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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]

Gian Maria Volonté , Elio Petri    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie To Own. for Immediate Discussion .. July 21 2014
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“Time and time again” I’ve written about people not wanting to see movies with subtitles” I’ve read
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Clutchness Is Palpable April 23 2014
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This film was riveting. The plot was novel and presented an interesting look at the dark and amoral workings of a criminal mind operating in conjunction with, and despite the fact, that the character was in a position of power that commanded respect and offered rewarding benefits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie Jan. 17 2014
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This movie has a wonderful score and acting with direction to boot! Wonderful packaging done by criterion! But this movie!!
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1970 Oscar winner gets a near-perfect Blu-ray release! Dec 5 2013
By Randall F. Miller III - Published on Amazon.com
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Winner of the 1970 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, Italian director Elio Petri's "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" has held up quite well during the last 40+ years. The story revolves around a powerful police inspector (Gian Maria Volonté of "Fistful of Dollars" fame) and the terrible crime he commits. His position of power leaves him virtually innocent in the eyes of his contemporaries, even though he left a trail of clues and seems determined to profess his guilt. It's a fantastic character study and clever jab at the public perception of those "above suspicion". Excellent acting, memorable music and a unique structure make this a perfectly accessible drama.

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.

For more details, please read my complete review at: [...]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible italian Film as been rediscover Dec 21 2013
By Nico - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful film by director Elio Petri, Investigation on a citizen above suspicion won an oscar in 1970.
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Criterion release. April 13 2014
By Kid Fist - Published on Amazon.com
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There's a reason why this Oscar winning film has such a following and still commands such respect nearly half a century later. I could wax lyrical about the fascinating plot brought to the screen by a group of actors that were truly on top of their game, the direction that's in turn informed by, and influencing, graphic novels and finally the unforgettable Morricone soundtrack. I won't though, it could take all day.
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars digital download version April 14 2014
By Susan Gowing - Published on Amazon.com
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While I love this film, the digital download version is dubbed in English, which, of course, ruins the whole thing. I wish there were a way to return it. Be aware of this if you'd like to download the film from Amazon.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Killer Clown Jan. 9 2014
By Nomlac - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this filme may years ago and I still consider Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion a very peculiar movie, one of a kind, that shows its age (1970) and, at the same time, is extremely modern and original in its conception. You could say that this happen because the corruption it shows, the connection of politcs and crime still persists in all modern societies. But it is not only because of that. This comic thriller, with a brilliant and overblown acting of the great italian actor Gian Maria Volonté, is almost unparalelled in the movies: it mixes the circus, so dear to Fellini (or comedia dell arte, if you prefer), with the french grand guignol with the genre of popular brazilian comedy that we call chanchada, with kafka, cervantes and ultimately all kinds of political satire that I can remember. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is Dino Risi's masterpiece and he is one of the great masters of the classical cinema.
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