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Ransom Baby (S.S. Sezione Sequestri) 
Written by: on March 24th, 2012

Theatrical Release Date: Greece, 1976
Director: Pavlos Filippou
Writer: Pavlos Filippous
Cast: Lakis Komninos, Andreas Barkoulis, Nelli Gini, Zoras Tsapelis, Sasa Kastoura

DVD Released: March 13th, 2012
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Mya Communication
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.98

Synopsis: A group of revolutionaries kidnap a detective son, when he captures one of their cohorts.

This film’s narrative can be divided into two halves. The first half is a pretty straight forward heist themed film, while the second half revolves around a kidnapping. Out of these two halves, the second half is the vastly superior of the two. Things are slow moving in the first half of the film, with the only moments leaving any lasting impression being the aforementioned heist. Fortunately all is not lost and things start shaping up nicely once the film shifts gears for the second half of the film. Also film coda serves up a very satisfying conclusion to the events which have just unfolded.

Though the action set pieces are well executed, they are also fairly routine when compared to crime action films from the 1970’s.The film’s visuals are best described as serviceable. With that being said this film does not waist a chance to flaunt some eye candy, there is an ample amount of flesh on parade. Also there is a inconsistency, when it comes to this film’s pacing. Some of this can be blamed on haphazard structure of the story at hand. While the majority of the reason why this film often falters falling squaring on the shoulders of its cast, who are at best adequate in their respective roles. Ultimately on its best day, Ransom Baby is a mildly entertaining Poliziotteschi clone.

The DVD:

Ransom Baby is presented in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. It is obvious that this transfer is VHS based and though the box art does make mention of lack of source materials for this film, it should be noted that this transfer looks pretty rough. Colors look faded, flesh tones also look off, black levels are abysmal and details never look crisp. There are issues with compression and edge enhancement is noticeable throughout.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in Italian and removable English subtitles have been included with this release. The audio sounds flat, lacks range and background noise varies in degree throughout.

Extras for this release are limited a poster gallery. Overall Ransom Baby gets a mediocre audio / video presentation from Mya Communication.

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