Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 17th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, September 20th, 1975
Director: Vittorio Salerno
Writers: Ernesto Gastaldi, Vittorio Salerno
Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Gianfranco De Grassi, Guido De Carli, Carmen Scarpitta, Martine Brochard, Enrico Maria Salerno
BluRay released: September, 2017
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono Italian
Subtitles: English, German
BluRay Release: Camera Obscura
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: 27.99 EUR
Savage Three was co-written and directed by Vittorio Salerno whose filmography only comprises of three other films, Libido, No, the Case Is Happily Resolved and Notturno con grida. Key collaborators on Savage Three include, screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi (The Long Hair of Death, The Whip and the Body), cinematographer Giulio Albonico (The Year of the Cannibals, Gang War in Naples) and composer Franco Campanino (A Man Called Magnum, To Be Twenty).
Are we a victim of are circumstances or is mankind predisposed to commit acts of violence? These questions and so much more are explored in this extraordinary melodrama about the human condition.
This film’s narrative revolves around three young men who through a series of events become more enraged by the world which they live in. And though they feel a spark from the initial event which sets their downward spiral into motion. Their point of no return arrives during a moment of road rage where these three young men murder a truck driver. And from this moment onward, all that they become more primal in their interactions with everyone who crosses their paths.
From a production stand point, there is not an area where this film does not deliver and then some. With its opening setup superbly setting the foundation for the events that are about the unfold. And when it comes to its depiction of violence, this film portrays said violence an utterly realistic fashion that makes it all the more disturbing.
The main characters are well defined and the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance being Enrico Maria Salerno (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, No, the Case Is Happily Resolved) of a disgraced detective, who need for redemption puts him in the cross-hairs with the savage three. This film’s narrative does a great job tying in this character’s back-story with the events that are unfolding.
Other standout performances include, Joe Dallesandro (Heat, Madness) in the role of Ovidio, the ringleader of the trio of psychopath’s who are wreaking havoc on everyone who crosses their path and Martine Brochard (Story of a Cloistered Nun, Eyeball) in the role of Ovidio’s career obsessed wife, who is having an affair with the man who can advance her career as a doctor.
And not to be overlooked are this film’s striking visuals which do a pitch perfect job of reinforcing the savage three’s state of mind. Standout moments visually include, the aforementioned moment where the savage three murder a truck driver. And this scene’s use of slow-motion enhances the ferocity of their action. Other standout moments include, a scene where the savage three abducted two women and rape them before they sadistically dispose of them and the film’s cathartic finale which serves up a very satisfying conclusion to the events that have just unfolded.
Savage Three comes on a 50 GB dual layer (45.7 GB) BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is another solid transfer from Camera Obscura, details look crisp, colors are nicely saturated, contrast and black levels remain strong throughout. Grain remains intact and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in Italian and included with this release are two subtitle options, English and German. The audio is in very good shape, dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, an interview with actor Joe Dallessandro titled The Savage One (40 minutes 56 seconds, in English with German subtitles), an interview with director Vittorio Salerno and actress Martine Brochard titled „Rat Eat Rat (39 minutes 8 seconds, in Italian with English and German subtitles) and an audio commentary with film experts Pelle Felsch and Christian Keßler.
Topics discussed in the interview with Joe Dallessandro include, background information about his various film collaborations with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, The Gardener, shooting films in Italy and the language barrier, Pasquale Squitieri / The Climber, why he made art-house films in France and shoot them up films in Italy, Vittorio Salerno / Savage Three, La marge, Savage Three / onset memories and his thoughts about the film and background information about other films that he has appeared in.
Topics discussed in the interview with Vittorio Salerno and Martine Brochard include, background information about the film production company Comma 9, Titanus Distribution, the origins of Savage Three, real life events that inspired the film, casting / the cast, locations, the visuals, stunts, Franco Campanino / the score and Vittorio Salerno’s thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the progressive Rock score, Vittorio Salerno, themes explored in the film, the cast and their thoughts about the film.
Rounding out the extras is a booklet that includes an informative essay about the film titled written by Robert Zion. This essay is presented in dual text, English and German. This release also comes with multi-lingual menus, English and German. Overall another exceptional release from Camera Obscura, highly recommend.
Note: Camera Obscura are also releasing this film on DVD.