From Sergio Corbucci, the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes The Specialists (Gli Specialisti, aka Drop Them or I'll Shoot), a thrilling spaghetti western starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday (The Man on the Train, DÃ©tective, Vengeance). Notorious gunfighter Hud Dixon (Hallyday) arrives in Blackstone, a town where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. As Hud seeks revenge, he starts to discover the truth behind the stolen loot, and has to contend with an idealistic sheriff, a beautiful and seductive female banker, a corrupt businessman and a one-armed Mexican bandit, who was once his friend. Also starring Gastone Moschin (The Conformist, Caliber 9), FranÃ§oise Fabian (Belle de Jour, My Night at Maud's), and gorgeously filmed by Dario Di Palma (The Seduction of Mimi, The Oldest Profession), Eureka Classics is proud to present Gli Specialisti on Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration. Special Features: LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [First Print Run of 2000 units] 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from an incredible 4K restoration Restored Italian and French audio options Rarely heard English dub track Optional English subtitles Feature-length audio commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema Trailer PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION collector's booklet [First Print Run of 2000 units] featuring new writing by western authority Howard Hughes on both the film, and the French-western sub-genre
'You can't backstab someone like Ugo Piazza! You'd better not even touch someone like Ugo Piazza!' Perhaps the one true film noir to emerge from Italy, Milano Calibro 9 is a gritty, ultra-violent masterpiece and an essential entry in the cannon of Italian crime cinema. Centering on the character of ex-con Ugo Piazza (played with stone-cold precision by Gastone Moschin) the film also benefits from the presence of giallo regular Barbara Bouchet and her considerable charms. Released aft.
To impress his Fascist friends Marcello plans to assassinate his former professor now considered a subversive. A blend of thriller psychological portrait and political parable The Conformist found Bertolucci on peak form and the resulting stylistic tour de force paved the way for the likes of Scorsese Schrader and Michael Mann.
To impress his Fascist friends Marcello plans to assassinate his former professor now considered a subversive. A blend of thriller psychological portrait and political parable The Conformist found Bertolucci on peak form and the resulting stylistic tour de force paved the way for the likes of Scorsese Schrader and Michael Mann. Special Features: HD restoration supervised by Director of Photography Vittorio Storaro in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio Original Mono 2.0 Audio Audio commentary with Italian cinema expert David Forgacs Feature length documentary 'Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema' directed by Sandro Lai on Bertolucci's career with on-set archive material and interviews Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork A comprehensive booklet featuring: Brand new writing on the film by critic Michael Atkinson Re-printed interview with Bernardo Bertolucci from 1971 Bertolucci's thoughts on filmmaking illustrated with original stills
The year is 1929 and dictator Benito Mussolini (Rod Steiger) is still faced with the 20 year long war waged by Bedouin patriots to combat Italian colonisation in Africa. Mussolini appoints General Rodolfo Graziani (Oliver Reed) governor of Libya confidant that he can crush the rebellion and restore the glories of Imperial Rome. Inspirational in the Bedouin resistance toward the oppressors is the leadership of one man - Omar Mukhtar (Anthony Quinn). A teacher by profession guerilla
Destined to remain a dubious footnote in books of movie trivia, Lion of the Desert--an occasionally impressive epic from 1981--was financed with a budget of $35 million by Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who previously attempted the role of movie producer with the critically roasted Mohammad: Messenger of God. This effort didn't fare much better (it grossed approximately $1 million worldwide), and although some of its wartime action sequences are intelligently filmed, it's not likely to gain much more of a reputation on home video. Under a shaggy Muslim beard, Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, the Arab hero and guerrilla fighter who defended Libya against Benito Mussolini and Italy's attempted conquests during World War II. As straightforward biography, the movie's got an admirable epic sweep, but a cliché-ridden script and uniformly bad performances (from a cast that includes John Gielgud, Oliver Reed and Rod Steiger) make this little more than a curiosity for those wanting to learn more about Libyan history. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
At the peak of his creative powers the 29 year old Bernardo Bertolucci, eschewed the influence of mentor, Jean-Luc Godard and partnered up with Vittorio Storaro and developed his own style for one of the most visually dazzling, politically and psychologically intriguing and possibly greatest of all Italian films.Told in a non linear structure that would go on to influence The Godfather Part II (not the only influence on Coppola’s film), the story begins in Rome, 1938. Marcello (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a young fascist who takes on the job of assassinating his former professor who has fled to Paris. With his girlfriend (Stefania Sandrelli) in tow he meets the professor and his young wife (Dominique Sanda). A thriller as well as study of Italian politics and psychological character, Bertolucci’s Oscar nominated adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel (an adaptation Moravia greatly admired) has gone on to influence filmmakers such as Paul Schrader, Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann and remains one of the great triumphs of world cinema.Arrow Academy is proud to present Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
The Message:It is the 7th Century and in Mecca powerful leaders are in conflict with Mohammed who attacks the many injustices their way of life produces - slavery drunkenness and cruelty. Mohammed claims to have seen a vision of the Angel Gabriel and calls to the people of Mecca to worship one God only. After a revelation from God Mohammed agrees to take arms against Mecca and at the Wells of Bedr the inexperienced Moslem troops are victorious. However at the Battle of Uh
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