Italian War Movie – L’OLIMPIADE NASCOSTA/HIDDEN OLYMPICS 1944 – out on dvd

Hidden Olympics 1944L’OLIMPIADE NASCOSTA/HIDDEN OLYMPICS 1944 (15) 2012 ITALY PEYRETTI, ALFREDO £9.99
Based on true events about a group of prisoners in a Polish concentration camp prepare to stage an unofficial POW Olympic Games. When their Nazi captors discover their plan, the prisoners are made to compete against Nazi soldiers in a demonstration of the German’s racial superiority.

However, as the sporting events unfold a group of prisoners plot a daring escape.

In Italian with English subtitles

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Dario Argento’s Debut movie – L’UCCELLO DALLE PIUME DI CRISTALLO/THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE – released on Blu Ray

BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGEL’UCCELLO DALLE PIUME DI CRISTALLO/THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (15) 1969 ITALY ARGENTO, DARIO BLU RAY – £15.99
Debut feature from writer and director Dario Argento. American writer Sam Dalmas is out walking in Rome when he passes an art gallery and witnesses a mysterious man in a black leather raincoat attempt to murder the gallery owner’s wife. The police question Sam, but he finds their methods too slow and soon decides to investigate the attack himself.

In Italian with English subtitles

Also available –

BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE 1L’UCCELLO DALLE PIUME DI CRISTALLO/THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (15) 1969 ITALY ARGENTO, DARIO LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY / 4K ULTRA HD + BLU-RAY – £31.99

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VENGEANCE TRAILS, FOUR CLASSIC ITALIAN WESTERNS LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY

Vengeance TrailsVENGEANCE TRAILS – FOUR CLASSIC WESTERNS (15) ITALY LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY COLLECTION £54.99
Specially curated selection gathers together four outstanding examples of the genre from the height of its popularity, all centered around a theme of revenge.

In Lucio Fulci’s Massacre Time (1966) – estranged brothers forced to band together against the powerful businessman and his sadistic son who’ve seized control of their hometown.

In Maurizio Lucidi’s My Name is Pecos (1966) – Mexican gunslinger, returning to Houston to settle a long-standing score against the racist gang boss who wiped out his entire family.

In Massimo Dallamano’s Bandidos (1967) – Enrico Maria Salerno plays a former top marksman who, years after being maimed by a former protégé, teams up with a fresh apprentice to get his revenge against the man who betrayed him.

Antonio Margheriti’s And God Said to Cain (1970) – Klaus Kinski stars as a man who has spent the last decade in a prison work camp for a crime he didn’t commit and who, upon his release, immediately sets out to wreak vengeance on the men who framed him.

In Italian with English subtitles

4-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of all four films
2K restorations of all four films from the original 35mm camera negatives, with Massacre Time, My Name is Pecos and Bandidos newly restored by Arrow Films for this release
Restored lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
Galleries for all four films
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by author and critic Howard Hughes
Fold-out double-sided poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original artwork and a slipcover featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

DISC 1 – MASSACRE TIME

Alternate US dub
New commentary by authors and critics C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke
New documentary featuring a new video interview with actor Franco Nero and an archival video interview with actor George Hilton
New video interview with film historian Fabio Melelli
Italian trailer

DISC 2 – MY NAME IS PECOS

New commentary by actor Robert Woods and C. Courtney Joyner
New interview with actor George Eastman
New interview with actress Lucia Modugno
New documentary featuring a new interview with Fabio Melelli and an archival interview with cinematographer Franco Villa
Italian trailer

DISC 3 – BANDIDOS

New commentary by author and critic Kat Ellinger
New interview with assistant director Luigi Perelli
New interview with actor Gino Barbacane
New interview with Fabio Melelli
Alternate end title sequence

DISC 4 – AND GOD SAID TO CAIN

New commentary by author and critic Howard Hughes
New documentary featuring a new interview with Fabio Melelli and a new audio interview with actress Marcella Michelangeli
New interview with actor Antonio Cantafora

In Italian with English subtitles

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Italian films – YEARS OF LEAD – FIVE CLASSIC ITALIAN CRIME THRILLERS 1973-1977 -released as limited edition Blu Ray boxset

Years of LeadYEARS OF LEAD – FIVE CLASSIC ITALIAN CRIME THRILLERS 1973-1977 (18) ITALY LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY COLLECTION £54.99
The 1970s were a time of intense uncertainty and instability in Italy. Political corruption and widespread acts of left and right-wing terrorism, alongside a breakdown in social cohesion and a loss of trust in public institutions such as the government and police, created a febrile atmosphere of cynicism, paranoia and unexploded rage. Throughout this period, these sentiments found expression in a series of brutal, often morally ambiguous crime thrillers which tapped into the atmosphere of violence and instability that defined the so-called Years of Lead.

This box set gathers five films from the heyday of the “poliziotteschi” –

Vittorio Salerno’s Savage Three (1975) and Mario Imperoli’s Like Rabid Dogs (1976), feature random acts of violence committed by vicious young sociopaths which threaten the fragile fabric of respectable society.

Massimo Dallamano’s Colt 38, Special Squad (1976) and Stelvio Massi’s Highway Racer (1977), feature renegade cops battling against red tape and political corruption turn to new and morally dubious methods to dispense justice.

Finally, class dynamics are explored in Salerno’s No, the Case is Happily Resolved (1973) as an innocent man finds himself under suspicion for a savage crime committed by a highly respected member of society.

Decried by critics for their supposedly fascistic overtones, the poliziotteschi were in fact more ideologically varied and often considerably more nuanced than such superficial readings would suggest, and proved a huge hit with theatergoers, who responded to their articulation of present-day social concerns.

In Italian with English subtitles

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations of all five films, restored from the original camera negatives, including a brand new 2K restoration of Colt 38 Special Squad exclusive to this release

Original lossless mono Italian audio on all five films

Original lossless mono English audio on Colt 38 Special Squad

English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack on Colt 38 Special Squad

Poliziotteschi: Violence and Justice in the Years of Lead, a new visual essay by critic Will Webb exploring the recurring traits and themes of the genre

Rat Eat Rat, an interview with writer/director Vittorio Salerno and actress Martine Brochard on Savage Three

The Savage One, an interview with actor Joe Dallesandro on Savage Three

When a Murderer Dies, an interview with cinematographer Romano Albani and film historian Fabio Melelli on Like Rabid Dogs

It’s Not a Time for Tears, an interview with assistant director Claudio Bernabei on Like Rabid Dogs

Music sampler for Like Rabid Dogs

Always the Same Ol’ 7 Notes, an interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani on Colt 38 Special Squad

A Tough Guy, an interview with editor Antonio Siciliano on Colt 38 Special Squad
Archival introduction to Colt 38 Special Squad by Stelvio Cipriani

Faster Than a Bullet, an interview with film historian Roberto Curti on Highway Racer

Mother Justice, an interview with writer/director Vittorio Salerno on No, the Case is Happily Resolved

Alternate ending to No, the Case is Happily Resolved

Original trailers for Like Rabid Dogs, Colt 38 Special Squad and No, the Case is Happily Resolved

Poster galleries

Reversible sleeves featuring original artwork for all five films

Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Troy Howarth, Michael Mackenzie, Rachael Nisbet, Kat Ellinger and James Oliver

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Giuseppe Tornatore’s – MALENA – re-issued on dvd and Blu Ray

MalènaMALENA (15) ITALY 2001 TORNATORE, GUISEPPE DVD – £10.99 BLU RAY £15.99
Set in a sleepy Italian village in World War II. Mysterious and beautiful Malèna’s husband has been reported as having died fighting in the war and the women of the town start to spread malicious gossip about Malèna and her consorting with the German’s stationed in the village.

In Italian with English subtitles

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Elio Petri’s triller – INDAGINE SU UN CITTADINO AL DI SOPRA DI OGNI SOSPETTO/INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION – released on Blu Ray

Investigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionINDAGINE SU UN CITTADINO AL DI SOPRA DI OGNI SOSPETTO/INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (18) 1970 ITALY PETRI, ELIO BLU RAY ONLY £23.99
Kafkaesque tale of a police inspector investigating a heinous crime, which he himself committed.

The film is a compelling character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian government crackdowns in Italy in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

Special Features
Interactive Menus
Interviews: Elio Petri (director), Camilla Zamboni (film scholar), Ennio Morricone (composer)
Other Documentary: ‘Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker’, ‘Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté’

In Italian with English subtitles

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Nanni Moretti’s biographical drama – APRILE – re-issued on dvd and Blu Ray

AprileAPRILE (15) 1998 ITALY MORETTI, NANNI DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £22.99
Nanni Moretti writes, directs and stars in this biographical drama. April 1996 sees two turning points in Moretti’s life: the birth of his first child and the victory of the centre-left in the Italian Presidential elections. Unfortunately, both events occur simultaneously, and the film-maker describes the chaos he finds himself in as the big day approaches.

In Italian with English subtitles

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Second series of Ferrante’s novel – L’AMICA GENIALE 2/MY BRILLIANT FRIEND: THE STORY OF A NEW NAME – out on dvd

My Brilliant FriendL’AMICA GENIALE 2/MY BRILLIANT FRIEND: THE STORY OF A NEW NAME(18) 2019 ITALY £24.99
All eight episodes from the second series of the Italian drama based on Elena Ferrante’s novel.

Elena and Lila are now in their twenties. While marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery.

The episodes are: ‘The New Name’, ‘The Body’, ‘Erasure’, ‘The Kiss’, ‘The Betraya l’, ‘Rage’, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘The Blue Fairy’.

In Italian with English subtitles

My Brilliant Friend1L’AMICA GENIALE /MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (12) 2018 ITALY DVD – £20.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
All eight episodes of the Italian miniseries based on Elena Ferrante’s novel. Set in an impoverished Naples of the 1950s, two young girls, Elena and Lila, form a life long friendship. Years later, Elena, now in her 60s, receives a phone call informing her of Lila’s disappearance and begins to reflect on their friendship.

In Italian with English subtitles

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Michelangelo Antonioni’s – CRONACA DI UN AMORE/STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR – issued on dvd

Story of a Love AffairCRONACA DI UN AMORE/STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (PG) 1950 ITALY ANTONIONI, MICHELANGELO £17.99

Paola is the beautiful and jealously-guarded younger wife of a shady factory owner, Enrico Fontana . In order to investigate her romantic history he hires a private detective, which ironically brings Paola back into contact with former lover Guido (), with whom she resurrects a lost passion.

Dogged by the suspicions of their respective mates, they are drawn closer to each other in the face of adversity, and begin to plot Enrico’s demise. But when the challenge of being together falls away, will the passion start to wane?

In Italian with English subtitles

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FELLINI: FOUR FILMS – now available as a Blu Ray Box Set £33.99

Fellini Four FilmsFELLINI: FOUR FILMS (15) ITALY FELLINI, FEDERICO BLU RAY BOX SET £33.99
Box set contains the following films –

8 1/2

the life and fantasies of a noted filmmaker who is having artistic difficulties completing a new project.

LA DOLCE VITA
A reporter’s encounter with the celebrity ‘sweet life’ and the unhappy people who lead it.

GIULIETTA DEGLI SPIRITI/JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
Comedy drama about a bored and unhappily married middle-aged woman who escapes into a world of the spirits from her past.

I VITELLONI
Semi-autobiographical drama about a group of young men growing up in Rimini, spending their days drinking, discussing women and spending their parents’ money.

Special Features

Interactive Menus

Interviews: Sandra Milo; Lina Wertmuller; Anita Ekberg

Commentary: Kat Ellinger

In Italian with English subtitles

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Federico Fellini’s – LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA/NIGHTS OF CABIRIA – released on dvd or Blu Ray

Nights of CabiriaLE NOTTI DI CABIRIA/NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (PG) 1956 ITALY FELLINI, FEDERICO DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Story of a Rome prostitute who never loses her faith in humanity, regardless of what life throws at her.
Even her optimism is threatened when she is rejected, first by glamorous film star Alberto Lazzari and then by her supposedly respectable fiancé, Oscar , who absconds with her life savings.

In Italian with English subtitles

 

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Federico Fellini’s – LO SCEICCO BIANCO/WHITE SHEIK- released on dvd or Blu Ray

White SheikLO SCEICCO BIANCO/WHITE SHEIK (U) 1951 ITALY FELLINI, FEDERICO DVD – £19.99 BLU RA – £19.99
In this romantic comedy, provincial Italian couple arrive in Rome for their honeymoon. While in Rome the new bride, Wanda, sets off in search of her photo-romance magazine idol, the ‘White Sheik. When she eventually meets the Sheik and then finds herself alone on a yacht with him, her new husband begins a frantic searches for her as the newlyweds’ weekend threatens to descend into disaster.

In Italian with English subtitles

 

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Italian film – MAMMA + MAMMA/MOM + MOM – out on dvd

Mom + MomMAMMA + MAMMA/MOM + MOM (18) ITALY 2018 TOMMASO, KAROLE DI £12.99
Touching and beautifully nuanced film about two women who love each other and desire a child together.

In Italian with English subtitles

 

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Well received Italian drama – LAZZARO FELICE/HAPPY AS LAZZARO – issued on dvd

Happy As LazzaroLAZZARO FELICE/HAPPY AS LAZZARO (12A) 2018 ITALY ROHRWACHER, ALICE £19.99
Lazzarois a young naive optimistic tobacco worker is exploited by his employer. However on befriending Tancredi, the son of the owner, they plot to fake Tancredi kidnap in the hope of ending the owners exploitation of the workers.

In Italian with English subtitles
Guardian review – https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/03/happy-as-lazzaro-review-alice-rohrwacher-adriano-tardiolo-nicoletta-braschi

 

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Italian drama – LORO – issued on dvd

LoroLORO (18) 2018 ITALY SORRENTINO, PAOLO £15.99
The film centres on corrupt Italian businessman and politician Silvio Berlusconi and his quest for power.

Two provincial gangsters exploit young women to win favours with politicians. On moving to Rome they hope to get into Berlusconi inner circle. However Berlusconi is preoccupied trying to rediscover the secret of his success.

In Italian with English subtitles

Guardian review –
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/17/loro-review-paolo-sorrentino

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