Raro Video U.S., the American branch of one of Italy's most influential home video companies, announced today that it has signed an exclusive, multi-year distribution deal with Kino Lorber, a leader in distributing independent art house films in the U.S.
The first title from this partnership will arrive on May 28 with the release of Shoot First, Die Later on DVD and Blu-ray. The 1974 film is by the influential Italian director Fernando Di Leo, a master of bold, intricately plotted, ultra-violent stories and a precursor to such directors as Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.
Director Di Leo's work will also be the subject of the second release from Raro Video and Kino Lorber. The Fernando di Leo Crime Collection Volume 2 will be available on June 25 on DVD and Blu-ray. It includes three of De Leo's films: Naked Violence, Kidnap Syndicate and Shoot First Die Later.
Note: Blu-ray.com has already reviewed the first box set of Di Leo films here.