Monday, June 27, 2011

Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man and Pasolini's The Anger coming from Raro Video


LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN LIVES UP TO ITS REPUTATION
AS ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT FILMS EVER MADE

PASOLINI’S THE ANGER OFFERS A UNIQUE LOOK AT TWO
RADICALLY different ITALIAN VIEWPOINTS IN
THE CONTEXT OF A POST WORLD WAR II GLOBAL SOCIETY

BOTH Available on DVD JULY 26 FROM RAROVIDEO U.S.

LOS ANGELES (June 23, 2011) – Referenced in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2, Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976) is one of the most violent, censored and unconventional Italian style detective films of its time. The credit goes to both the director Ruggero Deodato, extremely apt at telling stories in a strong tone (he made the infamous Cannibal Holocaust), and the scriptwriter Fernando di Leo, author of the best Italian noir films (Recently released in a DVD boxed set as The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection – All four films will be available as individual breakouts on July 14 from RaroVideo). Above all, the psychological and behavioral description of the main characters, the two policemen, members of an anti-crime squad who have complete freedom in their actions against crime, had never been seen before. Not only do they not hesitate to brutally kill the criminals they are hunting down, but Alfredo (Marc Porel) and Antonio (Ray Lovelock) do so while maintaining a cynical and light-hearted attitude even in the most threatening situations.

RaroVideo U.S.’s restored version of Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, will arrive on DVD for the first time ever on July 26. The extensive DVD extras include the documentary entitled, Poliziotti Violenti and a fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the film.

RaroVideo U.S. will also release Pasolini’s THE ANGER on DVD July 26 with extensive extras. Tapping into topics from the 1950’s and the early 1960’s such as racism, the Middle East, Cuba, Stalinism, the Atomic bomb, and the death of Marilyn Monroe it is understandable why the U.S. government has been afraid of this film for so long. The directors and commentators of The Anger (1963), two of the most important opinion makers and intellectuals in post WWII Europe, employ documentary footage from this era and an accompanying commentary, in which they attempt to answer, quite elegantly and poetically, the existential question: Why are our lives characterized by discontent, anguish, and fear? The film is in two completely separate parts, and the directors of these respective sections, left-wing film director and poet, Pier Paolo Pasolini and the conservative journalist and film director, Giovanni Guareschi, offer the viewer contrasting analyses of, and prescriptions for modern society. This release is an exclusive, uncut, restored version obtained from the Cinemateque of Bologna.

Both LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN and THE ANGER have been restored through a new digital HD transfer from the original 35mm negatives. **Please note that RaroVideo’s release of The Secret Of Dorian Gray has moved from May 17 to June 28**

Antonioni’s The Vanquished, Fellini’s The Clowns, The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Adua and her Friends and The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection are all available now from RaroVideo U.S. The label will continue to spotlight the works of major Italian directors this year with plans to release Carmelo Bene’s Our Lady of the Turks (Nostra signora dei Turchi) and many more rare titles.


RaroVideo’s Company Mission Statement
RaroVideo’s eclectic and interdisciplinary approach aims to recognize and publish quality works found in the cinema and visual art world.

About RaroVideo U.S.
RaroVideo U.S. is devoted to producing high-quality DVD, BLU-RAY and VOD releases for American audiences. The partnership behind the company formed in 2010 when Stefano and Gianluca Curti, owners of RaroVideo Italy, teamed with Nico Bruinsma, owner of U.S. DVD label Cult Epics. Stefano and Gianluca Curti started RaroVideo Italy in 1999. Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers from a wide range of genres, the company has earned an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its high-definition transfers. Its releases are also known for their original uncut versions and exclusive supplemental content as well as the critical analysis and superb booklets that accompany each film. Among the directors featured in the RaroVideo catalog are: Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rosselllini, David Lynch, Derek Jarman, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Lucio Fiulci, Mario Bava, Francesco Barilli, Tinto Brass, Jean Cocteau, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese to name just a few. RaroVideo was also the first company in the world to release on DVD Andy Warhol’s: The Chelsea Girls, My Hustler, The Nude Restaurant and Lonesome Cowboys. RaroVideo’s U.S. branch is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN
Price:                                                   $29.98 (DVD)
Street Date:                                        July 26, 2011
Pre-Order Date:                               June 28, 2011
Running time:                                   95 minutes
Distributor:                                       ENTERTAINMENT ONE             
DVD UPC:                                           816018010142               
Language:                                           Italian with optional English subtitles
Rating:                                                 NR

LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN – SPECIAL FEATURES
-Documentary: Poliziotti Violenti, running time 40 min.
-TV advertisement directed and commented by Ruggero Deodato
-Director filmography and biography
-A fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the film
-New digital transfer from original 35mm negative
-Digitally restored and remastered
-New and improved English subtitle translation

THE ANGER
Price:                                                   $29.98 (DVD)
Street Date:                                        July 26, 2011
Pre-Order Date:                               June 28, 2011
Running time:                                   104 minutes
Distributor:                                       ENTERTAINMENT ONE             
DVD UPC:                                           816018010135               
Language:                                           Italian and English with optional English subtitles
Rating:                                                 NR

THE ANGER- SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Original Trailer of The Anger (La Rabbia)
-A documentary about the genesis of the film by Tatti Sanguineti entitled La Rabbia I, La Rabbia II, La Rabbia III... L’Arabia – running time 50 min.
- A rare and exclusive short Pier Paolo Pasolini film entitled Le Mura di Sana’a "The Wall of Sana'a"– running time 16 min.
-Extended fully illustrated booklet containing rare Pasolini drawings and critical analysis of the film, included are images of some never-before-seen color paintings and drawings by the contemporary Italian artist, Renato Guttuso
-New digital transfer from original 35mm negative print supervised by the Bologna Cinemateque.
-Digitally restored and remastered
-New and improved English subtitle translation

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