The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Disc 1 of 4): Caliber 9 (1972)
Fernando Di Leo was prolific filmmaker who explored the political extremism and mafia corruption in Italy during the 1970's. Master of garish, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories about pimps and petty gangsters, Di Leo has perfected the genre with an uncanny accuracy. Di Leo's films demonstrate the degradation of the working classes and how the mafia corrupted them. Though he slipped out of public consciousness after his death in 2003, his works have been revived and shown at the Tate Modern in London and The Venice Film festival where Quentin Tarantino admitted that Di Leo truly inspired him to make gangster films.
Caliber 9: Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden $300,000 that should have gone to an American drug syndicate boss.
The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Disc 2 of 4): The Italian Connection (1976)
This Italian action film focuses on a crook, framed as a drug kingpin, whose wife is killed by the mob as a result. He must take matters into his own hands to have revenge. Manhunt was also re-titled The Italian Connection to steal thunder from its French counterpart.
The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Disc 3 of 4): The Boss (1976)
In this action-adventure, a lovely Italian vacation is destroyed when the tourists find themselves in the midst of a vicious Milanese gang war.
The Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection (Disc 4 of 4): Rulers of the City (1976)
After his father is murdered, a man seeks revenge by tracking down the killer.