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The Last Round (1976)

Luc Merenda , Carlos Monzón , Stelvio Massi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Luc Merenda, Carlos Monzón, Gianni Dei, Giampiero Albertini, Mario Brega
  • Directors: Stelvio Massi
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: NoShameFilms
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLI5SM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Round" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Digitally Remastered from the original vault negative
  • Include an Exclusive CD ­ THE ECLECTIC ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE (Funky Cops  & Hard Boiled Girls) - featuring Classic Cult Scores from Legendary Italian Seventies Action Films as performed by Entropia
  • Enter the Merenda ­ On Site Visit of Luc Merenda¹s Antique Shop in Paris
  • Poster and still gallery
  • Original Italian Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible Booklet ­ Including liner notes and talent bios

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

THE LAST ROUND is a gritty, violent updating of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. Former middleweight boxing champion Carlos Monzón stars as a drifter who arrives in town with nothing but a music box and pictures of two dead women. Offering himself as a hired hand to the murderous Manzetti clan (led by Luc Merenda, star of GAMBLING CITY), Marco makes a side deal with the Manzetti’s rivals, the Belmondo family (headed by THE RETURN OF SABATA’s Mario Brega), setting the two gangs against one another in a bloody power struggle that will leave more dead than alive. Revenge is the motive… and hell to pay for both guilty and innocent.

Directed by spaghetti western veteran Stelvio Massi (I AM SARTANA… TRADE YOUR GUNS FOR A COFFIN), this obscure Italo-crime film was written by Piero Regnoli (I Vampiri, THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE). Shot by veteran Italian cinematographer Franco Delli Colli, and scored by Luis Enriquez Bacalov, whose orchestrations grace films from Sergio Corbucci’s DJANGO to Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL, VOL. 1-2.

Only available via bootleg videotapes, THE LAST ROUND is presented by NoShame as a deluxe collector’s edition, remastered from the original negative and bursting with so many extras that it should be against the law!

-- For a very limited time only, included EXCLUSIVELY a bonus CD – The Eclectic Ultimate Experience (funky cops and hard-boiled girls) featuring classic cult scores from legendary 70’s Italian action films played by ENTROPIA!!! --

Review

If you love this genre, pick this one up. You won't be sorry. -- Moriarity's DVD Shelf

The DVD release is up to the high standards of quality that are now routine from NoShame. -- Twitch Film.net

another solid Italian police thriller that doesn’t hold back in its gritty and raw depiction of underworld crime -- 10,000 Bullets.com

brilliant performance by Luc Merenda as Rico Manzetti in one of his rare roles as a villain -- Film Fanaddict.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Il Conto E Chiuso January 2, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is a truly awakening introduction to mafia life, as well as a human study of love, power and revenge. Though the music seems a bit overdone in the beginning, and not as grabbing as it could be to do credit to the rest of the movie. Luc Merenda is completely believable as the head of the Manzetti clan, truly outshining his supposed rival, the head of the Belmondo family.

Carlos Monzon is also surprisingly believable as the leading character, considering he was first and foremost a boxer (who retired undefeated). His character is touching and sympathetic.

All scenes are done with a reminiscent attention to detail, and even the violent rape scenes are done tastefully enough to show the horrid reality of rape without being overly crude or pornographic.

This is a heavy film to watch, but the gritty feeling left with you after immersing yourself in a corrupt and dangerous world is not beaten by the satisfaction of watching a truly great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Harvest a l'Italia November 10, 2006
Format:DVD
Although pretty much forgotten, The Last Round aka Il Conto é Chiuso is a good example of a familiar story made fresh by the quality of its execution, as a stranger drifts into a decaying Italian industrial looking to settle an old score. But this violent modern-day (well, 1976) poliziotteschi is closer to Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest than the first two films it inspired, Yojimbo and Fistful of Dollars, set in its own Italian Poisonville divided between two rival gangs that he soon sets against each other. Surprisingly, despite being directed by the sometimes more adequate than inspired Stelvio Massi, it's shot with striking visual imagination and remarkably fluid camerawork from Franco Delli Colli. The two leads are impressive too, with Luc Merenda a wonderfully effective villain and undefeated middleweight champion boxer and offscreen wife-beater and murderer Carlos Monzon a surprisingly effective leading man in the mould of a young Charles Bronson.

NoShame's R1 DVD of this impressive little sleeper boasts an exceptionally good transfer aside from a couple of minor glitches on two shots, as well as one of the more surreal DVD extras of recent years - a 35-minute tour of Merenda's Paris antique shop! Also included are the Italian and American trailers, dubbed English and subtitled Italian soundtracks, poster and still gallery, booklet and a 47-minute CD of cover versions of cues from other Italian exploitation movies.
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