Meet Him and Die

Production Year: 1976 
Release Date: 04/01/2014 
Studio: Raro

Squibs, heists, and fist fights, Meet Him and Die is every bit the Poliziotteschi film that one would expect from the likes of Ray Lovelock (lead; Massimo Torlani) and Director Franco Prosperi. After a heist goes wrong Massimo is quickly hauled off to jail, but thankfully not everything is at it seems. Massimo is a actually a cop; deep undercover and fueled by revenge.

Prior to his undercover mission Officer Massimo's mother was victim to a crippling shotgun blast orchestrated by the very mobsters he'll soon be in cahoots with. After helping with a daring prison escape the undercover agent earns the trust of Giulionelli (Martin Balsam) and is then able to attempt to take down the group from the inside. Meet Him and Die has all of the traits of the typical Poliziotteschi; from the crooks, to the intense action, to the cop who's not afraid bending the law to catch the bad guys.

While the film does drag along a bit during the second act, the revenge angle is somewhat refreshing and you will likely find yourself rooting for Lovelock's character before all is said and done.

While this is probably the best treatment this film has yet to receive, it's a bit lacking in the PQ department. The image is soft and devoid of the detail one expects from a high definition release. On top of that issue we're also face with print damage, and while it's mostly minimal there are a few instances where it does intensify and become very noticeable. The audio fares a bit better with a 2.0 track that delivers the goods. Like the film it does suffer from some age related issues but to a much lighter degree.

Introduction by Mike Malloy (HD 06:34) - The historian of all things Poliziotteschi divulges information on the film and it's production.

While not a flagship title of it's respective genre, Meet Him and Die certainly brings the goods. The revenge angle adds to the overall flavor making for an extremely enjoyable viewing experience. While the PQ leaves much to be desired Raro's edition remains to be one of the best releases this film has been given; a must for fans of Euro-crime.