Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 18th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Writers: Massimo Dallamano, Sandy MacRae
Cast: Ivan Rassimov, Stephanie Beacham, Patricia Hayes, Verna Harvey, Ettore Manni, Luciano Catenacci, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Leon Vitali
DVD released: October 29th, 2012
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English, Dolby Digital Mono Italian
DVD Release: Arrow Video
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £15.99
Synopsis: A corrupt Interpol agent pits two rival drug cartels against each other for his own financial gain.
Super Bitch was co-written and directed Massimo Dallamano, who would only direct a total of twelve films before his untimely death at the age of fifty nine. His most notable films as a director include What Have You Done to Solange? and What Have They Done to Your Daughters? Before making the transition to directing, Massimo Dallamano was one of the most in demand cinematographers. Some of his more notable films as a cinematographer included Gunfight at Red Sands, A Fistful of Dollars, Bullets Don’t Argue and For a Few Dollars More.
Key collaborators on Super Bitch include composer Riz Ortolani (Mondo Candido, Cannibal Holocaust) and cinematographer Jack Hildyard (Summertime, Modesty Blaise). A side note, Super Bitch would also mark the only time that Massimo Dallamano would work with a non Italian cinematographer. Like many foreign films from this era, Super Bitch would get released under a wide variety of alternate titles, Mafia Junction and Blue Movie Blackmail. The films Italian language title Si può essere più bastardi dell’ispettore Cliff?, roughly translates to ‘It Could Be More Bastards Inspector Cliff?’.
Though Super Bitch fits firmly within the Poliziotteschi film genre. It differs from its contemporaries in one distinct way, its location. The film takes place in various locations Beirut and New York, with the bulk of the action taking place in London. Where the majority of Poliziotteschi film’s take place in Italy.
As mentioned before Super Bitch contains all the elements that one would expect while watching a Poliziotteschi film. Like highly stylized acts of violence that often verge into sadism territory and an ample amount of nudity from its leading lady.
Influences for this film can be clearly traced back to two Clint Eastwood films, a Fistful of Dollars and Dirty Harry. The Interpol agent named Cliff that is pitch perfectly portrayed by Ivan Rassimov is carbon copy of Harry Callahan, while the way in which Cliff plays all the characters against each other is a tip of the hat to the way ‘The Stranger’ character in a Fistful of Dollars does the same thing.
Besides the aforementioned acts of violence and copious amount of nudity. Other areas in which this film often excels are its action set pieces. Most notably a car chase sequence at the beginning of the film.
And its superb cast which includes Stephanie Beacham (Dracula A.D. 1972) who serves as this film main source of eye candy, Patricia Hayes (a Fish Called Wanda) in the role of Mamma the Turk, this film main villain and Leon Vitali (Barry Lyndon), who would go onto to become Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant. A few more recognizable faces in the cast include Ettore Manni (Tony Arzenta) and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (Kill, Baby, Kill). Ultimately Super Bitch is a fast paced crime thriller that will have you on the edge of your set right up to its shocking ending.
Arrow Video presents Super Bitch in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves this films intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Details at times look a tad too soft, black levels are at best average and edge enhancement varies in degree throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English and a Dolby Digital mono in Italian. both audio mixes clear and balanced throughout. Also included with this release is removable English subtitles. It should be noted that there are few scenes in which no English dubbing was recorded and during these moments they are in Italian with English subtitles.
Extras for this release include two features, the first one titled ‘Bullets, Babes and Blood’ (17 minutes 47 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, Italian and English with English subtitles) and the second one tilted ‘Ruggero Deodato remembers Ivan Rassimov’ (1 minute 55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles). The featurette ‘Bullets, Babes and Blood’ gives a brief overview of the Poliziotteschi film genre. This segment also features clips from several of this genres more well known films. Rounding out the extras for this release is a reversible cover art and a collectable booklet with liner notes about the film. Overall Super Bitch gets a good release from Arrow Video.