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Colt 38 Special Squad (1977)

Marcel Bozzuffi , Carole André , Massimo Dallamano  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marcel Bozzuffi, Carole André, Ivan Rassimov, Riccardo Salvino, Giancarlo Bonuglia
  • Directors: Massimo Dallamano
  • Writers: Massimo Dallamano, Ettore Sanzň, Franco Bottari, Marco Guglielmi
  • Producers: Paolo Infascelli, Pino Buricchi
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI8MIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Colt 38 Special Squad" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1: Colt 38 Special Squad
  • Introduction by composer Stelvio Cipriani
  • Always the Same Ol’ 7 Notes – A career spanning interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani
  • A Tough Guy – Interview with editor Antonio Siciliano
  • Photo Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Disc 2: La Bidonata - The Rip-Off
  • Introduction by director of photography Sergio D’Offizi
  • Back To Life - Interview with director of photography Sergio D’Offizi
  • Collectable booklet with liner notes and talent bios

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Two of the great all-time European badasses go mano a mano in this brutal crime thriller from Massimo Dallamano (WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?). When his wife becomes the latest innocent victim of a merciless Marseilles crime lord (Ivan Rassimov, of YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED DOOR AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY), police captain Vanni (THE FRENCH CONNECTION’s Marcel Bozzuffi) goes beyond the law to form a secret squad of rogue cops, each armed with an unlicensed 38 Colt revolver. As Vanni and his vigilante crew take back the night bullet by bullet, the Marsellais joins the game by instigating a wave of violent crimes that turns the city into a deadly playground.

Released in Italy as Quelli della Calibro 38 ("Those of the 38 Caliber"), COLT 38 SPECIAL SQUAD was the last film directed by Massimo Dallamano and is a no-holds-barred poliziotteschi that’s an absolute winner on all fronts: a great cast (Rassimov and Bozzuffi tear up the town in their only screen pairing), high octane action, unflinching violence and a rousing Euro-funk score from maestro Stelvio Cipriani (DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS), plus a surprise guest appearance by Grace Jones!

NoShame Films is proud to present COLT 38 SPECIAL SQUAD for the first time on DVD, uncut and restored to its original aspect ratio. Included in this 2-disc special edition is LA BIDONATA (1978), the long-lost final film by giallo specialist Luciano Ercoli. Shelved after its producer was kidnapped in Italy, the film was never released anywhere in the world and is presented now for the first time by NoShame Films, culled from the original 35 mm negative!


fast paced, violent and gritty cop film with some explosive scenes of action presentation looks and sounds fantastic -- DVD Talk - June 22nd, 2006

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colt 38 Awsome Film June 17, 2007
By C. Dunn
This is a great example of a Euro crime film. It stars Marcel Bozzuffi (best known for his role as an [....] in the film French Connection ie he is the one who is on the poster for the film being shot in back by Gene Hackman). Anyway, this film was heavily influenced by the best of the Dirty Harry sequels "Magnum Force". However, these cops are not vigilantes.
Great action, lots of violence and is very fast paced. No shame films has done a fantastic job on bringing this film/dvd to North America. The liner notes are great and each film that No shame releases gives you a brief history lesson of turmoil in Italy during the 1960's and 1970's.
Needless to say, this film is highly recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tightly Edited and Brutal June 23, 2009
Unlike one reviewer, I do not fault this film because it is a 1970s euro-crime thriller, which today's standards make somewhat dated and heavy-handed. After all, it IS a 1970s euro-crime thriller! It was never meant to be a psycho-sociological treatise on modern crime.

What I ask of any film - this one included - is, was it worth watching? My answer for this movie is, yes. Here's why.

First of all, the brutality is gripping even by 21st century standards. Compare it to 1970s hollywood crime movies and you'll see they pale by comparison.

Second, it is a tightly edited, fast paced contest between the two main characters. While this plot device is obviously not original, the skill of both the director and the cinematographer in portraying it is.

The transfer is terrific. NoShame really did a first class job in this release. The bonus is a second disc of Luciano Ercoli's final film, La Bidonata, which was never released due to tragic circumstances.

This may not be my favorite movie, but what's not to like?
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Quelli della calibro 38" or Colt 38 Special Squad (1976) from
Massimo Dallamano, is an Italian language crime-thriller, that
actually explains how law enforcement approaches a a hostage
situation involving the entire population of Turin, in exchange
for money, gems, and more under the threat of 70 kg in dynamite
being detonated in the city.

With over 30 years since the release date having passed, the
strength of the overall work, is its wide-screen release,
extraordinarily sharp and colorful images, spectacular street
chases involving cars in actual downtown city areas, and dirt
bike chases in the woods, on mud trails and country side. It also
has a tight editing of scenes, and a convincing argument, showing
thrills, suspense along the way, while the special effects are
fine, in both quality and in number.

The action explores, amazingly, the entire gamut of criminal
behavior, such as kidnappings, shootings, gun firefights, bank
stick ups, escape cars, payback on innocents when the law is
applied, hostage situations, motorcycle and automobile stunts,
(including one showing a car driving forward on a moving flat bed
train), car crashes, dangerous street chases, confidential
informants on underworld events, bribes, interrogations, cop car
frequency band snooping, underworld gambling operations, booby
trapped cars with radio detonators, ransoms, car and motorcycle
jackings, impersonation of officers, joy riders, rifle sniping.

From such a large number of underworld aspects, it would appear
that a check-list was almost prepared ahead of time, to cover all
the bases and of what could happen with a gang on the loose.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't look like used! July 3, 2012
By Force9
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
All I can say about this product is its quality.I did not see any thing wrong with it.For a used one,it is just Perfect.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Transfer of Lame Film March 17, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Lame film, where having a .38 special is something terrific. The "7-Ups" this is not. Great tranfer and special stuff included by NoShame flics. But this one's just really lacking plot or character interest. Interesting for the mustaches.
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