RaroVideo to Release Fernando Di Leo’s Madness This August

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We know you guys are always on the lookout for rare and unusual films so when we got the announcement that RaroVideo will be releasing Fernando Di Leo’s Madness, starring Joe Dallesandro, in August, of course we had to share the news!

From the Press Release:
Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian film boutique RaroVideo announces Fernando Di Leo’s Madness (1980) DVD release on August 14, 2012.

The film stars Joe Dallesandro, better known as the “Little Joe” mentioned in Lou Reed’s hit 1972 song “Walk on the Wild Side.” Dallesandro is considered by many to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, having starred in Flesh, Trash, and Heat among many others. A photograph taken by Andy Warhol of Dallesandro’s crotch bulge encased in a tight-fitting pair of jeans is featured on the cover of the Rolling Stone’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Madness is one of his rarely seen Italian starring roles.

Fernando Di Leo is the master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, and he perfects the genre with an uncanny accuracy, making him an inspiration to Quentin Tarantino among many others. RaroVideo will release a second edition of the highly successful Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection this December.

From the writer of Caliber 9 and The Italian Connection comes Madness, a story about how a violent criminal, Joe Brezzi (Dallesandro), breaks out of prison and, having stolen a car and killed two people in the process, makes his way to a remote country cottage. Hidden beneath its flooring are the substantial proceeds from a robbery that Joe took part in several years previously, but before he can retrieve the loot, a vehicle pulls up outside. Womanizer Sergio has traveled up to his weekend retreat to do some hunting. Joining him are his trusting wife, Liliana, and her flirty sister, Paola, who has also come along for a break from city life. The escaped convict flees the cottage and quietly observes the sexual tension between Sergio and Paolo, which Liliana is completely oblivious to. Joe bides his time and waits until the next morning when Sergio leaves to go hunting and Liliana takes the car to get some supplies from town. With only Paola in the cottage, he makes his move…

The Madness special features include:

  • Director biography and filmography
  • New English subtitles
  • Fully illustrated booklet

    RaroVideo to Release Fernando Di Leo's Madness This August

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