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.