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.