Directed by Fernando Di Leo, who wrote Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars and Massacre Time, as well as the director of Naked Violence, Slaughter Hotel and Caliber 9, Blood and Diamonds is a poliziotteschi about Guido Mauri (Claudio Cassinelli), a thief who has spent the last few years in prison and just wants to go legit.
That’s not going to happen, because days after a mob boss named Rizzo (Martin Balsam) and his right-hand man Tony (Pier Paolo Capponi) kill Guido’s girl Maria (Olga Karlatos) over some jewels that never got to Rizzo. Guido hatches a revenge plot but so does Maria’s orphaned son Enzo (Alberto Squillante) who was already upset that Guido was a criminal because he’s a rich snob of a child.
If that’s not enough, well, Guido’s other old flame Lisa is played by Barbara Bouchet and generally, that’s enough to get me on board. There’s also a good score by Luis Bacalov, so good that Bruno Mattei ripped it off for Hell of the Living Dead (thanks to Ian Jane from Rock! Shock! Pop! for that knowledge).
The 88 Films blu ray of Blood and Diamonds has a brand new remastered 4K transfer from the original camera negative, audio commentary with Troy Howarth, a documentary on Fernando Di Leo, Blood and Di Leo – A Portrait by Luc Merenda, the Italian opening, intermission and credits, the trailer and a slipcase with a poster and booklet. You can get it from MVD.