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Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Caliber 9 / The Italian Connection / The Boss / Rulers of the City) (1972)

Jack Palance , Henry Silva , Fernando Di Leo  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Caliber 9 / The Italian Connection / The Boss / Rulers of the City) + Fernando Di Leo: The Italian Crime Collection: Vol. 2 + Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man (UOMINI SI NASCE POLIZIOTTI SI MUORE)
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  • Actors: Jack Palance, Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Gastone Moschin, Mario Adorf
  • Directors: Fernando Di Leo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Raro Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 387 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004D8P23U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mr. Di Leo's characters are compulsive social animals, surrounded by friends, family and sexually aggressive women. --The New York Times

The maestro of mafia mayhem --Entertainment Weekly

Some of the strongest influences on Quentin Tarantino's early films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, were the stylized, hyper-violent '70s crime dramas by Italian director Fernando Di Leo that focused on small-time crooks with tenuous life expectancies. Pulp Fiction's assassin duo of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson bear a striking resemblance to the equally implacable, though decidedly more taciturn, pair of Henry Silva and Woody Strode in 1972's The Italian Connection. --USA Today

Product Description

The inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s early films, Fernando Di Leo is the master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters who perfects the genre with an uncanny accuracy. For the first time digitally restored and remastered in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival, 4 of Fernando Di Leo’s masterpieces in one box set. Includes CALIBER 9, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION, THE BOSS, and RULERS OF THE CITY.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After watching way too many poor transfers of Euro films from the seventies, it's a real treat when I get a chance to see them released by a studio that actually cares what the final product looks like. In my opinion, Raro Video did an outstanding job with these four films, from the production value of the transfers to the package as a whole. I'm not going to imply that each one of these films is a five-star effort - even though fans of this director and this genre will most likely rate them very high, while others may nitpick at them - rather that it is the collection itself that I'm rating as top of the line, one that any enthusiast of Eurocrime or seventies cinema will find it well worth their time to track down.

Were I to rate them separately, I would give each film four stars - they all have their plusses and minuses, which seem inextricably linked in each. The first three films - Caliber 9, The Italian Connection, and The Boss - are part of Di Leo's 'Milieu Trilogy', a loosely linked series that doesn't follow a continuous storyline, but rather examines the criminal landscape of Italy in the early 1970's. Taking inspiration from the stories of Russian-born émigré Giorgio Scerbanenco, 'Caliber 9' (Milano Calibro 9) may very well be the overall best of the three, with Gastone Moschin taking up the part of the just-released convict Ugo Piazza, whom the berserk Mario Adorf suspects of having stolen money from his organization prior to the start of his three year-prison sentence. Labeled as noir by some, with a plot twisting and turning as well as anything by Chandler or Hammett, this film has one remarkable ending.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection w/DVD issues July 5, 2011
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Nothing to add in the way of another film review.
The treatment of these movies is good, they look and sound very nice.
Yes, the cases are a bit flimsy but they're acceptable.
I, too, had an issue with the Il Boss disc. The feature doesn't freeze up but the Storie di Mafia documentary does have the 30 second audio delay. It's pretty f'n annoying and might render it unwatchable for many. I'm pretty patient with such things and still had a difficult time.
The "anyone can get a lemon" assessment by an earlier reviewer doesn't apply here.
The now-majority of Amazon buyers are having these same problems.
What seems odd to me is that the quality warnings on here are getting "1 out of 5 found this helpful" responses.
Seems to me that it might be kind of important to a potential buyer.

For whatever it's worth I'll contact RaroVideo.
Still, I won't be returning the set.
The films are great and I'm happy to have spent $20 to have them collected.

UPDATE: The good people at RaroVideo are aware of the issue, have fixed it and have offered to send me a replacement.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars [Blu-ray] Fernando Di Leo crime collection [Blu-ray] February 4, 2012
By GGB
Format:Blu-ray
When I first heard these films would hit Blu-Ray, I was pretty excited since these Di Leo films are among his best and are some of my all time favorites. It was going to be great to see these films in definitive home video editions! Sadly, these new transfers don't look very good at all. They are swimming with digital noise and artifacts that may have been film grain at one point but is now a mass of swirling fuzz. The further away from the TV you get, the better the image appears to look.

The major letdown of the set, however, are the weird, split-second video glitches on the Blu-Ray disc of The Italian Connection (that can be seen in this photo I took here [...] ). Another similar glitch can be seen during the lumberyard fight, and then at least 5 more instances are seen during the final junkyard scene. I'm pretty sure this isn't an isolated incident, so if you've encountered these video glitches throughout the disc, please let Raro know that they need to correct this. They seem to not be willing to fix this problem at the moment and replied with this message to me:

"Thanks for pointing out the problem with the Italian Connection blu-ray. Unfortunately, at this point there's not much we can do to correct the disc. If you're dissatisfied with the collection you can return it and we'll issue you a refund. Alternatively we can send you the single DVD of the Italian Connection, so that you have a clean copy. Again, thank you for your feedback and ongoing interest in RaroVideo."

I'll most likely be returning my Blu-Ray set for a refund and sticking with the original Italian Raro DVDs that still look surprisingly great upconverted on my HDTV. It's a bummer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable Price March 26, 2012
By Snipes
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
In the past year or so I've really gotten into Italian cult cinema, mainly Giallo, but I've also become a growing fan of actresses such as Barbara Bouchet and Marisa Mell. When I learned a Bouchet film was going to be released on Blu-ray in this four film series I jumped on it, especially at the price point of $23.99 (what I pre-ordered it at). Having seen none of these films before and still being rather new to the Euro-Crime genre I didn't know what to expect. Having watched them all I'm glad I took the plunge.

Transfer wise there's no complaints from me, then again I'm not overly picky about picture and sound like some people are. I've watched and enjoyed enough bad VHS rips that for me it's more about the entertainment value than the quality, quality is just a bonus. But here the quality appears to be top notch to me, definitely better than I'm sure these films have ever looked before.

Film wise my personal favorite out of the four was The Italian Connection, for me it had the best combination of non stop action and story, Mario Adorf is simply awesome, never a dull moment. The other three films are also entertaining in their own rights, although I was a little disappointed in Caliber 9, Bouchet's role was pretty minimal and as one of the more hyped films in the collection I actually found it a little boring at times, Mario Adorf and the limited amount of Bouchet carried that one for me.

Anyone whose a fan of these films or this genre should be more than happy with this set. The current price of $24.99 is simply a steal for these four films on Blu-ray.

3.5 stars for average entertainment value of the films.
5 stars for the value of the set itself.
Average 4 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
i did not like it
Published 13 days ago by Daniel Perrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded Expectations
I bought this box set of DVDs because I am studying Italian and I am slightly interested in Milan. I wasn't expecting much from 70s era Italian cinema based on other films I've... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert S. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars When You Get A Blu-Ray Like This, You Tip Your Hat
My first experience with Fernando di Leo's films was on Video Asia's Thug City Chronicles: Volume 1 collection, which contained decent transfers of "Milan Caliber 9,"... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Justin A. Swartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fernando Di Leo – The Italian Crime Connection Vol. 2
About two years ago, I had the privilege of reviewing the exciting “The Italian Connection,” as part of the formidable collection “Fernando Di Leo – The Italian Crime Connection... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carlos E. Velasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars 1970's Italy----Gangster life
A collection to die for.

Italian crime cinema at its best. If you enjoyed watching Kojak, French Connection, Seven-Ups, and Shamus you are going to love this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent films by Fernando Di Leo!
If you like crime movies you should definitely buy this set from RARO VIDEO! Only bad is that the box set is DVD and not Blu-Ray but I'll some day correct it.
Published 15 months ago by Petri Vuorio
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent crime classic from italy. on blu.
These films look better than they ever have before on disc. However they are not going to look as good as what you see on modern movies. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film set
A fantastic set of Italian-made crime thrillers from the '70s. Some are better than others but overall you can't go wrong, especially for the low Amazon price. Read more
Published 15 months ago by CD
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Poliziesco
This box is an American version of the film ever released in Italy. A must for those who enjoy a real Italian crime, violent and rude. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Otavio Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer blu-ray set of killer Euro-crime classics!
A great collection of crime films by cult director Di Leo. Nice array of extras too! See my review of THE ITALIAN CONNECTION: [...]
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