Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 1st, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, December 17th, 1964
Director: Gustav Gavrin
Writers: Michael Elkins, Robert Hill
Cast: Jayne Mansfield, Cameron Mitchell, Ivor Salter, Dodie Heath
DVD Released: February 28th, , 2006
Approximate Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital mono
DVD Release: Dark Sky Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Three thieves rip off a shipment of money being sent back to America. Now on the run paranoia and greed has pitted them against each other. Their problems increase when more people find out about their secret.
Dog Eat Dog takes a basic premise like greed and exploits it ten fold. The films beautiful black and white photography uses the remote Yugoslavian locations to their fullest. The movie instantly opens up with an iconic image of Jayne Mansfield as she rolls around in a bed covered in money. Jayne Mansfield plays the prototype role that she is known for. After all it is not her acting for which she is most known but her ample assets. Jayne Mansfield would only make a few more films after Dog eat Dog before her untimely death in 1967. The cast that surrounds her is pretty solid as each character is at least given a few moments to shine.
One moment that impressed me was the opening moments when Lylle Corbett is being chased around town by Dolph Kostis who is in a car while Corbett runs on foot for his dear life. This scene set ups the cat and mouse game that plays through out the rest of the film. Cameron Mitchell having just finished the Mario Bava film Blood and Black Lace plays the character of Lylle Corbett the mastermind behind the million dollar heist. Cameron Mitchell in this film gets to play one of the nastiest heavies of his career and just when you think he has meet his maker he comes back for more. The plot is well constructed as it moves along briskly with the final act of the film being the strongest portion of the film. Overall Dog Eat Dog is a first rate heist film filled with double crosses and triple dealings.
Dark Sky Films presents Dog Eat Dog in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The black and white image looks amazing despite being non-anamorphic as details look sharp in the background and foreground. The contrast levels look dead on and black levels look solid through out. There is some mild print damage, still nothing that ever becomes to distracting. There are no problems with compression, artifacts or edge enhancement.
This release comes with only one audio option an English language track that is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Dialog is crisp and the music and effects sound evenly balanced as they never overpower the other. Outside of some minor hiss this audio mix is in amazing shape considering the age of film. Removable English that are easy to read and follow have been included.
Extras for this release include an English language trailer for the film and a still and poster gallery that contains thirty two images. The remaining extras consist of two newsreels featuring Jayne Mansfield. The first newsreel is from 1963 and the second one is from 1967 released around the time of her death.
Dog Eat Dog is another first rate audio/video presentation from Dark Sky Films, recommended.
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