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The Big Racket [DVD] [1976]

Blue Underground offers another Italian genre film winner with their disc of The Big Racket. The image transfer is gorgeous, offering a vivid and color-rich image in the anamorphic, letterboxed format. The sonic portion of the disc uses an English-language dub that sounds crisp and uses the film's guitar-heavy rock score nicely. Having the choice of the original Italian track would have been nice, but the English mono dub sounds fine. The extras are sparser than usual for a Blue Underground production, but they're both worthwhile; an original theatrical trailer shows off the film's gritty style and action to great effect and a commentary track with director Enzo Castellari is also included. Like the commentary on Blue Underground's Street Law disc, the commentary effectively divides its time between anecdotes on the film at hand and interesting stories about Castellari's career in general. All in all, this is a fine disc for the Eurocult crowd and a must-have for anyone interested in the Italian crime genre.

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    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with director Enzo G. Castellari
    • Theatrical trailer


    The Big Racket
    A by-the-books cop struggling to bust a brutal protection racket in Rome is forced to throw the rules out the window when the vicious gang attempts to cement their status by moving into the drug trade in director Enzo G. Castellari's tough-talking poliziotteschi. As the citizens of Rome continue to suffocate in the cold grip of fear, it's up to determined inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi) to take back the streets from the murderers and rapists who terrorize the population and give the cruel thugs a hard lesson in street justice. When the only language that the criminal element understands is violence, Inspector Palmieri is more than willing to communicate in terms that will get the message across. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Fabio Testi
      Fabio Testi - Inspector Nico Palmieri
    • Vincent Gardenia
      Vincent Gardenia - Pepe
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      Renzo Palmer - Luigi Gestori
    • Orso Maria Guerrini
      Orso Maria Guerrini - Giovanni Rossetti
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      Romano Puppo - Doringo

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