Blu-ray, DVD Release: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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Gian Maria Volonté goes on the record in Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion.

The Oscar-winning 1970 thriller Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is the provocative Italian filmmaker Elio Petri’s most internationally acclaimed work.

A striking and visceral film, Petri maintains a tricky balance between absurdity and realism in telling the Kafkaesque tale of a Roman police inspector (A Fistful of Dollars’s Gian Maria Volonté, in a commanding performance) investigating a heinous crime—which he committed himself.

Both a penetrating character study and a disturbing commentary on the draconian crackdowns by the Italian government in the late 1960s and early ’70s, Petri’s portrait of surreal bureaucracy is a perversely pleasurable rendering of controlled chaos.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo release of the film is presented in Italian with English subtitles and contains the following features:

• New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Archival interview with director Elio Petri, conducted by critic and filmmaker Alexandre Astruc
Elio Petri: Notes About a Filmmaker (2005), a ninety-minute documentary on the director’s career, featuring interviews with friends, collaborators, and filmmakers
• New interview with film scholar Camilla Zamboni
Investigation of a Citizen Named Volonté (2008), a fifty-minute documentary about actor Gian Maria Volonté
• Music in His Blood,
an interview with composer Ennio Morricone from 2010, conducted by film critic Fabio Ferzetti
• Trailers
• New English subtitle translation
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Evan Calder Williams and excerpts from a 2001 book by author and screenwriter Ugo Pirro


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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.