For a lower priced release Criterion have thrown on some good supplements, specifically a few great interviews.
First up is a 1996 interview with director Alberto Lattuada by filmmaker Daniele Luchetti from a segment called Ritratti d’autore, presented in 1.33:1 and running about 16-minutes. It feels a little brief but is still quite charming as Lattuada discusses such subjects as why black and white is better than colour, shows off gifts from Luis Buñuel, and talks a little about his own work. The most amusing bit, though, has Lattuada reminisce back to a time where one could pee right in the theater (apparently.) Not a great, in-depth interview but worth watching still.
The next 8-minute interview, enhanced for widescreen televisions, is with Lattuada’s wife Carla Del Poggio, who talks a bit about the director, including how they met. She also talks about her father, Ugo Attanasio (who plays the don in the film) and offers some anecdotes from the set, including Lattuada’s excitement involving where the climax is shot. Another interview with their son, Alessandro Lattuada, focuses on his father’s work and some of his influences. He also talks a bit about the film Mafioso and offers some insights into the main character of Nino. This interview is also enhanced and runs about 7-minutes. Both interviews are decent and give some decent insight into the director.
A gallery of caricatures used for promotion of the film’s re-release are also included here with descriptions. You use the arrows on your remote to scan through them. The gallery also has a brief bio on the artist, Keiko Kimura. It’s a short gallery but I rather liked the images and am glad they were included here.
Closing off the special features are the original theatrical trailer and the Rialto re-release trailer.
Under the “Subtitles” section you’ll also find a short 50-second introduction that apparently played at the beginning of the film during its re-release. This intro explains certain Sicilian words have not been translated and then goes on to give an explanation as to what certain words mean and ends with an amusing little warning. They decided not to include it with the main feature but I’m glad they still decided to include it as a separate feature.
And this closes the release’s features. Not a lot but for a lower-tier release there’s still quite a few informative extras. 6/10