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First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is aninternational blockbuster, running for 18 years and producing 9 follow-up series.The title of thisclassic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminalculture which extends itstentacles intoevery layer of society.Ultimately shot on three continents, The Octopus brought scope and sophistication to the story of an old battle and shows the cost men and women pay when they stand up to the injustice of organized crime. InSeries 2 it gets personal for Police Inspector CorradoCattani(Michele Placido).His lust for revenge drives him undercover, where hediscovers a multi-million dollar arms deal.Helped by a familiar foe -the Countess OlgaCamastra(FlorindaBalkan) -whose love for him leads her to break the criminals' code of silence, Cattaniworks both sides of the law as his battle withthe Mafiareaches a shocking climax.

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  • Actors: Michele Placido, Remo Girone, Francois Perier, Giuliana de Sio
  • Directors: Luigi Perelli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MHz Networks
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZW7XAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It is addictive, but not "memorable", which means that you can watch it again in six months and it will be just as interesting as the first time. Note to Italian teachers: It is a great way to improve your understanding of spoken Italian.

Here is the summary of Series 3, as given on the box:

"In Series 3, Police Inspector Corrado Cattani returns to investigate the shady dealings of Carlo Antinari, head of a powerful banking family. Cattani finds himself falling in love with Antinari's daughter, Giulia. Meanwhile, Mafia lawyer Terrasini is released from prison - bent on revenge against his old nemesis. Can Cattani bring the Sicilian Mob to justice once and for all?"

(Note: if he did, there would be no Series 4, 5. etc.).
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Spoiler warning! This review of Octopus Season 3 reveals plot details from Octopus Season 2.

Moving into its third season, The Octopus remains compelling drama, with great performances and plenty of intrigues to keep fans entertained. However, its essential plot remains much the same as the first two series, along the following lines - Corrado Cattani and his allies learn of a devious new Mafia money-laundering deal, the Mafia fight back ruthlessly once its illicit gains from the deal are threatened (revealing in the process how far its tentacles reach into Italy's political and financial elite), Cattani and the law enforcement authorities ultimately prevail, but at a terrible cost in lives. Accordingly, some of the originality of the first two seasons has been lost. Also, this season is particularly bloody and, as the body count stacks up over the seven episodes of the season (one more episode than the previous two seasons), the viewer may feel something he didn't in the earlier seasons - a lack of plot credibility.

In Season 3, the action moves away from Sicily and Rome (where the first two seasons were mostly set) to Milan. While the Sicilian mafia (particularly Corrado's old enemy Terrasini) continue to play a part in Season 3, many new characters are introduced and the focus shifts to Milan's Antinari Bank and more generally its links to the Mafia. Over the season we get to know the head of the bank, Carlo Antinari, his wife Anna, their elder daughter Giulia (Corrado's love interest in Season 3), their younger daughter Greta and Dino Alessi, the sinister director-general of the bank.

Season 3 begins with a flashback to the court trial of key Mafia figures from the end of Season 2.
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This series is loaded with suspense, an excellent story line, plenty of mystery, and surprizing plots. Yes, the music may be a bit lame occasionally and the speech fast enough to have to stop and play back the subtitles, but, it is outstanding!
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The portrayal of the characters , the story line, the location
are exciting and addicting. My husband and I savor the
nights we watch this. The Mafia has such a hold on the
city by cherry picking their next victim and sucking the life
out of each one like a spider or in this case an octopus.
Those who choose to fight back are few so the inspector
is a precious commodity for a community who is too
frightened to do anything for the most part. His character
uses his wiles to good use and the Mafia is sometimes one
step ahead and sometimes not. He has battles at home
as well with a wife who is .......well, let's just say she is a piece
of work. His daughter is played very well and reminds
the parents of their responsibilities . The villains are portrayed scurrilously
and odiously by the actors chosen and against the well intentioned inspector they
are fitting.
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J'ai reçu ce dvd en temps et en heure, trés bien. je suis donc trés satisfait, que dire de plus?
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