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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 (14 customer reviews)

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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: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 387 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004D8P23U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CREAM!!!!!!! October 24, 2011
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Each and every film here a classic. I have most of them on bad vhs transfers from the 80's, MILIAN CALIBRE, MANHUNT, SCARFACE. All of the films presented here look absolutely GREAT!!! Widescreen, sharp, crisp, clear!!! If you're thinking about purchasing these gems of sex and violence, please go right ahead. Each and every film is a masterpiece in exploitation cinema. No one can or would even dare to make films like these today. No computer generated images of heroes flipping and swinging from high rises here. Down and dirty action and violence on the gut level only. Real action at real time! BEAUTIFUL!
And all films have BEAUTIFUL transfers! My God, what are you waiting for, an invitation from Ugo Piazza? Tip the hat and buy.
It's truly the best out there of this kind of stuff.
Even more than HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, satisfying and rarely dull January 31, 2012
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I came upon this set after reading a positive review of CALIBER 9. I decided to take a chance and check out 4 by this acclaimed yet unknown-to-me director.

Each film looks and sounds great, especially in the original language/dialects.

CALIBER 9 was my favorite for plot and acting. The twists and turns of the plot worked quite well, and the climactic revelation is so well-filmed it's astounding. AWESOME stuff. VERY SERIOUS. And Barbara Bouchet is a serious eye-full throughout. Impressive action drama, not just puffed-up swaggering macho nonsense.

THE BOSS was my favorite, though, for outrageous, cold, trashy, guilty-pleasure CARNAGE. Henry Silva taking out a bunch of (spoiler) in a (spoiler) with a (spoiler) has to be one of my new favorite action sequences. And he does it silently. None of the stupid cliche's we've been subjected to in contemporary films, like screaming, two-gun-toting, anguished killers. This is his job and he gets it done and in doing so he left my jaw dropped open to the floor. Lots of dark humor in this one. Never thought I'd laugh with some of the things I did while enjoying this one.

RULERS OF THE CITY has some well-choreographed nastiness throughout, and Jack Palance owns the screen every time he enters it. I liked the contrast of the younger, capricious, less commanding, less serious male lead in this compared to the other 3 films.

THE ITALIAN CONNECTION was, in my opinion, rather ho-hum, dated and way too serious, but, it had its moments, too. I just found the acting of the leads in that one to have nowhere near the charisma seen in the other 3 films. (yes, eve though Henry Silva is in THE BOSS as well.) And it is melodramatic to the nth degree.

I'd recommend this set to anyone who loves oversaturated celluloid, gorgeous 60's Italian design, go-go dancers occupying the full ratio of the screen, and some dead-serious vengeance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
i did not like it
Published 3 months 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 10 months ago by Robert S. Robbins
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 18 months ago by Petri Vuorio
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 19 months ago by Otavio Pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 of 4
Are you kidding me?!?!
The quality of the first 3 films is through the roof.
Calibre 9 and Italian connection are completely different in terms of theme and rendering,... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by grafdog
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Grindhouse-Era Italian Crime Classics
[FERNANDO DI LEO - THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION - (1973-74-76) -Widescreen presentation] Excellent collection of four grindhouse-era crime flicks that are impeccably digitally... Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by 4-Legged Defender
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Italian Crime Movies
Wow. This set is wonderful. I love Italian movies, especially Italian CRIME movies and this one does not disappoint. Fernandao Di Leo knows how to film action (gunplay) scenes. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by J. Krall
2.0 out of 5 stars boss dvd is defective
I got this set today.The dvd of the boss freezes several times around the one hour mark as another reviewer has said. Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Gregory D. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Problems with "The Boss".
I"ve had problems with three copies of "The Boss" freezing between 1:00 and 1:05 mark. The special feature documentary "Storie di mafia" has about a 30 second delay between the... Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by Kevin D. Hanson
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