I was so excited to finally have Super Fuzz on DVD in widescreen. Sadly my joy only lasted as long as it took me to unwrap the DVD. I was all giddy as the DVD started up. The menu screen looked fantastic and as soon as I hit play, it all went downhill. At first I was amazed at the movie in widescreen, and then it happened. The main title of the movie came up SUPER SNOOPER. My heart sank deep into my chest. Super Snooper is what the movie is called in Europe and sure enough, the version of the film on this DVD is the super bizarro UK version that I already have on a DVD I imported from England.
A note to anyone reading, THIS IS NOT THE SUPER FUZZ YOU WATCHED AS A KID. This version of the movie is full of odd extra scenes. That sounds like a plus, but what absolutely kills this version of the movie is the fact that the voiceovers are completely different. Aside from Ernest Borgnine, just about everyone's voice is different from the US version. Most offensively are the voices of Paradise (who sounds like a stereotypical bad guy from Mexico, a banditio if you will) and the main character himself, Dave Speed.
Maybe I'm just being too picky, but I simply cannot watch this version of Super Fuzz. I want the version I'm so familiar with, I want the US version! I will admit that the picture quality on this DVD is fantastic. I never thought Super Fuzz could look this good. But I will probably never watch this version ever again, so all the picture quality in the world doesn't really mean much. There was some weird pseudo-bootleg version of Super Fuzz for sale on Amazon a year or so ago. I have that and although the picture quality leaves a lot to be desired, at least the movie on it is actually Super Fuzz and not Super Snooper. If I were you, I'd hunt around for that version.
I just ordered my copy of SuperFuzz. One of the first movies I watched on cable back around '82( I was 6). It's always been a favorite and although I haven't seen it in years, I remember the entire movie. Here's the deal, we have an italian actor from spaghetti westerns and Ernest Borgnine, can't get better than that! IF you like slapstick, pie in your face, bascially rediculous movies then this is for you. Terrence Hill, I assume an Italian actor(he has an accent), is David Speed. On a routine assignment in the Everglades, collecting on some unpaid parking tickets a native american has yet to pay(outside the tent is a totem pole, isn't that the wrong part of the country?). The man is out and Dave is accidentally around a nuclear missle launching pad. Dave is exposed to the radiation and gets superpowers. His first confrontation, an aligator that he tries to reason with(starts off by saying "Hey Fella"). Acctually, it looks like he caused the missle to explode. He tries to scare the gator by shooting a round in the air, next thing you see is the missle exploding in the air. He soon realizes that he has superpowers but his partner, Sgt. William Dunlop doesn't believe him and has little patience(that's Ernest Borgnine).Plus Dave is dating the sarge's niece Evelyn. It's amazing I remember all the details since it's been at least 10 years since I've seen the film. I watched a lot of tv when I was young. Anyway, Dave and Willy are trying to trackdown some mob counterfitters, a Mr. Torpedo and his men including head henchman Paradise. Dave's powers help he an Willy on this case causing Torpedo to get nervous(check out the fight scene between Dave, Paradise and the other henchmen. Never thought a guitar could cause so much damage).Read more ›
So I finally received my copy today after eagerly waiting for it for several weeks. Having seen it a dozen times on Showtime in 1983, and subsequently purchased the same version of the film on VHS in the '90's, I am pretty familiar with this movie. That said, here's the lowdown on this latest DVD release:
* It suffers from PAL speedup, noticeable in the voices and music, despite the fact this is an R1 release
* Film is anamorphic widescreen, 1:85:1.
* Opening credits feature the title SUPER SNOOPER instead of SUPER FUZZ
* There are a few additional scenes featured in the movie, and some extended scenes
* The voice of Dave Speed is still Terence Hill's, but it seems like it is a different recorded track compared to the other version (i.e. different line readings in a few instances)
* Many, many music cues have been replaced with the standard Super Fuzz musical theme from the opening. Other music cues have disappeared, and several scenes that didn't have music cues at all now have the Super Fuzz theme added. The theme really wears out its welcome in this version, whereas in the other version it was used more sparingly. One horrifying example of music alteration occurs in the scene where Dave busts out of the electric chair, heads underwater and rescues the chief on the bubble gum balloon, the new music and sound cues are awful.Read more ›