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Classic 1970 Oscar winner gets a near-perfect Blu-ray release!
on December 5, 2013
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.
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