Fernando di Leo’s lost crime masterpiece ‘SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER’ on DVD May 28
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.”
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.
SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER – synopsis
One of the most impressive Italian crime/police movies ever made, desperately sought after and never before released worldwide, Raro Video is proud to be releasing the tough, exciting, dramatically potent, action packed film: SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER. Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the department but at a lower level; he isn’t jealous of his son, but rather proud of him, little knowing that he’s a crooked cop. A series of events leads the young detective to ask his father for a favor (he wants a certain police report that is desired by the syndicate) and it doesn’t take long for the detective’s father to realize his son is on the take, which leads to numerous complications.
-New HD master from original 35 MM print
-Digitally restored / Original Italian and English trailer
-New and improved English subtitle translation
-A 20 page fully illustrated booklet on the genesis of the film
-Documentary The Master of the Game
-Documentary The Second Round of the Game
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.
SHOOT FIRST, DIE LATER Price: $24.95 (Blu-ray)$19.95 (DVD)
Street Date: May 28, 2013
Pre-Order Date: April 30, 2013
Running time: 95 minutes
DVD UPC: 1601801054
Blu-ray UPC: 1601801053
Language: Italian and English w/optional Eng subtitles