Forgotten Action Cinema: Super Fuzz

Honestly, I don’t know what else I could possibly say about director Sergio Corbucci’s insane Italian action/comedy “Super Fuzz” that hasn’t already been said by its legion of devoted fans. As long as you don’t expect much from the flick, chances are you’ll have a smashing good time, especially if you’re into early ’80s camp. If you’ve yet to experience the picture’s endless charms, here’s the setup: A wisecracking beat cop is exposed to deadly radiation while attempting to deliver a parking ticket to a “tribal Indian”. The end result, of course, is superhuman powers, all of which will magically disappear if he looks at something red. Why? I don’t know! And therein lies the film’s genius. Professional goofball Terrence Hill makes the whole things work; without his sly grin and dimwitted performance, “Super Fuzz” probably wouldn’t work as well as it does. Surprisingly, the flick stands the test of time — I love it just as much as I did then as I do now. And you wanna know something else? I’m not at all ashamed to admit that it’s still on my Top 20 list. Not one bit. Does this make my taste in movies seem somewhat childish? Perhaps. Be that as it may, “Super Fuzz” essentially made me who I am today. For the better, of course. A word of warning: The widescreen DVD released by Somerville House features a somewhat different version of the film than I grew up watching on HBO. From a technical standpoint, their edition is the best, as you get the film in anamorphic widescreen. However, if you watched this movie as much as I did as a kid, the alterations are jarring, and ultimately derail the experience. I’m not saying it’s unwatchable, but it’s certainly not as fun as the original video release. My advice: If you still own a VCR, track down a copy of this on VHS. It may set you back a bit, but the nostalgia buzz is totally worth the price.