THREE BROTHERS REVIEWED
“Three Brothers” is a fairly simple tale about three men coming to terms with their mother’s death. If you can handle quiet foreign domestic dramas from the early 1980s, this will be for you. Honestly, I see a generous portion of the audience that will only be involved in the faux terrorist shooting. Yes, we go get one scene of massive violence. But, why does it have to be that way?
While the film was 1982 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination, it’s Home Video History in the first world has been sketchy at best. As I recall, it appears that this might be the first home video bow for our UK friends. So, why did a film like this get ignored? Honestly, it’s simple. Quiet and contemplative rarely finds a mainstream cinematic home. While the film is pretty good, it doesn’t have that last mile WOW factor.
- Archival interview with Francesco Rosi
- Original theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring an essay by Professor Millicent Marcus, a 1981 interview with Rosi and a selection of contemporary reviews (first printing only)
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 1.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 4/25/17
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 91%91%
- Supplemental Material - 88%88%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
“A wonderful film that moves on waves of feeling. Francesco Rosi, who has one of the greatest compositional senses in the history of movies, keeps you in a state of emotional exaltation. A simple image has the kind of resonance that most directors never achieve.” (Pauline Kael, New Yorker) Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy’s stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions – a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) – have a profound effect on their response to this reunion. Arrow Academy is proud to present this powerful, Oscar-nominated film in a brand new 2K restoration.