From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
Mention the name Umberto Lenzi, and chances are folk’ll rattle off the flesh-ripping frenzy of NIGHTMARE CITY or CANNIBAL FEROX. But for Lenzi himself, there was no genre that proved too much for his directorial prowess, not least the distinctly Italian-style of crime flick – the Poliziotteschi.
Boasting a taut script by Vincenzo Mannino (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK), and featuring Hollywood icon Joseph Cotton (THE THIN MAN) as a scheming Mafioso, Lenzi’s SYNDICATE SADISTS is a potent example of the dexterous Tuscan journeyman’s compelling thriller work; a fabulous concoction of eye-watering violence and white-knuckle thrills, as an ex-cop (Tomas Milian, THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST) seeks retribution against two warring mafia families after his brother is killed during a kidnap investigation.
With hints of THE GODFATHER, YOJIMBO and even RAMBO (Milian had picked up a copy of David Morrell’s novel in an airport), SYNDICATE SADISTS finally makes its UK bow on a lip-smackingly gorgeous DVD from 88 Films, whose Italian Collection is your first stop for classic Euro capers that demand rediscovery.
Special Features: Remastered from the Original Negative • Uncompressed English Soundtrack • Mike Malloy on Syndicate Sadists • Remembering Rambo - An Interview with Director Umberto Lenzi
- Region B
- Label: 88 Films
- BUY BLU RAY
- Der Vernichter / Flash Solo
- Label: X-Rated
- Eurocult-Collection Nr. 19 (HD premiere, uncut, no longer banned in Germany since December 2016)
- Release date: March 19, 2016
- Audio: English, Italian, German
- Subtitles: German
- Limited edition: 666 copies (cover A), 33 copies (cover B)
- Extras: interview with Umberto Lenzi, US trailer, deleted scenes, 16 page booklet with liner notes by Thorsten Hanisch and Christian Kessler.
- Bonus film: Der Bastard (DVD version, uncut, with alternate ending, German cut version)