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The Day of the Owl

The Day of the Owl

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The Day of the Owl

The Day of the Owl stars Franco Nero (Django) as a police chief who, while investigating the death of a construction worker, goes up against corrupt officials and a ruthless mafia boss (Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront). Adapted from the celebrated novel by Leonardo Sciascia (Illustrious Corpses, Todo Modo), The Day of the Owl was the first book to openly deal with organised crime in Sicily. Director Damiano Damiani followed in the civic-minded cinema of Francesco Rosi and Elio Petri while forging a new path for the action-orientated cinema of the poliziottesco that would follow, creating something uniquely his own. A prestigious production, it was in the running for best film at the Berlin Film Festival and found wins at home in the David di Donatello Awards for stars Nero and Claudia Cardinale, along with Damiani (A Bullet for the General), and Best Film.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 2K restoration of the film from the original negative presented in the original Italian version (109 mins) and the shorter export cut with English audio (103 mins)
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • New interview with star Franco Nero, featuring archive footage of Damiano Damiani and Leonardo Sciascia (2022, 17 mins)
  • Archival interview with Franco Nero, writer Ugo Pirro and production manager Lucio Trentini (2006, 27 mins)
  • Identity Crime-Sis: Filmmaker and Italian crime cinema expert Mike Malloy discusses The Day of the Owl in the context of the formation of the Italian crime film genre (2022, 20 mins)
  • Casting Cobb: A Tale of Two Contents: A video essay by filmmaker Howard S. Berger looking at actor Lee J. Cobb's career transition from Hollywood to Italy and the archetypes he tended to play (2023, 33 mins)
  • Archival interview with Claudia Cardinale from Belgian TV in which she discusses her long and storied career (2017, 22 mins)
  • Trailer
  • New and improved optional English subtitles for Italian audio and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for English audio

Cert: 15
Format: Blu-ray
Region: AB
RAD014BD
EAN: 5060974680276
Release date: 23/09/23

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