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Perhaps the one true film noir to emerge from Italy, Milano Calibro 9 is a gritty, ultra-violent masterpiece and an essential entry in the cannon of Italian crime cinema. Centering on the character of ex-con Ugo Piazza (played with stone-cold precision by Gastone Moschin) the film also benefits from the presence of giallo regular Barbara Bouchet and her considerable charms.

Released after a three-year term in prison for a bungled robbery, Ugo Piazza plans to lead the straight life for a while. But no sooner is he back on the street than he’s picked up by a bunch of hoodlums under the employ of his former boss, the ‘Americano’ – among them, the psychopathic Rocco – who are convinced that Ugo stole $300,000 before his incarceration. The gang forces Ugo to resume working for them in the hope that he’ll eventually lead them to their missing cash.

The first part in director Fernando Di Leo’s Milieu Trilogy, Milano Calibro 9 is an early example of the poliziotteschi – Italian crime films –which proliferated in the 1970s. Di Leo eschews the sleazy, more exploitative approach of some his contemporary filmmakers for a more serious take on his subject matter – although he’s not averse to show-stopping gun fights and long, lingering shots of the lovely Barbara Bouchet.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • New High Definition Digital Transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Caliber 9 – a 2004 featurette on the making of the film bringing together interviews with various members of the production team
  • Fernando Di Leo: The Genesis of the Genre – a documentary looking at the filmmaker’s career, including an interview with Di Leo himself
  • Scerbanenco Noir – a look into the work and history of Giorgio Scerbaneco, author of the original Milano Calibro 9 novel
  • An appreciation of Milano Calibro 9 by Matthew Holness, writer and star of cult series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
studio:
Arrow Video
Certificate:
15
Number of Discs:
2
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Fernando Di Leo
Actor:
Gastone Moschin

Barbara Bouchet

Mario Adorf
Subtitle Languages:

English

Region:
Free

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Arrow Films

Perhaps the one true film noir to emerge from Italy, Milano Calibro 9 is a gritty, ultra-violent masterpiece and an essential entry in the cannon of Italian crime cinema. Centering on the character of ex-con Ugo Piazza (played with stone-cold precision by Gastone Moschin) the film also benefits from the presence of giallo regular Barbara Bouchet and her considerable charms.

Released after a three-year term in prison for a bungled robbery, Ugo Piazza plans to lead the straight life for a while. But no sooner is he back on the street than he’s picked up by a bunch of hoodlums under the employ of his former boss, the ‘Americano’ – among them, the psychopathic Rocco – who are convinced that Ugo stole $300,000 before his incarceration. The gang forces Ugo to resume working for them in the hope that he’ll eventually lead them to their missing cash.

The first part in director Fernando Di Leo’s Milieu Trilogy, Milano Calibro 9 is an early example of the poliziotteschi – Italian crime films –which proliferated in the 1970s. Di Leo eschews the sleazy, more exploitative approach of some his contemporary filmmakers for a more serious take on his subject matter – although he’s not averse to show-stopping gun fights and long, lingering shots of the lovely Barbara Bouchet.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • New High Definition Digital Transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original Mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Caliber 9 – a 2004 featurette on the making of the film bringing together interviews with various members of the production team
  • Fernando Di Leo: The Genesis of the Genre – a documentary looking at the filmmaker’s career, including an interview with Di Leo himself
  • Scerbanenco Noir – a look into the work and history of Giorgio Scerbaneco, author of the original Milano Calibro 9 novel
  • An appreciation of Milano Calibro 9 by Matthew Holness, writer and star of cult series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
studio:
Arrow Video
Certificate:
15
Number of Discs:
2
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Fernando Di Leo
Actor:
Gastone Moschin

Barbara Bouchet

Mario Adorf
Subtitle Languages:

English

Region:
Free

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Forget Castaneda or zero gravity Rolfing massage, this righteous poliziottesco resolutely WILL chan

Viewing Enzo G. Castellari's 'High Crime' and Fernando Di Leo's 'Milano Calibro 9′ somewhat explosively ignited my life-long obsession with Italian crime cinema, and a more suitably sanctifying baptismal font from which to anoint oneself with Euro-crime's original sin would be hard to find, as 'Milano Calibro 9' remains one of the towering achievements of Di Leo's still woefully undocumented career. From the iconic opening montage, wherein maestro Di Leo excitingly creates a tense, dynamic pulse of underworld chicanery, powerfully driven to a tumultuously nerve-shredding climax by the immersive, densely throbbing, almost baroque jazz funk of sound-master Luis Bacalov with arguably one of his most thrilling scores. Fernando Di Leo is unerring in his fierce vision of unflinchingly violent double dealings, hateful reprisals and switchblade-cool vengeance. With nary a skipped beat for the entire duration Milano Calibro 9 remains a rollicking, breathlessly exhilarating underworld blood-spiller, gloriously undiluted by soft-bellied tangents, or the vapid self indulgences of a lesser filmmaker. The hard-boiled gangster milieu simply doesn't get any better than this, and as much as I dig on Melville's studied Gallic cool, Di Leo's muscular mise-en-scene has clackers the size of prizewinning pumpkins and Noirish chutzpah to spare! While some may find these hyperbolic praises to vintage Italian crime cinema initially perplexing until they discover the pristine majesty of 'Milano Calibro 9', and in one brutally pole axing knee to the gulliver it's all over, one can never return to the anodyne world of mainstream crime cinema without a considerable degree of incredulity. Forget keto eye-wraps, probiotic histrionics or zero gravity Rolfing massage, this righteous poliziottesco resolutely WILL change your life!

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