Oliver Reed became known for many things sadly not always for his films. Eureka Entertainment in May will release considered one of his best, Revolver. The legendary Sergio Sollima‘s suspenseful crime thriller coming to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from a brand-new 4K restoration, as part of the Eureka Classics range.
After directing his triptych of political (and acclaimed) spaghetti westerns (The Big Gundown; Face to Face; and Run, Man, Run), Sergio Sollima directed two crime thrillers in the poliziotteschi genre – the name given to the violent and action-packed Italian crime thrillers that had become exceedingly popular amongst Italian audiences. Sollima was a perfect fit for this style of filmmaking, and the two films he directed in the genre are both essential viewing. Presented here is the second, Revolver, starring Reed and Fabio Testi.
Kidnappers have snatched the wife of Milan’s top prison warden (Reed) and demand the release of an inmate (Testi) as ransom. But when the warden allows his prisoner to escape, the two become trapped in a deadly conspiracy that reaches from the halls of government to the bullet-riddled city streets. Can an obsessed lawman and an escaped convict survive the forces of corruption as well as each other, or does the ultimate law of society belong to the revolver?
“Makes Death Wish look like wishful thinking!” was the immortal tagline that accompanied the film upon its US release (also retitled Blood in the Streets), but Revolver—as is to be expected from Sollima—is a much more complex film. Sollima was a highly political director and his films were often allegorical, implicitly opposed to the corruption endemic in Italian society at the time. With music by the late maestro, Ennio Morricone (including one of his most beloved compositions, Un Amico), an a 4K restoration from Eureka Classics on Blu-ray in the UK.
Eureka Entertainment have released a Trailer to promote the release, check it out below…
“Revolver is an original plot idea and lots of sweaty tension; the action is sparse, but the plotting and two muscular central performances make this a minor classic.” – Film Authority
SPECIAL EDITION TWO-DISC BLU-RAY FEATURES
Limited Edition O-Card slipcase (2000 copies only) | 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a 4K restoration | English and Italian audio options | Optional English Subtitles, newly translated for this release | Brand new audio commentary by author / critic Kim Newman | Brand new interview with film scholar Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA | Archival interview with actor Fabio Testi | Original Trailers and Radio Adverts | PLUS: A Limited-Edition Collector’s Booklet (2000 copies only) featuring two new essays by author Howard Hughes; one covering the background to the making of Revolver, and an extensive piece on Ennio Morricone’s “Eurocrime” soundtracks | * All extras subject to change
1973 | 15 | 109 MIN | 1.85:1 OAR | ITALY/FRANCE/GERMANY | CRIME/THRILLER | COLOUR | ENGLISH
You can Pre-Order/Buy from: Eureka Store