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Man of Violence (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray)
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BFI Flipside presents
MAN OF VIOLENCE aka MOON (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Pete Walker
THE FLIPSIDE : rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.
In a world of gangs and villains, one man - Moon - will stop at nothing to get the girl and take the spoils. Pete Walker's affectionate low-budget homage to the gangster thriller is packed with sights and sounds from a Britain about to swing out of the sixties and into a somewhat less optimistic decade.
This release also includes The Big Switch (aka Strip Poker), Pete Walker's pulp thriller whose climatic shoot-out was filmed on Brighton's now destroyed West Pier.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Newly transferred to High Definition from the original negatives
- The Big Switch (aka Strip Poker (1968, 68 mins)
- The Big Switch: Alternative export cut (1968, 77 mins)
- Original trailers for Man of Violence and The Big Switch
- Alternative Moon title-card
- Extensive illustrated booklet featuring contributions from Pete Walker, novelist Cathi Unsworth, screenwriter David McGillivray, and film historian Julian Petley
UK | 1970 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 108 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
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'The Big Switch' is a thoroughly amateurish attempt at a gangster film, pathetically dated ( as is 'Moon' ) for 1968, considering 'Performance' was made about the same time. This sleazy production boasts a pretty good jazz score by Harry South, a live appearance by 60s band Timebox & some pleasing photography, but it was just too badly acted & scripted to hold my interest. The Hanna Barbera-esque climactic shoot out, staged in a Brighton amusement arcade, is risible, with guns being fired indiscriminately for no apparent reason & a chase scene with lead actor Sebastian Breaks(!) and Virginia Wetherell actually running on the spot at one point.
Filming as Walker did entirely on location, it's the garish period decor that takes centre stage, rather than the hopeless script, inept casting & not particularly attractive abundance of female flesh on display. Promising far more than either is able to deliver, both films were well past their sell-by date when they were made in the late 60s...today they exist as naff ( in Walker's words ) period pieces.
It verges on being categorized as that hallmark of late-sixties/early seventies film-making, a sexploitation film. But its production values raise it a bit above that, and there is probably not enough nudity to rank as sexploitation. But there is a very pleasing amount of attractive skin.
Leading the cast is young Michael Latimer, who you may recognize from The Avengers '67. He was a villain in an episode called 'Positive Negative Man' which also required him, as a conductor of a killing amount of electricity, to appear shirtless. Diana Rigg commented that his pecs weren't developed enough, but they are very pleasing, none-the-less. He was the quintessential 70's star: young, attractive, lean and lightly built, self-possessed. He also starred in Prehistoric Women with Martine Beswick and, for several seasons, on the police series Van der Valk, where he played it much straighter.
Latimer plays a victim here. After a one-night stand with a beautiful woman -- and, right off the bat, a good excuse to take his shirt off -- he is persuaded she is dead, and a gang blackmails him into helping them break a kingpin out of prison.
It's fun, and full of 70's fashions and colors. And, of course, the very pretty Michael Latimer.
Thanks to BFI for bringing the fun Flipside films out. They would have been neglected otherwise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Damaged by it's tiny budget and sleazy and nasty. But if you like this sordid OTT violent 70s/80s cinema. Then check this out with it's dime store 'magic' of Peter Walker.Published 7 months ago by Paul Barrett
I liked the "Man of Violence" movie, including "The Big Switch". Sadly enough I could nog play the Blue Ray disc but I hope it's actually the same content as the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Vincent J.F. Klaus