Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 22nd, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1966
Director: Mino Loy, Luciano Martino
Writers: Ernesto Gastaldi
Cast: Stephen Forsyth, Dominique Boschero, Jack Ary, Mitsouko, Cristina Gaioni, Giovanni Di Benedetto, Antonella Murgia, Silvio Bagolini
DVD released: February 18th, 2009
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Fin de Siècle Media
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Sweden)
Retail Price: SEK129,00
Synopsis: The CIA uncovers a plot to recover counterfeit money hidden by the Third Reich during World War 2. The criminals want to use the counterfeit money to devalue the worth of U.S. currency. Shorthanded the CIA sends in a rookie agent named Bob Dixon to find out who is behind this diabolical plot of unleashing the counterfeit money into the world markets.
Fury in Marrakesh was co-directed by Luciano Martino and Mino Loy who collaborated a year before on the spy thriller Secret Agent Fireball. On the production end of Fury in Marrakesh other key collaborators that also worked on Secret Agent Fireball include screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi, cinematographer Floriano Trenker and composer Carlo Savina. One of the films alternate titles includes Death Pays in Dollars.
Visually Fury in Marrakesh likes its predecessor Secret Agent Fireball takes full advantage of the film’s exotic locations, most notably the snow peak Swedish Alps and Morocco. The film’s standout moments are include a pair of car chases. This film also features a handful of high-tech spy gadgets like a flame thrower lighter, balloon parachute, shooting pens that have heat seeking bullets and an infrared viewfinder that will even allow you to see what women are wearing underneath their clothes. This time around not only does our secret agent get new gadgets we also get to see a Q like clone named Sgt. Lester who demonstrates how each gadget works.
Plot wise Fury in Marrakesh features a Specter like criminal organization who are behind the plot to recover the Third Reich’s counterfeit U.S. dollars. The most engaging part about the plot is putting the fate of the world’s economy in the hands of a first time agent who is still green behind the ears. Watching the Bob Dixon character learn from his mistakes makes him more human than your typical super hero like spy. Of course the bad guys in the film commit a cardinal sin that so many before and who will come after them, they don’t kill the hero when they have a golden opportunity to do so.
Stephen Forsyth (Hatchet for the Honeymoon)is cast in the film’s lead role Bob Dixon. Performance wise he is more than adequate in the role of a undercover spy. He is at his best during the film’s action sequences. My favorite scene with Stephen Forsyth is when he is flirting with a group of ladies pool side. This scene while very typical for a spy film is always enjoyable to watch the ladies swoon over the hero. Other notable cast members include Dominique Boschero (Secret Agent Fireball, All the Colors of the Dark, Who Saw Her Die?) and Mitsouko (Thunderball). Ultimately Fury in Marrakesh is a satisfying spy thriller that never diverges too far away from the James Bond films that it is prototyped after.
Fury in Marrakesh is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This transfer has been flagged for progressive playback. Colors fare well and flesh tones look healthy throughout. Black levels are strong and details look crisp throughout. Outside of some very minor instances of print damage the source used for this transfer is in great shape.
This release comes with two audio options Italian and English. Both audio mixes are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. Quality wise the two audio mixes sound almost identical. The limitations of the mono source really show during dialog and none action oriented scenes. The mix is at its best during action sequences with explosions and gun shoot outs. Also included with this release are Swedish subtitles that are forced during playback and cannot be removed.
Extras for this release are limited to an image gallery that includes posters, stills, lobby cards and a press book. The image gallery plays like a featurette with music from the film playing in the background. There are a total of thirty seven images. Overall Fin de Siècle Media gives Fury in Marrakesh a strong audio / video presentation.