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Convoy Busters (2006)

Maurizio Merli , Olga Karlatos , Stelvio Massi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Maurizio Merli, Olga Karlatos, Massimo Serato, Nello Pazzafini, Mario Feliciani
  • Directors: Stelvio Massi
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FI8MIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Convoy Busters" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Merli on Merli – A conversation with actor Maurizio Matteo Merli (son of star Maurizio Merli)
  • A Star Was Born – A conversation with journalist Eolo Capacci
  • My Good Fella Maurizio – A conversation with actor Enio Girolami
  • ER Prota – A conversation with director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Bullet in the Closet – A conversation with director Ruggero Deodato
  • Cop on FIre Trailer – An upcoming poliziotteschi starring Maurizio  Matteo Merli
  • Original Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Collectable Booklet

Editorial Reviews

Review

Once again we are treated to an all out assault of DVD greatness -- Cinema Nocturna - June 24th, 2006

fully loaded DVD release from NoShame -- 10,000 Bullets - June 13th, 2006

fun and entertaining action film with a fine lead performance from Merli -- Dvd Maniacs - June 14th, 2006

solidly produced film with some exciting action sequences and a good performance from Merli at its heart -- Cinema Strikes Back - June 10th, 2006

Product Description

"When he gets mad, Olmi really lets go!"

Busted down from homicide for arresting a diamond smuggler with friends in high places, hardboiled cop Olmi (the late great Maurizio Merli, star of VIOLENT NAPLES and THE CYNIC, THE RAT, AND THE FIST) joins Rome’s emergency squad, where his extreme tactics make him a target of both the mob and the press. After killing an innocent man he mistakes for an assassin, Olmi has himself transferred to a quiet beat on the Adriatic coast. Finding love in the arms of a beautiful schoolteacher, Olmi’s carefree existence is shot to Hell after he crosses paths with a gang of vicious gun runners operating out of the local port. When Olmi takes his .45 snub-nose out of storage, all hell breaks loose under the Tuscan sun.

Known in Italy as Un Poliziotto Scomodo ("The Inconvenient Cop"), CONVOY BUSTERS features Maurizio Merli in one of his last poliziotteschi assignments. Gorgeous Olga Karlatos and the ever-evil Massimo Serrato (THE 10TH VICTIM, AUTOPSY) costar in a fast-paced action vehicle fueled by slashed throats, charred corpses and 100% Italian machismo, directed by Stelvio Massi (EMERGENCY SQUAD, THE LAST ROUND) and with a cool Euro-Cult score by Stelvio Cipriani (38 COLT SPECIAL SQUAD).

NoShame is proud to present this rare latter day poliziotteschi in an eye-popping transfer, in its original aspect ratio with exclusive interviews with actors and filmmakers.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maurizio Merli keeps this one afloat November 6, 2006
Format:DVD
Fans of Italian cinema know that any film with Maurizio Merli can't be all that bad. This man has a carisma and screen presence to him that can't be riviled. You can't help but go along with anything this man does on screen.

Still even with Maurizio Merli as the main star doesn't make Convoy Busters a great Euro Crime film. Compared to his other Euro Crime gems like Violent Naples, Rome Armed to the Teech and The Cynic the Rat and teh Fist, Convoy Busters come sout being one of his weakest (and last) outings in the genre.

Merili plays his typical Dirty Harry type come who has extreme methods when it comes to upholding the law. When he connects a high political figure's son to a killing he then gets reassinged to a different precinct. While being head hancho at the new station he stumbles upon illegal smuggling of weapons. He also finds time for love with the beautiful actress Olga Karlatos (best known for the eye-ball scene in Zombie).

Director Stelvio Massi keeps the film moving at a brisk pace with some great action and a few b****-slapping scenes (for which Merli is famous for) but the film is oddly structured. There's a lot of twists and turns that don't finish the plot of the previous section. The film is like two different movies with Merli not tying up events from the first half. This is a shame as most viewers will feel somewhat cheated by the end.

Overall Merli still makes this movie extremely watchable. Merli oozes machoism and toughness from start to finish making thsi film a must for fans of Euro Crime films as well as american fodder like Dirty Harry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars There are better Italian cop thrillers November 20, 2006
Format:DVD
In his movies, the late Maurizio MERLI was Italy's version of Clint EASTWOOD's DIRTY HARRY character. Refered to as "commissario di ferro" (the iron detective)MERLI is fondly remembered among Italian genre film afficionados for his many tough-as-nails, more often than not vigilante cop roles. Being a fan of the "polizioteschi" genre (violent Italian cop movies of the 1970ies), this DVD was a mandatory purchase for me.

Alas, I was mildly disappointed.

Not that CONVOY BUSTERS isn't worth your while, but I found it much weaker than other MERLI efforts like SPECIAL COP IN ACTION or ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH.

One of the flaws of CONVOY BUSTERS is the story (two completely unrelated plot threads). Commissario OLMI (MERLI with his trademark moustache) investigates the death of a teenage girl and a young man and is able to link these murders to a "honorable citizen" (the head of the customs office) with mob affiliations. Several action sequences later, the baddie manages to escape to Switzerland and is never heard of again. The remainder of the movie concerns OLMI's efforts to rid a small coastal city (to which he had been transfered) of a gang of arms smugglers. There is a gapping plot hole: OLMI erronously shoots an innocent bystander confusing him with an attacker; oddly this incident does not have any consequences at all for our hero (his transfer was unrelated and agreed upon earlier)!

There is plenty of action, but sadly it is rather unremarkable. A standout scene has MERLI's character chasing some baddies with a helicopter, while the villains try to get away with a van. The iron detective has ample opportunity to show off his marksmanship, as he shoots the driver and then picks off the running baddies one by one!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The wrong side of average June 19, 2007
Format:DVD
Stelvio Massi's Convoy Busters aka An Inconvenient Cop is a meandering affair that ticks boxes without much enthusiasm without ever really holding together and often feeling like three different rough treatments for a cop at odds with the system movie that got awkwardly combined in the hope that something would stick. It's watchable enough if you've nothing better to do, but apart from an amusing early warning signal for arms smugglers (a local TV channel pulling its striptease show for technical reasons and replacing it with an old movie!) there's not much in the way of imagination on display. The wrong side of average.

As if to compensate for the film, NoShame have gone all out on the extras with several inhterview featurettes, stills and poster gallery, trailer and even a comic book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie! February 25, 2014
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Check this one out! Usually pretty cheap and worth every penny. Great action and a kick ass soundtrack! What more do you need?
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3.0 out of 5 stars the end of a era September 17, 2008
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This was one of the last real italian crime cop movies of the seventies and it is not up the level of other great crime movies that came before but it's still a good viewing and the best thing about this movie is that
no shame released it. That company would take even minor efforts and give them the first class effort. Of course the company also released some really great movies too. I think the other reviews for this movie tell it like it is about the late great actor merli who was only 49 when he died, but if you like italian crime movies you are going to enjoy this double plotted movie and if you are new to the genre try a different movie first like the cyhic , the rat and the fist.
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