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Rogue Cops and Racketeers: Two Crime Thrillers from Enzo G. Castellari (Arrow US) (Blu-Ray)

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Over a long and wide-ranging career, director Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bastards) helmed some of the most infamous of all the poliziotteschi – the gritty, action-packed crime films that proliferated in Italy throughout the 70s. Buckle up for a heart-stopping thrill ride through the seedy underbelly of Italian society in two of his most celebrated thrillers!

 

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Over a long and wide-ranging career, director Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bastards) helmed some of the most infamous of all the poliziotteschi – the gritty, action-packed crime films that proliferated in Italy throughout the 70s. Buckle up for a heart-stopping thrill ride through the seedy underbelly of Italian society in two of his most celebrated thrillers!

In 1976’s The Big Racket, Inspector Nico Palmieri (Fabio Testi, What Have You Done to Solange?) is hot on the heels of a gang of ruthless racketeers. Realizing he’s not going to get anywhere within the confines of the law, Nico recruits a crack squad of civilians to dole out their own brand of justice. Then, in 1977’s The Heroin Busters, rule-flouting cop Fabio (Testi) goes deep undercover, chasing a globe-trotting ring of drug-smugglers suspected to be operating out of Rome. But can he and Mike Hamilton (David Hemmings, Deep Red), an Interpol agent with a hair-trigger temper, stay one step ahead of the criminals long enough to bring them down from the inside?

Featuring death-defying stunts, explosive shoot-outs and a pair of addictive, toe-tapping soundtracks courtesy of the De Angelis brothers (Torso) and legendary prog rock group Goblin (Suspiria), these two films represent the crème de la crème of the Italian crime thriller, both making their high definition debuts with stunning new restorations in this feature-packed box set from Arrow!

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

        Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original 35mm camera negatives by Arrow Films

        High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations

        Original Italian and English front and end titles

        Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks

        Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks

        Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks

        New audio commentaries on both films by critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint

        Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Roberto Curti and Barry Forshaw

        Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch

        Twelve double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

DISC 1 – THE BIG RACKET

        The Years of Racketeering, a new video interview with co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari

        Violent Times, a new video interview with actor Fabio Testi

        Angel Face for a Tough Guy, a new video interview with actor Massimo Vanni

        King of Movieola, a new video interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci

        The Great Racket, a new appreciation and career retrospective of composers Guido and Maurizio De Angelis by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon

        Theatrical trailer

        Image gallery

DISC 2 – THE HEROIN BUSTERS

        Endless Pursuit, a new video interview with co-writer/director Enzo G. Castellari

        Drug Squad, a new video interview with actor Fabio Testi

        The Drug Dealer, a new video interview with actor Massimo Vanni

        How They Killed Italian Cinema, a new video interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci

        A Cop on the Set, a new video interview with retired poliziotto and criminologist Nicola Longo

        The Eardrum Busters, a new appreciation and career retrospective of composers Goblin by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon

        Theatrical trailer

        Image gallery”

 

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Weight 20 oz