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Inglorious Bastards, The - Severin Films Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Mayo   
Wednesday, 06 August 2008

AKA: Quel maledetto treno blindato, Bastardi senza gloria, Counterfeit Commandos, Deadly Mission, G.I. Bro, Hell's Heroes, The Dirty Bastard.
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
Written by: Sandro Continenza, Sergio Grieco, Franco Marotta, Romano Migliorini, Laura Toscano
Produced by: Roberto Sbarigia
Cinematography by: Giovanni Bergamini
Editing by: Gianfranco Amicucci
Special Effects by: Gino De Rossi
Music by: Francesco De Masi
Cast: Bo Svenson, Peter Hooten, Fred Williamson, Michael Pergolani, Jackie Basehart, Michel Constantin, Debra Berger, Raimund Harmstorf
Year: 1978
Country: Italy
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 99 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Audio: Dolby Digital Mon
Distributor: Severin Films

Treading alongside such films as The Dirty Dozen, EuroCult action director Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 war epic The Inglorious Bastards explodes onto DVD by way of Severin Films for the first time in North America. Previously released on video in the US under such user friendly titles as G.I. Bro , and Deadly Mission , the film sets sail in 1944 France during World War II. A convoy carrying a group of American soldiers being transported to a military prison is attacked by Nazi bombers leaving everyone dead but the convicts. With no place to go and impending jail the group decide to head for the Swiss border to evade punishment. The posse attempts to make their way to freedom whilst juggling run ins with skinny dipping female Nazis, the French army, and more imposing German forces that are still largely afoot. Their journey culminates when the men are caught amidst a secret mission to thwart a train carrying a German warhead.

The Inglorious Bastards has no shortage of familiar genre faces including Boss Nigger himself, macho Fred “The Hammer” Williamson as the cigar wielding Private Canfield, Bo Svenson (Thunder Warrior) as Lieutenant Yeager and Peter Hooten (2020 Texas Gladiators) as Tony to name a few. The inglorious group manages to cause a ton of mayhem throughout the film whilst managing to save the day, but not before amassing a pile of bodies when the smoke settles.

What separates Bastards from other war films of its time (Apocalypse Now) is that Enzo G. Castellari knows how to engage the audience with an incredibly fun movie going experience, rather than a true to form “horrors of war” depiction. Castellari, known for such films as 1990: The Bronx Warriors and Keoma, knows his vermicelli action filmmaking. The Inglorious Bastards is a film no EuroCult cinemaphile should overlook and belongs in everyones collection. Bastards has it all; machine gun toting naked Nazi women, tons of bloodshed and Castellari's trademark use of slow motion. Severin Films has finally brought an otherwise overlooked EuroCult staple to the forefront on DVD and hopefully with both this release and Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming remake of the same name, this action classic will not go unnoticed.



Disc 1
- Director Commentary
- A Conversation with Enzo Castellari and Quentin Tarantino
- Theatrical Trailer

Disc 2
- Train Kept-A-Rollin' Featurette
- Back To The War Zone Featurette

Disc 3
- Original Soundtrack

Severin Films marches this three disc collectors edition of The Inglorious Bastards to DVD. This explosive edition contains a colossal array of extras. Severin demonstrates what DVD releases are all about! Disc one contains an accented English language commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari, as well as a 39-minute conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Enzo G. Castellari which is pretty entertaining considering Tarantino's overzealous enthusiasm for the film. We also get the movie's trailer. Disc two contains two very in depth featurettes, the first being the extensive 75-minute Documentary “Train Keep-A-Rollin'”, which features interviews with just about every participant in the film, including Director Enzo G. Castellari, actors Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Massimo Vanni, special effects artist Gino De Rossi, producer Roberto Sbarigia, screenwriter Laura Toscano and Fillipo De Masi. “Back to the War Zone” is another great 13-minute featurette which rounds out disc two. Here we follow director Enzo G. Castellari as he returns to various shooting locations of The Inglorious Bastards. The third an final disc is an audio CD which contains the only existing tracks from the original soundtrack. See the extras to find out what happened to the entirety of the score. For less adventurous fans, Severin Films has also released a single disc edition of The Inglorious Bastards.


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