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Uno Bianca

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One of the most contraversial Italian made-for-TV thriller made in the recent years, by the hottest modern Italian horror director Michele Soavi retelling a true story that shocked the Italian public and society for over 10 years.


In this violent action thriller, Kim Rossi-Stuart (THE NAME OF THE ROSE) and Dino Abbrescia (I'M NOT SCARED) are detectives on the trail of a criminal gang perpetrating terrorist attacks along the Rimini coast and getting away each time in a white Fiat Uno. When pursuit of the gang ends in the death of their superior officer, the detectives go beyond the law to bring the killers to justice… only to find that their identities are as shocking as their crimes. UNO BIANCA finds Michele Soavi employing his trademark suspense tactics to give added tension to this fact-based action film, co-scripted by veteran EuroCult actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (RABID DOGS). NoShame Films is proud to present the American premiere of this two-part, three-hour film, originally broadcast on Italian television and unlike anything you've ever seen in prime time.

Gripping from start to finish, Uno Bianca is an outstanding police procedural originally broadcast on Italian television in 2001, now available as a superbly packaged DVD set from NoShame Films. Italian horror and suspense master Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man) brings his formidable talent to bear on the fact-based 1991 case of the "Uno Bianca" gang of thieves and killers, so named because they use a white Fiat Uno as their getaway car. When their commander is killed in an attempted raid on the gang, detective Valerio Maldesi (Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart) and his partner Rocco (Dino Abbrescia) begin an aggressively maverick campaign to capture the killers, whose reign of terror leaves a rising body count at banks, supermarkets and gas stations along the Rimini coast. Intelligently scripted by veteran actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (a.k.a. George Eastman, Rabid Dogs), this two-part, three-hour action thriller unfolds with superior plotting, character development, and bursts of violence that emerge sensibly (and not gratuitously) from an intense series of cat-and-mouse confrontations. A slick, expertly crafted production, Uno Bianca plays out with the forceful momentum of Michael Mann's Heat combined with the sensible casework of Helen Mirren's acclaimed British series Prime Suspect. If the climax seems mildly anticlimactic, it's only because Uno Bianca is realistically faithful to actual police methods, uncompromised by artificial action or implausible plot devices. As the intricate plot unfolds to include Maldesi's pregnant wife and the stressful effect of his obsessive pursuit of justice, Soavi handles action and suspense with Hitchcockian precision, and the casting of Stuart and Abbrescia simply couldn't be better.

NoShame's two-disc DVD release of Uno Bianca is first-class in every way, with an abundance of bonus features (interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery, etc.), and an informative, well-written booklet of background detail and cast/director biographies. Just for fun, there's even a cardboard cut-out so you can make your own miniature white Fiat Uno! For discerning DVD collectors everywhere, it's this kind of care and attention that distinguishes NoShame from other, less fan-oriented DVD distributors, and Uno Bianca is entirely worthy of this high-class presentation. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • DISC 1 - part 1 of the movie
  • Introduction by Producer Pietro Valsecchi
  • "How To Get Action Into Truth" – Interview with Writer Luigi Montefiori (aka George Eastman)
  • "We Did It Like Cinema" – Interview with Producer Pietro Valsecchi
  • "It Was NOT Business As Usual" – Interview with Cinematographer Gianni Mammolotti
  • DISC 2  - part 2 of the movie
  • Behind the Scenes 1 (3 mins aprox)
  • Behind the Scenes 2 (7 mins aprox)
  • Still Gallery
  • Collectible Booklet with liner notes and talent bios
  • Una Bianca do-it-yourself cardboard model car

Product Details

  • Actors: Kim Rossi Stuart, Dino Abbrescia, Dario D'Ambrosi, Claudio Botosso, Bruno Armando
  • Directors: Michele Soavi
  • Writers: Michele Soavi, Gabriele Romagnoli, George Eastman, Marco Melega, Stefano Rulli
  • Producers: Pietro Valsecchi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Noshame
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHT5OQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Uno Bianca" on IMDb

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If you were looking for some new films of Michele Soavi you probably enjoy "The Church", "Stagefright", "The Sect" and "Cemetery Man" a lot. And "Uno Bianca" is definately not like those brillinat horror flicks. But anyway it's still brilliant. Although not horror. Even if you came across this film by chance I suggest you order it because it's very good. It tells a story of two Rimini cops who are after a ruthless "Uno Bianca" (White Fiat Uno) gang which robs banks and kills the eyewitnesses. Based on actual events that'd taken place in Italy this 3h 20m story spins so fast you won't be able to take you eyes off the screen. Primarily I wanted to watch this TV-film during two evenings, but after the first part I realized I wouldn't be able to wait till another day. So I had to go to sleep very late at night. But it was worth it. Every aspect of "Uno Binca" is great. Cinematography, acting, music, the script - everything. It is one of the best movies I bought recently and it proved the fact that a talented person is talented in everything. Michele Soavi who retired from the horror genre (I hope not forever) took a totally different work and managed it just perfectly. I will definately be waiting for another release of his whatever it will be - horror, police movie or a romantic comedy.
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Dario Argento protege, Michele Soavi, left the cinema due to his son's health problems soon after his zombie classic, "DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE" aka "CEMETERY MAN". He then decided to make Italian TV movies like this one. But, this is unlike any film you'll ever see on ABC. It plays more like an HBO film but with some visual flairs occasionally added.

Kim Rossi Stuart plays a beach patrolling cop in an Italian resort town. When he hears some local policemen were gunned down by the notorious "UNO BIANCO" gang, it peaks his interest. But, it isn't until his commanding officer is gunned down by the mad, money-hungry gang members, that he decides to put an end to the terror. Thus begins his investigation, which points the accusing finger towards a policeman who may be a member.

High suspense and an eerie soundtrack make this a great entry in the Michele Soavi collection, even though it's a big departure from his Gothic Horror roots.

3 hours and 20 minutes of subtitles, however easy to read, might make you miss some of the visual elements. Still, worth a look.

Bravo, Soavi.
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UNO BIANCA, consisting of a 3 hour DVD release (over 2 discs) is a

thriller, suspense movie, of the highest quality (although released

on TV, in Italy). Quality is important, viewers, want the images,

colors, sequences to be crisp, crystal clear unlike that what is

often filmed, intended for and shown on TV. This work suceeds in

that regard.

The 3 hours doesn't constitute a waste of time, or even, poor

editing. Not at all. It manages to build up very quickly a tension,

suspense and thrill from the opening moments of the movie, until the

very end. The dialog is in Italian, and is well understood to those

fluent in Portuguese, and perhaps, Spanish to a less degree. The

English subtitles don't get in the way of the action.

This picture is quite fascinating and is a treat, for viewers to tag

along for the ride, on an "Internal Affairs" matter of police. They

manage to narrow down, get evidence and apprehend a gang of

perpetrators that were the plague of a home town, in Bologna and

Rimini, Italy, not unlike a gang of anarchists, weapon-obsessed,

looters who caused deaths, havoc, fear and panic in the population

on a regular basis for over a year until their capture, in a

blatant, crude fashion, involving stick-ups in financial

institutions, and such.

The acting is charismatic, credible, focused laser-like over the

duration of the picture.
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Drab, dry and very dorky much if one were to cross an 80's Wham video with Miami Vice. The character profiles were as unstitched and broken as a sheet of glass after a hurricane. Little time was spent building characters we could empathize with or relate to, hence i wasn't drawn in even a little bit. The action effects were in a low budget area of their own, especially the boat blow up scene. A film need not have hi-budget fx to justify itself, just deliberate, careful attempts that allows us to suspend our belief. Cemetery Man was the reason i gave this offering a shot in the first place, which i thought to be brilliant Italo-horror along the lines of Dario Argento's Demons. This, however was a genre which the director should never have wandered into, everything felt artificial and scripted. I have a suspicion that its received points purely on its foreign charm, only i would argue there is no foreign charm, just foreign. That alone does not justify elevating the loose ended story, off pacing, terrible subtitles, mediocre acting, bland lighting and lack of mood of any kind. Its been almost a year since i rented this through Netflix, and all i can remember is what was unmemorable. STAY AWAY, go for Cemetery Man.
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