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Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Caliber 9 / The Italian Connection / The Boss / Rulers of the City) [Blu-ray] (1972)

Jack Palance , Henry Silva , Fernando Di Leo  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Palance, Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Gastone Moschin, Mario Adorf
  • Directors: Fernando Di Leo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 291 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MTHRDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 from the original 35mm negative and remastered in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival, 4 of Fernando Di Leo s masterpieces in one box set which includes: Caliber 9 (Milano Calibro 9, 1972), The Italian Connection (La Mala Ordina, 1972), The Boss (Il Boss, 1973), Rulers Of The City (Padroni della citta, 1976) Now available for the first time on Blu-Ray.

Review

The box set is a terrific gift for any cinephile friend who loves gangster movies and sexploitation films. --The Wall Street Journal

This 4-disc, Blu-ray set collects four of the grittiest, ass-kickingest damn gangster movies ever made. These bullet-ridden Italian thrillers spawned from writer/director Fernando Di Leo, who had previously co-written the first two films in the Dollars Trilogy (albeit work for which he went uncredited). Without any reservations I can proclaim this the first must-own release of the New Year for the rabid cinephile. --Film Monthly

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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
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
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent italian crime movies - Great blu rays March 15, 2012
By Francis
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These 4 Fernando Di leo movies are amont The best eurocrimes movies ever. My preference goes to Calibre 9, a nearby masterpiece.
The whole box is a treat: The hi-def transfers are perfect, great bonuses all over... Raro video made a good choice and a truly great work.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When You Get A Blu-Ray Like This, You Tip Your Hat December 11, 2013
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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," "The Italian Connection," and "The Boss." The drawback about the Video Asia set was the presentation, which had panned-and-scanned letterbox versions of each film to fit a 4:3 frame. When I looked up the movies from the Thug City set on Amazon and found this Blu-Ray box set, I was thrilled, and even more so when I found that it was on sale for almost 50% off. I snatched up a copy and have recently completed watching the set on Blu-Ray, and thought it deserved a review.

I started with the first and arguably the best film, "Milan Caliber 9," which is simply labeled "Caliber 9" by Raro Video. This movie was Fernando di Leo's first entry into the euro-crime genre and the first part of the loosely-connected Milieu trilogy. Gastone Moschin plays Ugo Piazza, a hood who just spent three years in prison after getting nailed for robbery. Unfortunately, Ugo's old mafia buddies (which includes Italian mainstay Mario Adorf as the vicious Rocco and Lionel Stander, the voice of Kup from Transformers: The Movie, as Rocco's boss) believe that he has $300,000 of Stander's money hidden somewhere. The cops, who are really no better than the crooks, want Ugo to snitch on Stander and send him and his associates up the river. Even the beautiful Barbara Bouchet, who plays Ugo's girlfriend, believes he has the money. When push comes to shove, Ugo starts manipulating Stander, Adorf, Bouchet, and the cops like a chess master, making all of them run around like a Chinese fire drill. But boy, he didn't see that double-cross coming, and neither will you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 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 11 months ago by Luke
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 18 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 18 months ago by CD
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: [...]
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Euro-crime
Bang for your buck....3 out of 4 films in this set, I just love. If you are new to 1970s Italian crime films, this is the place to start. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jason S. Spear
1.0 out of 5 stars All 4 Blu-Ray Discs Defective
All 4 of the discs in this set wouldn't play at all. Couldn't get to a menu screen or anything. The blu-ray player tried to read them and just ejected them after about 30... Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Travis V.
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