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Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man
(Uomini Si Nasce Poliziotti Si Muore)
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Starring: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi, Silvia Dionisio
Written by: Fernando Di Leo
Directed by: Ruggero Deodato
Retail Price: $29.98
Features: Violent Cops Documentary, Ruggero Deodato TV Spots
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Italian Mono, English Subtitles, Chapters (10 Chapters)
Released: July 26th,
Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man is
presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a pretty spiffy
transfer of this cult film. The print used is fairly clean, but is not
overly processed, as it still retains a film-like look. The transfer
itself is a tad soft, but that actually helps it retain a warm look.
Detail is rather good, fleshtones hit the mark and colors are well
saturated without going overboard. A very pleasing and appealing
Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man features
mono tracks in both English and Italian. Of course you want to go with
the original language, but I switched back and forth between the two in
some key scenes and I found the English track to sound a little lower.
Nonetheless, dialogue is easy to hear on both tracks, the breezy,
jaunty score comes out fine and the sound effects — while not discrete
the way modern sound tracks are — are plenty audible.
English subtitles are included.
The 42 minute documentary Violent Cops is
the main extra on the disc, and it's a good one. Director Ruggero
Deodato gets plenty of talking time, as he discusses how he got into
the project and how he made the film. All the important points are
covered: the famous motorcycle chase (which was done without
permission), the film's action and its overall significance. Actors and
producers are interviewed too, but also getting a lot of time in the
documentary is Ray Lovelock, who basically admits feeling indifferent
toward his co-star Marc Porel, despite Deodato's attempts to get them
Another goodie are the Ruggero Deodato TV Spots.
The director made over 1500 commercials for Italian television, and
here 20 minutes worth have been dug up. Even better, Deodato offers
commentary through them all. He shares anecdotes, but it's really a
lookback at the origins of his career. The only downside is that the
commentary cannot be turned off. Too shame, I would have liked to have
heard the commercials in their entirety (English subtitles for them
would have helped too).
The DVD box (and included booklet) notes that Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man was referenced in Kill Bill Vol. 2
— and that's a perfect selling point. Fans of Tarantino are sure to get
a kick out of this movie, and hopefully such a note will get people to
see this over-the-top and entertaining Italian action classic from the
1970s. Rarovideo has given some prime DVD treatment to this title: the
movie looks and sounds rather good, and the two included supplements
are a nice touch. This is a title well worth discovering.