Thursday, November 15, 2012
Movie Review: SUPER FUZZ
1980, Somerville House, DD-2.0/MA/16:9/LB/+, $14.98, 100m 42s, DVD-0
By John Charles
Originally published in Video Watchdog #131
While aimed squarely at children, this fantasy-oriented comedy remains one of Terence Hill’s more endearing solo vehicles. Rookie Miami patrolman Dave Speed (Hill) is accidentally exposed to an atomic blast that somehow endows him with super powers. Moving objects with his mind, peering through walls and catching bullets in his teeth, Speed single-handedly mops up the city’s miscreants, drawing the ire of mobster Torpedo (veteran heavy Marc Lawrence), who eventually discovers the policeman’s one vulnerability: the color red.
Directed with little panache by spaghetti western vet Sergio Corbucci (DJANGO) and filled with corny gags that fall flat right, left, and center, this sophomoric farce retains a certain appeal thanks mostly to the efforts of its handsome star. Playing a somewhat less assured character than usual, Hill’s unforced charm helps to offset the project’s less successful conceits, like having a cantankerous Ernest Borgnine stand in for slow burn master Bud Spencer as Speed’s partner, and very weak blue screen and model work. Another asset is Guilio & Maurizio De Angelis repetitive but insanely catchy score, with its bouncy theme song, “Supersnooper” (also the original export title).
SUPER FUZZ was released domestically by Avco Embassy in an abbreviated edition that was later issued on tape by Embassy Home Entertainment. That version was presumably the source utilized for Wham! USA’s unauthorized DVD, which has thankfully been superseded by this new Canadian disc. Bearing the original SUPERSNOOPER handle (oddly, the spine of the DVD case includes both titles), it offers the complete European cut, and the 1.85:1 presentation looks and sounds adequate, in spite of some PAL conversion smearing and instability (running time at 24 fps: 105m). Extras includes lobbycards, bios, and trailers and clips from some other Hill & Spencer titles forthcoming from this label. French and Spanish dubtracks are also offered, but no subtitle options.