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Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Caliber 9 / The Italian Connection / The Boss / Rulers of the City)
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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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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.Read more ›
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: Raro not easy to deal with.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Raw, ugly, classic Italian Mob movies during their golden era. These four movies will make you feel like you are right there in Milan or Florence fighting with the bad guys (and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John L. Alvey
For poliziotteschi's aficionado, this Fernando Di Leo's box set is an essential addition to your collection. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Philippe M.
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 morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Robert S. Robbins
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 morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Carlos E. Velasquez
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
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 on May 6, 2013 by Petri Vuorio
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 morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Michael Dobey
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 morePublished on April 24, 2013 by CD