Rocco and His Brothers [Blu-ray]
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UK Released DVD/Blu-Ray item. It MAY NOT play on regular US DVD/Blu-Ray player. You may need a multi-region US DVD/Blu-Ray player to play this item. Luchino Visconti co-writes and directs this classic Italian crime drama. After the death of her husband, Rosario (Katina Paxinou) and her five sons move from the poor rural south of Italy to the prosperous northern city of Milan in an effort to improve their lives. However, despite a promising start, their hopes for the future prove futile and when the good-natured Rocco (Alain Delon) falls out with his brutal older brother Simone (Renato Salvatori), over his prostitute girlfriend Nadia (Annie Girardot), a tragic climax appears unavoidable.Technical Specs: Languages(s): Italian, FrenchSubtitles: EnglishInteractive MenuScreen ratio 1:1.85 Extras included: BookletDocumentaries: 'Les Coulisses Du Tournage' (2003), 'Luchino Visconti'Interviews: Giuseppe Rotunno, Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot,NewsreelsTrailers
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Accidentally stumbling into their cold apartment early one eve the sumptuous Nadia wrecks havoc amongst the older three brothers as they each have their stab as family bread winner vying as professional boxers per her dropped hints. Visconti wisely uses the boxing ring to showcase the individual strengths and pitfalls of each brother as they war among themselves which drives a stake right through what arrived as a close net family. Bewitching and beguiling, she finally gets her just desserts as we get a decent three full hours of the original finest 1960 Italian black and white celluloid print only as this package from Image Entertainment screams for the Criterion Collection retouch, re-release. If you have three hours more than once or twice, this film deserves, demands, and rewards multiple viewings as classical Italian realism as good as it gets some 50 years later. Subtitles and black and white never looked so good. Visconti may not have been part of the new wave generation of filmmakers but he was a master of his craft and equal to his peers - Fellini, De Sica, and Rossellini.