Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Organizer

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion

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Marcello Mastroianni urges disgruntled textile workers to unite in 1963's The Organizer.

Directed by Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), the 1963 Italian period film The Organizer stars the great Marcello Mastroianni (Marriage Italian Style).

Set in turn-of-the-20th-century Turin, the movie looks at how an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it’s not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor (Mastroianni) that they find a voice, unite and stand up for themselves.

A carefully crafted historical film stunningly shot by master cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (Senso), The Organizer is filled with a surprising amount of humor and is ultimately an effective ode to the power of the people.

Criterion’s new high-definition digital restoration of the drama movie features an uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition.

The Blu-ray and DVD contain an introduction by director Monicelli from 2006, a trailer and an essay by film critic J. Hoberman.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.