Deadlier Than The Male/DVD/Koch Media Review
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
"Bulldog" Drummond (Richard Johnson), the charming Bond-esque secret agent is hired to look into suspicious insurance cases connected to oil tycoon Petersen (Nigel Green). It seems as though business partners "disappear", so that mergers and exploitation concessions go through. What is more puzzling are the gang of sexy female killers, that do the dirty work, including Irma (Elke Sommer) and Penelope (Sylvia Koscina). While these "deadlier than the male" hotties get rid of a number of reluctant entrepreneurs and executives, Drummond uncovers the whole plot to dominate the world. He finds the villian Peterson (Nigel Green) at his stronghold in Italy, where he has to face a mighty british showdown, including a battle on a life-size chess board.
Koch Media released this just recently in their low budget segment, and it is quite a nice step by Koch Media to release more of those classic late 60s films. This particular Bond-type spy flick embodies the lighthearted spirit of the era, a decent budget and some very nice visuals. This swinging 60s secret agent flick, although high-budget, is full of exploitation kinks and steps no Bond movie would take. The dialogues are sharp, the action well-choreographed, the scenery stunning, and the women even more so. This film does not need to hide behind the "real" Bond, and offers plenty of entertainment, making it the perfect prime time presentation.
The Koch DVD is probably identical to the British DVD, which can also be purchased together with the sequel "Some Girls Do". As usual, Koch offers great picture quality (the nice widescreen image perfectly compliments the great cinematography) and audio that leaves no room for complaint. As a low budget release, it lacks the last notch of super-quality that some of their more high-profile releases have. The DVD is English-friendly and offers a fistful of extras.
Features (Koch Media DVD):
- Audio: English, German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Video: 2.35:1, anamorphic widescreen, PAL
- Region 0, Germany. Released by Koch Media
- Approx 94 minutes
- Extras: Trailer, Trailer for "Some Girls Do", Picture Gallery
As entertaining as a Bond movie, but with more sexappeal and less politics. Deadlier Than The Male is British film entertainment at its very best and shall be recommended to everyone. The charming actors and actresses, the delightful music and the cool scenes, definitely a little gem. The DVD offers great audio and picture quality and some teaser trailers. A recommended purchase.
This DVD was provided by Koch Media
Sebastian, co-founder and admin of the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb). He also started The Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), The Quentin Tarantino Archives, The Robert Rodriguez Archives, Nischenkino and Furious Cinema. Outside of movies, he works on the intersection of technology and policy. He lives in Berlin, Germany.