3 Glorious Dirty Dozen Rip-OffReliantRobin | 02/08/2009 | See all ReliantRobin's reviews (13)Tarantino may have swiped the title and WW2 backdrop for his 2009 movie, but there the similarity ends as Enzo Castellari's "Inglorious Bastards" has a very different storyline and characters. This was made during an era when Italian cinema was, depending on ones point of view, either gleefully ripping off or paying homage to popular big budget American movies of that time. They had already tried their hand at the Western - with great success, so now it was the turn of the all star "men on a mission" war adventure. Castellari had, up to this point, dabbled in a variety of genres and made his name with some stylish westerns and crime (polizieschi) thrillers. While being neither the best or worst example of Castellari's work, Inglorious Bastards is an entertaining romp in the tradition of the Dirty Dozen. There are plenty of the director's trademark action scenes, with stunt men lovingly filmed twirling through the air in slow motion. The cast is efficient enough, including Fred "the Hammer" Williamson and Bo Svenson - though the absence of Castellari regular Franco Nero is disappointing. Optimum's re-release is timed to coincide with the release of Tarantino's movie and includes an interview with both directors. At this price the DVD is a bargain.