One of the most excit­ing devel­op­ments for fans of Eurocrime fare in 2011 was the release of the Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection box set on DVD.  In 2012, RaroVideo will take this set to the next lev­el by giv­ing it a blu-ray release.  As with the DVD set, the blu-ray release will con­tain Caliber 9, The Italian Connection, The Boss and Rulers Of The City.  Fans should note that this will be the first time any of the­se films have ever got­ten a blu-ray pre­sen­ta­tion.  Read on for all the cara­binieri-and-crooks details…

ROME, ITALY & HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 28, 2011) — Hailed by cinephiles for expert­ly restor­ing rare films by influ­en­tial film­mak­ers and pub­lish­ing them with com­pelling extras, Italian DVD label RaroVideo announces an excit­ing January 2012 slate of DVD and Blu-ray releas­es begin­ning with the Blu-ray edi­tion of the boxed set that DVD Talk called “one of the year’s best DVD releas­es.” Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and USA Today also high­light­ed this incred­i­ble col­lec­tion of films. FERNANDO DI LEO CRIME COLLECTION BLU-RAY BOX SET will arrive in-stores and online on JANUARY 31, 2012. All the films have been new­ly trans­ferred from their orig­i­nal 35mm neg­a­tives and have nev­er before been avail­able on Blu-ray.

Fernando Di Leo is the mas­ter of gar­ish, intri­cate­ly plot­ted, ultra-vio­lent sto­ries about pimps and pet­ty gang­sters and he per­fect­ed the gen­re with an uncan­ny accu­ra­cy. For the first time dig­i­tal­ly restored and remas­tered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Venice Film Festival: 4 of Fernando Di Leo’s mas­ter­pieces – CALIBER 9 (1972), THE ITALIAN CONNECTION (1972), THE BOSS (1973) and RULERS OF THE CITY (1976) — in one box set.

All four films were dig­i­tal­ly restored and remas­tered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Venice Film Festival. Each is pre­sent­ed with a num­ber of extras, includ­ing a doc­u­men­tary about each film.