Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]
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The provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work is this remarkable, visceral, Oscar-winning thriller. Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (A Fistful of Dollars’s Gian Maria Volonté, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime—which he committed himself. Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s kinetic portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos. DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray • Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc • Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker (2005), a ninety-minute documentary on the director’s career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers • New interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni • Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté (2008), a fifty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté • Music in His Blood, an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti • Trailers • New English subtitle translation • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by author and screenwriter Ugo Pirro
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some of the reviews stating that fact here on Amazon, if that’s going to be a fault of missing a fine gem
of a movie like this, there will be no more open minded people left on this planet, we will be left stagnant,
watching a movie like “22 Jump Street” is O.K. if that’s all you like to watch is Handsome men and woman.
there is no huge big name to this, just the element of one fantastic character study of public perception,
of those under suspicion of anything for that matter, Director “Elio Petri” is master of his craft with his directing skill,
a man who was obsessed with death at a younger age, that almost went to a tragic end,
this “Criterion” blu-ray here is dam good for picture quality, and two d.v.ds. as well, plus a ton of special features, with a booklet too,
you’re going to love or hate chief inspector (“Augusta Terzi) played by “Gian Maria Volonté (from Fistful of Dollars fame)
they couldn’t of pick a better guy to for the Role, if this is not controlled chaos, don’t know what is,
Monaural in Italian With English Subtitles.
1.85:1 Aspect Ratio.
Runtime 115 Min.
Great Movie To Own. for Immediate Discussion ..
Would love to give this Six Stars.
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Criterion's new "Dual-Format Edition" (Blu-ray and DVD) pairs a spotless new A/V presentation (sourced from a recent 4K restoration) with a handful of informative extras, including detailed documentaries about Petri, Volonte and vintage interviews with key cast and crew members. It's quite a well-rounded package and this forgotten gem deserves the extra attention. Whether you've seen it before or are totally new to foreign films, it's a strong effort and a fairly good "gateway drug" for newbies.
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I recommend to watch this film to all interested in italian film making.
It a piece of art.
The dvd box by criterion is full of content with an amazing documentary about the life of the director.
Don't miss it, it's awesome
All the love that every fan of this film has is here in this Criterion package. There's so much information on the background and the making of the film in Italy at that particular time that you really do get a sense of the importance of this piece. As usual, and as to be expected from this company, the picture quality is unsurpassable with audio tracks to match.
If you're a fan of intelligent foreign cinema, do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this release. I cannot recommend it enough.
One of my favorite films of all time, it's incredibly disappointing that the version available on Instant video is a sub-par version.