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A Man Called Magnum

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Product Description

A MAN CALLED MAGNUM stars Euro-hunk Luc Merenda (GAMBLING CITY) as Dario Mauri, a Milanese cop transferred to Naples, where his only clues to stopping a range war between an aging Mafiosi and a merciless independent operator are the strange, violent drawings of a child. Called Napoli si Ribella in Italy, this hopping poliziotteschi belongs to a subset of crime films associated with Naples, including Umberto Lenzi’s Napoli Violenta, Mario Caino’s Napoli Spara, Ciro Ippolito’s Lacrime Napolitane and Alfonso Brescia’s two-shot of Napoli… La Camorra Sfida, La Cittá’Risponde and Napoli… Serenata Calibro 9.

Shot by Sergio Rubini (EMERGENCY SQUAD, BRONX EXECUTIONER), A MAN CALLED MAGNUM features familiar Euro-cult faces Giancarlo Badessi (WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?), Ferdinando Murolo (ASSIGNMENT: TERROR), Claudio Gora (DANGER: DIABOLIK), Adolfo Lastretti (FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE) and Enzo Cannavale (CINEMA PARADISO), as Merenda’s comic sidekick.

Director Michele Massimo Tarantini was a former cameraman for Sergio Leone and assistant director for Giuliano Carnimeo and Sergio Martino (TORSO). Tarantini’s own films ranged from gritty action flicks (CRIMEBUSTERS) to sex comedies (A POLICEWOMAN IN NEW YORK) to women-in-prison films (WOMEN IN FURY). The script is the work of veteran scenarist Dardano Sacchetti (Mario Bava’s TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE, Dario Argento’s CAT O’NINE TAILS and Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND).

NoShae Films is proud to present A MAN CALLED MAGNUM, uncut and uncensored, for the first time in America, fully loaded with enough extras to kill for.

Review

No Shame's DVD looks and sounds very nice and the extras are up to their usual standard of quality. Recommended. -- DVD Talk.com

an action packed film that never takes itself too seriously and most of all it is a lot of fun. -- 10,000 Bullets.com

excellently shot, wonderfully cast, and has a completely funky 1970’s score absolutely perfect 1970’s cop-drama fun -- DVD in My Pants.com

Special Features

  • Digitally Remastered from the original vault 35 reversal print
  • Milan Naples One Way Only­ Interview with star Luc Merenda
  • Audio commentary with director Michele Massimo Tarantini (in Italian with English subtitled)
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet Including liner notes and talent bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Fortunato Arena, Giancarlo Badessi, Salvatore Billa, Enzo Cannavale, Marianne Comtell
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (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:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: NoShameFilms
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLI5T6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Man Called Magnum" on IMDb

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Like any other genre Italian Crime films can pretty much fall under 3 different catagories. The first is original and terrific, the second is decent to on automatic and the third is terrible and drek. A Man Called Magnum falls in the second catagory - Not terrific but an alright view for seasoned fans of the genre.

Luc Merenda plays a Milanese cop who arrives in Naples at the exact same time a crime boss returns home to find out his crime opperations are falling apart. Merenda gets partnered up with a smart mouthed yet sophisticated partner. Lots of action does occur such as chases (car and foot) and shoot-outs.

The castings is good enouth but the overall feel of the film is a little muddled do to an all-to-familiar script that any fan of the genre will have seen multiple times.

Director Michele Massimo Tarantini was better known for his Italian comedies and it is very evident in this film as he injects plenty of quips and one liners (mostly about sex). This comic relief does set this film appart from other films in the genre but many will probably find the humor to deplet the tension of certain sequences. An example of this is when Meranda's partner makes sexual quips during a suspenseful car chase. The quips just make the sequence odd. Another problem is the climax which never really gets off the ground.

Like most Italian directors, Tarantini makes Magnum never boring to look at. Lots of cool shots and locations. The pacing for the most part is tight and the funky score is likeable.

Fans of the Euro Crime genre will find plenty too like here even though they've seen the story plenty of times before. People new to the genre will most likely want to start someplace else.
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I have to say, I came into this with pretty low expectations and boy was I blown away! For fans of Eurocrime, specifically Italian, this has it all! A funky and groovy score that knocked my socks off (go and find it on YouTube!), solid action and chase scenes, and a plot that's simple while not being intrusive to the fun or too thin to make it enjoyable. It's also one of few Eurocrime films I've seen that have a workable and actually funny mix of comedy and seriousness. NoShame has done a fantastic job presenting it, it's a pity they aren't around any longer. The bonus features are what most fans will be looking into, and like NoShame always does, they do not disappoint. I haven't gotten a chance to listen to the commentary, but the interview with Luc Merenda is quite interesting and the beautiful booklet they package their films with are awesome as well.
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Not as memorable as many other Italian cop flicks but still pretty good. has some decent shootouts, car chase and a great soundtrack. This ones usually pretty cheap so I say pick this one up. you won't be disappointed.
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