Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 16th, 2005
|Theatrical Release Date: Italy, April 24th, 1974
Director: Stelvio Massi
Writers: Franco Barberi, Adriano Bolzoni
Cast: Tomas Milian, Gastone Moschin, Ray Lovelock, Mario Carotenuto
|Approximate running time:||90m55s||94m44s|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen||1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital 5.1 and Mono Italian with English subtitles and Dolby Digital Mono English||Dolby Digital Mono English and Italian with English subtitles|
|DVD Release:||Alan Young Pictures||No Shame|
|Region Coding:||Region 2 PAL (Italy)||Region 1 NTSC|
Alan Young Pictures Region 2 DVD/Playback Frame: 1024×576
No Shame’s Region 1 DVD/Playback Frame: 854×480
The Film :
A group of robbers lead by a man named Marseilles pull off a daring heist in broad day light. Assigned to the case is Interpol agent Ravelli (Tomas Milian) whose wife was murdered in cold blood by this man Marseilles a few years before. Ravelli has a nasty habit of never bringing in suspects alive and the tension builds between Marseilles and his gang as Ravelli closes in on them. Can Ravelli play it by the books this time or will he become the judge, jury and executioner as he serves up justice the only way he knows how?
Both releases present Emergency Squad in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. Details look sharper and colors look more vivid in the No Shame release. There is more noticeable edge enhancement on the Alan Young Pictures release which also suffers from some minor motion blurring. The No Shame is progressive scan and the image remains stable through out.
The Alan Young Pictures release comes with three audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 and Mono Italian with English subtitles and Dolby Digital Mono English. Overall the audio is very clean as the dialog, music and effects sounds evenly balanced. The Alan Young Pictures also has sections of un-subtitled Italian dialog that plays while listing to the English audio mix. No English was ever recorded for these scenes and the No Shame release finally gives fans of the films a chance to watch these scenes subtitled in English. The No Shame release comes with two audio options Dolby Digital Mono English and Italian with English subtitles. The audio is in great shape as there are no problems with distortion or any other audio defects. Overall the differences between the two releases audio mixes are minimal. Both releases offer removable subtitles.
Extras for the Alan Young Pictures release include the films original Italian trailer (with no English subs), bios/filmographies for Stelvio Massi and Tomas Milian (in Italian), brief poster & still gallery, a Stelvio Massi still gallery and an interview with Stelvio Massi. Extras for the No Shame release include the films Italian theatrical trailer which comes with English subtitles, a Stelvio Massi still gallery and a brief poster & still gallery that includes music from the film in the background. A collectable booklet has been included that includes bios/filmographies for Stelvio Massi, Tomas Milian and Ray lovelock and the booklet also includes liner notes about Emergency Squad and two interviews one with Tomas Milian and the other with Stelvio Massi. The No Shame release includes all the extras that had been previously available on the Alan Young Pictures release.
Both releases appear to be uncut and identical in content with the difference in time due too PAL’s 25 times per second versus NTSC’s 24 times per second. Even though the Alan Young Pictures release is a solid release overall. The No Shame is release is the clear winner not only does it have better picture quality it carries over all the extras from the Alan Young Pictures release and adds a few more.