Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 19th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 2002
Director: Giuseppe Ferrara
Writers: Armenia Balducci, Giuseppe Ferrara
Cast: Omero Antonutti, Pamela Villoresi, Giancarlo Giannini, Rutger Hauer, Vincenzo Peluso, Pier Paolo Capponi, Alessandro Gassman
BluRay Released: August 5th, 2014
Approximate running time: 128 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / VC-1 Video
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo Italian, DTS-HD Stereo English
BluRay Release: Raro Video USA
Region Encoding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Content wise, this film deals with government corruption, secret society’s that have more power than governments, immoral priests and money laundering crime syndicates. And at just over two hours there are obviously going to be few peaks and valleys in regards to the pacing of this film. Thankfully there are not too many lulls along the way.
Performance wise the entire cast are all very good in their respective roles, especially Omero Antonutti in the pivotal role of Roberto Calvi. He gives a sympathetic performance that is utterly convincing. Also the cast is filled with several recognizable faces like Giancarlo Giannini (Black Belly of the Tarantula), Pier Paolo Capponi (Naked Violence) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), unfortunately neither of the audio tracks include Hauer’s voice.
And though this film does a good job explaining who everyone is and what motivation are? The majority of viewers will find themselves overwhelmed by this films complex narrative that requires ones utmost attention while watching. Needless to say multiple viewings are recommended.
Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This film uses stock news footage from lesser source materials and these moments are not representative of the bulk of this film’s transfer. Details generally look crisp, colors and black levels are adequate and there are some mild issues related to compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD stereo mix in Italian and a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. Range wise both of these audio mixes are rather limited and there is also minimal background noise on both audio tracks. Dialog comes through clearly and the films score sounds robust. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras include a featurette about the actual events which inspired this film titled ‘The Black Friers Connection’ (21 minutes 50 seconds – 1080 progressive widescreen, in Italian with English subtitles) and twelve page booklet with an essay about the film, the true events for which it was based on, the difficulty getting this film made and the look of the film. Overall Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair gets a serviceable audio / video presentation from Raro Video.
Note: This film is also being released by Raro Video on DVD.