Written by: George Pacheco on September 21st, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2012
Director: David Petrucci
Writer: Igor Malagliati
Cast: Tony Allota, Marta Bifana, Marco Bonetti, Tinto Brass, Franco Nero
DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: One 7 Movies
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Genre cinema greats Franco Nero and Tinto Brass may make small appearances here in this 2012 thriller, but make no mistake: this is a very modern vision of the Italian crime mystery, as seen through the eyes of director David Petrucci.
Cannepazzo is presented here by One 7 Movies in its English translation title of Crazy Dog, and details the obsessive journey of a young man, as he searches for the serial killer who murdered his father twenty years prior. Petrucci’s film is one which mixes violent criminal action with detective work and stylish visual effects, taking a bit from both the Italian poliziotteschi crime film and the giallo in its stylized violence and hyper-kinetic camera work, yet ultimately directing its focus upon the internal emotional struggle of its orphaned main character, Marco (Gian Marco Tavani) who becomes aware of equally obsessed criminal journalist, played very well by Giuseppe Chisano.
As mentioned earlier, Nero and Brass do make small appearances as ancillary characters within the cast, but these are more of a novelty link to genre cinema’s past than anything else, although their roles are welcome distractions to the story, particularly Brass as a powerful criminal doctor. The story is a bit jumbled and convoluted at times, making it difficult to truly become engrossed in these characters and their journey, even if the visual style-with its dark and dreary grey tones-makes Crazy Dog an interested visual piece.
Still, Petrucci’s film deserves a bit of praise for its ambition and stylish sensibility, serving as a recommended viewing, at least once, for Italian cinema fanatics.
One 7 Movies presents Crazy Dog in its original anamorphic widescreen presentation, with nicely saturated colors and a clean Italian audio track with English subtitles. Given that this is a recent film, there are none of the usual problems with print damage or dirt which usually hurt the company’s releases, even if the film itself isn’t as particularly interesting as One Seven’s more cult genre fare. Extras include the film’s original trailer, as well as a gallery of backstage production photos, making Crazy Dog a more well rounded production from One 7 Movies.