The Kommissar X Collection: Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill/Death Is Nimble, Death Is Quick/So Darling, So Deadly
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All three films are surprisingly well done and feature the good hair, clothes, cars & music of the period. Tony Kendall makes an especially attractive hero, making his leading ladies ardent attitudes far more plausible than when we see these romantic plot devices on "I Spy," "Star Trek," etc. Brad Harris is great as the two-fisted best friend and their easy alliance fighting crime is tongue-in-cheek fun.
Much has been written about the quality of the DVDs. I was prepared for the worst and pleasantly surprised. These are clean (no dust, no scratches) 16mm TV prints taken from 35mm UltraScope masters. If you lived in the 1960s and 1970s as I did, you'll recall that ALL TV USED TO LOOK LIKE THIS. Yes, even prime-time "movie of the week" specials. FYI, "UltraScope" was an extreme version of CinemaScope, the anamorphic process which squeezed a very wide image onto standard film. It was then expanded by the projector in theaters to create a super-wide panoramic image. On 4:3 TV however, it means you're only seeing a portion of the 35mm negative; a 16mm print of this means added grain. So what? The color and picture are still fine--just not HD.
Great collection, great fun. Enjoy!
3 films made in 1965-66 (the last one was made in 1971)
The "commissioner x "adventures are pure entertainment,007 style parodies,
starring handsome italian actor Tony Kendall.
With the assistance of former muscleman actor Brad Harris,they make an
explosive,entertaining team,in explosive,entertaining films.
The picture quality ,unfortunatly,is not colorful on this dvd.
These films are better than they are shown here. It could be, however, that the best of them is still the one which is not in thís collection, which was called "drei grüne Hunde" in Germany and which I saw at the Cinema Paradiso in Lugano when I was fifteen and totally loved. Cinema Paradiso in Lugano in the late sixties was however something very special - it cannot get more romantic than that - and maybe all films I saw there gave a better impression than they deserved.
Number of discs: 1
Aspect ratio for all 3 films: 4:3 (-> heavily truncated image; orig.-formats: 2.35:1)
Picture quality: 4/10 (-> VHS copy)
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: 13 Feb 2007
LOOKING FOR MORE Euro Bond spin-offs? Might try one of those:
- That Man in Istanbul (aka Estambul 65), 1965 (feat. Horst Buchholz + Sylva Koscina; movie: 6.5/10) link: [...]
-> Spanish release: vella video DVD # 12058; 1 min cut
- Deadlier Than the Male, 1967 (feat. Elke Sommer + Sylva Koscina 7,5/10) Deadlier Than the Male [Blu-ray] Deadlier Than the Male
- Rembrandt 7 antwortet nicht, 1966 (5/10)
- Der Mann mit den tausend Masken, 1966 (5,5/10; feat. soon-to-be Bond- + Hitch-Girl Karin Dor (You Only Live Twice, 1967; Topaz 1969) Der Mann mit den tausend Masken (Filmjuwelen)
- Mission for a Killer (aka Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117); F/I 1965 (5.5/10) Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117
- Jerry Cotton: Der Tod im roten Jaguar, D/I 1968 (feat. George Nader 5/10)
- Mission for a Killer, 1965 (5.5/10)
- How to Destroy the Reputation of the Greatest Secret Agent... (aka 'Le magnifique') 1973 (feat. J.-P. Belmondo + Jaqueline Bisset 6,5/10) Le Magnifique
+++ UPDATE: French-released Blu-ray available from amazon.fr +++
The picture on the face of the DVD package has nothing to do with the contents of the 3 detective/spy/adventure films on the disc. The video quality was not great, but if you are a fan of the era you won't find it too distracting. It looked like good quality for old TV. For audio, the voices seemed out of synch with the visuals. That was more distracting, but I was just going along for the old-school Euro-adventure story, and my expectations for language and production values were not great anyway.
Kendall and Harris make an athletic team with some believable action. Harris largely plays second fiddle, but he's cool to watch.
The films are silly if you allow yourself to think at all while viewing. I doubt these films would keep the attention of young fans of contemporary movies, as everything today is much larger, faster and fantastic now with all the effects.
I wasn't even born when the first 2 of these movies came out and I am accustomed to a different standard in this genre, but I get a kick out of the style, adventure and simplicity of these films, so this DVD manages a score of 3 stars from me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The picture and sound quality has not been enhanced to meet today's standards, as has been done with other vintage film offerings from the same era. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A Coleman
Fun collection of tongue-in-cheek Euro spy flicks made in the mid-1960's starring Tony Kendall and Brad Harris. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Celia Trimboli
OK. The quality isn't HD. Neither is the audio. But given that this was a movie shot in the 60s, the quality on this DVD is the same Eastman Color standard as it was when shown... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Akash Sunethkumara
I USED TO LOVE THIS SERIES WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER.SO I THOUGHT I'D ADD IT TO MY MOVIE LIBRARY. I WAS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PICTURE QUALITY. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by MARINECPL79
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