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Review: Three Brothers (Arrow Academy)

Three Brothers

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, Simonetta Stefanelli
Directed: Francesco Rosi
Studio: Arrow Academy
Format:  Blu-Ray
Disc Release Date: April 25, 2017



”A wonderful film that moves on waves of feeling. Francesco Rosi, who has one of the greatest compositional senses in the history of movies, keeps you in a state of emotional exaltation. A simple image has the kind of resonance that most directors never achieve.” (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)

Francesco Rosi established himself as one of the greatest chroniclers of Italy’s stormy postwar history with such riveting classics as Salvatore Giuliano, The Mattei Affair and Illustrious Corpses. Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) explores similarly knotty social and political territory through the seemingly straightforward story of three siblings returning to their native southern Italy to pay homage to their late mother. However, their various professions a judge in Rome (Philippe Noiret), a spiritual counsellor in Naples (Vittorio Mezzogiorno), a factory worker in Turin (Michele Placido) have a profound effect on their response to this reunion.

Arrow Academy is proud to present this powerful, Oscar-nominated film in a brand new 2K restoration.


My Review:

Three Brothers is a Movie about life. Three Brothers are brought together back to their old farm-house to take care of their father as his wife / their mother had just died. The oldest brother is a Judge fighting the crime in city as youth are killing and killing witnesses but he want to handle the situation in a more civilized way while punishing those who kill but also teach other youth not to follow in that direction. The Middle brother a more to him self kind of guy but also a good person who takes care of kids in an Orphanage. The youngest is more of the fire cracker whom is on the side of the youth in the political view but not for the Killings. He is also a man who has a kid and had just split from his wife. The film revolves around a bunch of plots, Its political in one direction and dramatic in another, in on another front it’s about family even when the two brothers have different views politically.

The film was a good watch and had some great points in the film and a bunch of things we can learn from. Like still loving family even if your view is different politically on certain subjects. Loud debates may happen but family will still come first. The film is filled with great things story wise. Some comedy, some killings, some debates, romance assassinations, flash backs that show us where the characters come from, dreams that become scary due to stress from work, the relationship between a granddaughter and a grandfather, an ending that will make you sad. It has everything that is life. Well not a birth but its a film of life and its well put together.

Over the film was a great watch and I enjoyed it a lot. The film gets good reviews but for me My ratting is above the average. With its 2 hour run time the film doesn’t feel slow, but could feel that way to others. If you’re a fan of film from around the world you will enjoy this. It has everything needed for film about family during the death of a Mother. The film is not about one thing but about everything. Give it a pick up. The film looks great on Blu-Ray with sharp details. Pretty good-looking for an Old film

With that said I give Three Brothers a 4.5 out of 5. Give it a shot.




  • 2K restoration from original film materials
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional newly translated English subtitles
  • Archival interview with Francesco Rosi
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin


FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring an essay by Professor Millicent Marcus, a 1981 interview with Rosi and a selection of contemporary reviews (first printing only)


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