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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: BLU-RAY
  • SKU: AA003
  • UPC: 760137977483
  • Street Date: 03/28/17
  • PreBook Date: 01/31/17
  • Label: Arrow Academy »
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run Time: 126 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1973
  • Director: Elio Petri
  • Actors: Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Italian


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Property Is No Longer A Theft [Blu-ray + DVD]

Property Is No Longer A Theft [Blu-ray + DVD]
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Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and taken an angry, impassioned look at labour relations with The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for the darkly comic Property is No Longer a Theft. A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci, the blind pianist in Dario Argento's Suspiria), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi, La Grande bouffe) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank's star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red). Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, Property is No Longer a Theft presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society.

Bonus Materials

  • 4K restoration from the original film negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • New subtitle translation
  • Brand-new interview with actor Flavio Bucci
  • Brand-new interview with producer Claudio Mancini
  • Brand-new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni

Press Quotes

An interesting film, it's tense at times but also quite comedic. It is quite well made and it contains performances that are thankfully as strong as its visuals. Arrow's Blu-ray release looks and sounds fantastic and it contains some interesting interviews as its main supplemental offering. Recommended.

     —DVD Talk

This dark satire on ownership and its discontents makes its Blu-ray debut with a remarkable 4K restoration and a trio of informative interviews.

     —Slant Magazine

A rather interesting film from a number of standpoints, one that has an undeniably cartoonish ambience but which is dealing in matters of almost epochal impact. Technical merits are strong and the supplementary package interesting. Recommended.


Arrow Academy's 4k restoration of the film from the original negative is marvelous to watch and gives this key film its due.



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