THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION Volume 2

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THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION Volume 2

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Fernando di Leo

Editions: DVD and Blu-Ray 3 disc Boxset with a fully illustrated booklet

Fernando Di Leo was prolific filmmaker who explored the political extremism and mafia corruption in Italy during the 1970’s. Master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, Di Leo's films demonstrate the degradation of the working classes and how the mafia corrupted them. His works have been revived and shown at the Tate Modern in London and The Venice Film Festival.

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Fernando Di Leo

Fernando Di Leo was prolific filmmaker who explored the political extremism and mafia corruption in Italy during the 1970’s. Master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, Di Leo's films demonstrate the degradation of the working classes and how the mafia corrupted them. His works have been revived and shown at the Tate Modern in London and The Venice Film festival where Quentin Tarantino admitted that Di Leo truly inspired him to make gangster films. Contained in this box set is the Milieu Trilogy: Shoot first die later, Kidnap Syndicate, and Naked Violence

Synopsis

Shoot first die later

Desperately sought after and never before released worldwide Rarovideo is proud to be releasing the tough, exciting, dramatically potent, well acted and action packed film, Shoot first, Die Later which is known as one of the most impressive Italian crime/police movies ever made. Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but on a lower rung; he isn't jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he's a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn't take long for the detective's father to realize his son is on the take... which leads to numerous complications.. 

Kidnap Syndicate

Colella is a hard working but struggling mechanic who raises his son Fabrizio after his wife passed away. Fabrizio is friends with Antonio, son of the extremely rich but incredibly repugnant businessman Filippini. When criminals kidnap Antonio in front of school, the brave Fabrizio tries to prevent this and the nervous kidnappers pull him into the car as well. They demand a huge ransom for the boys, but the pigheaded Filippini refuses to give in to criminals and put the lives of the boys at stake, whilst Colella and even the police commissioner can't do anything. Colella goes after them, but soon stumbles upon a very complex and well-protected network.

Naked Violence

A devastating, brutal, raw example of Di Leo's early works, Naked violence is about how a teacher of an evening school for youngsters with social problems is brutally raped and murdered right in her classroom. The only suspects are the kids and the police are surprised to find them all quietly in their homes instead of having escaped. There is a reason. Each kid declares that he did not participate in the brutality but was forced to watch. The police officer Lamberti has reasons to believe that someone, an adult, has orchestrated the kids whose name they are too afraid to mention.

Reviews

I am a huge fan of gangster movies, I’ve seen them all and Fernando Di Leo is without a doubt, the master of this genre.
— Quentin Tarantino
DiLeo was more than a cog in the machine of Italy’s ruthlessly au courant cinema of international appropriation: he was fiercely committed to making genre movies that addressed contemporary social and political issues.
— The Film Comment July/August 2013

Special Features

New HD Transfer from original 35 mm negative print/Digitally restored / Original trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation/A fully illustrated booklet/Total running time: 288 minutes
SHOOT FIRST DIE LATER, 1974 
(Il Poliziotto e’ Marcio)
Running time: 94 min Extras running time: 48 min
Documentary/The Master of the Game(Il Padrone del Gioco)
Documentary/The Second Round of the Game(La seconda mano del gioco)
-Original trailer
NAKED VIOLENCE, 1969 
(I Ragazzi del Massacro)
Running time: 96 min Extras running time: 34 min
Documentary/Goodfellas(Quei Bravi Ragazzi)
Documentary/Fernando di Leo at the Cinematheque Francaise (Fernando di Leo alla Cinematheque Francaise)
KIDNAP SYNDICATE, 1975
(La Citta’ Sconvolta Caccia Spietata ai Rapitori)
Running time: 98 min Extras running time: 29 min
Documentary/Violent cities: the other Fernando di Leo’s trilogy (Città violente: l’altra trilogia di Fernando di Leo)

Trailer