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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) (2013)

Gian Maria Volonté , Elio Petri  |  R |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Gian Maria Volonté
  • Directors: Elio Petri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F98FOFY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc
  • Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker (2005), a ninety-minute documentary on the director’s career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers
  • New interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni
  • Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté (2008), a fifty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté
  • Music in His Blood, an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by author and screenwriter Ugo Pirro

  • Editorial Reviews

    The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (A Fistful of Dollars’s Gian Maria Volonté, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime—which he committed himself. Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    Winner of the 1970 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Italian director Elio Petri's "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" has held up quite well during the last 40+ years. The story revolves around a powerful police inspector (Gian Maria Volonté of "Fistful of Dollars" fame) and the terrible crime he commits. His position of power leaves him virtually innocent in the eyes of his contemporaries, even though he left a trail of clues and seems determined to profess his guilt. It's a fantastic character study and clever jab at the public perception of those "above suspicion". Excellent acting, memorable music and a unique structure make this a perfectly accessible drama.

    Criterion's new "Dual-Format Edition" (Blu-ray and DVD) pairs a spotless new A/V presentation (sourced from a recent 4K restoration) with a handful of informative extras, including detailed documentaries about Petri, Volonte and vintage interviews with key cast and crew members. It's quite a well-rounded package and this forgotten gem deserves the extra attention. Whether you've seen it before or are totally new to foreign films, it's a strong effort and a fairly good "gateway drug" for newbies.

    For more details, please read my complete review at: [...]
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible italian Film as been rediscover December 21, 2013
    By Nico
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Beautiful film by director Elio Petri, Investigation on a citizen above suspicion won an oscar in 1970.
    I recommend to watch this film to all interested in italian film making.
    It a piece of art.
    The dvd box by criterion is full of content with an amazing documentary about the life of the director.
    Don't miss it, it's awesome
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars digital download version April 14, 2014
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    While I love this film, the digital download version is dubbed in English, which, of course, ruins the whole thing. I wish there were a way to return it. Be aware of this if you'd like to download the film from Amazon.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Instant Video June 13, 2014
    By Jake
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    Paid $12 for the Instant video version only to find out it's been dubbed into English and it's a cheap cringe-worthy dub at that. I guess it's my fault for not investigating the product further but it's not possible to view what language the film is on my Roku.

    One of my favorite films of all time, it's incredibly disappointing that the version available on Instant video is a sub-par version.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Criterion release. April 13, 2014
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    There's a reason why this Oscar winning film has such a following and still commands such respect nearly half a century later. I could wax lyrical about the fascinating plot brought to the screen by a group of actors that were truly on top of their game, the direction that's in turn informed by, and influencing, graphic novels and finally the unforgettable Morricone soundtrack. I won't though, it could take all day.
    All the love that every fan of this film has is here in this Criterion package. There's so much information on the background and the making of the film in Italy at that particular time that you really do get a sense of the importance of this piece. As usual, and as to be expected from this company, the picture quality is unsurpassable with audio tracks to match.
    If you're a fan of intelligent foreign cinema, do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this release. I cannot recommend it enough.
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    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Killer Clown January 9, 2014
    By Nomlac
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I saw this filme may years ago and I still consider Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion a very peculiar movie, one of a kind, that shows its age (1970) and, at the same time, is extremely modern and original in its conception. You could say that this happen because the corruption it shows, the connection of politcs and crime still persists in all modern societies. But it is not only because of that. This comic thriller, with a brilliant and overblown acting of the great italian actor Gian Maria Volonté, is almost unparalelled in the movies: it mixes the circus, so dear to Fellini (or comedia dell arte, if you prefer), with the french grand guignol with the genre of popular brazilian comedy that we call chanchada, with kafka, cervantes and ultimately all kinds of political satire that I can remember. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is Dino Risi's masterpiece and he is one of the great masters of the classical cinema.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 2, 2014
    By ronald
    Interesting story and deserved its Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars ... that it was - for those of us who love foreign movies
    why was this dubbed - and why wasn't there any indication that it was - for those of us who love foreign movies, there is nothing worse than one that is dubbed and this one was... Read more
    Published 13 days ago by dorothy p. slater
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem #13: Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (1970,...
    Director: Elio Petri

    This fascinating, ultra magnetic portrait of a power crazy (and just plain crazy) murderer who also happens to be a Police Chief is made absorptive... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Arthur Grant
    4.0 out of 5 stars There is a strange place among Italian Police.
    I am not certain the minds that are displayed here would exist anywhere outside of Italy. This film gives an insight into the character that only the petrel dish of Italian... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by John W. Van Hoy III
    5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the dual disc system
    flat out, where has this been hiding? a genius performance if ever the story of a megalomaniac gone bonkers and he can't get anyone to comply with his knarly wicked self. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Russell E. Scott
    5.0 out of 5 stars with our political systems
    Really enjoyed it. If all you love is sports on TV, this is not your movie, but if you are aware of what goes on around you check it out.
    Published 6 months ago by waynewright
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance
    Thi is a brilliant fim and tour de force for Gian Maria Volonte--finally avail;able on Criterion--School libraries should have this gem!
    Published 7 months ago by tomas
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