Friday, April 21, 2017

Film Buff Friday: The Climber

Joe Dallesandro beyond Andy Warhol's Factory...

THE CLIMBER [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 16th)

After shooting cult favorites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France, he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage ThreeSeason for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun). 

The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge... 

Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in NaplesI Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema - a high-octane action-thriller full of brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions!

- Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Italian soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono with optional newly-translated English subtitles
- Alternative English-language soundtrack with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Little Joe's Adventures in Europe, a brand-new interview with Joe Dallesandro on his numerous European film appearances during the 1970s and early 1980s
- Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon  

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