E One Entertainment to Handle RaroVideo Italian Movie Releases in U.S.

Italian DVD label RaroVideo has struck a deal with E One Entertainment to handle its Italian-language movie releases in the U.S. home entertainment market.

Restored classic titles from two revered directors are set as the partnership’s first releases on Feb. 22 -- Federico Fellini fantasy The Clowns and a four-disc set of Fernando Di Leo crime thrillers including the Milieu Trilogy and Rulers of the City. Quentin Tarantino has said that a couple of killers in Di Leo’s The Italian Connection inspired characters in his Pulp Fiction.

“We’re thrilled to be restoring great films by exceptional talents like Di Leo and Fellini for American filmgoers and look forward to an exciting first year,” RaroVideo co-owner Stefano Curti said.

Founded in 1999 by Stefano and Gianluca Curti, RaroVideo is dedicated to the digital restoration of films from several genres. Directors represented in the RaroVideo catalog include Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Derek Jarman, Roberto Rossellini, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Francesco Barilli, Tinto Brass, Jean Cocteau, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese.

Other planned 2011 releases for the U.S. market include Antonioni’s The Vanquished (I Vinti), Pasolini’s The Anger (La Rabbia) and Carmelo Bene’s Our Lady of the Turks (Nostra signora dei Turchi).