Thursday, April 16

Obscure DVD Showcase: The Marseilles Connection (1973)

Title: La polizia incrimina la legge assolve
: Enzo G. Castellari
Also known as: High Crime
Publisher: 23rd Century
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 1:37:43
Region?: ALL
Native Resolution: 768x576 PAL (Non-U.S. compatible)
Widescreen?: No, cropped. 1.33:1
Anamorphic?: No.
Encode?: Interlaced, MPEG-1
Audio: English 2.0 MPEG
Subtitles?: No.
Extras?: None.
Comments: An excellent film gets a god awful release. It's like a seventh generation VHS bootleg at EP speed with the worst DVD encoding on the planet. The transfer is a MPEG-1 encode, so it's basically a web video masquerading as a DVD. Sadly, this is the only English-friendly DVD anywhere. There is an out-of-print Japanese DVD with a correct 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, but it's non-anamorphic with only an unsubbed (besides Japanese) Italian audio track. It's a film that richly deserves a stunning DVD (and Blu-ray) release. I've included a photo of the Nostalgia Merchant VHS released in the U.S. in 1983.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this movie and recently had to settle on a crappy bootleg dvd to see it. Street Law is another favorite and this is a great companion piece. I agree it's a shame there are no good english friendly dvd releases out there. you dare tread upon the staircase?

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