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Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man
(Uomini Si Nasce Poliziotti Si Muore)

review by Zach B.

 
 

Not Rated

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Starring: Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Adolfo Celi, Silvia Dionisio

Written by: Fernando Di Leo

Directed by: Ruggero Deodato

 

 

Studio: Rarovideo

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, 2011

 
 


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 transfer overall.

 


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 to bond.

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.