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Old 12-07-2010, 05:25 AM   #1
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Rarovideo inks first u.s. Distribution deal

Acclaimed Italian DVD Label to Offer Restored and Rare Films from Influential Filmmakers to American Cinephiles.

Launching February 2011 with Federico Fellini’s The Clowns and Four-Disc Collection Spotlighting Fernando Di Leo.

Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian DVD label RaroVideo announces the company will begin distributing its acclaimed DVDs in the U.S. for the first time ever in February 2011 through Entertainment One.

To launch RaroVideo in the U.S., the company will spotlight two powerhouse directors of Italian cinema with Federico Fellini’s hard-to-find The Clowns (1970) and The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection, a four-disc set that features Fernando Di Leo’s celebrated “Milieu Trilogy,” plus Rulers of the City (1976).

RaroVideo US’s restored version of Fellini’s The Clowns, one of the director’s final masterpieces will arrive on DVD for the first time ever in the US on February 22. The DVD extras contain a rare and exclusive short film by Fellini, a video essay on the genesis of the film and a 40 page booklet with exclusive Fellini drawings. Hard-to-find, this 1970 film melds memoir and documentary into a circus of fiction and reality where Fellini delights in the role of ringmaster. The carnival-sounding score composed by Nino Rota, and an appearance by Anita Ekberg (star of Fellini’s 1960’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita), enhances the Fellini-esque experience.

Master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, director and writer Fernando Di Leo perfected the genre with an uncanny accuracy that prefigured the works of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.

RaroVideo US collects some of his finest work in The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection, a four-DVD set that includes Di Leo’s highly influential “Milieu Trilogy” – Caliber 9 (Milano Calibro 9), The Italian Connection (La Mala Ordina) and The Boss (Il Boss). The set’s final disc includes 1976’s Rulers of the City, which stars Jack Palance as a mob boss.

All four films were digitally restored and remastered in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival. Each is presented with a number of extras, including a documentary about each film. The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection will arrive on DVD February 22.

“The two killers in The Italian Connection inspired me to conceive of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield for Pulp Fiction,” says director Quentin Tarantino. “The Italian Connection is work of a genius.”

About RaroVideo US RaroVideo US restores rare films by influential filmmakers for American audiences. The partnership behind the company formed in 2010 when Stefano and Gianluca Curti, owners of RaroVideo Italy, teamed with Nico Bruinsma, owner of U.S. DVD label Cult Epics.

“We’ve respected each other’s work for some time,” Bruinsma said. “When the chance came about to work together, I couldn’t pass it up.”

“We’re thrilled to be restoring great films by exceptional talents like Di Leo and Fellini for American filmgoers and look forward to an exciting first year,” Stefano Curti said.

Stefano and Gianluca Curti started RaroVideo Italy in 1999. Dedicated to digital restoration of films from a wide range of genres, the company has earned an outstanding reputation for the quality of its high-definition transfers. Its releases are also known for their supplemental content as well as the critical analysis and superb booklets that accompany each film.

RaroVideo’s eclectic approach aims to recognize and publish quality works found in the cinema and visual art world. Among the directors featured in the RaroVideo catalog are: Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Derek Jarman, Roberto Rosselllini, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Lucio Fiulci, Mario Bava, Francesco Barilli, Tinto Brass, Jean Cocteau, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese to name just a few. Raro Video was also the first company in the world to release on DVD Andy Warhol’s: The Chelsea Girls, My Hustler, The Nude Restaurant and Lonesome Cowboys.

RaroVideo will continue to spotlight the works of major Italian directors next year with plans to release Antonioni’s The Vanguished (I Vinti), Pasolini’s The Anger (La Rabbia) and Carmelo Bene’s Our Lady of the Turks (Nostra signora dei Turchi).

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Old 12-07-2010, 06:55 AM   #2
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I can't wait to pick up Perfume of the Lady in Black in March!
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:52 AM   #3
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I enjoyed The Clowns, but the subtitles were barely readable when I caught it on Encore Avenue a couple years ago.

And I pre-ordered that Di Leo set.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:37 PM   #4
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I wonder if they'll ever do U.S. releases of the more obscure Deodato stuff like 'Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man' or 'Waves of Lust'?
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Old 12-24-2010, 04:44 PM   #5
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Hopefully if they do WAVES OF LUST it'll be the uncut export version -- their original disc only included the stronger nude scenes in the bonus section taken from VHS.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:45 AM   #6
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"THE CLOWNS

SYNOPSIS: Fellini’s fascination with the circus and the surreal come to a head in one of his final masterpieces, THE CLOWNS. The film reflects Fellini’s childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window. Though comicaland referred to as a “docu-comedy”, this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance all of which manifest themselves through the characters of the clowns who vary from the local sex-crazed hobo, a midget nun, to a mutilated Mussolini disciple. THE CLOWNS features Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960’s masterpiece, La Dolce Vita and the director himself.

THE CLOWNS – SPECIAL FEATURES
-Un Agenzia Matrimoniale, a short movie by Federico Fellini. 1953, Italia, 16 minutes, 35 mm, b/w, Italian original audio with English subtitles.
-Fellini’s Circus, a visual Film essay by Adriano Aprà. Fellini Expert and film Historian, Adriano Aprà examines the director’s lifetime fascination with the circus while also comparing it’s stylistic features to other Fellini films. Italian original audio with English subtitles.
-A fifty page fully illustrated booklet on Fellini’s own reflections and notes concerning the genesis and production of the film. Also included are exclusive original drawings by the director himself.

THE CLOWNS
Price: $29.98 (DVD)
Street Date: March 1st, 2011
Running time: 92 minutes
Distributor: ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Language: Italian and French with optional English subtitles
Rating: NR

THE FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION – SYNOPSIS
The inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s early films, Fernando Di Leo is the master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters who perfects the genre with an uncanny accuracy. Di Leo doesn’t leave anything out of his criminal underworld films-mobsters, naked women, pointed guns, drugs, money laundering, small town crooks, and hired killers. For the first time digitally restored and remastered in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival: 4 of Fernando Di Leo’s masterpieces in one box set.

THE FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION DVD Listing

Additional Box Set Features
A Candid Interview with Fernando di Leo on the Macking of his Films
A 20 page fully illustrated booklet

DISC 1: Caliber 9

SYNOPSIS: In the first film of the Trilogy, smalltime gangster Ugo Piazza has just been released from prison. He tries to convince the police, the mafia, and his one-time associate Rocco, a sadistic hoodlum who enjoys sick violence and torture, that he wants to go straight, but everyone believes he has $300,000 of stolen money hidden somewhere.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Documentary on Calibro 9
-Documentary on Fernando Di Leo: La morale del genere
-Documentary Scerbanenco noir
-Photo Gallery with audio commentary by Gastone Moschin
-Director biography and filmography
-New and improved English subtitles

DISC 2: The Italian Connection

SYNOPSIS: The second film in Fernando Di Leo’s Milieu Trilogy focuses on Luca Carnali, a small-time mobster and pimp who has been set up by his gangland boss. When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, Carnali is framed for the theft. Carnali is pursued through Milan by a pair of merciless American hit men.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Documentary Alle origini della Mala
-Photo Gallery
-Director biography and filmography
-New and improved English subtitles

DISC 3: The Boss

SYNOPSIS: Based largely on real people and actual events, Fernando Di Leo’s action-packed film, the final part of his Milieu Trilogy is his boldest commentary on corruption and the criminal underworld. A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the members of one mafia family
except for Cocchi. Realizing that the instigator of the bomb attack is Daniello from another mafia family, Cocchi is determined to revenge.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Documentary Storie di mafia
-Director biography and filmography
-New and improved English subtitles

DISC 4: Rulers of the City

SYNOPSIS: The paradox of Rulers of the City is that the rulers are small time crooks and suburban gangsters who barely manage to make ends meet, but that’s what makes the film so real and accurate and perhaps why Quentin Tarantino credits I Padroni della Città as the pivotal force behind his decision to be a film maker. In the film Tony is a mob loan collector who’s unsatisfied with his position in life, and constantly dreams of living it rich in Brazil with his brother. To make some quick cash, Tony joins the forces of organized crime, making his way up the ladder. Together with Napoli, another mob enforcer, Tony hatches a plan to con mob boss Manzari (Jack Palance) out of a fortune, but Manzari isn’t about to let that happen.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Documentary Città violent
-Director biography and filmography
-New and improved English subtitles

THE FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION
Price: $39.98 (4 DVD Set)
Street Date: March 8th, 2011
Running time: 410 minutes
Distributor: ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Language: Italian and English with optional English subtitles
Rating: NR"
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I wonder how they'll look. Hopefully no PAL > NTSC debacle..
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I can't wait to pick up Perfume of the Lady in Black in March!
This is THE reason why this is such great news! I have the PAL Raro release of it and it is definitely once of the best discs in my collection. What a great movie. What a great treatment.
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i have the Di Leo boxset pre-ordered, but i'll be hoping that the A/V quality foremost will be great
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I´m interested in picking up "THE FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION" although I don´t know any of the film included.
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I´m interested in picking up "THE FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION" although I don´t know any of the film included.
I have three of the four films in this box and I immediately fell in love with all three of them!
If you want Italian crime with some debth, these are the ones.
I haven't seen Ruler of the City yet, but I will in the near future.

I wonder how they'll "update" the subs?

Hell, if these transfers are as good or better than their PAL counterparts, I might consider this box.

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Hopefully so. That's one that needs a bit tuning up. The PAL version is non- Anamorphic, so there's some room for improvement.
Great film btw!
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I wonder if they'll ever do U.S. releases of the more obscure Deodato stuff like 'Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man' or 'Waves of Lust'?
Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man is scheduled for release on May 17th, 2011.
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Thanks for that Michael!
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I see that Duccio Tessari's "Death Occurred Last Night" is also listed. That one never materialised in Italy. Probably a rights question. Here's hoping it'll get the release it deserves, at last!
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I Clowns DVD review:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_r...3/i_clowns.htm
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