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Revolver

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Kidnappers have snatched the wife of violent prison warden Oliver Reed and demand the release of inmate Fabio Testi as ransom. But when the warden allows his prisoner to escape, the two become trapped in a deadly conspiracy that reaches from the halls of government to the bullet-riddled city streets. Can an obsessed lawman and an escaped convict survive the forces of corruption as well as each other, or does the ultimate law of society belong to the revolver? Released in America as "Blood in the Streets" (with the immortal tagline "Makes 'Death Wish' look like wishful thinking!"), this suspenseful crime thriller was co-written and directed by the legendary Sergio Sollima (Violent City, Run Man Run) and features a pounding score by maestro Ennio Morricone.

Special Features

  • "Revolver: Calling the Shots," featuring Interviews with Director Sergio Sollima and Star Fabio Testi
  • U.S. and International Trailers, Radio Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Talent Bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora, Agostina Belli, Frédéric de Pasquale
  • Directors: Sergio Sollima
  • Writers: Sergio Sollima, Arduino Maiuri, Massimo De Rita
  • Producers: Ugo Santalucia
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Revolver" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on December 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Sergio Sollima's 1975 crime thriller "Revolver," also known by its U.S. title "Blood in the Streets," stars the immensely watchable Oliver Reed and Italian low budget film veteran Fabio Testi. "Revolver" is an entry in the somewhat obscure Italian crime drama genre. Just as many Italian directors--including the likes of Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi--threw their hats into the cannibal and zombie genres, they jumped equally fast at the opportunity to make a movie about cops on the edge moving in a corrupt world filled with conspiracies, car chases and crashes, and bloody shootouts. Fulci's "Contraband," in some respects, falls under this rubric. Lenzi made a bunch of these potboilers, including "Violent Protection" and "Tough Cop," among others. I can't wait to see more of these films, but it appears the DVD revolution has been slow to recognize these low budget epics. It's surprising in a way that most of the gore drenched Italian flicks receive special edition treatment from companies like Anchor Bay and Blue Underground while these gritty urban thrillers lie dissolving in a vault somewhere. Until the day I see a boxed set of these movies sitting on a store shelf, I shall have to watch the few I can get my hands on. And that translates into Sollima's "Revolver."

It's a good movie albeit slightly confusing as the action progresses. Sollima starts us out with the assassination of a high-level oil executive and a seemingly unrelated bank robbery that results in the death of Milo Ruiz's (Fabio Testi) partner. Ruiz heads off to prison for his crimes, a prison run by none other than Vito Cipriani (Oliver Reed), a no nonsense, profane former cop who is an even tougher warden. We learn what a tough guy Vito is when an inmate threatens to kill himself with a knife.
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I've never seen a movie quite like Revolver. The best descriptor I can muster is "spaghetti thriller". It's a seventies crime drama with a bit of Dirty Harry, a helping of Reservoir Dogs, a few drops of eau de western, a scoop of melodrama, and a dash of political commentary. Though it oscillates between boredom and epic, Revolver delivers the kind of entertainment that today's movies can only parody. If you buy into the characters, you'll be treated to a satisfying drama. If modern sensibilities prevent that, you can at least enjoy the campier aspects and delight in the commanding score.
I may be cynical, but sometimes I look at my DVD collection and see 50 copies of the same movie. Explosions, love interest, conservative "twist" ending, cut! Revolver may be just as derivative of 1970's flicks as the explosion fests of the 21st century are today, but for some reason it was refreshing to watch. I can't see anyone lavishing "rabid fanboy" praise on it, but Revolver was enjoyable, moving at times, and had two great performances. If you thirst for a change of pace, but want to retain the comfortable action standbys of guns and violence, Revolver may be right up your alley. The fantastic extras don't hurt either.
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Revolver aka Blood in the Streets aka In the Name of Love is a disappointingly bland and overlong Sergio Sollima cop thriller with a miscast Oliver Reed complete with bad American accent (despite playing an Italian prison warden!) and Fabio Testi only marginally less wooden and ineffectual than usual caught up in a political assassination and kidnapping. Nothing out of the ordinary with some absurd plotting (a politician faced with death threats walking casually through the Place Vendome just so he can get killed, a ludicrous jailbreak from a prison with only rotten wood over the shower windows), the last reel is fairly good when the politics briefly kicks in and the movie refuses to go for the soft and easy ending, but it's outstayed its welcome by then.

A decent extras package includes a featurette with Testi and Sollima plus trailer and stills gallery, although the 1.85:1 transfer is grainy in places.
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Also available as a "Two-fer" paired with GRAND SLAM (1967). ASIN: B0006J2QK2

REVOLVER 1973
Film 8/10
Picture quality: 8/10
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (1.85:1 orig.)
Audio: GB
ST: GB

Definitely one of the better "Giallos" from the 70s. Starring Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi and Agostina Belli ("Scent of a Woman", Dino Risi 1974 Profumo Di Donna (Scent of a Woman))
Directed by Sergio Sollima ("The Big Gundown", "Face to Face")
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