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Syndicate Sadists (aka One Just Man/1975)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: C+



Umberto Lenzi did a long series of Italian-produced Gangster genre films that offered much of the action urban indie and Hollywood films offered.Some are better than others, like Milano Rovente (1973, reviewed elsewhere on this site), and then some are just plain odd.Syndicate Sadists (1975) does not have the edge of the previous film and feels more like a Spaghetti Western in landing one big Hollywood star and hardly featuring him.Joseph Cotton is the one who gets the paycheck + vacation this time as a high-up head gangster.


Even wackier is Tomas Milan looking more like a dirty Spaghetti Western cowboy than a detective (Serpico heís not) on a motorcycle over a horse as the opening credits show.Best of all, his name is Rambo!Yes, so Sylvester Stallone can really claim the name is Italian enough after all and Milan found it in a book called First Blood.Like his later Vietnam Syndrome fighting, bodybuilding namesake, he will shot and kill and kill throughout the film until he saves a kidnapped young boy.That is predictable, though sometimes amusing, but this is just not one of Lenziís stronger films.Fans will get a kick out of it, though.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not color rich, but the transfer is consistent and it has a mix of sharp and soft quality throughout.The color was by the Luciaro Vittori labs and the format looks like inexpensive Techniscope.Frederico Zanniís cinematography is not bad, shooting the show big and wide, not afraid of screen space.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is a mix of dubs and languages, with a strange, silly score by Franco Micalizzi has a very dated, repetitious, main music instrumental that is just a hoot.Extras include an audio commentary and on camera interview (over 8 minutes) with director Lenzi, four trailers for other Media Blasters/Shriek Show DVDs and a stills gallery.


It is an amusing film, especially unintentionally.With three films and now possibly a fourth, Stalloneís Rambo franchise continues that continues the tradition of fighting and unintended hoots.Now you can compare the two.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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