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The Valachi Papers [DVD]

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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Joseph Wiseman, Fred Valleca, Walter Chiari
  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Orbit Media
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHT3NY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Charles Bronson is a mafia godfather who spills the beans to a police commission whilst in prison. We see his life via flashbacks, seeing gangland warfare in all its gory blood-curdling reality.

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Valachi Papers was shot at a time when common wisdom had it that gangster pictures were box-office poison, so the very American tale of Charles Bronson's Cosa Nostra soldier spilling the beans on his life in the mob in return for protection by the Feds ended up being shot at Dinocitta in Italy with French money and an English director (Terence Young, reunited with Dr No villains Joseph Wiseman and Anthony Dawson) only to end up being discounted as a Godfather ripoff when Coppola's film became a surprise huge hit. Based on Joe Valachi's Grand Jury testimony that lifted the veil on the way the mob worked and was organized after years of denial of its very existence by J. Edgar Hoover, it's a well-crafted and enjoyable saga with none of the operatic grandeur that Coppola, Leone and De Palma would bring to the genre. There's not much in the way of historical or social context, more a catalog of hits and internecine feuding, but it's done with some flair and is surprisingly entertaining. Bronson makes a good lead, with decent support from Walter Chiari and Lino Ventura, both surprisingly well dubbed. Unfortunately the dire Mrs Bronson, Jill Ireland, is along too, but she's not in it enough to do any damage.

Unlike Orbit's cut version, which boasts a terrible transfer from a damaged print that looks like its been edited for TV, Cinema Club's UK widescreen transfer is well worth picking up despite the absence of any extras (as is the widescreen Region 1 NTSC disc). Just make sure you order the right one!
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By A Customer on 7 April 2006
Format: DVD
The quality of this DVD from Orbit Media is indeed very poor. It is just like a VHS tape. The picture is not typical DVD quality, with flickering across it and the colour is quite mashy, so that the men look like they are wearing lipstick in the first scene when the film starts. The sound isn't great either.
It is fortunate that this film is available from SONY on Region 1 in the states, and also from 2entertain (Cinema Club) in the UK. Both of those prints are wonderful.
Don't waste your money on this dreadful Orbit Media DVD!
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For me this is one of Charles Bronson's better films. Well directed, well acted, well scripted with plenty of blood soaked action. At times, it hovers between being a documentary and a catalogue of mafia killings - with knife, garotte and gun. There are a few bits that are not for the squeamish - such as the scene in which Genovese's men remove some anatomy from the guy who's been fooling around with his mistress. Joe Valachi was not a nice character. He was completely amoral, and killed to order and justified it by saying he didn't kill anyone who didn't deserve to be killed. And it's a credit to Bronson that he manages to show Valachi warts and all, whilst still contriving to be a sympathetic character in some scenes. Most of the acting is excellent, although Jill Ireland (wearing what I hope was a wig and not just having a bad hair day) was no better than expected. Overall this is a good film based on a true story and well worth a watch for all fans of gangster movies.
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By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Following the death this week of Charles Bronson this video is now going to be well sort after by the viewing public. The video is one of the most explicit of thiry years of gangland violence in America.Charles Bronson plays Valachi who started off in a petty way stealing silk in the Twenties and ended up pushing heroin in the sixties and talking before a crime commission. The direction of the film is very well done as it picks up all the blood and gore and alot is left to the imagingation. There is alot to do with the Mafia and the script certainly hits home being very direct and chiling. A well worth watching film. Not for the faint hearted.
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The story of Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson), who agrees to tell all to the feds about his mafia past and connections in return for protection for him and his family. It starts off with an aging Valachi in prison who is being targeted by his mafia boss's henchman as he now has a contract on his head. It then goes into flashbacks as he reveals his story and shows his rise from petty crook to a high member in the mob.
I think this is a superb gangster film and is definitely one of my favourites. I'm a big Bronson fan anyway but he's great here and this is one of his best performances. Even though he was a massive star and box office hit I think he was underrated as an actor. After "Once upon a time in the West" this is perhaps my fave film of his. The direction by Terrence Young is also good with nice photography as well as tension to certain scenes. The action too is superior with many bloody violent shootings throughout. It's a lesser know gangster film compared to the most famous ones (Coppella/Scorsese) but for me it's as good. If you still haven't seen this then I definitely recommend it!
The DVD is region 1 and picture quality good but the disc has no extras.
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not one of bronsons best.but enjoyable not as polished as the godfather but gives a view from the bottom as joe valachi works his way into the cosa nostra.never becoming a boss doing his duty as a driver /button man.but even within the world that joe inhabits the bondaries keep changing as times change and bosses change.joe is a honest man within the world he inhabits and ultimately that makes him dangerous to those around him.although in some scenes bronson dose seem un easy.and a little forced.as the film spans a thirty year period from the early thirties to the early sixties. it pushes the believability somewhat with bronson going from thirty to sixty works at sixty but not at thirty.worth a watch.and looks to be a uncut version.at round about 1.85.1 ratio.fairly good print.
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