Blu-Ray review: Restored and uncensored Rocco and his Brothers

There’s nothing more relaxing than watching a vintage movie. On 14 March the classic melodramatic 1960 masterpiece ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS by Italian Director Luchino Visconti was released in Blu-Ray by Eureka in an amazingly restored version including exclusive documentaries and interviews.

Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers film

The story

Luchino Visconti is the master director behind classics such as La terra trema, Bellissima, and The Leopard. He managed to recruit an extraordinary cast for this movie including Alain Delon, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale.

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS is an epic study of family, sex, and betrayal. Alongside Fellini’s La dolce vita and Antonioni’s L’avventura, Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers ushered Italian cinema into a new era, one unafraid to confront head-on the hypocrisies of the ruling class, the squalor in urban living, and the collision between generations.

Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers film with Italian lady

When a tight-knit family moves from Italy’s rural south to metropolitan Milan, the new possibilities – and threats – present in their fresh surroundings have alarming, unforeseen consequences. Operatically weaving the five brothers’ stories across a vast canvas, Rocco and His Brothers stands as one of the most majestic and influential works of its era.

The Trailer


The Verdict

Savagery and sacrifice; love and lust, are all portrayed with a rare realism and frankness that you will never forget in Visconti’s masterpiece!

Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers film boxing

Alain Delon gives one of the best performances of his remarkable career as the good-natured brother who is prepared to sacrifice his own interests and feelings to protect his family. The story highlights traditional conflicts between richer and more educated Northern Italian populations and poorer emigrants from Southern Italy. But it is also a metaphor for a more universal conflict. The film could be easily set in any part of the world and still be very pungent in its message of injustice and prejudice.

Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers film scene house  

London Mums’ Rating

A well deserved 9/10! There’s nothing to dislike about this classic film from Italian Neo-Realism. It does not get 10/10 only because the actors and actresses are dubbed due to their various nationalities (French, Italian, Greek) to get the Southern dialect by professional voice overs. It feels a bit weird to hear Alain Delon speak in a Southern Italian accent.

Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers film Italian lady sixties

The Blu-Ray Special Features

1961 | 177 minutes | 1.85:1 OAR | ITALY | World Cinema | Black & White | 14 March 2016
Certificate 15 | Director LUCHINO VISCONTI | Language ITALIAN | Subtitles ENGLISH (Optional) / RRP £17.9

Alain Delon Rocco and his brothers film bluray cover


·         Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation from a new 4k restoration
·         Optional English subtitles
·         Two audio choices; the original Italian, and the French dub
·         Les coulisses du tournage, a 2003 French documentary about the film
·         A 1999 interview with Visconti’s cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
·         An interview with actress Claudia Cardinale
·         A 2002 interview with actress Annie Girardot
·         Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary about the life and work of Visconti
·         Two vintage newsreels
·         Original Italian trailer
·         PLUS: A 40-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Guido Aristarco, an essay written by the director in 1960, a vintage interview with Visconti and rare archival imagery.

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