Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 6th, 2015
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1978
Director: Duke Mitchell
Writer: Duke Mitchell
Cast: Duke Mitchell, Vic Caesar, Lorenzo Dodo, Louis Zito, Cara Salerno, Fred Otash, John Strong, Jimmy Williams, George ‘Buck’ Flower
BluRay released: March 10th, 2015
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono English
BluRay Release: Grindhouse Releasing
Region Coding: Region Free / Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
“The Italian hasn’t been disgraced. You and I have disgraced it. This old woman here is the one who has been disgraced. This is the one who has been taking the punches. She was the one who was handed the organ grinder and monkey when she got off the boat. You see these hands? Know what they smell of? Oregano! Pasinigol! Beautiful herbs! They gave you mostaccioli, lasagna, pizza. Some of the most appreciated foods in the world. But what did we give her, Chucky? We gave her violence! We gave her death! We gave her dishonor!” – Mimi
After the worldwide success of The Godfather and its sequel Godfather 2, it was only inevitable that there would be a multitude of similar films trying to cash in the Godfather’s success. On the surface Massacre Mafia Style might appear to be nothing more than an exploitative take on the mafia. That is until you look past its rougher edges and get to the heart of the story at hand. In order to fully appreciate Massacre Mafia Style one must fully understand its star Duke Mitchell (who also wrote, produced and directed the film).
The plot for Massacre Mafia Style chronicles the rise and fall of a mafia Don’s son named Mimi. Not satisfied with his life Mimi leaves his son with his father in Sicily and returns to America in hope of trying to find success he feels he needs to provide for his son. Mimi has short fuse which quickly leads to him pissing off just about everyone who he encounters.
As the film progresses and Mimi’s unquenchable desire for power is further accelerated by his more violent side. Mimi is a man who knows no boundaries and somewhere along the way he loses sight of his original goal to provide for his son. In the midst of all the violence which unfolds at the core of this film is a story about family and more importantly as story about a father and his son.
Despite its limited resources Massacre Mafia Style stills manages to achieve most of its goals. If anything that this film is lacking is that at just under eighty minutes the story feels constricted. From an entertainment angel the film jumps right in with its opening sequence in which Mimi and Jolly go on a murder rampage through an office building. And from this opening sequence until the film’s bloody finale things don’t let up for one second.
Massacre Mafia Style comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This film is one of Grindhouse Releasing most anticipated titles finally arrives on home and the end result is rock solid transfer that is sure to blow fans of this film away.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mono in English and a Dolby Digital mono in English. The only way to go is with the DTS-HD mix which provides the more robust audio experience. There are no issues with distortion or background noise, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, four radio spots – 2 under the title Like Father, Like Son and the other two under the title Massacre Mafia Style (you can play these individually or play all), an extensive stills gallery that is broken down into five categories – Production Stills and Materials, Color Stills, Theatrical, Home Video and Duke Mitchell, a trailer for Massacre Mafia Style (2 minutes 18 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), a trailer for Gone with the Pope (2 minutes – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), The Duke Mitchell Family performing ‘Buzzy the Christmas Bee’ (2 minutes 22 seconds), Duke Mitchell and Cara Salerno Filmography’s – both feature access to trailers and Cara Salerno’s also comes with a stills gallery and Home Movies (52 minutes) with Duke Mitchell performance recorded June 9th, 1960 playing in the background.
Other extras include an interview with Matt Cimber and actor Jim Lo Bianco (10 minutes 11 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) who discusses the Godfather’s influence on Duke Mitchell, their thoughts on Like Father, Like Son and why the film was released under the alternate title Massacre Mafia Style, the violent tone of the film and advertising for the film and a documentary titled ‘Like Father, Like Son’ (43 minutes 33 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) which includes comments from Jeffery Mitchell, Frankie Ray and George Jacobs.
Extras included in the Bonus Features section include, the feature film Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (74 minutes 19 seconds), a stills gallery and its trailer (2 minutes 10 seconds). Other content included in this section includes, An Impressionistic Tribute to Jimmy Durante (37 minutes 5 seconds) and Durante 16mm Outtakes (6 minutes 31 seconds) with Duke Mitchell singing in the background.
Note: The these two bonus features, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla and An Impressionistic Tribute to Jimmy Durante are only available on the Blu-Ray disc.
DVD-Rom extras include, hand written notes about the film’s narration, two early treatments and two screenplays for the film. Easter egg’s include two Interview clips with filmmaker Matt Cimber (3 minutes 16 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) who reminisces about Duke Mitchell and the second clip (1 minute 52 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) who discusses why there are not many prints of Massacre Mafia Style is because when Movie Lab destroyed them when they went out of business.
Rounding out the extras is a twelve page booklet with an essay about the film written by David Szulkin and a Grindhouse Releasing trailers gallery. Overall Massacre Mafia Style gets a definitive release from Grindhouse Releasing, highly recommended.