- Actors: Fabio Testi
- Directors: Lucio Fulci
- Format: Colour, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Blue Underground
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002C9DJK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Contraband [DVD]  [US Import]
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The dialogue track has a constant irritating buzz as if someone was hoovering in the background and a soft, unremarkable print probably the result of being filmed on 16 mm and blown up to 35 mm.
According to wikipedia the producer ran out of money and the local mafia stepped in to complete the film, as long as certain script changes were made, which means that we have a public relations film promoting the virtues of the old school anti-drug mafia and the smugglers as providing employment opportunities for unemployed residents of Naples.
However, despite its failings, it is a likeable and entertaining watch for indulgent and undemanding fans of Euro crime.
Clearly aware of just how dull the first half of the film is, the gore goes into overdrive just about the time you're tempted to give up on it and see if there's anything decent on TV instead. It's a mixture of the same ridiculous effects that mar the earlier scenes and some not particularly convincing but rather better executed ones as heads get blown off, duplicitous female drug dealers get Bunsen burner facials and our hero's wife gets raped.Read more ›
The problem is quite clear- Contraband as a movie isn't all that good. It drags its feet for the first half. None of the characters are engaging, there is no one to root for. The mystery head guy who is bumping off everyone is plain to see. But the most remarkable scene features our 'hero' who is a criminal anyway, who hears his wife being tortured and raped on the phone,all will stop if he agrees to a deal, but no he like us just listens in. So Fulci wanted to shock, but the problem is a shocking scene is just rendered pathetic. Now we don't even have any sympathy for our hero anymore.
By the way anyone effected by strong strobe lights should look away during the spectacular disco scene. This must have looked great at the cinema back in the day.
A pointer for the usually very good Blue Underground. I wished this had been presented in its original language with subtitles. The dubbing is hideous.
Shameless' DVD beats out Blue Underground's release slightly with novel packaging and a first ever release of the original Italian audio. But please Shameless, i understand your niche constraints but couldn't we have had at least a booklet possibly containing the Contraband entry from Steven Thrower's 'Beyond Terror' or an interview with Fulci's always informative daughter Antonella. Something similar to your New York Ripper release would make this the invaluable edition of Contraband to Fulci fanatics such as myself no doubt (till the blu ray). Till then, wait till this comes down to seven or eight pounds. Still a must purchase though for all exploitation fans.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's fair to say that Marcel Bozuffi had become well and truly typecast by this point. French Connection, Caravan to Vaccares, The Marseilles Contract and so on... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thom
Effective, if a little over saturated with gore effects eurocrime thriller from horror maestro Lucio Fulci. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew Ricks
I recommend watching the English subtitles too. It looks like they're from a different film; more entertaining than this one probably.Published on 10 April 2015 by Lord Soapyfume
A suitably trashy and violent "Poliziotteschi" film from the notorious Italian director Lucio Fulci. Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2014 by Paul Moran