Raro Video USA has been amassing a virile and potent collection of Italian genre classics on US home video since their release of Federico Fellini's The Clowns
back in 2011. In the two years since they've also dedicated themselves to the preservation and proliferation of little known masterpieces of Eurocrime from some of the genre's greatest artists and performers. Following up on their stellar Fernando DiLeo box set of the Millieu Trilogy in 2012, Raro begins another dalliance with the master on May 28th with their international DVD debut of DiLeo's Shoot First, Die Later
Shoot First, Die Later
is only the beginning of the DiLeo goodness coming our way. On June 25th they'll release Volume 2 of their DiLeo box set collection. In addition to Shoot First, Die Later
, the set will also include Kidnap Syndicate
and Naked Violence
, both winners to be sure. I also want to direct your attention to the absolutely stunning original poster artwork for Shoot First, Die Later
. If that didn't get butts in seats, I don't know what will! Here are some more details and a pre-order link for Shoot First, Die Later
Raro Video Launching Kino/Lorber Partnership with Fernando Di Leo's Lost Crime Masterpiece
SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER on May 28, 2013
"I am a huge fan of gangster movies, I've seen them all and Fernando Di Leo is without a doubt, the master of this genre."
LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2013) - Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian film label Raro Video announces the company will begin distributing its acclaimed DVDs and Blu-rays in the U.S. through Kino/Lorber for the first time ever on May 28, 2013. To launch the partnership in the U.S., the company will spotlight a powerhouse director of Italian cinema with Fernando Di Leo's lost crime masterpiece SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER.
Raro Video's version of Di Leo's SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER has been restored using the original 35MM negative. The extra features include: original trailers, a 20-page fully illustrated booklet on the genesis of the film and two separate documentaries produced specifically for this release by NOCTURNO CINEMA magazine, one of Europe's most influential film genre publications.
Master of bold, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, director and writer Fernando Di Leo perfected the genre with an uncanny accuracy that prefigured the works of Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.
Following the release of SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER Raro Video collects some of his finest work in, Fernando Di Leo - THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION VOL. 2 a three-DVD set that includes SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER, KIDNAP SYNDICATE and NAKED VIOLENCE. The set's impressive list of extras will be announced shortly. Fernando Di Leo - THE ITALIAN CRIME COLLECTION VOL. 2 will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray June 25.
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