Cosa Nostra: Franco Nero in three Mafia Tales by Damiano Damiani

Edition no. 14/15/16

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The Day of the OwlThe Case is Closed: Forget ItHow to Kill a Judge
Directed by: Damiano Damiani

The most American of directors according to celebrated critic Paolo Mereghetti, Damiano Damiani (A Bullet for the General) nevertheless surveyed his own country’s mafia history unlike anyone before him, to critical and box office success. Three such classic films are collected in this Blu-ray box set, presented from new restorations.

The Day of the Owl stars Franco Nero as a police chief who, while investigating the death of a construction worker, goes up against corrupt officials and a ruthless mafia boss (Lee J. Cobb). Adapted from the celebrated novel by Leonardo Sciascia (Illustrious CorpsesTodo Modo), The Day of the Owl was the first book to openly deal with organised crime in Sicily. A prestigious production, it was in the running for best film at the Berlin Film Festival and found wins at home in the David di Donatello Awards for Claudia Cardinale, Nero, Damiani, and Best Production.

Nero portrays a simple man thrown in jail for a misdemeanour in The Case is Closed: Forget It. Inside, he sees the grim reality of life behind bars, where the mafia controls everything. A powerful production with Nero in top form and supported by a strong cast including Riccardo Cucciolla (Rabid Dogs) and John Steiner (Tenebrae), the intensity of Damiani’s film places it among the finest prison dramas. Presented in Italian and for the first time with the original English dub.

In How to Kill a Judge, Nero plays filmmaker Giacomo Solaris, whose latest film features a judge corrupted by the mafia and who is later found murdered. The real judge the character is based on seizes the footage, but is later killed in the same way. Feeling a degree of responsibility, Solaris investigates, but as the assassinations increase around him, will he reach the source of the conspiracy? Full of twists and a fascinating meta-commentary on cinema, Dam

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 , 1.85:1
Audio: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA Mono , Italian 1.0 DTS-HD MA Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A/B/C
Discs: 3 Discs |  BD-50

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Supplements

  • Limited edition 80-page book featuring new writing on the film by experts on the genre including Andrew Nette, Paul A. J. Lewis, Nathaniel Thompson and more to be confirmed
  • New interview with star Franco Nero about The Day of the Owl
  • Archival interview with Franco Nero, writer Ugo Pirro and production manager Lucio Trentini
  • Archival interview with Claudia Cardinale from French TV in which she discusses her long and storied career
  • Identity Crime-Sis: filmmaker and Italian crime cinema expert Mike Malloy discusses The Day of the Owl in the context of the formation of the Italian crime film genre
  • Filmmaker Howard Berger looks at the late Italian career of actor Lee J. Cobb
  • Trailer for The Day of the Owl
  • New interview with star Franco Nero about The Case is Closed: Forget It
  • Archival documentary on the making of The Case if Closed: Forget It featuring actor Corrado Solari, assistant director Enrique Bergier and editor Antonio Siciliano
  • Video essay on the career of Damiani Damiani by critic Rachael Nisbet
  • Trailer for The Case is Closed: Forget It
  • New interview with star Franco Nero about How to Kill a Judge
  • New interview with Alberto Pezzotta, author of Regia Damiano Damiani
  • New video essay on the film by filmmaker David Cairns
  • Trailer for How to Kill a Judge

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