Fabio Testi (Revolver) stars as Luca Di Angelo, an idealistic family man and cigarette smuggler in the treacherous Naples underworld. But when a rival gang massacres his brother and abducts his wife, Luca triggers a psychotic mob war that goes far beyond mere revenge. Get ready for a crime saga unlike anything you’ve ever seen before as director Lucio Fulci (Zombie) unleashes the most gut-splattering, brain-blasting, flesh-frying scenes of cruelty and carnage imaginable. This is Contraband!
Marcel Bozzufi (The French Connection) co-stars in this depraved shocker (also known as The Naples Connection and The Smuggler) that most Fulci fans have only seen in censored versions. Blue Underground is now proud to present Contraband fully restored from the original negative for the first time ever in America! —Blue Underground
Though more often than not working on a strict budget and a short time line, Lucio Fulci ranked among the masters of blood-soaked Italian horror/fantasies and sexy thrillers. Fulci’s zombie films, beginning with Zombi 2 (1979), a loose sequel of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978), are especially prized by genre aficionados for their shocking violence and graphic gore.
According to Fulci, it was the love of a woman, not a passion for cinema, that led him into filmmaking. He met her while studying medicine and working as a part-time art critic. Their affair was brief for she came from a wealthy family who lost their fortune after the war, and so wanted a man with more income. Following the breakup, Fulci spied a newspaper ad announcing the reopening of the Experimental Film Studios. Thinking a filmmaking career might provide him with an impressive income, Fulci decided to apply. The great director Luchino Visconti, impressed by Fulci’s examination, personally admitted the… read more
Lucio Fulci directs this crime film or "Polziotteschi" as though it were one of his horror flicks. As a result, it has to be the goriest action movie ever made. Shotgun blasts rip open stomachs, drug paraphernalia is used to burn a woman's face off. Fabio Testi, the most handsome man to ever walk the European continent, is a capable lead. The final shootout is masterful. Highly recommended for Fulci fans.