Kino Lorber on May 17 will release the 1970 revenge thriller Violent City, starring Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Jill Ireland.
The film, which predates his iconic “Death Wish” franchise, finds Bronson playing a former hitman framed by his ex-boss and left for dead. He tracks the shooter and his beautiful mistress (Ireland) to New Orleans. But when he takes both revenge and the woman, he finds himself blackmailed by a powerful crime boss (Savalas) who wants the fiercely independent gunman to join his organization. He refuses, and finds himself the target of another hit.
Violent City is an Italian-French co-production filmed in New Orleans, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Cinecittà Studios in Rome.
The DVD carries a suggested list price of $14.95, while the Blu-ray Disc retails for $29.95.
Directed by Sergio Sollima, the film also stars Umberto Orsini, Michel Constantine and Ray Saunders.
The two-disc set includes both the original Violent City — in a 2K restoration in English and Italian with optional English subtitles — and the 1973 U.S. cut, The Family.
Special features include an audio commentary by film historian Paul Talbot, the author of the Bronson’s Loose books; an interview with Sollima; and various trailers and TV spots.