Inglorious Blu-ray! The Original Inglorious Bastards goes high def

We all know that Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds has little to do with Enzo G. Castellari’s original 1978 warsploitation artifact besides the setting and the (purposely misspelled) title [update: I review Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, here], but who cares? This violent knock-off of The Dirty Dozen and other “impossible mission / war caper” thrillers is great fun and now it’s out on Blu-ray, which is surely more respect than anyone involved with this energetic Italian knock-off ever expected. Check out the new trailer for the original film:

The premise is pretty simple: A bunch of American soldiers in 1944 France, up for court martial and on their way to military prison, escape during a German attack on their convoy and head off for Switzerland. They’re a colorful group: a decorated flier (Bo Svenson) with a tendency to go AWOL to visit his girlfriend in London, a black private (Fred Williamson) charged with murder (he killed his redneck superior officer, or so he says to another racist in an American uniform), a deserter coward (Michael Pergolani), a scavenger (Jackie Basehart) with hippie looks and a slightly Italian accent, and the joker misanthrope (Peter Hooten) who screws with everyone out of sheer cussedness.

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