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Rocco and his Brothers (1961) [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray)

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Product details

  • Actors: Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Claudine Cardinale
  • Directors: Luchino Visconti
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar. 2016
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,027 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Savagery and sacrifice; love and lust, portrayed with a rare realism and frankness that you will never forget in Visconti's masterpiece!


From Luchino Visconti - the master director of such classics as La terra trema, Bellissima, and The Leopard - comes this epic study of family, sex, and betrayal. Alongside Fellini's La dolce vita and Antonioni's L'avventura, Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers ushered Italian cinema into a new era, one unafraid to confront head-on the hypocrisies of the ruling class, the squalor in urban living, and the collision between generations.

When a tight-knit family moves from Italy's rural south to metropolitan Milan, the new possibilities - and threats - present in their fresh surroundings have alarming, unforeseen consequences. Operatically weaving the five brothers' stories across a vast canvas, with an extraordinary cast including Alain Delon, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale, Rocco and His Brothers stands as one of the most majestic and influential works of its era.

The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present one of Visconti's most revered films for the first time in the world on Blu-ray.


  • Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation from a new 4k restoration
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Two audio choices; the original Italian, and the French dub
  • Les coulisses du tournage, a 2003 French documentary about the film
  • A 1999 interview with Visconti's cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
  • An interview with actress Claudia Cardinale
  • A 2002 interview with actress Annie Girardot
  • Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary about the life and work of Visconti
  • Two vintage newsreels
  • Original Italian trailer
  • PLUS: A 40-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Guido Aristarco, an essay written by the director in 1960, a vintage interview with Visconti and rare archival imagery.


''Raw,energetic masterpiece bristling with well-measured tension ★★★★★'' - Empire

''Neo-realism at its grittiest vies with grandstanding melodrama... backed by Nini Rota's heartfelt score ★★★★'' - Total Film

''Luchino Visconti was a man of many tempers, styles and beliefs, and you can see them all, fighting for space, on the epic canvas of his masterpiece'' - Roger Ebert

''A disturbing, despairing epic of the soul'' - Los Angeles Times

''Luchino Visconti's masterpiece can be experienced once again in all its fearsome beauty and power'' - Martin Scorsese

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Luchino Visconti is one of the great Italian directors whose career spanned everything from arguably the first neo-realist film ("Ossessione" made in the early 1940's) to his later more elaborate works (such as his great adaptation of Lampedusa's "The Leopard" and the extraordinary 4-hour "Ludwig" about the mad, misunderstood last King of Bavaria).

Visconti made this film in order to try and address the issue of the divide between the south and the north of Italy, but also (as the title hints) as a tribute to one of his favourite authors the German novelist Thomas Mann - the aforementioned title of "Rocco and his Brothers" echoes Mann's monumental biblical novel "Joseph and his Brothers", and the story of the decline of a family has some links to Mann's most famous novel "Buddenbrooks".

The film relates the fortunes of a family (a widowed mother and her 5 sons) who move from rural southern Italy to Milan and try to establish a new life in a strange city. Although it runs for nearly three hours (many of Visconti's movies are quite lengthy, and this is not the longest), the film enthrals because of great direction and performances (especially from Alain Delon in an early role as the eponymous brother, and Annie Girardot as the prostitute Nadia who has such a devasting effect on the family). Although no longer capable of provoking the scandal that accompanied its first release, there are several enormously powerful scenes here that have lost none of their shocking impact.
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There are several versions of this film currently available; look no further, this is the one to buy. Restored here to it's orginal anamorphic ratio, this print offers excellent picture and sound quality. This release also offers the optional French language soundtrack where Alain Delon and Annie Girardot voice their own lines. The original soundtrack has them both overdubbed by Italian actors.
The film has two main themes: the influx of southern Italians to the north of the country, a controversial and emotive subject at the time, and betrayal.
Visconti wrote the film for Delon whose performance shows him to be much more than the pretty boy dismissed by critics and detractors. It does have to be said however that his extraordinary beauty is at times a distraction. This is one of the few films where Delon's role, as the eponymous Rocco, matches his angelic looks. Rocco is saintly, almost to the point of stretching credulity at one major point in the film.
This was an important film at the time and it has aged well. Much of the story is relevant today. All the actors play their parts convincingly. This two disc set has many worthwile extras including interviews with Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale, a 60 minute documentary on the life and work of Visconti and newsreel footage of film festivals of the period, and it comes with an informative booklet too.
I have seen this film retailing on the High Street at £21 and £26. The Amazon price is terrific value. Don't hesitate, buy this copy now!
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42 years later the quality of the Maestro can be seen in this film. Many people forget that Alain Delon was a HUGE star at the time (1960) and it shows. The story of these set of poor brothers and an intelligent camera - in more cases better than Vittorio da Sica - shows the powerty and hopes of the Post-war Italy. The most powerfull scene is when the mock rape occurs.
A end of unsolved questions and reflection time makes this film a classic.
Recommended highly!
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In almost every way, this is a Visconti masterpiece. My only reason for dropping a star is the utterly repellent depiction of the rape of a central character and the manner in which her suffering seems subservient to that of some of the male cast. It just didn't fit and the attempt to portray her abandonment by Delon as a Christ-like sacrifice was unconvincing to me. Indeed, it was repulsive and unforgivable.

However, it is, in so many other ways, a wonderful film. Visconti was a master. Just a shame about some of the narrative strands in this one...
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By lucas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2011
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"You should be able to say one thing with your eyes and, at the same time, another one with your mouth" , says Claudia Cardinale whilst she remembers Visconti talking to her about acting.

"Rocco and his Brothers " is a classic film that didn't age and is as strong today as it was 50 years ago.

After watching this 3 hours long film I decided not to watch the excellent extra features in the same day
because I didn't want to break that strange combination of emotions that one feels after watching a really good film.

It is a story of a mother and her five sons, like the five fingers of a hand, as Visconti said.

They leave Southern Italy looking for a better life in the industrialised Northen Italy from the late 50s
and early 60s. The brothers, especially two of them (Alain Delon as Rocco and Renato Salvatori) react in different ways to the "new world" of Northern Italy and tragedy unfolds.

Maybe I could say that the film is a combination of Greek tragedy and Biblical stories. One thing is for sure: It is a very strong, dramatic story told through beautiful images and good acting.

The dvd has excellent extra features, such as an interviews with Claudia Cardinale and the director of photography. The dvd has also a very interesting option for soundtracks. You can choose to watch either in French or Italian, as the original
film was released in both languages.

If you choose French, for example, you will hear Alain Delon and Annie Girardot, two out of the three main actors,
speaking in French instead of being dubbed in Italian.

I found the images are a little washed out and I had to change my tv's controls in order to improve the images.
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