Shame about the guide dog, though.

Raro Video's NTSC DVD boast's a surprisingly excellent widescreen transfer with beautiful colour of the uncut version (the film was heavily censored in many territories, though one bit of torture deleted by the producers before release is still missing), and includes a selection of Deodato's Italian TV commercials (though you can't remove his audio commentary) and a good 42-minute making of documentary that dispels a few myths about the film's aborted sequel (not down to a disagreement between the stars but problems with their agents and the film's producers, one of whom, Alberto Marras, wanted to direct himself).
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Justice-erini & Brooks!, 31 Jan 2013
By 
Arch Stanton (Cornwall, England.) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Two special squad agents are forced into acting above the law in order to bring to justice a dangerous racketeer, which suits them just fine, considering they're a pair of rough and tumble ner-do-wells themselves..
Solid genre favourite with Lovelock and Porel playing the somewhat non too politically correct heroes. Di Leo's script works out okay, with plenty of the required boxes ticked for this genre. Deodato managing to cram in all sorts of brutality and sexism. The film plays out pretty much like a violent comic book version of the buddy cop sub genre and features many moments of offensive fun from arson, sexual interrogation, gouged eyes, guide dogs being run down, J&B quaffing, beatings, suicidal motorbike stunts and cold blooded murder... and mostly that's just the good guys!
Adolfo Celi's hat in the final scenes is outrageous and there should've been at least one disco dancing sequence, but overall, this is good fun 4.25/5 stars awarded here.
Raro's region 1 import is a very nice dvd, with both English language and subtitle options and a great making of documentary. The picture looking as good as i've ever seen it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Live Like a Cop, Die Like a man, 16 Feb 2014
By 
A. J. Harrison (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Fred and Tony are two cops who are part of a elite squad who shoot fire and ask questions later. They report only to a man known as The Boss. He gives them the order to put an end to Pasquini's organised crime empire which includes in one incident gunning down a policeman.

Before Ruggero Deodato made headlines with his popular cannibal films (Jungle Holocaust & Cannibal Holocaust) he made this ultra violent Poliziotteschi that is one of the most shocking and exciting the genre ever produced.

Marc Morel and Ray Lovelock play tough cops Fred and Tony. They ride around sharing a motor cycle and there is a few hints at them having a homosexual relationship but it also has more of that feel due to them both been pretty boys and the fact they share everything from a motorcycle to living in the same room.

Their actions however vertually make them as violent as them criminals that they are chasing, in one scene, Fred comforts a injured would be thief but before the paramedics arrive he decides to break his neck and in another scene he shoots a thug who is attempting to surrender. Another pass time for our heroes other than killing bad guys is sleeping with witnesses in one memorable scene, in between interrogating the villains sister they take it in turns having sex with her while her mother is in the next room.

The film moves at a fast pace starting with a violent murder, where two would be thief's on a motorbike try stealing a woman's purse but end up dragging her along the street by her arm which leads to her head been crushed against a lamp post. All this is witness by Fred and Tony who proceed to chase them on motorbikes through the street. We also get a man crushed between two cars and we see the blood spray out from his mouth and cult favourite Bruno Corazzari has his eyeball pushed into his skull.

The music is typical 1970's waka-waka guitar but the theme song was sung by Ray Lovelock himself.

Overall a great little film that's violence was only surpassed by that of Lucio Fulci's dull Contraband and Ricco Mean Machine.

Very Good DVD Quality, English Audio available
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Dvd, 5 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
a classic film with all the ingredients for a cop movie ........to violent,a bit of sex and a set of actors that were in the right place at the right time,even the support cast is great including Adolfo Celi(11 years after playing Emilio Largo in Thunderball)
Surely not to be missed by the fans of the original STARSKY AND HUTCH by coincidence this film came out after the tv series have started but did not yet aired in Italy this film country,naturally the tv series is superv and less violent but may I SAY this is a small classic considering it was released as a B movie the director of the film went to do later Cannibal Hollocaust
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews