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Title: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 30, 2006, 11:37:20 PM
Just viewed the following this weekend-
AND GOD SAID TO CAIN-Nifty little italian oater is unique in several ways. Kinski is a heroic and somewhat noble figure here as I've never seen him play a character like this before. He's pardoned for a crime he did not commit and goes back to the town to even the score with the many individuals who had him put away for 10 years. It's also unique in that nearly the entire movie takes place during a tornado storm which also is symbolic of Kinskis return to the town to settle scores. The villain of the story even refers to Kinskis character as a storm coming to town. Margheriti is in fine form here as opposed to the lackluster VENGEANCE and even adds an air of horror to the proceedings this time out as several characters meet gruesome demises and Margheriti also pulls off some nice shots as well as some good suspense scenes. The only drawback to an otherwise great 95 minutes is that some of the stalking scenes go on a bit too long although it is quite ingenious how Kinski appears and disappears thru trapdoors and caves to pick the men off with ease.
I WANT HIM DEAD-the only Craig Hill movie I've see and it's a pretty solid effort. It's a typical revenge story but with one nice touch. The villains plan to assassinate Generals Lee and Grant at a peace conference to keep the war going between the North and South. Some nice action scenes keep the film moving along at a fair clip. You could do worse.
MAN, PRIDE & VENGEANCE-Never seen a Luigi Bazonni film before and after this one I'd like to see more. Beautifully shot film which obviously had a sizeable budget compared to many other italian westerns. Franco Nero is great here and dubs his own voice. Can't say enough good about this one. To reveal too much about the plot would spoil the many twists in this dramatic and very depressing movie. Although the first 40 minutes bear no resemblance to a spaghetti western and the remainder of the picture never quite makes it onto DJANGO territory(although there are a couple of shoot outs and a spectacular explosion and stagecoach robbery)the dramatics of the story drive the film to its shocking ending. The soundtrack is unique as it's not the typical spaghetti style score and is a bit bombastic. Kinski has a supporting role here as well. If you're looking for mindless gunbattles and no story whatsoever you should steer clear of this one. Highly recommended for those seeking something different for a change.
GENTLEMAN KILLER-While I'm not a fan of Anthony Steffen, this is a solid oater with some nice action scenes and a decent story that appears to be partially recycled from FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Unexpected ending though helps make this recommended.
JOHNNY ORO(RINGO & HIS GOLDEN PISTOL)-Not sure why this movie gets so much negative press as I found it highly entertaining. Mark Damon, like Guiliano Gemma, is very agile in the many action scenes and  is very good in the role of ORO who has many skills besides the gun. In it, Oro kills all but one of the Perez brothers(because there was no price on his head)who swears revenge and sides with the Apache Indians who want to take back the land stolen from them by the americans. Truckloads of one-liners abound in this one and one helluva' finale close it out. This being a Corbucci movie there are several scenes of, IMO, fairly extreme violence although none committed on the hero as compared to other Corbucci westerns. Much better than MINNESOTA CLAY. This is definitely a popcorn spaghetti as much fun and excitement is to be had here.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 01, 2006, 12:21:26 AM
Excellent mini reviews. All those are already on my want list.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 01, 2006, 05:37:09 AM
I WANT HIM DEAD is excellent and to me a great introduction to Craig Hill with plot similarities to Hellbenders with one Confederate diehard trying to re-ignite the war -very impressed!I'm looking forward to the Franco Cleef dvd release of Valeriis Taste of Killing also starring Hill.
MAN,PRIDE & VENGEANCE is set in Spain-Franco Nero sports a Spanish Army uniform and thus isn't a western-but it has the feel of a sw(no real gun play though) once Nero and the gypsy girl(Carmen) escape to the Almerian hills in the second half of the movie.Nero's nothing like his Django/Mercenary persona,he plays the soldier(very badly led up the garden path by Carmen!) straight but its a great performance of anguish and romance-a real revelation!Great fingerpicked Spanish guitar flamenco style score too!
This film bears absolutely no relation to the films of the 3 Sergios etc,its a very good movie and story but i'd have to say if it wasn't for Neros performance and the Almerian setting i might not be holding onto my vhs of this!
I have RINGO AND HIS GOLDEN PISTOL taped off the tv .From the lesser Corbucci films i have i'd rate Oro some way behind both Hellbenders and Navajo Joe but i too prefer it over Minnesota Clay which is a bit too downbeat for me anyway.I agree with some similarities i've read elsewhere with Rio Bravo but this very average sw just isn't in the same class.I'm a fan of Mark Damon(sporting a very wimpy moustache here and carrying a very uncool shiny cigarette holder) but way too much of the movie has him languishing in jail without his golden pistols(his obsession is all things gold-sounds very similar to a Bond villain of the same era ::)) -his wisecracks alone cannot carry the move-and it badly drags for the main part.The best of the Mexican villains are gunned down very early on leaving only an unconvincing younger brother hellbent on revenge who teams up with a group of the dodgiest looking indians(they don't belong in a sw!) i've seen outside of LVC as Captain Apache ;D.I don't want to ruin what is a very predictable ending but the final gun duel(and the lame idea how  Damon "improvises") is easily the worst i've seen in a Corbucci sw.Its a mildly entertaining sw but very disappointing in its failure to break new ground which Corbucci achieved with his other early sw's.
I badly want And God Said To Cain but i'd need to learn a bit more about Gentleman Killer before taking the plunge!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 01, 2006, 11:17:49 AM
i'd need to learn a bit more about Gentleman Killer before taking the plunge!

They say it is one of Steffen's best. The dvd even has footage of him in his house shortly before he passed on.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 02, 2006, 12:10:51 AM
Still, Franco Cleefs dvd of JOHNNY ORO is uncut and it's a highly enjoyable romp and a lot better than some of the other similar spags out there. I didn't have a problem with the indians nor the very explosive finale where nearly the entire town is blown up. The action scenes were well staged and several scenes of rather startling violence seem somewhat daring for the time period. The film as a whole was very entertaining and whatever inadequacies it may have did not hinder my enjoyment of the picture. Corbucci rules.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 02, 2006, 04:52:47 AM
Still, Franco Cleefs dvd of JOHNNY ORO is uncut and it's a highly enjoyable romp and a lot better than some of the other similar spags out there.
Well i've seen a lot worse i must say and it would be interesting maybe to see Francos dvd at some point.Corbucci does indeed rule and i can highly recommend What Am I Doing In The Middle Of A Revolution to anyone looking for an obscurity!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 03, 2006, 12:03:05 AM
Yeah, I agree I wish there were a more creative way for Oro to have got his gun to down the villain but such a minor quibble is insignificant, for me anyways. The Bond flick, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN didn't come out until 74.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 03, 2006, 05:43:35 AM
I was referring to Goldfinger from about 1966.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 04, 2006, 12:19:15 AM
Never seen GOLDFINGER all the way through. I prefered the Roger Moore Bonds but one day I'll get around to seeing all of Connery's Bonds.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 07, 2006, 06:20:44 AM
Connery is very possibly the best ever Bond-i know who i'd back in a boxing match between Connery,Moore,Dalton,Lazemby,Brosman and Craig.
     Sounds from what both you and Firecracker tell me that the Bond movies are nowhere near the institution in the USA that they are in the UK.The whole series is forever being shown on British tv. :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 07, 2006, 11:15:11 AM

     Sounds from what both you and Firecracker tell me that the Bond movies are nowhere near the institution in the USA that they are in the UK

I would not go as far as to say that, Bond seasons(where they show consecutive Bond titles back to back for an entire weekend) are on at least three or four times a year here. The Franchise is a big thing over here. It is of course the most succesful franchise in history(I think even more so than Star Wars).


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2006, 03:51:30 AM
The last couple of years they've shown all 20 back to back over 20 weeks in the UK-and i'm now anxiously waiting for this years run now i have a DVD Recorder! :)
    The more recent Brosman films are all shown very often.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 08, 2006, 10:13:25 AM

    The more recent Brosman films are all shown very often.


but they are not worth watching ;) ;D


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 08, 2006, 05:16:14 PM
Depends if you are a big Bond fan or not-they're all pretty consistent!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 10, 2006, 12:03:22 AM
Just ordered the following-BANDIDOS, MASSACRE TIME, ACE HIGH, LIFE IS TOUGH, EH PROVIDENCE? the blaxploitation-spag hybrid TAKE A HARD RIDE and also the limited edition of THE FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO which supposedly has missing footage intact. Would that be solely for the german version or the english track as well? Opinions would be appreciated although I already own a dvd for FP I simply wanted the limited edition.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 10, 2006, 12:09:59 AM
Just ordered the following-BANDIDOS, MASSACRE TIME, ACE HIGH, LIFE IS TOUGH, EH PROVIDENCE? the blaxploitation-spag hybrid TAKE A HARD RIDE and also the limited edition of THE FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO which supposedly has missing footage intact. Would that be solely for the german version or the english track as well? Opinions would be appreciated although I already own a dvd for FP I simply wanted the limited edition.


Bandidos is a great flick but lacks a good gunfight at the end(though many dont agree).

Providence: fun spag. It is out of the norm for even most comedy spaghetti westerns. But the jokes are mostly a  "hit or miss" affair. Some silly jokes work, others fail terribly. I hear the sequel is far better and more off the wall.


Ace High: A good "average" spaghetti western much better than its sequel "Boot Hill". It brings upon a good performance by Terence Hill in his best Clint Impression as  "Cat Stevens". But the high light is Eli wallach basically playing a toned down Tuco. It is a bit too long though and the film suffers from that. I mention a little more on my Crap reviews list.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 10, 2006, 12:13:53 AM
THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY is like that with the hit or miss(mostly miss)comedy. I liked that one but I wouldn't revisit it as often as say TRINITY or BEN & CHARLIE.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 10, 2006, 12:18:25 AM
BEN & CHARLIE.


*sigh*
I have yet to see this. Have you seen the other non-Sartana Garko ones like "Vengeance is mine" or "10,000 Blood Money"?
 these two are almost the same film but "Vengeance is mine" is better.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 10, 2006, 12:21:15 AM
THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY

I thought this was more of a action flick in the vain of "Vengeance is Mine". So its like the "Holy Ghost" series? Lots of action but really silly gags thrown into the mix eh?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 10, 2006, 12:27:03 AM
It's more comedy than serious but features lots of action. Garko is a bounty hunter who must train two "civilized" greenhorns the ways of the gun to protect themselves from William Berger who's also a bounty hunter. I referred VENGEANCE IS MINE to you once before or maybe it was someone else. It's much better particularly on a technical level than 10,000 BLOOD MONEY. I enjoyed them both, however as I'm not very picky when it comes to movies. I only want to be entertained whether it's good or bad.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 10, 2006, 05:50:13 PM
Bandidos would quite definately be in my top 20-its a class act-the three main protagonists- Enrico Salerno's character,Billy Kane and Ricky Shot are all excellent and theres great tension and suspense provided by them and the plot-i really enjoyed the ending btw!
Not that far behind is Massacre Time-despite the bad choice of dubbing Franco Nero excells here in a straighter and less cooler role than we're used to but forms an effective alliance with a drunken George Hilton to take on his vile tyrant son(a truly nasty piece of work but a brilliant nemesis) of his "true" father which is unbeknown to him for much of the movie .
    I echo Firecrackers views for Providence but with a special mention for Morricones score!
   I'm intrigued  to know how long your version of Forgotten Pistolero is-mines 84 minutes-and is the ending abrupt too following the house burning final duel scene?-great film btw!
  I'm intending to pick up Take A Hard Ride-any good?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 10, 2006, 11:20:22 PM
The first dvd of FP I bought was 81 minutes. I'll let you know about this other one. I'll have it by Friday.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 11, 2006, 06:41:28 AM
The different versions of FP were clarified by Sundance and Boardwalk Angel on a recent thread:-
http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2043.0


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Marco Leone on May 11, 2006, 07:25:50 AM
For what its worth, my views on these films were as follows :

Bandidos - recommended - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/bandidos.html
Massacre Time - recommended - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/djangotherunner.html
Ace High - recommended - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/acehigh.html
Life is Tough, Eh Providence - watchable - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/lifeistough.html
Forgotten Pistolero - Must view - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/forgottenpistolero.html


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 15, 2006, 12:03:39 AM
Viewed most of these this weekend.
BANDIDOS-Surprisingly effective oater to not feature any well known stars but does feature one familiar face, Venantino Venantini who played Billy Kane. Venantini has been in hundreds of italian flicks of many genres but mostly supporting roles or cameos so it was a treat to see him play a main character here. The only minus here is a badly staged fist fight near the beginning other than that everything from the story to the gunfights are well done and very effective suspense sequences throughout make me curious to see more from this director.
MASSACRE TIME-Didn't get to see it as I fell asleep five minutes into the movie.
ACE HIGH-Decent oater with a stellar cast. With what is obviously a substantial budget Colizzi had to work with, this film with all the potential for greatness, is bogged down by pacing that drags from time to time. It has its moments though and it's nice to see Terence Hill and Bud Spencer laying the blueprints for the TRINITY films to come a few years later.
LIFE IS TOUGH, EH PROVIDENCE?-I really enjoyed this one a lot although it's a bit of a strange film. So much of it reminded me of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes as the film plays out like a live action cartoon which somewhat echoes BLAZING SADDLES that saw release two years later. Some of the jokes seemed to be aimed at italian sensibilities. As comedy is not universal, what may be funny to one culture will not be funny to another. Still the film was never boring and I was entertained for the duration of the picture and I hope the sequel sees release soon.
FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO-This limited edition dvd is the same running time as the marketing films version that I have. The picture quality is a bit better and as sp. features there is a stills, poster and lobby cards gallery and one with artwork with the great soundtrack played over both although I haven't checked them out completely yet.
TAKE A HARD RIDE-Didn't get this one in my package as it was backordered apparently.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 15, 2006, 12:14:18 AM
I hope the sequel sees release soon.

the sequel is available in Bootleg form and can be purchased here...

www.eurotrashcinema.com


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 15, 2006, 07:03:48 PM
I'm sure Indio got his from:-
http://atlasvisuals.com/spaghetti_a_l.htm

Out of the ones i've seen Arizona Colt i agree with pretty much everything you say although i wasn't aware the FP director did other sw's? ::)
I'm glad you enjoyed Ace High which tends to get criticised here-and i hope you enjoy Massacre Time!
The only one i don't know is Take A Hard Ride and i anxiously await your verdict here!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 15, 2006, 07:12:00 PM
I'm sure Indio got his from:-
http://atlasvisuals.com/spaghetti_a_l.htm




DAMN! Jonathan of the bears dubbed in english!!!!! I wonder if Nero did his own voice.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 15, 2006, 07:35:04 PM
Isn't your version dubbed in English Firecracker?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 15, 2006, 07:45:51 PM
Isn't your version dubbed in English Firecracker?

nope. Italian with english subtitles.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 15, 2006, 08:03:01 PM
You wuz robbed! :o


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 15, 2006, 08:04:19 PM
curses, foiled again....



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 16, 2006, 11:37:38 PM
Can anyone comment on any of these?
LONG RIDE FROM HELL
7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS
DAYS OF VIOLENCE
7 GUNS FOR A KILLING
A MAN CALLED KING
SARTANA DOES NOT FORGIVE
A COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF
REVENGE AT EL PASO
GOD FORGIVES I DON'T
GUNS OF VIOLENCE
SARTANAS COMING, GET YOUR COFFINS READY
FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME
I'LL SELL MY SKIN DEARLY
I know a bit of info about most of these, I'm curious if anyone here has seen some or all of these and can comment on whether they're good or bad.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 17, 2006, 12:12:23 AM
Whoa! :o talk about obscure!

somebody has been checking out the websites I gave him ;)
To be honest I have seen none of those.

I have always heard good things about "7 guns for Magregors".

Banjo can give you more insight on "God forgives but I dont" since he owns the picture.

the rest I have heard of but have not seen.  From what I hear though, those titles range from good to poor.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: franksgrandson on May 17, 2006, 04:35:01 AM
saw seven guns for Mcgreggers years ago its a pretty good movie worth buying if it turns up


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 17, 2006, 11:21:29 AM
Yes thats quite an obscure list Fransgrandson-i'm assuming that the Sartana films aren't alternative titles for any of Gianni Garko's movies?
My copy of God Forgives,I Don't is a bit ropey which probably doesn't help the fact that this violent movie is a bit dull,overlong,virtually humourless for a Hill/Spencer sw and certainly nowhere near as good as Ace High-the 2nd in the trilogy with Eli Wallach.
As regards 7 Guns For The McGregors-Howard Hughes does a write-up in his excellent Pocket Guide-i think he says its very American in style and quite lighthearted.
    Firecracker if you do a "spaghetti western" search on Ebay you'll see(especially the UK sellers) all sorts of weird and wonderful sw titles you've hardly ever heard off-i guess i may have to investigate once i've exhausted my current wanted lidt!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 17, 2006, 12:20:07 PM

    Firecracker if you do a "spaghetti western" search on Ebay you'll see(especially the UK sellers) all sorts of weird and wonderful sw titles you've hardly ever heard off-i guess i may have to investigate once i've exhausted my current wanted lidt!

I have read about  all the ones Colt mentioned but I have to many others to buy at the moment to start dwelving into unknown waters.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: boardwalk_angel on May 17, 2006, 01:08:19 PM
SARTANAS COMING, GET YOUR COFFINS READY is the George Hilton as Sartana movie known as I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin...a/k/a Fistful of Lead...it's OK

REVENGE AT EL PASO is another one of the names of the USA release of Ace High ( I Quattro dell'Ave Maria) )...my hunch is that it's cut & panned & scanned

GOD FORGIVES I DON'T has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months..time to dust it off & watch it..I'd say






Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 17, 2006, 03:51:36 PM
oh I thought the Sartana title was a rip off sartana.


in my opinion it is a good action packed western. dont bother to try and follow with what is going on though.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 18, 2006, 03:55:16 AM
SARTANAS COMING, GET YOUR COFFINS READY is the George Hilton as Sartana movie known as I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin...a/k/a Fistful of Lead...it's OK

REVENGE AT EL PASO is another one of the names of the USA release of Ace High ( I Quattro dell'Ave Maria) )...my hunch is that it's cut & panned & scanned

GOD FORGIVES I DON'T has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months..time to dust it off & watch it..I'd say





Yeah Ace High is excellent,Fistful of Lead is a good sw!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 18, 2006, 04:12:20 AM
Some of these didn't come from that website but from other sources. Craig doesn't have all of the ones I was curious about. I'll never deal with ebay again after being screwed over three different times. I have another list of curiosities that I'll post later. Many of these came from several of my soundtrack compilations. I'm curious to see if the film matches up with the music.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 18, 2006, 04:52:41 AM
I had one bad experience with a guy in the North East of England called"bitsandpieces"-BEWARE everyone-he had something like 69 negative feedbacks in the space of one month :(.This guy NEVER replies to emails,the phone number i was given didn't have a tone,but luckily because i paid through Paypal i got a refund.He's also advertised under one or two different names but the sw titles and layouts of his adverts are always the same.Avoid buying sws from anyone in South Shields >:(
     There are a couple much more reliable UK sellers with a 100% rating which i now buy from instead and i've never had any problems so far!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 19, 2006, 01:06:26 AM
Finally finished MASSACRE TIME and was surprised not only by how enjoyable it was but the level of violence for a film from 1966. Lucio Fulci really shows early signs of where he would be heading in later years. An interesting plot with only a few minor quibbles that DO NOT hinder ones enjoyment of this fine addition. First, something that's not so bad as opposed to unexpected, George Hilton steals the movie out from under Franco Nero who doesn't really show signs of life until towards the end. Hilton was so fun to watch that it could've been just him and the movie would still be good. Two, Nero seems to be playing two parts here. In several scenes Nero wears a black hat and cowl VERY similar to his look in DJANGO and appears to play the character that way. However, when he is wearing the standard cowboy garb he plays the character differently. Perhaps it was just me but it seemed a bit odd and I believe this film was released in Germany as a DJANGO sequel too. Lastly, the action sequences(not the gun battles)are undercranked WAAAYYYY too much making the scenes look like they'd be right at home in a 1920s silent picture. Still, these scenes as well as the gun battles are very creative and a breath of fresh air compared with the usual players standing on opposite sides running and shooting at each other. Some of them looking suspiciously like they were choreographed by a Hong Kong action crew. The villain is unusually sadistic also and the characters have a penchant for unloading there guns into one person with some of them still staggering around after taking a few slugs adding to the over the top atmosphere of the proceedings. Definitely worth checking out. The region one discs' picture quality isn't the best so I'll probably add the region two edition to my collection if the quality is better. It's worth buying twice to get a good copy.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 19, 2006, 06:09:48 AM
I'll probably add the region two edition to my collection if the quality is better. It's worth buying twice to get a good copy.
I've got the Japanese "macoroni bible" DVD version off Ebay-so it may be a copy-but the widescreen picture quality is excellent.
Glad you enjoyed the movie Arizona Colt-i think the sadistic bad guy really helped make this sw excellent!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 23, 2006, 01:48:55 AM
Got the folowing in the mail last week-TAKE A HARD RIDE, MANNAJA, RITA OF THE WEST.
First, TAKE A HARD RIDE isn't necessarily an italian production as aside from Antonio Margheriti directing and a few crew members it's more or less a US-italian co-production. This amalgamation of the blaxploitation genre with the spaghetti-US western genres is quite entertaining if a bit sluggish at first. Although there is ample amounts of action during the first 30 minutes the movie just sits there until about 40 minutes in. It's almost a greatest hits package as every cliche is thrown into the mix as Jim Brown must escort a shipment of gold cross country and every gang and crooked lawman is after it including Lee Van Cleef who, through the course of the film, is difficult to tell whether he is a good guy or a bad guy. He looks very tired here even a bit sickly although he looked better the following year in the execrable GODS GUN. Jim Brown is the upright and just lawman, Fred Williamson(whose accent changes regularly)plays the sneaky gambler who has his own intentions for the gold and Jim Kelly plays a mute martial artist who was raised by indians. The film benefits from a very playful atmosphere and some quite exciting and well done action sequences including one helluva massive explosion at the films conclusion. The soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith is good but is more attuned to the american westerns. If you're a fan of the blaxploitation genre don't expect the usual trash talking as any wordplay is specific to the time period here. However, if you wish to check out some other films featuring Jim Brown, Williamson or Kelly together or separately the following are some worth checking out-
THREE THE HARD WAY
TOUGH GUYS
TICK...TICK...TICK
BUCKTOWN
TRUCK TURNER
SLAUGHTER
SLAUGHTERS BIG RIP-OFF
MANNAJA from 1977 is serviceable but is let down by an ending that feels a bit rushed. CALIFORNIA starring Guiliano Gemma from the same year has the same gloomy doom laden atmosphere and sense of dread is a much better picture. MANNAJA is good also but mostly because of its evil and despicable villain. There are also some decent characterizations along the way and a couple of good action scenes but it just doesn't seem like enough. The ending was the biggest letdown for me as I was expecting more. Still, for the price, it's worth picking up for the gothic horror style setting which recalls such films as GREAT SILENCE, DJANGO and the horror pictures of Mario Bava. Several scenes of violence and gore grab your attention and Maurizio Merlhi who was famous for his italian crime films makes a good western anti-hero who seems to have seen some of Tony Anthony's movies as inspiration for this character.
I won't even recommend RITA OF THE WEST except to die hard aficianados of italian cinema as it's one of a handful of films I can say is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. I found the parts that didn't involve singing to be quite humorous and many famous actors are present like Gordon Mitchell and Kirk Morris who plays Ringo and the character of Django is also present. Terence Hill and Fernando Sancho also star. The animated opening credits are funny as is much of the comedy particularly when Rita and her piano playing partner are captured by Fernando Sancho and his bandits. The dance numbers are all outrageous and some are quite well done although towards the end it all becomes a bit tiresome. If you do see it you won't forget it!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 23, 2006, 01:07:20 PM

MANNAJA from 1977 is serviceable but is let down by an ending that feels a bit rushed.

Actually I think the film REALLY picks up the last half hour. From the daughters betrayl and on the film becomes a true spaghetti western. What we get before is just a few nice looking action scenes(including the wonderful rock slide sequence) but in between those I think the first hour is rather dull.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 23, 2006, 02:20:54 PM
I meant that for all the nasty things the villain does throughout the course of the film I expected a bit more as the final confrontation is over before before it really begins. If you blink you'd miss it.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 23, 2006, 09:59:31 PM
I meant that for all the nasty things the villain does throughout the course of the film I expected a bit more as the final confrontation is over before before it really begins. If you blink you'd miss it.


The hatchet to the chest did seem a little quick to me at first viewing. But once you finish your second viewing you begin to feel more satisfied with it.
(at least he didnt just shoot him. I have seen far to many superb spaghetti westerns where the hero kills the bad guy quickly with one bullet. It leaves the whole awesome event with a bad taste in your mouth).


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 24, 2006, 05:41:18 PM

 TAKE A HARD RIDE isn't necessarily an italian production as aside from Antonio Margheriti directing and a few crew members it's more or less a US-italian co-production.
I ordered this today from UK Amazon for just under £5 and it sounds great with the likes of Karate champ Jim Kelly who i enjoyed in Enter The Dragon.I really enjoy these Blaxploitation movies of that area and their influence on other movies like Live and Let Die and the Shaft series-maybe they are not very PC because it portrays and stereotypes black people as somehow dangerous especially to us "honkies"  :-\   but they always come over as very cool.
I saw Jim Brown in Tick,Tick,Tick which you mentioned a few years ago and its an excellent movie with Brown playing a sheriff who has to deal with all sorts of prejudiced bad guys in his own inimitable way-recommended!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 24, 2006, 07:24:13 PM
the Shaft series

There was only two Shaft movies correct?

Shaft

and

Shaft goes to Africa(or something that involves Africa).


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 24, 2006, 11:50:52 PM
Three. SHAFT, SHAFTS BIG SCORE and SHAFT IN AFRICA


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 25, 2006, 05:06:00 PM
Is anybody familiar with any of the Flatfoot series of the 1970's?Flatfoot played by Bud Spencer is a cop who refuses to carry a gun and surprise,surprise relies on his fists instead.I've seen a couple of trailers on the recent Dutch edition of Watch Out,We're Mad and one or two of these movies look like they maybe quite good! ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on May 25, 2006, 06:55:40 PM
After watching Bud spencer's "It can be done amigo" I think I will stay away from some of his solo outings for awhile.
Except for maybe "Buddy goes west", which has a great soundtrack.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 27, 2006, 06:25:55 AM
Can't really blame Bud Spencer for that movie-he's only as good as the script put in front of him and the quality of the direction etc.
Despite Flatfoots lack of a firearm these movies appear to give Spencer a more serious role than normal,and for his straighter roles i thought he was pretty good in both Five Man Army and Today We Kill Tommorow You Die.
Its lucky we never saw Terence Hill in Little Rita Of The West first-otherwise we wouldn't have seen his other great solo outings! :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 30, 2006, 11:52:53 PM
After attempting to purchase a handful of these from ebay and subsequently being ripped off for a third time, I've got this boatload of bootlegs on its way. Some of these I'm aware of their classic status. Any opinions or thoughts would be much appreciated.
PISTOL FOR RINGO
RETURN OF RINGO
ADIOS, GRINGO
PRICE OF POWER
THE MERCENARY
AND FOR A ROOF...
HILLS RUN RED
NAVAJO JOE
LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE
ALIVE OR PREFERABLY DEAD
CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES
HELLBENDERS
LONG RIDE FROM HELL-Steve Reeves
7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS
A MAN CALLED KING-Richard Harrison(unfortunately, awesome soundtrack though)
COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF-Anthony Steffen
GOD FORGIVES, I DON"T
A REASON TO LIVE, A PLACE TO DIE-James Coburn, Telly Savalas
BLOOD AT SUNDOWN
FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME
I'LL SELL MY SKIN DEARLY
HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST-Gianni Garko
FACE TO FACE
SARTANAS COMING, TRADE YOUR PISTOL FOR A COFFIN
BULLET & FLESH
CHARGE(THOSE DIRTY DOGS)-Gianni Garko
LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH
PROVIDENCE 2
Also the French disc of STRANGER & THE GUNFIGHTER which was backordered a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully I'll be able to watch 4 or 6 of these a week. I already have a stack of around 90 or more discs yet to view. Someday I guess.....


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 31, 2006, 05:22:30 AM
Wow,where did you get all these bootlegs from because i haven't seen about 10 of these? ::)
I'm a bit wary too after a recent bad experience on Ebay and have instead been bartering with people  ;) for new titles which aren't officially available.
   Obviously from your name Arizona you are a big Giuliana Gemma fan and you are so right about the classic status of both Tessaris Ringo films-both very influenced by American westerns in style,both immacultately made but with the added spaghetti twist of Morricone(i'm addicted to the Pistol theme!) and violence .I must get a widescreen print of Return of Ringo one day! Of the others from your list starring Gemma is the conspiracy theory one-Price Of Power which i know some guys find a bit too talky-but the deliberate parellels made with the Kennedy assassination for a much earlier president in Wild West times i found quite gripping.Theres a novel gun duel in this one-conducted in pitch black with the only light provided by lighted cigarettes.
Gemma tries his hand at a bit of comedy in And For A Roof but theres some serious stuff as well in Petroni's strange hybrid of a sw but i love this film  mainly for one factor-Morricones absolutely brilliant soundtrack!  :D
       The Mercenary has just come out the winner of our SW League so theres not really more i need to say about that one but i'm glad you've managed to dig up a copy of Tessari's Long Live Your Death which like Corbucci's film features Franco Nero and is very similar in style albeit even more lighthearted.I assume you've got hold of the vhs pan & scan print Arizona but i have seen a DVDr available which apparently has a beautiful widescreen print from a German video but with English audio dubbed over it-i'm intending to pick up a copy myself fairly soon. ::)
     Great to see you managed to pick up a few of the recognised classics Navajo Joe(Burt Reynolds is good,Morricone very good!),Hellbenders(great original storyline and Morricone score!) and Face To Face(easily one of the best! ;) ) and i can't see you being disappointed with those ones.
    Hills Run Red seems to be very hard to get hold of-mines a Dvdr taken from screening on American TCM but its a terrific sw though like the Ringo films American in style but of the psychological variety ie Antony Mann's James Stewart 50's westerns.Theres some great set pieces here and Henry Silva as the black-clad villain is outstanding.However Morricones score no thrills score here is a bit disappointing by his standards.
    Isn't that Sartana the one with George Hilton aka Fistful Of Lead?-i like that one apart from Charles Southwood dressed all in white with a pouncy umbrella-too silly even for a Sartana movie.The definative Sartana Mr Gianni Garko stars in Charge! aka Those Dirty Dogs-not one of the best but still alot of fun! :) Garko in His Name Is Holy Ghost is very high on my wants so you'd better tell me where you got this from or else! ;D
My version of A Reason To Live A Reason To Die is a crap cut mediocre full screen version but there is enough explosive action and enjoyment in this what should be called The Dirty Half-Dozen of the sw world that i'd love to see this in beautiful widescreen.
    Cemetery Without Crosses?-well it finished 6th in the SW league-i'll get strung up by Firecracker  :-[ but i find this one a bit dull and bleak but its salvation is the wonderful theme tune that recurs throughout.
     God Forgives I Don't-i only have a mediocre print but otherwise i was disappointed after seeing its fun sequel Ace High.Fun is definately not how i'd describe God Forgives in any way-overlong and tedious(but still miles better than Boot Hill  :( )  yes.
    I love Providence 1-so i'm awaiting your verdict on number 2 and all the others although i'm waiting for Blood at Sundown and Long Days Of Vengeance to arrive in the post any day! :-\


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: cigar joe on May 31, 2006, 06:41:16 AM
The Mercenary
Cemetery Without Crosses
Face to Face

The rest I didn't like or haven't seen.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 31, 2006, 10:44:50 PM
The LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH is uncut and LBX as well as REASON TO LIVE... also uncut and LBX. The site is Eurotrash.com. Firecracker gave me the link. It's run by Craig Ledbetter, a very nice guy whom I dealt with about 10 years ago when he used to have his magazine EUROPEAN TRASH CINEMA out. I wasn't aware until recently that he was still in business. Eight of the discs were free. The HOLY GHOST disc is full screen BTW. I already have another list of SWs' I'm curious about as well as a few peplums I haven't seen since I was a kid such as Sergio Corbuccis GOLIATH AGAINST THE VAMPIRES and the 10 GLADIATORS trilogy. You should check out his site.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 01, 2006, 05:13:17 AM
Thanks Arizona i just tried that link but got this! :-[
http://eurotrash.com/
Surely this can't be the one you meant? :o


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: boardwalk_angel on June 01, 2006, 05:16:30 AM
Thanks Arizona i just tried that link but got this! :-[
http://eurotrash.com/
Surely this can't be the one you meant? :o


Try this one....
http://eurotrashcinema.com/


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 01, 2006, 05:25:57 AM
Thanks BA!
I see you have to buy 20 to get 8 free.However if one lives in the UK they charge $5 for every dvd-i'm not sure how economical that works out but they have a nice selection.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 01, 2006, 11:44:11 PM
Received the package today and viewed the first few minutes of all of them. The quality ranges from poor to excellent. Sadly, I thought the classics available on Japanese dvd would be the source for most of the prints. CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES and COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF are from the jap discs but others like the RINGO films are from jap VHS with forced subs. PRICE OF POWER is from Greek VHS and the picture quality is very poor. I guess I may have to break down and pay the $50 for the jap dvds if I want the best quality. Many of them run over 2 hours so there's no question whether some are uncut or not. To correct an earlier post I made, LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH is not LBX but the picture is good on the disc. I watched NAVAJO JOE tonight with this print source taped from TCM and in widescreen. This is one of the most violent SWs I've ever seen and it definitely deserves a legit DVD (re)release. Banjo, I watched a portion of HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST and it's a riot. From Guiliano Carnimeo of the Garko SARTANA films, which, if you enjoyed those, you'll like this. There's more comedy here some of it blackly humorous although it starts off very serious. I'll probably check it out this weekend. The picture quality BTW is good on this one but full screen with greek subs. Also peeked at BLOOD AT SUNDOWN and the quality is very nice and partially widescreened. Anxious to see this too.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 02, 2006, 05:22:28 AM
TAKE A HARD RIDE isn't necessarily an italian production as aside from Antonio Margheriti directing and a few crew members it's more or less a US-italian co-production. This amalgamation of the blaxploitation genre with the spaghetti-US western genres is quite entertaining if a bit sluggish at first. Although there is ample amounts of action during the first 30 minutes the movie just sits there until about 40 minutes in. It's almost a greatest hits package as every cliche is thrown into the mix as Jim Brown must escort a shipment of gold cross country and every gang and crooked lawman is after it including Lee Van Cleef who, through the course of the film, is difficult to tell whether he is a good guy or a bad guy. He looks very tired here even a bit sickly although he looked better the following year in the execrable GODS GUN. Jim Brown is the upright and just lawman, Fred Williamson(whose accent changes regularly)plays the sneaky gambler who has his own intentions for the gold and Jim Kelly plays a mute martial artist who was raised by indians. The film benefits from a very playful atmosphere and some quite exciting and well done action sequences including one helluva massive explosion at the films conclusion. The soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith is good but is more attuned to the american westerns. If you're a fan of the blaxploitation genre don't expect the usual trash talking as any wordplay is specific to the time period here.
I just saw Take A Hard Ride and your review is spot on AC-quite entertaining indeed-i loved LVC playing the harmonica(those long sad drawn out notes sounded very cool)  and this music with similar blues harp-like effects are used every time LVC appears on screen.
    I'm gonna now have to dig out my old vhs with El Condor on which also stars both LVC and Jim Brown.Any thoughts on Kid Vengeance anyone?






Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 03, 2006, 03:43:12 PM
Any thoughts on Kid Vengeance anyone?






here are a few...

1.stay away
2.stay away
3.stay away



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 03, 2006, 05:04:46 PM
Really?
I see you can pick up a copy(crappy pan and scan i guess) off Amazon for about a pound!
Whats LVCs performance like in this?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 03, 2006, 05:08:02 PM

Whats LVCs performance like in this?

he is as slimy as any of his other baddie roles but he is not used very often and there is a point in the film where the director wants you to sympathize with him but it doesnt go so well.

his appearence is awful. Check out my review in the crap list.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 03, 2006, 05:14:46 PM
he is as slimy as any of his other baddie roles but he is not used very often and there is a point in the film where the director wants you to sympathize with him but it doesnt go so well.

his appearence is awful. Check out my review in the crap list.
I must've overlooked that review-LVC doesn't look too bad in Take A Hard Ride but i wudda liked to have seen LVC have a bit more screen time.
Leif Garrets in Kid Vengeance isn't he-i found him really irritating in Gods Gun.
Oh yeah i'm sure on Rogers SW site that Kid Vengeance is rated something like 240th out of 240-but i only need that one to complete the set other than Barquero which is a Euro of course.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 03, 2006, 05:19:50 PM
I must've overlooked that review-LVC doesn't look too bad in Take A Hard Ride but i wudda liked to have seen LVC have a bit more screen time.
Leif Garrets in Kid Vengeance isn't he-i found him really irritating in Gods Gun.
Oh yeah i'm sure on Rogers SW site that Kid Vengeance is rated something like 240th out of 240-but i only need that one to complete the set other than Barquero which is a Euro of course.


Rogers also has "Matalo"(which I hear is excellent) all the way down on 249.

Leif Garret is in "KV" and in his most annoying form. At least in God's Gun he was mute for a good portion of the film.

My review for Kid Vengeance is on the first page of the crap reviews.

and isnt "Barquero" an American western?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 03, 2006, 05:24:07 PM
and isnt "Barquero" an American western?
I thought it may've been filmed in Spain-i need to check Cigar Joes old review.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: cigar joe on June 04, 2006, 08:30:26 AM
Barquero is filmed in Colorado.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 04, 2006, 04:39:02 PM
Its like a sw i understand? ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 05, 2006, 12:13:38 AM
Watched these this late Saturday and Sunday night-STRANGER & THE GUNFIGHTER, PISTOL FOR RINGO, CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES and 7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS.
This version of S&TG is the french disc and it appears to be uncut as some of the violence I don't remember seeing on the Columbia VHS. The picture quality is immaculate. The widescreen presentation brings out a better appreciation for this one which completely dwarfs the similar but rather lackluster FIGHTING FISTS OF SHANGHAI JOE. Excellent production values from the HK locations as several of those massive sets and the bridge were utilized or redressed in many of the Shaws biggest martial chivalry and kung fu epics around this time. Lee Van Cleef was obviously enjoying himself on this one and his rapport with Shaw star Lo Lieh is quite fun to watch. However, it was odd to see future Shaw exploitation starlet Chen Ping in a (small)role completely clothed. PISTOL FOR RINGO. What needs to be said really. One of the greatest I've ever seen. Is as good as anything Leone did and if it had an already established american star it could have stood the test of time like Leones trilogy. Too bad the copy I have is only partial wide and the quality is average at best. Gemma is spot on here. The film also benefits from a good script and several dramatic and funny moments. CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES however, I found a bit overrated. I did enjoy it I just don't see what the fuss is about. I liked the gloomy atmosphere and sense of dread especially the howling wind in many scenes but the film seems to drag on much longer than its 85 minute running time. Dario Argento must've had GREAT SILENCE on his mind when he wrote this. Good film just not what I expected. Lastly, 7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS from Duccio Tessari is a fast, funny somewhat lighthearted western which features a family of Scotsmen who have 7 sons who get into much trouble when they try to sell horses in another town which end up being stolen by a mexican bandit gang. There're so many great and memorable sequences here. The opening is hilarious as a gang of horse theives attempt to steal the Macgregors horses while the sons are away but end up being wiped out by the old folks inside the house. Lots of action here-fistfights, shootouts, a train robbery and a finale featuring a seige on a fortress with the Macgregor sons trapped inside make for a highly entertaining 90 minutes. This copy was fullscreen and had greek subs. The quality was good. Also saw pieces of RETURN OF RINGO and BLOOD AT SUNDOWN but fell asleep on both as it was very early in the morning but liked what I saw so far on both.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 05, 2006, 03:20:47 AM
This version of S&TG is the french disc and it appears to be uncut as some of the violence I don't remember seeing on the Columbia VHS. The picture quality is immaculate. The widescreen presentation brings out a better appreciation for this one which completely dwarfs the similar but rather lackluster FIGHTING FISTS OF SHANGHAI JOE. Excellent production values from the HK locations as several of those massive sets and the bridge were utilized or redressed in many of the Shaws biggest martial chivalry and kung fu epics around this time. Lee Van Cleef was obviously enjoying himself on this one and his rapport with Shaw star Lo Lieh is quite fun to watch. However, it was odd to see future Shaw exploitation starlet Chen Ping in a (small)role completely clothed. PISTOL FOR RINGO. What needs to be said really. One of the greatest I've ever seen. Is as good as anything Leone did and if it had an already established american star it could have stood the test of time like Leones trilogy. Too bad the copy I have is only partial wide and the quality is average at best. Gemma is spot on here. The film also benefits from a good script and several dramatic and funny moments. CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES however, I found a bit overrated. I did enjoy it I just don't see what the fuss is about. I liked the gloomy atmosphere and sense of dread especially the howling wind in many scenes but the film seems to drag on much longer than its 85 minute running time. Dario Argento must've had GREAT SILENCE on his mind when he wrote this.

HEY!!!!! are we both telepathic or what ?  :o because i could have written the same about those particular sw's word for word because i have EXACTLY the same opinion.Firecracker prefers the Shanghai Joe to Stranger & The Gunfighter but the latter is easily one of my favourites,and the Great Silence comparison has also occured to me for Cemetery Without Crosses-i'd say this was above average maybe but surely not one of the classics ::) I totally fell in love with Pistol For Ringo too! :)
BTW i'm definately gonna check out They Call Me Holy Ghost because i've just seen They Call Me Cemetery(in Italian with English subtitles) and thats fun too with a wonderful Bruno Nicholai soundtrack. ;)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: cigar joe on June 05, 2006, 05:48:13 AM
In Farbers Encyclopedia of Westerns he refers to it as the "most Italinanate American Western".  I tend to agree, but it just doesn't have that SW magic, LVC & Warren Oates do a great job. Its much more like a SW than Clint's first AW after Leone "Hang 'em High".


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 05, 2006, 07:23:13 AM
In Farbers Encyclopedia of Westerns he refers to it as the "most Italinanate American Western".  I tend to agree, but it just doesn't have that SW magic, LVC & Warren Oates do a great job. Its much more like a SW than Clint's first AW after Leone "Hang 'em High".
Thanks for the reminder CJ,i want this movie real bad!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 05, 2006, 10:21:16 AM
Also saw pieces of RETURN OF RINGO and BLOOD AT SUNDOWN but fell asleep on both as it was very early in the morning but liked what I saw so far on both.
I just received Blood At Sundown which i'll be viewing very soon myself! ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 05, 2006, 10:23:49 AM
CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES however, I found a bit overrated. I did enjoy it I just don't see what the fuss is about. I liked the gloomy atmosphere and sense of dread especially the howling wind in many scenes but the film seems to drag on much longer than its 85 minute running time. Dario Argento must've had GREAT SILENCE on his mind when he wrote this.

I guess you can partially blame me for the hype. I am the only one that gives that thing praise here any how.
sorry you didnt find it great. I guess I saw it in a period of my sw life where it seemed to be different from the regular spaghetti fare(gatling guns hidden in coffins, gadgets, mexican bandits etc.) and I found it very entertaining for its differences  from the mainstream of the genre and its similarities to Leone.

Glad to hear you did enjoy "Pistol for Ringo" though! yes that film is one of the best spags out there. Recently gave this to Banjo and he found it to be wonderful. The dialogue is a bit silly at times but you forgive this short coming. The comedy elements are top notch and there is a lot of surprisingly brutal violence in it. And Fernando Sancho gives the best role I have seen him in yet!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 05, 2006, 08:42:43 PM
Finally finished MASSACRE TIME

I too recently recieved the region 2 in the mail and the transfer(though not perfect) is miles better than the region 1 version. Glad you enjoyed this wonderful treat of a spaghetti. Though Fulci's other spag "Four of the apocalypse" is a nice change of direction from the usual genre fare, I believe "Massacre Time" is a far better movie.

Edit: and yes Franco Nero's "family switch" is a huge plot hole in the film but I dont care. This film is very entertaining and need not to dwell into something called "logic".


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 06, 2006, 07:38:28 AM
Correction on my earlier post-Duccio Tesari wrote the screenplay for 7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS. Franco Giraldi was director. I finally broke down and ordered the Macoroni Western Bible box set with 4 of Gemmas westerns and also ADIOS GRINGO with Gemma. I hated dropping that much cash on so few discs but I enjoyed the RINGOS so much I'm not content with an inferior copy when a great copy is available. Also have a good copy of PRICE OF POWER(not the jap dvd) on the way from xploited along with TASTE OF KILLING and the PAL disc of MASSACRE TIME. Saw a bit of ALIVE OR PREFERABLY DEAD last night. I'll try to watch that and HOLY GHOST tonight if possible.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 06, 2006, 07:44:07 AM
FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE along with DJANGO, KILL are two highly overrated films that even after several viewings do not see there supposed classic status. There are some good bits in both but not enough to sustain interest past one initial viewing. Maybe a more recent view will change my opinion slightly. Fulci also did SILVER SADDLE with Gemma.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 06, 2006, 12:12:39 PM
perhaps it would be wiser in the future to pay for such discs individually on ebay. That is what I do and I dont have to pay over 100 dollars for the bible set.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 06, 2006, 12:18:12 PM
. Fulci also did SILVER SADDLE with Gemma.

yes but that is very difficult to find.
I think "4 of the Apocalypse" is far better than "Django Kill"(which is the most overrated sw out there along with "The Big Gundown"). Apocalypse has wonderful characters and a very satisfying ending. It tends to drag in the snow village but I can forgive that. Yes it is rather hard to sit through a second viewing but what film isnt?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 06, 2006, 05:02:36 PM
yes but that is very difficult to find.
I think "4 of the Apocalypse" is far better than "Django Kill"(which is the most overrated sw out there along with "The Big Gundown"). Apocalypse has wonderful characters and a very satisfying ending. It tends to drag in the snow village but I can forgive that. Yes it is rather hard to sit through a second viewing but what film isnt?
4 of the Apocalypse spends most of its time on my shelf gathering dust i'm afraid.The only real watchable thing about it is the evil Chaco but he has much too little screen time to make me wanna dig it out in a hurry again.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 06, 2006, 05:57:41 PM
I won't buy from anyone now with a feedback rating of less than 99%.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 07, 2006, 08:56:27 AM
I won't need to worry about ebay ever again because I'll never use them again for anything and I'm going to do what I can to get that seller knocked off of there.


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Post by: Sundance on June 07, 2006, 10:21:11 AM
This version of S&TG is the french disc and it appears to be uncut as some of the violence I don't remember seeing on the Columbia VHS.

Sorry, it's cut. ;D >:(

Some kind of a fight in a distillary is said to be missing. It's also missing from the german disc and the UK disc.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 08, 2006, 08:45:15 AM
I was basing it on the bit of gore at the end. I don't remember seeing the big holes in the indian's chest as the camera zooms in on him as he hits the ground. Just because someone said something was missing doesn't mean that it is unless it exists on another print somewhere. Just like my saying there was missing gore here when it may have been on the old VHS but since it wasn't LBX you couldn't see it and also it's been some 15-20 years ago so naturally seeing it in gorgeous quality and LBX is like seeing it for the first time. Watched HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST last night and if you enjoyed Garkos SARTANA sequels you'll enjoy this as it's cut from the same cloth albeit with an abundance of humor some of it blackly comical. There's even a Bud Spencer character that partners with Holy Ghost throughout the movie. Towards the end however, the comedy takes over amidst all the explosions and gunfire. Garko has a wide range of weapons this time out. The only disappointing aspect of the film for me was earlier in the picture you're led to believe that Holy Ghost may in fact be a supernatural gunfighter but by the end you realize he's just an ordinary guy. The quality is decent on this fullscreen print with greek subs. Only teh sound is a bit muffled. Also caught COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF and I've never been a fan of Anthony Steffen after seeing him in the extremely disappointing DJANGO THE BASTARD but here he's great as a mysterious gunfighter who joins a gang of murderers who were involved in a stagecoach massacre several years earlier. Eduardo Fijardo from DJANGO plays the main heavy. Definitely recommended. The quality is superb as it was sourced from the jap disc. I received the italian disc of MASSACRE TIME yesterday and the print is better than the region 0 dvd from Hong Kong. Also included is a poster reproduction and a 17 minute interview with George Hilton which sadly, is in italian only and no subs. You can see the interview by going to the filmography section and hilighting Hiltons name. Also got Alfa Digitals PRICE OF POWER which is sourced from the jap dvd, the jap disc of ADIOS GRINGO which looks beautiful and TASTE OF KILLING from Wild East. I also tried to watch REASON TO LIVE REASON TO DIE but it was around 3 in the morning so I only saw about 40 minutes of it. It was rather boring. It seems nothing much happens until the end. I'll try to make time for a proper viewing this evening if possible.


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Post by: Sundance on June 08, 2006, 11:42:46 AM
Yeah, people might remember things wrong and so sometimes there might not actually be anything missing. Anyways, I have been told by several people that the distillary scene is missing and jerksi's bootleg description at ebay says "This is UNCUT.  The battle in the distillary cut form most versions is restored here." 8)

I would very much like to see HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST but I just can't make myself watch fullscreen so haven't even tried to get the disc. :(


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Post by: Banjo on June 09, 2006, 03:36:06 AM
I'd rather so a full screen version than no version at all-we could be waiting for eternity for the obscure Holy Ghost to get a decent widescreen release. :(


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 11, 2006, 10:43:51 AM
Watched the following over the past few days-LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE, ADIOS GRINGO, PRICE OF POWER and half of TASTE OF KILLING. No problem with any of these. LDOV was another great Gemma picture with several suspensful scenes and an unusual ending. I liked Gemmas ingenuity in dispatching some of the bad guys here instead of the usual gunfight. The quality was apparently from the jap VHS and was fine. ADIOS GRINGO is a fine film in its own right from 1965. There are several plot lines going at one time with the initial story from the outset, while not abandoned completely, isn't the main focal point of the movie. In it Gemma must clear his name for a crime he didn't commit and during the opening 10 minutes he is forced to gun down a man who accuses him of stealing his cattle. The mans wife places a bounty on his head and Gemma rides off to find the real culprit only to get involved in finding out who committed a stagecoach massacre when he happens upon a naked woman staked to the ground in the blazing sun. She being the only witness to survive knows what the killers look like and so goes the other plot of the movie filled with suspense and fight sequences one of particular note where Gemma takes on the entire gang bare handed. The initial plot is mentioned throughout but takes a backseat to the other story although by the end Gemma rides off with the evidence to clear his name in the other town. If you enjoyed Gemmas other westerns with a similar storyline like ONE SILVER DOLLAR or WANTED or ARIZONA COLT you'll surely want this in your collection as well. I bought the jap DVD ofr this and the quality is superb. PRICE OF POWER was another excellent Gemma adventure with an emphasis on the story although the action is evenly spread out over the 107 minute running time. I don't think there is a need to go over the film as I believe everyone here has seen it already. This disc from alfa digital was sourced from the jap DVD. The trailer contains bits and alternate takes not seen in the finished film. I haven't finished TASTE OF KILLING yet but it's very enjoyable and is apparently Tonino Valerii's first western.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 11, 2006, 11:32:22 PM
Also forgot to mention(perhaps a good thing)seeing SARTANAS COMING TRADE YOUR PISTOL FOR A COFFIN. Definitely nothing to write home about. The usually reliable Hilton seems to be sleepwalking here and doesn't come close to Garkos portrayal of Sartana. The gadgets are MIA as well with nothing but endless gun fights to sustain your attention with little to no originality. From the usually reliable Carnimeo. The quality is good, fullscreen and sourced from the old Unicorn Video VHS.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 11, 2006, 11:35:50 PM
Also forgot to mention(perhaps a good thing)seeing SARTANAS COMING TRADE YOUR PISTOL FOR A COFFIN. Definitely nothing to write home about. The usually reliable Hilton seems to be sleepwalking here and doesn't come close to Garkos portrayal of Sartana. The gadgets are MIA as well with nothing but endless gun fights to sustain your attention with little to no originality. From the usually reliable Carnimeo. The quality is good, fullscreen and sourced from the old Unicorn Video VHS.

Its not that bad. Its very entertaining. I think things get more interesting once South Wood shows up(though many dont agree because they find him annoying).

And the way Sartana offs Sabbath is genius(even though we later find out it was all a sting).


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 11, 2006, 11:39:48 PM
What are your thoughts on ADIOS GRINGO and PRICE OF POWER?


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 11, 2006, 11:42:02 PM
What are your thoughts on ADIOS GRINGO and PRICE OF POWER?

Havent seen the former.

"Price of Power" is good indeed but a bit too talky. The only thing I felt that was needed to be done over was that ending. Gemma selfishly keeps the documents but then the next scene has a change of heart and gives them back to the government agent. WTF!?


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 11, 2006, 11:46:10 PM
Ditto for me and the ending but then I thought that perhaps Gemmas character figured that if he had given up the document then maybe the agent might have killed him as he wasn't sure whose side he was on in the first place and only upon seeing the agent preparing to board the train as instructed did he realize the agents intentions.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 11, 2006, 11:58:46 PM
Ditto for me and the ending but then I thought that perhaps Gemmas character figured that if he had given up the document then maybe the agent might have killed him as he wasn't sure whose side he was on in the first place and only upon seeing the agent preparing to board the train as instructed did he realize the agents intentions.

mmm I dont know? even with that theory the ending was still a bit "flim-flamy". My favorite scene was when they kill Gemma's Black friend. Quite emotional. And I do enjoy Steffenili's "night vision" showdowns with Gemma(nice gimick).


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 12, 2006, 12:08:03 AM
SARTANAS COMING TRADE YOUR PISTOL FOR A COFFIN.

I did enjoy Sartana's apetite for eggs this time around.
But I agree with you, Hilton doesnt even try in the slightest to be like Garko. He plays Sartana off like a cheeky bastard but he doesnt come off half as charming as Garko in "Have a good funeral..." where Garko, does in fact, play Sartana like a cheeky bastard.


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Post by: Banjo on June 12, 2006, 05:59:01 AM
ADIOS GRINGO is a fine film in its own right from 1965. There are several plot lines going at one time with the initial story from the outset, while not abandoned completely, isn't the main focal point of the movie. In it Gemma must clear his name for a crime he didn't commit and during the opening 10 minutes he is forced to gun down a man who accuses him of stealing his cattle. The mans wife places a bounty on his head and Gemma rides off to find the real culprit only to get involved in finding out who committed a stagecoach massacre when he happens upon a naked woman staked to the ground in the blazing sun. She being the only witness to survive knows what the killers look like and so goes the other plot of the movie filled with suspense and fight sequences one of particular note where Gemma takes on the entire gang bare handed. The initial plot is mentioned throughout but takes a backseat to the other story although by the end Gemma rides off with the evidence to clear his name in the other town. If you enjoyed Gemmas other westerns with a similar storyline like ONE SILVER DOLLAR or WANTED or ARIZONA COLT you'll surely want this in your collection as well.
Thats interesting what you say about Adios Gringo,One Silver Dollar and Wanted because i had a spending spree over the weekend-and i took Howards Hughes advice from the book we've both got "Once Upon A Time In The Italian West" and also his pocket guide.For me so far Hughes suggestions have been fairly reliable and he suggests Andios Gringo to be quite an average stepping stone(for Gemma) to the Ringo films but you've got me curious now :-\ .Out of the Giorgio Ferroni trilogy of One Silver Dollar,Fort Yuma Gold and Wanted Hughes suggests the middle one as the best because it has a similar atmosphere to GBU together with a Morricone soundtrack-so i've ordered this one together with Man From Nowhere which is meant to be a bigger budget take on the Ringo films.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 12, 2006, 11:53:21 PM
Where are you getting FORT YUMA GOLD? I finished TASTE OF KILLING this evening and it's another great Valerii movie although the emphasis is on action this time. The finale is filled with set pieces as a GBU sized bridge is blown up just sa the army of villains are about to cross and a bank is blown up also. All within the span of 15 minutes! The final confrontation with the lead bad guy is original and seems more suited to a Corbucci movie as it's a bit OTT.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 13, 2006, 12:15:56 AM
Where are you getting FORT YUMA GOLD? I finished TASTE OF KILLING this evening and it's another great Valerii movie although the emphasis is on action this time.

Thats not a bad thing.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 13, 2006, 12:35:05 AM
I think Wild Easts disc is a boot of the jap dvd which is featured on one of there many macaroni bibles. I hope the Gemma bible I have coming has the 5th disc with the interviews. They're probably in italian only with jap subs though. I do have several italian friends maybe I can get them to translate?


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 13, 2006, 10:57:00 PM
Watched a few minutes of A MAN CALLED KING and to my horror it stars that diabolically bad actor Richard Harrison. What I saw was actually pretty good so maybe this will beone of his westerns I will like plus Kinski is on hand as a hero/villain(?). Harrison is hilarious in his incredibly awful ninja movies where he wears outfits that make him look like a space man. He did turn in a good performance(rare for him)in the Shaw Brothers film BOXER REBELLION where he played a sympathetic german officer leading his troops along with the French, Russian and Japanese forces into the Forbidden City. He also gets to romance a young chinese girl here. Harrison also starred in Shaws MARCO POLO where Harrison played the title role although here, he takes a backseat of sorts as chinese peasants secretly train men to combat the invading tartars led by Kubla Khan. Mostly Harrison is on the sidelines but gets involved from time to time. Here, he's mostly in sleepwalk mode but comes to life towards the end when he attempts to halt a pretty woman he saved earlier in the film from killing herself but fails. Going back to MAN CALLED KING, the main theme is featured on the RED DEAD REVOLVER game during the opening movie that introduces all the characters just before the main game screen.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 13, 2006, 11:42:40 PM
Going back to MAN CALLED KING, the main theme is featured on the RED DEAD REVOLVER game during the opening movie that introduces all the characters just before the main game screen.


thanks for that bit of info. There was bit of an arguement not too long ago about the opening music for RDR being taken from "And for a roof a skyful of stars"(which is bull-******). Nice to see where its from now.


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Post by: Banjo on June 14, 2006, 04:04:10 AM
Where are you getting FORT YUMA GOLD?

http://www.cinecityplanet.com/E_frame.html?http://www.cinecityplanet.com/
(sorry the exact page won't come up-do a search for that title instead!)

I'm waiting for Taste For Killing too arrive on my doorstep with quite a few others including a widescreen version of Long Live Your Death -i need to try and keep up with you Arizona Colt ;D
Started watching the Specialists last night-its a lovely looking sw! :)


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 14, 2006, 09:28:27 AM


Started watching the Specialists last night-its a lovely looking sw! :)

yes, yes it tis.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 16, 2006, 12:23:35 AM
I watched HELLBENDERS, MAN CALLED KING aka HIS NAME WAS KING and LONG ROAD FROM HELL over teh past two days. There's no need to say much about HELLBENDERS other than classic! Great suspense from beginning to end. An unusual movie for Corbucci as gunplay takes a back seat to the suspense. This dvd was sourced from the old Embassy VHS and the quality was really good. HIS NAME WAS KING is next. Although I enjoy Richard Harrisons bad performances for the wrong reasons, he is pretty decent here which says little but he does come through in the action scenes. Kinski is around in another villainous turn. Harrison plays a bounty hunter whose newly married brother is killed and his wife raped so King goes after the men responsible. Kinski plays the sheriff(!) who is Kings "friend".  The problem with the movie is that the first 10-15 minutes are surprisingly well made but after that it begins to crumble for every one thing it does right it does two things wrong. There are many scenes of people riding with the camera hundreds of feet away that seem to go on forever. I did fall asleep several times but the movie only lasted 73 minutes so something has to be missing(I guess). Kinski delivers perhaps his worst performance as he seems to be in compettion with Harrison to see who can deliver the most wooden role. He doesn't do much of anything. The friend that did manage to watch the whole thing said he only killed one person adn Kinski never leaves the town!
However, the the action scenes are well staged and are filmed differently compared to other spags utilizing fast editing to give the shootouts more punch. The score is arguably the best thing about the movie from Luis Bacalov who also uses several cues from some of his other westerns like DJANGO and BULLET FOR THE GENERAL. What the film does right makes it good for at least one viewing. LONG ROAD FROM HELL was a real treat and well worth your time. Steve Reeves stars in his only spag and it's sad that he didn't do more. There are some great set pieces to be found here and lots of violent action as well. Reeves is framed for a train massacre and gold robbery and he and his brother who were chasing the same men who had stolen his horses, are put into Yuma Prison. Reeves eventually escapes and goes after the men who framed him. Lots of familiar faces like Aldo Sambrell fill out the cast. Definitely recommended.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 16, 2006, 12:32:57 AM

However, the the action scenes are well staged and are filmed differently compared to other spags utilizing fast editing to give the shootouts more punch.
"The Specialist" tries out this formula as well. Fast and frenetic editing during shoot outs.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 16, 2006, 12:38:21 AM
The action and music were the only saving grace for KING. I didn't realize Kinski was in it until I started watching but he sleepwalks through most of the movie although he never quite masters that zombiefied, expressionless face that Harrison can turn on at will. Harrison did featue in some of the funniest "comedies" of all time in his series of ninja films playing Gordon the "Ninja Master".


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 16, 2006, 12:39:28 AM
that zombiefied, expressionless face that Harrison can turn on at will.

at least he is good at what he does ;D


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 16, 2006, 12:45:37 AM
The scene where he sees his brothers dead body sitting upright on a carriage and his initial reaction to approach the carriage with his eyes half closed accompanied by the music from DJANGO where Django's girl is shot and the bandits hoist him from the quicksand brings tears(of laughter)to your eyes.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 16, 2006, 01:08:06 AM
The scene where he sees his brothers dead body sitting upright on a carriage and his initial reaction to approach the carriage with his eyes half closed accompanied by the music from DJANGO where Django's girl is shot and the bandits hoist him from the quicksand brings tears(of laughter)to your eyes.


Nero has a few "eye problems" as well in Django. At one point he looks like he's crossed eyed( I always laugh at this).


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 16, 2006, 11:15:45 PM
Watched FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME and LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH this afternoon. FAST HAND I thought was a comedy hence the TRINITY styled moniker but boy was I mistaken! Alan Steel of HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN plays the hero and William Berger plays one of the nastiest downright evil bastards I've seen in a western. The film starts off at the end of the civil war but Berger, a confederate, refuses to let it end. He takes over a Union fort and waits for Captain Jeff Madison to return. He is eventually captured and tortured having his shooting hand shot several times among other things. He is left to die tied to two stakes. Berger then goes around with his gang massacreing any and everybody they come into contact with. Ultimately, Madison survives to seek his revenge with a little help from an old man who also fought for the Union. The film slows down during the middle section but picks up steam during the final 20 minutes when Madison reveals a special weapon for his "useless" gunhand. The only downside to this otherwise good actioner is a character that is introduced towards the end that adds nothing to the narrative, a jazz style soundtrack that seems out of place and Berger firing off what seems like 20 bullets in the middle of the street to lure out Madison. One of the grittiest westerns out there, the quality is good on this widescreen disc. LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH from Duccio Tessari is another classic from the man. It stars Franco Nero, Eli Wallach and Lynn Redgrave in this comedy-action feature about a search for hidden gold with the map tattooed on two mexican mens behinds(sounds familiar). Tessaris movies seem to always have very good scripts filled with witty banter and this is no exception.  I couldn't find anything wrong with this movie at all other than the playful atmosphere is upset on a couple of occasions by some violent action(of which only the aftermath is shown). An unusual and surprising amount of foul language is present and the film has a great ending. Horst Janson the actor who ruined CAPTAIN KRONOS VAMPIRE HUNTER plays the villainous sheriff who is second fiddle to the evil general of the federales  and is thankfully in very little of the movie. This is the uncut version at 96 minutes and the picture quality is good but sadly fullscreen. A legit DVD is crying out for release. Highly recommended.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 17, 2006, 02:09:27 AM
In "fast hand is still my name" do Berger and crew spit at the hero when he is stuck to the pole? I read this some where and it reminded me of the cult film "Poison", which has a similar scene. Perhaps the director of "Poison" lifted from this spaghetti western?

Then again spitting at a tied man isnt exactly an inspired idea is it? You just need to be at the "right state of mind" to come up with that sort of thing.


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Post by: Banjo on June 17, 2006, 06:49:36 AM
LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH from Duccio Tessari is another classic from the man. It stars Franco Nero, Eli Wallach and Lynn Redgrave in this comedy-action feature about a search for hidden gold with the map tattooed on two mexican mens behinds(sounds familiar). Tessaris movies seem to always have very good scripts filled with witty banter and this is no exception.  I couldn't find anything wrong with this movie at all other than the playful atmosphere is upset on a couple of occasions by some violent action(of which only the aftermath is shown). An unusual and surprising amount of foul language is present and the film has a great ending.

I got my German widescreen dvdr of this movie the other day-with newly imposed English audio on all but about 15 minutes in two segments where theres only the German audio but its great having all that extra footage and its easy to follow whats going on.Interestingly theres 8 minutes missing from  the
German video which are on the English version which are tagged on(full screen) at the end of the DVDr-luckily with my DVD Recorder i have managed to re-edit this footage into the movie where it belongs and i now have what i assume is the full uncut version at just over 1 hour and 50 minutes in PAL.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on June 18, 2006, 11:57:34 PM
Yeah Bergers men circle him Alan Steel and spit on him among other things. An extraordinary amount of violence and torture in this one. The bad guys also take turns spitting on an old man and his daughter in HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 18, 2006, 11:58:23 PM
The bad guys also take turns spitting on an old man and his daughter in HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST.

say no more!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 19, 2006, 04:49:12 PM
The bad guys also take turns spitting on an old man and his daughter in HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST.
I got this one to watch too very soon but i did flick through it quickly to check out any cool Bruno Nicholai music but didn't find much.I'm not certain which is the sequel but in the other Spirito Santo movie They Call Him Cemetery the music is one of the coolest i've heard in a sw and nearly on par with what Nicholai did for 2 Sartana movies and also Adios Sabata.William Berger is also in top form as the deadly hired gun Duke and his special gimmick is,wait for it


























a collapsable  metal  flask which he squashes down prior to gun duels-very intimidating ;D
 


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Post by: cigar joe on June 19, 2006, 06:07:50 PM
regarding CWC

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I guess you can partially blame me for the hype. I am the only one that gives that thing praise here any how.
sorry you didnt find it great. I guess I saw it in a period of my sw life where it seemed to be different from the regular spaghetti fare(gatling guns hidden in coffins, gadgets, mexican bandits etc.) and I found it very entertaining for its differences  from the mainstream of the genre and its similarities to Leone.


I like it too, very stylish, but different from what we all expect.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 19, 2006, 07:15:12 PM
I'm not certain which is the sequel but in the other Spirito Santo movie
 

There are two sequels to the first Spirito Santo movies. But neither are official.

weisser states Garko plays the character a second time in the second film but then the character is played by a different actor for the third film in the series.
But the strange thing is, if you check Garko's filmography on imdb there is no trace of a "spirito santo" sequel.
Weisser must be wrong (AGAIN). unless imdb is misinformed.

whether Garko is in the sequel or not it DOES exist including the third and final installment. But without Ascotti at the helm and no Garko, I doubt they compete with the original.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 19, 2006, 11:18:13 PM
Garko doesn't play the Holy Ghost character in THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY. I watched HILLS RUN RED this evening and it's definitely deserving of its classic status. One of the best I've seen. As good if not better than Leones dollar movies. This movie does everything right-great story, good acting(especially from the protagonist whom I've not seen before and Henry Silva steals the movie in every scene he's in)well choreographed action sequences and villains you really want to see get it in the end. In fact, Silva is so good he doesn't have to resort to extremely violent tactics as so many villains in these movies often do(NOT that that's a bad thing mind you).  Another great Morricone score is present as well. It's a shame that the handful of classics outside of the Leones aren't as recognized even by the people who even know what the dollar movies are. This is a widescreen print recorded from TCM so I'm assuming it's complete as it runs 90 minutes. Highly recommended.


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Post by: The Firecracker on June 20, 2006, 02:15:22 AM
I watched HILLS RUN RED this evening and it's definitely deserving of its classic status. One of the best I've seen. As good if not better than Leones dollar movies. This movie does everything right-great story, good acting(especially from the protagonist whom I've not seen before and Henry Silva steals the movie in every scene he's in)well choreographed action sequences and villains you really want to see get it in the end. In fact, Silva is so good he doesn't have to resort to extremely violent tactics as so many villains in these movies often do(NOT that that's a bad thing mind you).  Another great Morricone score is present as well. It's a shame that the handful of classics outside of the Leones aren't as recognized even by the people who even know what the dollar movies are. This is a widescreen print recorded from TCM so I'm assuming it's complete as it runs 90 minutes. Highly recommended.


you thought that highly of it? seemed like pretty average fair to me. Yeah it has some great moments like the stunts used during the ghost town shoot out. And the scene where the main guy cuts off his tatoo.

Yeah its entertaining but its nothing special. certainly nowhere near as good as the dollars trilogy(as you say). The acting is awful. It felt like Henry Silva and the main actor were having a contest to see who can scream the loudest and be the most obnoxious. The main actor cant even be called an actor. HE WAS AWFUL. I could do better than that blind folded (first lie).
There is really no closure with his "supposed" son, and I thought this was an important plot point that should have been answered properly (second lie). And the "main" villain has no screen time what so ever.

so yeah good flick but not a classic by any means(my take).


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 20, 2006, 02:34:13 AM
Garko doesn't play the Holy Ghost character in THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY.
I'm sure Banjo made a mistake with that comment.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 20, 2006, 03:14:38 AM
Last weekend when i bought up every single last Garko sw from Cine City i was told by the bumph for They Call Him Holy Ghost that this was one of two Garko appearances as Spirito Santo so i equated Holy Ghost with Cemetery-its the only possible Garko sw where he resembles the Holy Ghost character .But it looks like that site got it wrong because if you do a "spirito santo" search on imdb.com it brings up 3 films as Firecracker says,including the Garko/Carmineo Holy Ghost film but also TWO directed by Roberto Mauri and starring Vassili Karis which are both available on Cine City in Italian only.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 20, 2006, 03:21:48 AM
I watched HILLS RUN RED this evening and it's definitely deserving of its classic status. One of the best I've seen. As good if not better than Leones dollar movies. This movie does everything right-great story, good acting(especially from the protagonist whom I've not seen before and Henry Silva steals the movie in every scene he's in)well choreographed action sequences and villains you really want to see get it in the end. In fact, Silva is so good he doesn't have to resort to extremely violent tactics as so many villains in these movies often do(NOT that that's a bad thing mind you).  Another great Morricone score is present as well. It's a shame that the handful of classics outside of the Leones aren't as recognized even by the people who even know what the dollar movies are. This is a widescreen print recorded from TCM so I'm assuming it's complete as it runs 90 minutes. Highly recommended.
I've got that same TCM print-its awful but doesn't quite spoil for me what is a great sw but it ain't as good as FOD and Morricones score is very dull and too traditional sounding.Its a great storyline,the set pieces are wonderful and yes Henry Silva does steal the show.I'd love to get hold of the stunning Japanese print ::)
Recommended :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 20, 2006, 03:32:45 AM
I finished TASTE OF KILLING this evening and it's another great Valerii movie although the emphasis is on action this time. The finale is filled with set pieces as a GBU sized bridge is blown up just sa the army of villains are about to cross and a bank is blown up also. All within the span of 15 minutes! The final confrontation with the lead bad guy is original and seems more suited to a Corbucci movie as it's a bit OTT.
I just received the Wildeast disc this morning-lovely print-but England are playing Sweden tonight so i'll have to be patient :-\ Also got the They Call Him Holy Ghost,2nd Providence,7 Guns For The McGregors,Kill Them All And Come Back Alone,Hate For Hate,Return Of Hallelujah,Arizona Colt,Gentleman Killer,Fort Yuma Gold,Price Of Death, Taste Of Vengeance,Train For Durango,Seven Dollars To Kill,Ben & Charlie,Barquero,Crazy Bunch,Red Blood Yellow Gold,One More In Hell,Sartana Kills Them All and Buddy Goes West all to watch.
Bloody World Cup ;D


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on June 20, 2006, 03:52:33 AM
Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide mentions:

Giuliano Carmineo directed this silly sequel to his own Lo Chiamavano Spirito Santo (1970) under the pseudonym "Anthony Ascott." Gianni Garko returns as the Holy Ghost, a supernatural gunfighter dressed in white and with a dove sitting on his shoulder.

But there isn't a second one. Maybe someone at some point have mixed the 'Camposanto' movie with 'Spirito Santo' and now everyone is just repeating what someone said before. ;)

Btw, ANICA mentions four movies with Spirito Santo name. One with Garko and three movies by director Roberto Mauri, yet I can find only two of Mauri's movies from IMDB (with Spirito Santo name... the third one might be there with a different name).

Also, the dates for first Mauri's movie ...E lo chiamarono Spirito Santo are in 1971 while the Carnimeo movie has only dates in 1972, thus it would seem Mauri's movie is the first Spirito Santo. :P (I trust ANICA more than I trust IMDB)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 20, 2006, 03:57:35 AM
Thanks Sundance! ;)
Is "Camposanto" the Cemetery film?
I don't suppose there are English language versions of Mauris films but i guess they're most probably inferior to Carmineos. ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on June 20, 2006, 04:06:02 AM
Yeah, 'Camposanto' is the Cemetery film. (full name Gli fumavano le Colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto )

I had not actually even noticed these Mauri's films before, so I'd guess maybe they are not worth much talk. ;D But I of course have no idea.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: boardwalk_angel on June 20, 2006, 06:13:54 AM
Yeah, 'Camposanto' is the Cemetery film. (full name Gli fumavano le Colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto )

I've seen it  called "Hallelujah for Camposanto" among it's English titles.



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 21, 2006, 12:15:25 AM
Yes I did like HILLS that much. What wasn't resolved with the boy? They were reunited at the close of the picture. Henry Silva is definitely not a bad actor nor was the main character. You could have watched the movie without sound and followed the film based on his facial expressions present in this emotional performance.  Seeing another spag directed with as much flair as the never endingly praised dollars movies was a breath of fresh air. Those three are deserving of there status but face it, having numerous scenes of guys staring at each other for 10 minutes would be nothing if not for (Morricones)music. A well choreographed action scene doesn't need any music(although it couldn't hurt)to look good. I'll take that over extreme close ups of eyes, noses and gun belts any day. Watched BULLET & THE FLESH tonight, an early italian spag that's more of a love story than anything else. The action doesn't really arrive until the final 25 minutes and it consists mostly of guys hiding behind rocks firing at each other. It's basically a spaghetti Romeo & Juliet as a white woman is in love with an Indian and the trouble that follows. If you don't mind all the dramatic buildup you could a lot worse.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 21, 2006, 11:07:25 AM
Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide mentions:

Giuliano Carmineo directed this silly sequel to his own Lo Chiamavano Spirito Santo (1970) under the pseudonym "Anthony Ascott." Gianni Garko returns as the Holy Ghost, a supernatural gunfighter dressed in white and with a dove sitting on his shoulder.

But there isn't a second one. Maybe someone at some point have mixed the 'Camposanto' movie with 'Spirito Santo' and now everyone is just repeating what someone said before. ;)

Btw, ANICA mentions four movies with Spirito Santo name. One with Garko and three movies by director Roberto Mauri, yet I can find only two of Mauri's movies from IMDB (with Spirito Santo name... the third one might be there with a different name).

Also, the dates for first Mauri's movie ...E lo chiamarono Spirito Santo are in 1971 while the Carnimeo movie has only dates in 1972, thus it would seem Mauri's movie is the first Spirito Santo. :P (I trust ANICA more than I trust IMDB)
The plot thickens...
I've just received Thomas Weissers "The Good, The Bad and The Violent" guide where there are reviews for two Holy Ghost films by Guiliano Carmineo-His Name Is Holy Ghost(as we know) from 1970 but also the sequel-Forewarned,Half Killed ...In The Word Of The Holy Ghost (1971)and i've found a NY times link:-
 http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=161814

In 1972 Roberto Mauri unofficially continued the series with Vassili Karis in the Holy Ghost role with He Was Called Holy Ghost(1972) and The Gunman and The Holy Ghost(1973).
I've yet to watch my dvdr of the original His Name Was... but i'm gonna have to try and find out about how to get hold of the Carmineo sequel :-\


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 21, 2006, 04:45:18 PM
i'm gonna have to try and find out about how to get hold of the Carmineo sequel :-\

Maybe Sundance is right because i've found sweet FA.I've heard that with his book Thomas Weisser hasn't even seen every film he reviews and i found one clanger already regarding Train For Durango(a great Bullet For The General spoof ;)) where he's totally muddled up Mark Damon's and Enrico Maria Salerno's roles :(


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on June 21, 2006, 04:55:28 PM
;D Yeah, I think I have heard the same about Weisser and his book... oh well.

Forewarned,Half Killed ...In The Word Of The Holy Ghost is actually listed at IMDB (which of course doesn't make it a fact) as one of the alternative titles for the one and only ;D Carmineo Holy Ghost movie.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 21, 2006, 05:01:41 PM
Yeah i saw that on IMDB but the fact that Weisser described two completely different plots for each film together with that NY Times link lead me to believe there were 2 films-anyway Shobarys filmography only indicates the one and he's pretty reliable.
One other Weisser clanger i was aware of beforehand was the suggestion that Sergio Leone starred as the barman in Cemetery Without Crosses as discussed on Leone Admirers sw guide ;D


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 22, 2006, 02:22:47 PM
I've been buying Weissers monthly digest ASIAN CULT CINEMA off and on for about 15 years now and you can't believe much teh man says although during the past few years he's been better about actually watching the movies they review. He also put out a book called ASIAN CULT CINEMA: THE BOOK which featured a treasure trove of new and old HK kung fu and action flicks. I could write a book on all the MANY mistakes within the books pages with some movies just simply made up(!). Craig Ledbetter who runs European Trash Cinema used to be his partner but the two had a falling out because of this problem mainly over his Spaghetti Western book which I hear is riddled with errors as well. Weisser also has a guy writing for him who is (in)famous for his "knowledge" in the HK film industry which consists of telling laughably false information on a regular basis that angers fans to no end. The guys name is Ric Meyers and much has been written about his deliriously false statements.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 22, 2006, 03:07:48 PM
Wathced I'LL SELL MY SKIN DEARLY and finished watching HIS NAME WAS KING, REASON TO LIVE REASON TO DIE and BLOOD AT SUNDOWN. I'LL SELL MY....had the title HANGMANS TREE on this english version and it's actually a well made movie to have no famous actors(at least no one I'm aware of)in it. An evil land baron wants this guy to sell but refuses so he and his men kill him, his wife and daughter only he forgot about the son who was away. Upon his return he hunts down all the men involved but meets a beautiful woman and her son whom the villain is also trying to pressure into selling there land. Some surprisingly good character development is to be found here with some good cinematography by the reliable Stelvio Massi. Not a great movie but recommended. The remainder of HIS NAME WAS KING didn't improve my initial opinion of it. The addition of some good gunbattles thanks to some tight editing and an awesome Main Theme by Luis Bacalov can't save the picture even at just 73 minutes. Even Kinski appears to sleepwalk through this one although he comes alive at the end to seriously smack the hell out of one of his men. It's quite funny actually. Even when Kinski is killed at teh end his facial expression doesn't change in the slightest, he simply drops to the ground as if he was hit with a tranquilizer dart. Recommended only for diehard Harrison fans and those who feel they have to see every spag out there.
REASON TO LIVE,......was a good movie although nothing much happens until the final 25 minutes but it's definitely worth the wait as all hell breaks loose with Coburn blowing up everything in sight. Strangely, Coburn doesn't dub his own voice whether he didn't have any faith in the movie or just didn't have time I don't know but he delivers a great performance and Bud Spencer proves he can carry a movie without Terence Hill beside him as he's memorable as well. Only Telly Savalas disappoints as you don't see him until the end and he doesn't really do anything villainous. A decent budget was obviously utilized with the Fort being a nice piece of construction and it blows up real good at the end. BLOOD AT SUNDOWN I also enjoyed mostly for the evil turn from Garko and Steffen is wooden for most of the movie. There are several unintentually hilarious moments here also like the scene where Steffen is shooting Garkos men-one second he's on the roof another he's on the ground and back again. Not a classic but a worthy addition for a spag fans collection even with its faults.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 22, 2006, 03:12:50 PM
I just received the Wildeast disc this morning-lovely print-but England are playing Sweden tonight so i'll have to be patient :-\ Also got the They Call Him Holy Ghost,2nd Providence,7 Guns For The McGregors,Kill Them All And Come Back Alone,Hate For Hate,Return Of Hallelujah,Arizona Colt,Gentleman Killer,Fort Yuma Gold,Price Of Death, Taste Of Vengeance,Train For Durango,Seven Dollars To Kill,Ben & Charlie,Barquero,Crazy Bunch,Red Blood Yellow Gold,One More In Hell,Sartana Kills Them All and Buddy Goes West all to watch.
Bloody World Cup ;D
Hey Banjo, I'm curious about HATE FOR HATE, RETURN OF HALLELUJAH, FORT YUMA GOLD, PRICE OF DEATH, TASTE OF VENGEANCE, 7 DOLLARS TO KILL...etc...etc..What are they about?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 22, 2006, 05:12:48 PM
With the distraction of the World Cup I've only watched Fort Yuma Gold so far which is an adventure sw set in the American civil war where Guiliano Gemma plays a captured Confederate officer who has to deliver a note of warning to the yankee Fort Yuma to save a confederate army of 400 from a massacre that is being duped into attacking what they think is an empty fort(far from it!) by a crooked Union officer and some bandits who intend to rob the gold in the fort via an underground mine.Its an excellent movie and Morricones main theme throughout reminds me very much of The Ectasy Of Gold.
Oh yes i have watched Train For Durango too which is an enjoyable spoof of Bullet For The General starring two bungling buddies played by Anthony Steffen and Enrico Salerno who happen to stumble upon two keys to a safe which is robbed from a train they're travelling on by a group of Mexican bandits who they relentlessly pursue but keep getting caught up in various scrapes-where they are continually rescued by Mark Damon as an eccentric English gentleman driving around the desert in a vintage car-great fun!
I'll keep you posted as i watch the others ;)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 23, 2006, 04:02:17 AM
Watched FOR A ROOF A SKY FULL OF STARS and it's another enjoyable Gemma film which as others have said begins as comedy but gets a bit serious towards the end. It shouldn't seem that odd though as many comedies are like this where the first half is funny then in the latter part the "heroes" get mixed up with gangsters, hoodlums, assassins, what have you with all going well by the end of the picture. The best bit for me was when the villains were leading Gemma and his friend to be hanged an Gemmas character changes somewhat killing 5 of the bad guys and freeing his friend just as he is about to die. Note also the pre-TRINITY shenanigans throughout the course of the picture. Gemma has done some fine films during his time and this one, although a slightly lesser effort, is another worthy addition to any fans collection. The source for this dvd is from a partially wide greek tape which seems to be missing some footage at 82 minutes. I couldn't wait for my Gemma Macaroni set to arrive so I went ahead and viewed this version.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 24, 2006, 05:18:16 PM
Yes I did like HILLS that much. What wasn't resolved with the boy? They were reunited at the close of the picture. Henry Silva is definitely not a bad actor nor was the main character. You could have watched the movie without sound and followed the film based on his facial expressions present in this emotional performance.  Seeing another spag directed with as much flair as the never endingly praised dollars movies was a breath of fresh air. Those three are deserving of there status but face it, having numerous scenes of guys staring at each other for 10 minutes would be nothing if not for (Morricones)music. A well choreographed action scene doesn't need any music(although it couldn't hurt)to look good. I'll take that over extreme close ups of eyes, noses and gun belts any day. Watched BULLET & THE FLESH tonight, an early italian spag that's more of a love story than anything else. The action doesn't really arrive until the final 25 minutes and it consists mostly of guys hiding behind rocks firing at each other. It's basically a spaghetti Romeo & Juliet as a white woman is in love with an Indian and the trouble that follows. If you don't mind all the dramatic buildup you could a lot worse.


I guess I was just shocked that you liked such an average entry when there are so many more spaghettis that you have seen that did not get the same praise.


I see the mystery of the Holy Ghost sequels is beginning to unravel. I'll check back later if possible to see what else is found out. I'm away now and am "borrowing" a hotel's computer.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 25, 2006, 09:25:48 AM
What also got me going is the Holy Ghost dvdr i got from Cinecity where on the sleevenotes its stated that this was the first of two Spirito Santo movies starring Gianni Garko.I emailed Renee Hoggeur at Cinecity last week but i didn't get a reply.I now have grave doubts that Garko was in any more than one unfortunately :(


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 26, 2006, 01:29:56 AM
.I now have grave doubts that Garko was in any more than one unfortunately :(


most distributers who make the covers tend to go by Weisser's book which we all know is heavily flawed.
I doubt Garko is in another Holy Ghost. I dont care what the hell weisser says.

REMEMBER this is coming from the guy who said Chuncho kills tate while singing the mexican national anthem at the end of "Quien Sabe?".


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 26, 2006, 04:37:46 AM
Yeah today i read in Weissers book that in Fistful Of Lead Charles Southwood played Sabata and not the correct Sabbath.Maybe we should start a thread for Weissers goofs? ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 27, 2006, 03:16:43 AM
Maybe we should start a thread for Weissers goofs? ::)

good idea. Lets list them all.

I'll start the thread when I get back!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 27, 2006, 06:57:13 AM
Yeah looked at Weissers plot description of What Am I Doing In The Middle Of A Revolution which i doubt Weisser has seen because it sounds like a different film to the one i watched!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 27, 2006, 10:33:55 AM

I guess I was just shocked that you liked such an average entry when there are so many more spaghettis that you have seen that did not get the same praise.


I see the mystery of the Holy Ghost sequels is beginning to unravel. I'll check back later if possible to see what else is found out. I'm away now and am "borrowing" a hotel's computer.
Which ones that are (truly)great did I not give praise to? HILLS is a classic of the genre no matter how you look at it. Everything Houghs said about it in his book is true. Compared to say HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST, which I did enjoy, that film is average and is not on par with HILLS-a much better directed, acted and photographed picture.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 27, 2006, 11:18:53 AM
Watched GOD FORGIVES, I DON'T recently. I liked it quite a bit more than ACE HIGH. I see why it was such a massive success in Italy in 67 as it's another classic. I don't see why some call it boring as I never found it to be boring. I guess if you expect  to see  non-stop shooting or increasingly stupid "comedy" bits(as many of the post-TRINITY films had in spades)then you should look elsewhere. It's a very gritty film with a good script and Frank Wolffe makes a great villain albeit a sarcastically talkative one. It's apparent the TRINITY style double act of Hill and Spencer was born here as they show signs of where they will ultimately be a few years down the road. I also enjoyed the peplum-like soundtrack which was different for this kind of picture. A curious bit of trivia is contained in Howard Houghs book ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE ITALIAN WEST-Peter Martell was supposed to play alongside Spencer but broke his leg before filming began. It makes you wonder just how there careers would have played out in terms of Hill and Spencer.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 27, 2006, 04:23:48 PM
Everything Houghs said about it in his book is true.
Yes you mean Hughes don't you who rates Hills Run Red in his personal top 10.As Hughes says the last 30 minutes of the movie are as good as virtually any other sw i could mention.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 27, 2006, 04:39:27 PM
Watched GOD FORGIVES, I DON'T recently. I liked it quite a bit more than ACE HIGH.
To the contrary my favourite of the trilogy is Ace High by far but even this is a bit draggy in places.I like seeing Hill and Spencer in the tough gritty stuff as well as their brilliant comedy but Hills best moment in the former category is for me Viva Django ;)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 27, 2006, 11:46:13 PM
Yeah I realized I mispelled his last name later in the day. Watched CHARGE! and A PROFESSIONAL GUN over the past two days. CHARGE! was a fun little picture with Stephen Boyd and Gianni Garko although I was a bit disappointed that Garko was not the main character but then he probably chose the bounty hunter as he is the most interesting and funny character in the movie. He reads arabic as well as quoting from the Koran which is also his name here and he has several interesting weapons including an umbrella which doubles as a machine gun. Even though the female characters in spaghetti westerns are like the red shirts on the original STAR TREK, I was a bit surprised that the woman the 4 men were trying to rescue is killed at the end. All in all an enjoyable time killer and worth a look for any Garko fan. The source here was from fullscreen VHS and not the dvd from Japan. The quality is good. A PROFESSIONAL GUN was another Corbucci classic and since everyone here but me had seen it already there's no need to explain anything about it. Great action setpieces, classic morricone score, some strikingly photographed shots and good performances add up to a highly recommended disc. The source here was apparently a british tv station similar to TCM. The film was widescreen and in italian with subs. I'm assuming it's complete although the castration scene is not shown only the man being dragged away and screaming. Only two more left to view for now-HERE WE GO AGAIN, EH PROVIDENCE? and FACE TO FACE.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 28, 2006, 12:53:32 AM
Yeah looked at Weissers plot description of What Am I Doing In The Middle Of A Revolution which i doubt Weisser has seen because it sounds like a different film to the one i watched!

well he did mention that one of the characters was

SPOILER!


killed at the end

SPOILER END


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 28, 2006, 12:59:22 AM
Yeah I realized I mispelled his last name later in the day. Watched CHARGE! and A PROFESSIONAL GUN over the past two days. CHARGE! was a fun little picture with Stephen Boyd and Gianni Garko although I was a bit disappointed that Garko was not the main character but then he probably chose the bounty hunter as he is the most interesting and funny character in the movie. He reads arabic as well as quoting from the Koran which is also his name here and he has several interesting weapons including an umbrella which doubles as a machine gun.

"Charge!" or "Those Dirty dogs" (a better title) is a very fun picture. The only complaint I have with it is the same as yours...NOT ENOUGH GARKO! Stephen Boyd is portrayed as the hero here. A shame a spin-off sequel was not made with Garko's Koran character. That character could have held a trilogy just on his own.


and the castration scene in Mercenary is not shown in the Jap r2 either. I dont believe it was ever meant to be shown.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 28, 2006, 01:01:48 AM
Which ones that are (truly)great did I not give praise to?


True...

you have given praise to films like Django, The Great Silence etc. etc.
But you never showed so much appreciation for them as you did "Hills run red".
It was just shocking thats all.

I think anyone of the Sartana films beats "Hills" to a pulp anyway.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 28, 2006, 01:37:50 AM
FACE TO FACE.

I think you'll really enjoy "Face to Face" Colt.
I would consider it a classic of the genre even though it has many flaws!

It is Sollima's best western (I think) but it still has those pesky rambling side stories Sollima always bombards us with.

Sollima's "brilliance" always seems to illude me. All the fans of the genre hold his films in such high regard for whatever reason. I see all three of them as messy pieces of story telling all hidden behind sweeping landscapes and decent action scenes.
"The Big Gundown" is probably the most over hyped film of the genre. what is so wonderful about it? Lee Van Cleef and Milian have better films than this. What is the fascination? Is it the rip-off Leone style sequences towards the climax of the film?
yes it is a good movie but it is certainly not the best in the genre.
In fact Big Gundown just barely makes my top 30.

"Run Man Run" is just a series of good ideas mixed with some bad and or boring ideas. It rambles on and on. If it werent for Milian and Donal O'brian's performance (as a very cool Lee Van Cleef type character) This would have been pretty average. This is yet again another over-hyped and over-blown film fropm Sollima.

"Face To Face" is his most mature and interesting work but being a character piece, it sure doesnt dwell on the main characters as often as it should. Then of course Sollima Bombards you with a gaggle of other unimportant characters and focuses on them more than he should.
It is a classic (more so then his other two ventures) but it is heavily flawed.
I think this one is somewhere in the lower top twenty list of mine.

enjoy it.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 28, 2006, 02:38:19 AM

True...

you have given praise to films like Django, The Great Silence etc. etc.
But you never showed so much appreciation for them as you did "Hills run red".
It was just shocking thats all.
That's because I had already seen those. The thread is about the 28 spags I recently purchased. GREAT SILENCE is one of my faves of all time regardless of genre.
I think anyone of the Sartana films beats "Hills" to a pulp anyway.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 28, 2006, 04:23:16 PM
I just got hold of the decent Japanese Stingray DVD print of Hills Run Red and it has much enhanced my enjoyment of this classic sw over the crappy TCM print.I think Thomas Hunters(he's also in Death Walks In Laredo which is in my "to watch" pile  :) )intense performance as the vengeful Brewster is excellent and Henry Silva as Mendez is definately one of the most memorable sw baddies .
A superb sw ;)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 29, 2006, 01:38:12 PM
Where did you get it Banjo? I've been looking for that Legend of the Gunmen box that has HILLS, NAVAJO JOE and THE MERCENERY but apparently it's out of print.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on June 29, 2006, 02:54:08 PM
Personally I thought the Hills Run Red disc looked bad. Maybe not compared to some really crappy releases or TV recordings. I have the other two that were released at the same time by the same company (Navajo Joe and The Mercenary) which I think are excellent quality compared to the Hills Run Red disc. Well... maybe I'm being too harsh and might even remember it a bit wrong and I should check the disc again... But I remember it made my eyes hurt ;D while the other two did not.

And damn I'm mad at myself for passing a Ebay 'buy it now option' for the Legend of the Gunmen box back in 2003. Price was $180... which seemed high at the time, but considering it was the first and last time I saw it on sale anywhere (I think it might have went out of print almost immediately after release... in 2002? don't know the year...) it would have been worth it.

Only 2000 boxes were ever made and if I understood correctly you had to be in Japan to buy one when they were released. (Later on you could of course get some from some auctions for example)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 29, 2006, 04:14:16 PM
I have the other two that were released at the same time by the same company (Navajo Joe and The Mercenary) which I think are excellent quality compared to the Hills Run Red disc.
I have all 3 Stingray dvd prints.I agree that both Navajo Joe and Mercenary are a bit better than Hills Run Red but its still very good-my old TCM copy isn't anywhere near as sharp and its full of annoying black dirt marks throughout :(


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 11, 2006, 05:27:07 AM
The bad guys also take turns spitting on an old man and his daughter in HIS NAME IS HOLY GHOST.
I watched this yesterday and as expected its very silly but entertaining as well with a few new gimmicks for Gianni Garko aka Sartana who as Spirito Santo is almost equally cool as that other anti-hero (and i love the white dove he carries around with him)and with its Mexican revolution setting i'm reminded very much of They Call Me Hallelujah,also directed by Giuliano Carmineo.
Composer Bruno Nicolai collaborated with Morricone for Companeros and the rousing theme tune and jaunty whistling theme in Holy Ghost are fairly similar!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on July 11, 2006, 10:17:06 PM
It was enjoyable but it kind of went over board during the finale with the physical comedy. Carmineo seemed almost desperate to get laughs of any kind during the final 15 minute free for all. Still worth adding to your collection though especially for Garko fans. Watched FACE TO FACE recently and it's probably the best out of the 28 purchases in terms of filmmaking. The film excels in all departments-great performances, script, action, soundtrack, etc...Volonte is really good here although it only takes about 15 minutes to get used to seeing him not displaying villainous behavior(at least not until the final 20 minutes). Milian and Berger(the best performance I've seen him in)are both spot on and along with Volonte propel the film to its much deserved classic status. It's a shame it didn't get noticed here upon its original release. I've only got PROVIDENCE 2 to check out as I'd become a bit spaghetti'ed out and wanted to catch up on my recent Shaw purchases a bit. BTW, REASON TO LIVE REASON TO DIE is coming from Wild East in August. I wonder if the recent italian disc is the source?


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Post by: Banjo on July 12, 2006, 03:33:41 AM
Glad you like Face To Face and i agree with you about its classic status-though it'll take a bit of convincing for our friend Firecracker who should be back from holiday about now.
I didn't like Providence 2 quite as much as the original-its probably a bit too mad and Morricones score isn't as memorable but i need to watch it a 2nd time ::)
Thanks for the tip off about A Reason To Live A Reason To Die,i've had a poor pan & scan print for a while now that i'm not very happy with and its definately worth shelling out the extra cash for a decent widescreen version.I think mines cut as well :(
I bought every Garko sw i was missing during the World Cup so now thats over i can start watching all these goodies :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 12, 2006, 11:37:30 AM
Glad you like Face To Face and i agree with you about its classic status-though it'll take a bit of convincing for our friend Firecracker who should be back from holiday about now.


No doubt it is a classic but it does have quite a few flaws (I have stated them here already and in my review a few months back).


I would imagine the Wild East version of "reason to live reason to die" contains all the naughty language and extra violence not seen on the pan and scan version ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 16, 2006, 07:51:10 PM
Just saw "They call him The Holy Ghost".
Good stuff.
Judging by what AC had to say about it I thought I was going to be seeing another version of "heads you die, tails I kill you". Luckily that wasnt the case. The slapstick in Holy Ghost is very evident but it never reaches the sillyness "Heads you die..." does.
I really liked the fact that Holy Ghost manages to get out of every nasty situation he gets into unlike countless of other sw heroes who are constantly helped by some outside force (ala Blindman).

The scene where Holy Ghost is about to be killed by the firing squad is genius!



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Post by: Banjo on July 17, 2006, 08:46:19 AM
The slapstick in Holy Ghost is very evident but it never reaches the sillyness "Heads you die..." does.
Are you sure theres anything in Heads You Die as silly as the Holy Ghost finale where a combination of whores and revolutionaries dressed as whores take on and defeat the Mexican regiment by hitting them with everying but custard pies-and what about the soup(or fat?) that Holy Ghost pours down the rifle barrels that then squirt out gunk like water guns?
But nevertheless i love the movie and it provides another great Gianni Garko character.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 01:51:00 PM
Are you sure theres anything in Heads You Die as silly as the Holy Ghost finale where a combination of whores and revolutionaries dressed as whores take on and defeat the Mexican regiment by hitting them with everying but custard pies-and what about the soup(or fat?) that Holy Ghost pours down the rifle barrels that then squirt out gunk like water guns?


yeah...

Charles southwood's character dancing to Russian music after being resusatated.

Hilton's character shooting off the robe of a fake monk with his machine gun disguised as a sowing machine.

Those two alone beat any sillyness that was in Holy Ghost( except for the "trumpet in the mouth" gag... maybe :-\ ).


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Post by: Banjo on July 17, 2006, 02:24:09 PM
I dunno-everything the Chicken Little guy was involved in seemed pretty ridiculous-how he and the ugly guy with the big nose were mistaken for women heaven knows ;D


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Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 02:33:15 PM
I dunno-everything the Chicken Little guy was involved in seemed pretty ridiculous-how he and the ugly guy with the big nose were mistaken for women heaven knows ;D

Yeah did you notice that the mexicans in this were potrayed as more idiotic than the usual sw fair.


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Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 02:35:43 PM
Forgot to mention I have seen about half an hour of "Taste of Killing" last night. So far its pretty standard fair. no Surprises.

I must admit I'm getting tired of seeing Fernando Sancho (who is disposed of quickly here) always play the leader of a Mexican bandit Gang.
I want to see him as a comic sidekick (which I usually dispise) or a Bud Spencer type character.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on July 17, 2006, 10:47:40 PM
HOLY GHOST is good but it just falls apart a bit during the finale when it's obvious the entire cast is struggling for a laugh. I don't know about everybody else but seeing an endless supply of balsa wood and assorted implements busted over the stoogian villains heads over and over again grows tiresome fast. TASTE OF KILLING standard fare? There's only about a 1000 spags out there so obviously they can't all be different. TOK does offer a lot of entertainment value and it's well made and offers up one of the best finishers for the bad guy instead of the STANDARD fast draw climax of so many of these films. Watched most of PROVIDENCE 2 and it's full blown LOONEY TUNES this time out. There's very little in the way of a spag here but still enjoyable particularly the TRINITY injoke and the GODFATHER bit. If you don't like AIRPLANE! style humor you should stay away. Milian really had a lot of versatility during his italian cinema days.


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Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 11:32:26 PM
TASTE OF KILLING standard fare?

Notice I did say the first thirty minutes is standard fare.

I saw the rest tonight and the only thing that stood out is the villians death (as you say).

all in all

pretty average throughout with a way above average climax.
This is (for me) my least favorite Valerii spag. I think even "Price of Power" is better than this.
Gotta check out "massacre at fort holman" now, which incidently is getting released by Wild East, under another alias "a reason to live, a reason to die" shortly.

I'm looking forward to "Seven dollars to kill"(up next for me to watch) which also has a nice finale involving Fernando Sancho and Anthony Steffen duking it out with meat hooks!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 11:33:59 PM
There's only about a 1000 spags out there so obviously they can't all be different.
even though this proves your point more and makes me look like more of a fool...

there are no more than 700.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 11:45:39 PM
I don't know about everybody else but seeing an endless supply of balsa wood and assorted implements busted over the stoogian villains heads over and over again grows tiresome fast.
Granted I hate the long and winding fist fight finales in all comedy spags (such as the trinity sequel and "It can be done amigo") but Holy Ghost seemed watchable just for the cartoonish gags like the slop poured into the rifles and the saloon girls carrying bazookas. And the trumpet down the throat gag was funny.

note to Arizona Colt(warning spoiler):

where was it that you get the impression that the Holy Ghost is human and not a supernatural being? Was it the sacks of gold protecting him from the bullets of the family gang at the end?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 17, 2006, 11:47:14 PM
Just saw the intro to "Seven Dollars to kill"...

Looks promising but the budget is really low on this one.
The bullets dont even fire blanks when somebody pulls the trigger ;D


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 18, 2006, 08:18:53 AM
Forgot to mention I have seen about half an hour of "Taste of Killing" last night. So far its pretty standard fair. no Surprises.
Above average i'd say-i thought Craig Hill makes an excellent anti-hero/bounty killer and the ending where having just saved the banks gold Hill spots some more bandits about to attack the army convoy,he zooms in with the telescopic rifles as if to intervene again but instead smirks and then rides of to leave the convoy to its fate is classic.
George Martin as the main villain is ace as well as the eccentric old fella with the mirror who helps Hank Fellows(Hill) out.The Lanky Fellow theme tune and the rest of the soundtrack by Nico Fidenco are top notch!


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Post by: Banjo on July 18, 2006, 08:23:34 AM
Watched FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME . FAST HAND I thought was a comedy hence the TRINITY styled moniker but boy was I mistaken! Alan Steel of HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN plays the hero and William Berger plays one of the nastiest downright evil bastards I've seen in a western. The film starts off at the end of the civil war but Berger, a confederate, refuses to let it end. He takes over a Union fort and waits for Captain Jeff Madison to return. He is eventually captured and tortured having his shooting hand shot several times among other things. He is left to die tied to two stakes. Berger then goes around with his gang massacreing any and everybody they come into contact with. Ultimately, Madison survives to seek his revenge with a little help from an old man who also fought for the Union. The film slows down during the middle section but picks up steam during the final 20 minutes when Madison reveals a special weapon for his "useless" gunhand. The only downside to this otherwise good actioner is a character that is introduced towards the end that adds nothing to the narrative, a jazz style soundtrack that seems out of place and Berger firing off what seems like 20 bullets in the middle of the street to lure out Madison. One of the grittiest westerns out there, the quality is good on this widescreen disc.
Like the sound of this so i just ordered it! ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 18, 2006, 09:46:24 AM
the ending where having just saved the banks gold Hill spots some more bandits about to attack the army convoy,he zooms in with the telescopic rifles as if to intervene again but instead smirks and then rides of to leave the convoy to its fate is classic.

I actually saw that coming (or something similar to it) and wasnt surprised when it came to pass. I figured they would return to the feel of the beginning to end it.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on July 19, 2006, 04:58:48 PM
The copy I got of REASON TO LIVE....is average quality and supposedly uncut but I didn't see anything that would warrant censoring. The language was very little and certainly miles away from the potty mouths in LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH(Franco Nero, Eli Wallach and Redgrave). I'll still pick up the better looking one from Wild East.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 20, 2006, 04:32:05 AM
The copy I got of REASON TO LIVE....is average quality and supposedly uncut but I didn't see anything that would warrant censoring. The language was very little and certainly miles away from the potty mouths in LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH(Franco Nero, Eli Wallach and Redgrave). I'll still pick up the better looking one from Wild East.
A subdued Telly Savalas was disappointing in this one but Coburn,Bud Spencer and the rest of the "dirty half dozen" were good as was the assault sequences on Fort Holman.I just didn't care for the music borrowed from Day Of Anger and Beyond The Law too much.


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Post by: Banjo on July 23, 2006, 03:55:40 AM
Arizona Colt have you seen Alive Or Preferably Dead yet out of those 28 sw's?


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Post by: Sundance on July 23, 2006, 06:28:59 PM
I really liked Taste of Killing. It's not anything special though, but still...

One thing that bothered me, and it was also brought up at SWWB by someone, is that the people who did english dubbing for the movie seem to have added the whole "killed my brother" thing to the movie to make Hank a bit softer and it probably isn't in the original Italian version. Both times (I think it was only two times) Hank mentions his brother we don't see his face so we can't actually see if he is saying anything at all.

Also, apparently Hank isnt actually supposed to have a name. Hes only known as the lanky fellow but the dubbers decided to give him the name Hank Fellows.

And the Wild East disc of the movie is cut. :P As far as I know though only one line and it isnt important at all.


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Post by: The Firecracker on July 23, 2006, 06:30:39 PM


And the Wild East disc of the movie is cut. :P As far as I know though only one line and it isnt important at all.
why do they feel the need to cut some scenes from there dvd?
They did the same with Grand duel.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 23, 2006, 06:32:46 PM

They did the same with Grand duel.

So the Grand Duel is cut? Should I still get it?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 23, 2006, 06:42:46 PM
So the Grand Duel is cut? Should I still get it?
yes you should. its the best looking copy out there. whats cut, you wont miss.

excellent spaghetti!


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Post by: Sundance on July 23, 2006, 06:44:38 PM
why do they feel the need to cut some scenes from there dvd?
They did the same with Grand duel.

Well with Grand Duel I'm not sure if the film actually ever existed longer in english or even italian. The german version might be just a german thing. And they probably didnt even realize they might be missing anything.

Their Ben&Charlie is also cut compared to the german version from EMS but WE version is still probably the full english version.

The Sartana disc is also missing one line of dialogue, no idea why.

No idea about Taste of Killing either.. print damage? Who knows.

I'm a bit of a freak concerning cuts, even the very smallest ones bother me somewhat, but in the end it probably isn't a very big deal for most of the people.


But it isnt just WE... I could name lots of discs that are missing some footage, including every disc of For A Few Dollars More in existance except the long out of print in incorrect aspect ratio Italian disc.
And theres now 5 different releases of Damiani's Nobody movie available, and all of them are cut. Even though the german one from Paramount was finally supposed to be uncut.


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Post by: Sundance on July 23, 2006, 06:49:02 PM
And The Peacemaker, as Firecracker already said, you should still get the WE disc if the movie interests you. Same goes for all the other discs from WE (well, except maybe Boot Hill, I think there are a lot better alternatives for that one nowadays). I'm not trying to make (and I don't want) anybody to stop buying their discs.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 23, 2006, 06:51:02 PM
And The Peacemaker, as Firecracker already said, you should still get the WE disc if the movie interests you. Same goes for all the other discs from WE (well, except maybe Boot Hill, I think there are a lot better alternatives for that one nowadays). I'm not trying to make (and I don't want) anybody to stop buying their discs.

Thanks a lot Sundance. For a second I was reconsidering getting The Grand Duel.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 23, 2006, 06:54:17 PM
Sundance..have you seen their "boot hill"?
does it really "change minds" about the film?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 23, 2006, 06:56:55 PM
Sundance..have you seen their "boot hill"?
does it really "change minds" about the film?

I'm thinking of getting that. I liked Boot Hill, didn't love it, but liked it.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on July 23, 2006, 07:06:52 PM
Nope, sorry, I haven't seen Boot Hill. :-[ I have the WE disc though and I have checked the quality a long time ago and I have to say I wasn't impressed. It has actually been praised several times at different forums which I wonder because to my eyes it looked quite bad. But I guess if it has been previously seen only in VHS quality pan&scan, any kind of widescreen might look good (but I'm not saying it would make the film necessarily any better).

I can't say it for sure so don't blame me ;D but I think this http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/boot-hill-special-edition-p-7678.html disc from Italy is probably a lot better looking than the WE disc. There's also a release in Germany which is supposed to have 3 different versions of the film (probably two of them only in german) but the Storm DVD disc from Italy is said to be using the same video.
But again, I am not sure how good this looks. :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Peacemaker on July 23, 2006, 07:09:33 PM
Nope, sorry, I haven't seen Boot Hill. :-[ I have the WE disc though and I have checked the quality a long time ago and I have to say I wasn't impressed. It has actually been praised several times at different forums which I wonder because to my eyes it looked quite bad. But I guess if it has been previously seen only in VHS quality pan&scan, any kind of widescreen might look good (but I'm not saying it would make the film necessarily any better).

I can't say it for sure so don't blame me ;D but I think this http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/boot-hill-special-edition-p-7678.html disc from Italy is probably a lot better looking than the WE disc. There's also a release in Germany which is supposed to have 3 different versions of the film (probably two of them only in german) but the Storm DVD disc from Italy is said to be using the same video.
But again, I am not sure how good this looks. :)

Boot Hill isn't that good of a movie to go across the world to get a limited edition of it.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 23, 2006, 07:10:27 PM
Nope, sorry, I haven't seen Boot Hill. :-[ I have the WE disc though and I have checked the quality a long time ago and I have to say I wasn't impressed. It has actually been praised several times at different forums which I wonder because to my eyes it looked quite bad. But I guess if it has been previously seen only in VHS quality pan&scan, any kind of widescreen might look good (but I'm not saying it would make the film necessarily any better).

the print of mine is really nasty. the worst I have seen yet. it looks like it was filmed underwater.

but the film itself is pretty crap anyway so...


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 23, 2006, 10:35:41 PM
just finished "here we go again eh providence?".

its pretty much on par with the first. Hit or miss humor(only this one is a lot more cartoonish). Its a good ride.


Banjo...is the ending cut?
Hurricane kid says "what are ya gonna do now Providence?" and it immediatly cuts to Providence taking off in a hot air balloon saying some rhyme.  ???
It seems rather cut to me. did you get this feeling to Banjo?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 24, 2006, 03:12:37 AM
So the Grand Duel is cut? Should I still get it?
I've now got both the Wildeast Grand Duel version as well as the Big Showdown version and both have similar running times-but at some point i'm gonna have to look harder to see if there are any differences in cuts between the two ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 24, 2006, 03:15:04 AM

It seems rather cut to me. did you get this feeling to Banjo?
I last watched that movie many discs ago so i need to have another look Firecracker.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on July 24, 2006, 11:09:44 PM
The trailer for GRAND DUEL on the WE disc contains some bloody violence not found in the film.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 24, 2006, 11:47:04 PM
The trailer for GRAND DUEL on the WE disc contains some bloody violence not found in the film.

yeah the bloody hand touching Adam's shirt needs to be put back into the film.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 27, 2006, 08:39:03 PM
I had the strangest viewing of "Long live your death!".
the copy I have switches to german without subtitles every half hour or so for about 5 minutes! then if that wasnt enough...at one point the nice widescreen transfer switches to a nasty pan and scan copy. luckily it switches back to widescreen after a minute.

other then that very unpleasent experience...the movie was one of the best spags I have seen in a long while (probably since "what am I doing in the middle...?").

Eli Wallach in the well was one of my favorite scenes.

The whole time I was thinking with a little sprucing up...this could be added as Corbucci's third Zapata film (following Mercenary and Companeros). If it was directed by Corbucci of course...

I could even see the crooked sheriff with the disability  played by Jack Palance :D


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 30, 2006, 04:52:05 AM
This is the same version that i have and a very commendable effort by Duccio Tessari to emulate Corbuccis revolution trilogy albeit in an even more lighthearted vein.
There are in fact only two large German audio segments which are missing from any English versions i'm aware of so hopefully if Wildeast or someone gets hold of a better print they'll supply some English subtitles.The german widescreen video from which this is taken(with  which as much English audio has been  dubbed over as possible) was missing two short segments of footage from the English pan & scan video version and these has been editted into the film.
Compared to my wholly pan & scan vhs version under the alternate Don't Turn The Other Cheek,despite the (easy to follow) german only parts and very brief scan & pan moments it still makes for a better viewing experience as obviously it is a lot closer to,or maybe even totally uncut ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on July 30, 2006, 11:06:57 AM
Banjo: if we both have the same version and your saying that its cut...then jeez! how long is this movie?
its already passing the two hour mark. Not many spaghettis reach an hour and 45 minutes!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on July 31, 2006, 02:38:32 AM
No i think its 10-15 minutes short of the 2 hour mark.Maybe it is uncut but who knows with both English and German versions being so radically different? ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on August 08, 2006, 02:45:56 AM
Watched FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME  this afternoon. FAST HAND I thought was a comedy hence the TRINITY styled moniker but boy was I mistaken! Alan Steel of HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN plays the hero and William Berger plays one of the nastiest downright evil bastards I've seen in a western. The film starts off at the end of the civil war but Berger, a confederate, refuses to let it end. He takes over a Union fort and waits for Captain Jeff Madison to return. He is eventually captured and tortured having his shooting hand shot several times among other things. He is left to die tied to two stakes. Berger then goes around with his gang massacreing any and everybody they come into contact with. Ultimately, Madison survives to seek his revenge with a little help from an old man who also fought for the Union. The film slows down during the middle section but picks up steam during the final 20 minutes when Madison reveals a special weapon for his "useless" gunhand. The only downside to this otherwise good actioner is a character that is introduced towards the end that adds nothing to the narrative, a jazz style soundtrack that seems out of place and Berger firing off what seems like 20 bullets in the middle of the street to lure out Madison. One of the grittiest westerns out there,.
Watched this the other and i pretty much agree with everything Arizona says and there really is an excellent climax to the movie.I'd say that the wooden Madison character was only adequate but Berger and Frank Brana playing the main bad guys were excellent.This film is brutal in places but not OTT for effect like Django Kill or Cut Throats Nine.I know what Arizona means about the musical score not really being suitable for a western but somehow i found this jazz-tinged blues score enjoyable and did add to the tension in places!


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Post by: Banjo on August 14, 2006, 06:35:28 AM
Lastly, 7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS from Duccio Tessari is a fast, funny somewhat lighthearted western which features a family of Scotsmen who have 7 sons who get into much trouble when they try to sell horses in another town which end up being stolen by a mexican bandit gang. There're so many great and memorable sequences here. The opening is hilarious as a gang of horse theives attempt to steal the Macgregors horses while the sons are away but end up being wiped out by the old folks inside the house. Lots of action here-fistfights, shootouts, a train robbery and a finale featuring a seige on a fortress with the Macgregor sons trapped inside make for a highly entertaining 90 minutes. This copy was fullscreen and had greek subs.
I watched this last weekend and i concur with everything Arizona says-i was very pleasantly surprised having really only bought this to hear Morricones soundtrack,quite good btw.This film is surprisingly violent but this is offset by some great humour-this is the 3rd film i've seen Robert Woods(Gregor McGregor) in
and i'm starting to be a bit of a fan.And as usual Fernando Sancho excels himself as the mexican bandit!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on August 21, 2006, 04:48:13 AM
GENTLEMAN KILLER-While I'm not a fan of Anthony Steffen, this is a solid oater with some nice action scenes and a decent story that appears to be partially recycled from FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Unexpected ending though helps make this recommended.
I got the Wildeast disc recently and yes this sw is highly recommended and definately one of Steffens best.The score by Bruno Nicolai(with Morricone involvement apparently ) is  very memorable! ;)
And yes the ending is quite unexpected.
I've seen And God Said To Cain too,a wonderful atmospheric sw-did anyone else notice the music seemingly re-used from one of the directors other sw's? ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on October 30, 2006, 01:18:21 AM
After attempting to purchase a handful of these from ebay and subsequently being ripped off for a third time, I've got this boatload of bootlegs on its way. Some of these I'm aware of their classic status. Any opinions or thoughts would be much appreciated.

ALIVE OR PREFERABLY DEAD
What was your opinion of this movie Arizona Colt?
   I finally caught up with this film the other day and i have to say i was disappointed especially as i hugely enjoyed one of Duccio Tessari's other comedy sw's Long Live Your Death.Giuliano Gemma and Nino Benvenuti are two brothers who don't get on but have been left $300,000 in inheritance on the condition that they can stay together for 6 months.Inexplicably despite this potential windfall,to keep themselves occupied it seems the brothers are  intent on turning to outlawry,robbing banks etc but at every twist and turn they are foiled by a bandit played by a very mean looking Chris Huerta(Weissers Sergio Leone in Cemetery Without Crosses ;D ). This movie added absolutely nothing to Tessari's cannon but it is still fairly watchable but tedious where some of the jokes fall flat.Still recommendable i guess for Gemma fans who is always very consistent with his performances whether in a comedy like this or in a more serious gritty western like Tessari's brilliant Pistol For Ringo.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on October 30, 2006, 10:39:02 PM
Sorry Banjo, amazingly, I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. I did see the first 15 minutes though. What I saw was okay so far but I was told there's not much shooting but mostly fisticuffs.

I went to the Chiller show in New Jersey this past weekend and I brought a few spaghettis back with me-MAN CALLED VENGEANCE, BROTHER OUTLAW and KID TERROR OF THE WEST a movie my friend in NY said was horribly bad so I know what to expect from that one!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: boardwalk_angel on October 31, 2006, 02:03:59 PM
Any opinions or thoughts would be much appreciated.

A MAN CALLED KING-Richard Harrison(unfortunately, awesome soundtrack though

Yes..nice soundtrack by Bacalov....not a very good movie ..but I really enjoyed watching it....no..this isn't one of those "so bad, it's good" deals.  It's just such a great example of the kind of movies that were pouring out of Almeria.. to try to cash in on the SW craze.

Get a so so "star", in this case, Harrison; Kinski, for marquee power...& to guarantee that the Germans will flock to it..& put it on video,.. to sleepwalk through a few scenes & stand around a lot; throw in some Mexican banditos...the US Cavalry, a rough & tumble bounty hunter, a corrupt sheriff, a couple of rapes, a script right out of the Miles Deem school of filmmaking: a lot..a LOT of scenes of guys riding..& riding..& riding...& riding..and........still riding..w/ some whistling in the background; the SW cave (you know the one I mean); a machine gun; and a climactic 'corrida' type showdown with the music swelling...extreme closeups...extended Leone-like, & throw it up against the wall & see what sticks. And more cliches abound..too many to mention.
Bad movie..but very,very interesting.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on December 24, 2006, 03:01:23 PM
Received the Italian DVD releases of 7 PISTOLE PER I MACGREGOR and 7 DONNE PER I MACGREGOR (7 GUNS FOR THE MACGREGORS and 7 WOMEN FOR THE MACGREGORS respectively) and the German release of THE LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE which contains the spanish version (90 minutes) 2:35, and the Italian version (117 minutes) 1:85 (strange the italian version isn't full wide). English versions for both cuts.

The Gemma film, plays much better in the longer cut. Sadly, on this disc, the added scenes which were apparently never dubbed into english, have no subs except on the german language track which are german subs only. I suppose there will never be a definitive edition of this film. Surprisingly, the spanish cut is much better picture quality while the Italian cut, although good, is not nearly as vibrant as the former. I've read reviews where people say this film drags in spots which is a funny assertation as the spaghetti westerns released here were truncated to eliminate much of the dramatic elements some of them contained to put more emphasis on the violent aspects of the films.

I found the story very involving with Gemma carefully and patiently getting his revenge. The barber shop sequence is one of the best scenes and rivals anything from Leone's stable. Also in the longer cut you don't see Gemmas face for over 20 minutes. It's hidden amongst the long hair and beard or blocked by the glare from the sun or the camera angle. This adds an air of mystery to the film. The scenes where Gemma kills the men who framed him are creative and unusual from the typical gun duels where the combatants stand opposite ends of one another and shoot at each other. The conclusion is also well done and different considering this is a 1966 production. The soundtrack is a memorable one.

The 7 GUNS FOR...I reviewed before but this disc is widescreen and looks gorgeous. The only drawback is that 6 minutes into the english version the soundtrack is off by a couple of seconds for approximately 2-3 minutes. This can be fixed though. This is a highly enjoyable and funny spaghetti western that came 4 years before TRINITY. The opening siege on the MacGregor farmhouse is hilarious. The 7 sons are gone leaving the old folks alone and an army of bandits attack but are outmatched and outgunned by the elderly MacGregors. The sons ride back to help. During the finale, which mirrors the opening, the sons are pinned down inside a fort and the old folks rescue them.

According to the slipcase (it says Incasso, I don't know if this is the box office or the budget) the film grossed or cost 376,000,000 (lira I assume although I don't know what this translates to in US dollars). The features are nice too. There is an interview with director Franco Giraldi (english subs!), the trailer and a photo gallery.

NOTE: Morricone's soundtrack is very bombastic and suits the film well. It's nothing like his DOLLAR music at all. Morricone says this in an interview that he tried to make each film's soundtrack different from the others but considering his enormous body of work this was a near impossible feat.

The second film, which I had not seen, 7 WOMEN FOR THE MACGREGORS (US title UP THE MACGREGORS) is just as enjoyable as the first with the best bits involving the oldsters and some funny characters like the Irish clan that joins the elderly MacGregors for the duration of the film and a demented dentist with crooked teeth who wears a bloody apron throughout. Pretty much everyone returns for sequel except for Robert Wood. David Bailey replaces him in the Gregor MacGregor role. The box office or budget (it may be the budget as Giraldi says it was bigger and it looks it) was 632,000,000.

The picture quality is magnificent as is almost as meticulous as the Shaw Brothers remasters from Celestial. Like the other release, there is an enlish track as well as the Italian original. The features are just as good with a 20 minute interview with Giraldi, a photo gallery, the english credits sequence and the original trailer.

I've heard some people speak badly of this one particularly from a review from Thomas Weisser but his doesn't count. He probably never saw the movie as he seldom sees anything he reviews. There are many big action scenes especially the end with some well done train stunts and lots of explosions. The soundtrack is the same as the first film and Morricone includes a cue from FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. If you enjoyed the first movie you should like this one as well.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on December 24, 2006, 03:06:56 PM


I've heard some people speak badly of this one particularly from a review from Thomas Weisser but his doesn't count.

In my defense, I thought "7 woman for the..." and "up the MacGregors" were totally seperate films (thanks for Weisser).

I had no idea they were one in the same.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on December 24, 2006, 03:18:13 PM
Apparently there is a third- MORE DOLLARS FOR THEMACGREGORS that came out in the 70s in the wake of the TRINITY films.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: titoli on December 24, 2006, 05:09:41 PM
Incasso is how much it grossed. I think the 376,000,000 translates roughly into 6,0000,000 $ of the time (1 US dollar was about 600 lire).

I saw the two McGregor at the theatre and enjoyed them very much at the time. Saw the first one again some months ago and am not so enthusiastic. Got the third on my to watch pile.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on December 24, 2006, 05:19:59 PM
Thank you for the response Titoli, what was it you did not like about the first film? I assume you feel the same about the sequel as well? A review of the third would be much appreciated when you have the time.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on December 24, 2006, 06:05:07 PM
Incasso is how much it grossed. I think the 376,000,000 translates roughly into 6,0000,000 $ of the time (1 US dollar was about 600 lire).

I saw the two McGregor at the theatre and enjoyed them very much at the time. Saw the first one again some months ago and am not so enthusiastic. Got the third on my to watch pile.

Wow, so the sequel doubled the first films gross. Impressive.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on January 10, 2007, 04:43:57 PM
Yes..nice soundtrack by Bacalov....not a very good movie ..but I really enjoyed watching it....no..this isn't one of those "so bad, it's good" deals.  It's just such a great example of the kind of movies that were pouring out of Almeria.. to try to cash in on the SW craze.

Get a so so "star", in this case, Harrison; Kinski, for marquee power...& to guarantee that the Germans will flock to it..& put it on video,.. to sleepwalk through a few scenes & stand around a lot; throw in some Mexican banditos...the US Cavalry, a rough & tumble bounty hunter, a corrupt sheriff, a couple of rapes, a script right out of the Miles Deem school of filmmaking: a lot..a LOT of scenes of guys riding..& riding..& riding...& riding..and........still riding..w/ some whistling in the background; the SW cave (you know the one I mean); a machine gun; and a climactic 'corrida' type showdown with the music swelling...extreme closeups...extended Leone-like, & throw it up against the wall & see what sticks. And more cliches abound..too many to mention.
Bad movie..but very,very interesting.
I agree-a pretty bad movie and it was only really Bacalovs music which made it watchable though i'm sure alot of this was reused from earlier movies including Django.Yep Kinski was mediocre in this one but i'm not a fan of Harrison anyway despite liking Vengeance.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 11, 2007, 07:06:37 AM
Was the version you saw Banjo 72 minutes long as well? Seemed like 2 hours though. Since I'm getting heavy into Italian crime movies now I'll have to go back and re-visit the ones I already have. One I know I have stars Harrison and Helmet Berger and Marisa Mell. Harrison is just as wooden in these as his spaghetti's.

However, I can watch Harrison in his ninja movies ;D. He's a laugh riot in those although he comes off pretty decent in his two Shaw Brothers movies as they only allow him to act in those.

His ninja movies for Joseph Lai are some of the funniest "comedies" I've ever seen.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on January 12, 2007, 02:18:43 AM
Was the version you saw Banjo 72 minutes long as well?
Yes and it did seem to be alot longer ;D
When are you getting the next 28? ::)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 12, 2007, 06:33:38 PM
Probably when I find enough that are worth purchasing (although I've purchased a handful since then) I'm really getting into the Italian crime movies that took over for the spaghetti's in Italy. Pretty much everybody that did spags did these crime movies particularly Tomas Milian who gives the best performances of his career playing villains as well as heroes. I started a thread reviewing them but surprisingly no one seems interested so I'm abandoning it. It's a shame really, as many of these are very good.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on January 14, 2007, 10:55:32 AM
Probably when I find enough that are worth purchasing (although I've purchased a handful since then) I'm really getting into the Italian crime movies that took over for the spaghetti's in Italy. Pretty much everybody that did spags did these crime movies particularly Tomas Milian who gives the best performances of his career playing villains as well as heroes. I started a thread reviewing them but surprisingly no one seems interested so I'm abandoning it. It's a shame really, as many of these are very good.
Italian crime movies could very well be where i'm headed,eventually O0


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 18, 2007, 01:11:40 PM
I've got these coming, any opinions would be appreciated-

MOMENT TO KILL
NO ROOM TO DIE
HILLS RUN RED (already have this but hope this is the widescreen jap. release)
JONATHAN OF THE BEARS
IF YOU STILL LIVE...SHOOT (Ivan Rassimov)
BLOODY PAYROLL (Claudio Cassinelli)
BLAZING MAGNUM (Stuart Whitman, Martin Landau, John Saxon)
VIOLENCE FOR KICKS (Antonio Sabato)
FROM CORLEON TO BROOKLYN (Maurizio Merli, Van Johnson)
ASSASSINATION (Henry Silva)
YOUNG, VIOLENT & DESPERATE (Tomas Milian)
FIVE FOR HELL (Gianni Garko, Klaus Kinski)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on January 19, 2007, 10:34:44 AM


NO ROOM TO DIE: A good Garrone western which many consider his best (although I prefer his "Django The Bastard"). Trashy fun. Plot holes galore! Things don't get really good until the final 30 minutes. Don't expect everything to be resolved at the end!


HILLS RUN RED: had a second look at this again a few nights ago and it was a better view the second time around.

JONATHAN OF THE BEARS: A "Keoma" clone but not as masterful. Much better soundtrack though (this coming from one of the few people who thinks the "Keoma" soundtrack is excellent).
A few classic moments that are enhanced by Castellari's fetish for slow-mo but not much else to speak of. The climax is disappointing.
 Let's hope "movie grooves" or somebody can get the rights to the superb soundtrack so we can have a decent release of it on cd.



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on January 20, 2007, 08:57:41 AM
No Room To Die:agree with what Firecracker says-Berger & Steffen on top form!!

Moment To Kill:an OK-ish Carmineo sw,but i prefer Hilton as Hallelujah or Sartana.

Hills Run Red:i hope you get the Jap print too which greatly improves this utter classic O0

Jonathan Of The Bears:Like what Firecracker says but the dodgy C&W score is nowhere near as good as Keoma's earthy folk score.

Sorry,can't help with the non-sw stuff :-[




Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on January 20, 2007, 04:08:22 PM


Jonathan Of The Bears:Like what Firecracker says but the dodgy C&W score is nowhere near as good as Keoma's earthy folk score.







The only dodgy bit is that oil song "black gold".


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on January 22, 2007, 10:38:23 AM
Bout time i watched it again then,but i recall a Kenny Rogers style narrative to the storyline but the Red Indian music(on the credits?) was pretty cool.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: pixelated on January 22, 2007, 10:57:44 PM
didn't think much of No Room To Die(A Noose for Django), personally.. not sure why.. i didn't think it was bad, but i just didn't enjoy it much.. never grabbed my attention.. perhaps i should give it another viewing. watched this one in the midst of a heavy spaghetti viewing schedule, and it may have gotten lost in the shuffle

i really loved hills run red.. had a very nice pace.. a bit of over-acting, which is one of the things i liked most about it, actually..



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 23, 2007, 11:01:00 AM
Watched a bit of IF YOU STILL LIVE...SHOOT! and although I was very tired (it was 3:00am) what I saw was nothing special and quite bland. The disc is apparently from a german vhs source and there is lots of pixelation that will be even more noticeable on a big screen tv. I'll post a proper review later.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on January 23, 2007, 01:01:15 PM
The disc is apparently from a german vhs source and there is lots of pixelation that will be even more noticeable on a big screen tv.



Why didn't you opt for the Franco Cleef version?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 23, 2007, 01:42:43 PM
It is the Franco Cleef disc.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on January 23, 2007, 02:40:49 PM
It is the Franco Cleef disc.


He's getting lazy in his old age.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: django-kill on January 23, 2007, 02:44:05 PM
Franco Cleef version isn't sourced from German VHS.  That said quite a few discs are going to suffer on a big screen regardless of their source ........ the SPO's if shown on a large screen through a projector suffer - they are single layer discs and encoded to fit - but generally they are still better quality than some of the stuff that gets a release.  I'm afraid 'If you still live .... shoot' is as good (in quality terms) as we are likely to get  (disregarding whether the western itself is any good)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 23, 2007, 02:51:06 PM
I am assuming it is sourced from video as many of FC other releases are much better looking in quality. It's fine regardless of the source because of the rarity. Some or most of those FC releases are taken from existing DVDs that did not have english tracks. He even states on the back of some of the discs that they're sourced from VHS...which is fine as it is the only way to see some of these titles. I was only stating that it looked and probably is sourced from an out of print tape source. And the onscreen title is in German.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: django-kill on January 23, 2007, 03:08:33 PM
I accept the quality is poorer in comparative to other Franco disks but the film source isn't VHS (this is not speculation on my part) . When Franco mentions VHS on the back of a disc it is to do with the source of the English soundtrack components not the film components (he has never used video film components). The soundtrack to this title is sourced from an English video but the film is not from video.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 23, 2007, 03:14:30 PM
How do you know? Are you Franco Cleef? I really do not care the source origination for this film as it is speculation on my part as I have many tape to dvd transfers that look like this presentation.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: django-kill on January 23, 2007, 03:29:13 PM
No I am not Franco Cleef (I use django-kill and Franco uses his own moniker), although I know him well ........ but I do know the source. I too have many discs that are video transfers and in some ways are as good as this encoding however as I know this disc is not from tape I thought I'd point it out. The limitations are with the source digital disc ........ which Franco can do nothing about.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 23, 2007, 03:30:36 PM
Fair enough...


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 24, 2007, 10:52:38 AM
Watched IF YOU WANT TO LIVE...SHOOT! last night.

Ivan Rassimov is Johnny Dark who comes into town and gets mixed up with a land baron and some Mexican bandits who are trying to force an old man and his family to sell their property. Another gunfighter, a gentlemanly looking character named Donovan ends up helping Johnny with the land baron and also saving him through the various times he is captured or injured. The old man and his son are killed and Johnny and Donovan go after the bad guys. The lackluster ending ties everything up...sort of.

As much as I like Ivan Rassimov...as a villain, it's difficult to accept him as a hero, and not a very good one either, in one of his few starring roles. There is nothing overly special here. There are a couple of nice touches such as the horse stable with steeds named 'MacGregor', 'Django' and 'Ringo'. Apart from that not much else and for the first 10-15 minutes the characters sit around and play poker with the credits sequence wedged in between. The German title on this release has DJANGO (this must be one of those 50+ "sequels") in the title but there is nothing here resembling the coffin toting anti-hero aside from the horse with his name.

The music is nothing special, very derivative of Morricone but serviceable. Sergio Garrone actually shows some flourish from time to time but it's not enough to recommend this to anyone other than those who must see all spaghetti westerns.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 24, 2007, 11:14:08 AM
Also watched this last night/this morning-JONATHAN OF THE BEARS...

An odd movie this one. Apparently shot with live sound it appears this was intended with US release in mind but to my knowledge this didn't play anywhere in America. Similar to KEOMA but nowhere near as good.

Nero's family is gunned down at the opening and is raised by a bear cub and a briefly seen guy in a bear suit that remains motionless for the few seconds you see it. He is later taken in by an Indian tribe. He grows up and seeks out those that murdered his family and those same guys have it in for the tribe of Indians that raised him as well.

I'll have to go back and watch the parts I slept through because the film is quite boring. The action scenes are lethargically paced and are unexciting to the extreme in some cases. This is surprising coming from Enzo Castellari who could do wonders with little money. One need to look no further than such films as THE BIG RACKET, 1990: BRONX WARRIORS and THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Maybe it's because of old age but this was far from Enzo's best action picture. If they had edited about 20 more minutes the action scenes would have flowed better but at 113 minutes the film is overlong.

I don't know if I slept through his scenes or not but Castellari totally wastes David Hess who portrayed Krug in the infamous LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and appeared in numerous Italian horror and action pictures. John Saxon is here as the main villain and even Enzo's dad has a supporting role.

The music is awful. Some of it is okay but the title song plays near constant through the entire film and the lyrics are terrible. The remainder of the music has a folk quality about it.

The  one good thing to be said and the only reason for a repeat viewing is the gorgeous cinematography by Mikhail Agranovich. Enough good cannot be said about it and the locations. Here the film doesn't fumble the ball.

Recommended for KEOMA and Nero fans.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on January 24, 2007, 11:31:00 AM

The music is awful.


 :P


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 24, 2007, 11:34:28 AM
Does that mean you agree? I'm gonna watch it again at least the parts I slept through. Beautiful print too


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on January 24, 2007, 11:38:18 AM
Does that mean you agree?

It means I hate you forever.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 24, 2007, 11:43:06 AM
Somebody got up on the wrong side of the grave this morning!  :D


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on January 30, 2007, 02:08:58 PM
5 PER L'INFERNO -FIVE FOR HELL (1969)

Gianni Garko, Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, Aldo Canti, Sal Borgese

Garko plays Lt. Hoffmann who is the leader of a rag tag group of military misfits who are assigned to steal "PLAN K" which is hidden inside a Nazi fortress lorded over by Col. Hans Mueller (Kinski).

That's the plot more or less. Parolini uses the same troupe of performers he would use in his SABATA films. He seems to have a fascination with acrobats as the 5 soldiers carry around small trampolines for Canti (who was the acrobatic Indian in SABATA, here he is an acrobatic soldier) to jump over walls and high tension fences. Parolini, along with the other members of the cast all appear to be having a great time with this one as the film possesses, aside from a couple of scenes, a light hearted tone. The film itself reminds me of KELLY'S HEROES which came out the following year.

Garko is convincing as Lt. Hoffmann who alternates between a stern military leader and the carefree antics of his men when he uses baseballs to subdue the enemy and even explosives hidden inside the balls at times.

Kinski must have enjoyed this role as he is much more "alive" here than in many of the spaghetti westerns he appeared in. He is a pleasure to watch and the role is somewhat biographical as he spends much of the screen time trying to bed down the stunning Margaret Lee who plays an undercover agent within the Nazi stronghold. I believe he dubbed his own voice here as it sounds like him.

Canti, as mentioned above, gets to show off his acrobatic skills as well as dancing(!) here and gets to speak as opposed to his silent Indian from SABATA.

Borgese shines also as Al who, unlike the rest of the group, plays an Italian. Borgese is a good character actor who has popped up in numerous spags, polizia thrillers and Bud and Terence movies.

The member they call "Chicken" (I don't remember his name) would later play sleazy bad guys in italian action movies but plays a likeable guy here.

The other member whose name I don't know, looks like he stepped out of an Italian peplum movie.

Margaret Lee...I can only say she's stunningly beautiful. It's a shame you are teased on several occassions with naked frame but you never see it. I wouldn't doubt if Kinski didn't try to claim her as one of his MANY sexual conquests.

Overall it's not a bad film amd it's not a good one either but it is competently shot, light touches of comedy, lots of action, explosions and machine gun battles to recommend it. If you are a fan of either Garko or Kinski you should check it out to see them play characters different from the westerns they were doing around this time. A good time can be had here with the right frame of mind. An entertaining 95 minutes that is far better than the glut of awful spaghetti westerns that were coming throughout the 70s.

Alfa Digital have apparently used the Japanese print from the ITALIAN WAR BOX SET released there.



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 01, 2007, 02:20:10 PM
BLOODY PAYROLL, BLAZING MAGNUM, FROM BROOKLYN TO CORLEONE & VIOLENCE FOR KICKS reviews in POLIZIOTTESHI thread.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 05, 2007, 01:47:26 PM
IL MOMENTO DI UCCIDERE- THE MOMENT TO KILL

George Hilton, Horst Frank

Lord (Hilton) and his side kick Bull are hired out to find and return $500,000 in Confederate gold after the end of the Civil War. There only lead is a
letter written by a crippled young woman. They run afoul of villainous Jason Forester (Frank) who wants the gold for his own means. It all culminates in many double crosses and a surprise ending.

A surprisingly effective Euroater directed with flair by Guiliano Carnimeo who normally specialized in increasingly prat fall humored and cartoonish westerns, here is quite serious with the material. This was early in his career so I assume his later transition was either to his own liking or possibly
forced on him by producers in the wake of the TRINITY films.

There are many action scenes and the participants, save for one shot of Hilton reloading, appear to have pistols capable of firing off 20 or more shots. It's
quite dramatic but gets silly after awhile. There are a few one liners on hand but silly antics are absent and the film never delves into the dark tragedy
that is BULLET FOR SANDOVAL, probably my fave Hilton movie. Horst Frank is suitably nasty as the villain.

You can get this from Luminous Film and video Wurks in NY for $10 bucks. The print is from german VHS and the quality is good. A version taken from the
original reels should be out now or forthcoming.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on February 05, 2007, 02:19:45 PM
UNA LUNGA FILA DI CROCI- NO ROOM TO DIE (1969)

Anthony Steffen, William Berger

Illegal Immigrants are being smuggled across the border for cheap labor and soon the smugglers have prices on their heads. Enter Brandon (Steffen) and
Murdock (berger) who are bounty hunters after the money. The usual double crosses ensue leading to a GBU style three way at the finale. Steffen is better than usual here but Berger steals his thunder as the "preacher" who uses a unique multi barreled shot gun. The action scenes are almost nonstop.

Surprisingly well directed with some style by hack Sergio Garrone. This is the best film I've seen of his. Later crime film specialist Stelvio Massi was the
cinematographer along with future sleaze-horror-porn maestro Joe D'Amato.

Euro horror fans will be surprised to see among the cast Mariangela Giordano who plays the girlfriend of one of the doomed heroes. She also did some crime films and italian sex movies but is probably most famous in the west for her extreme horror outings LE NOTTE DEL TERRORE (BURIAL GROUND), PATRICK VIVE ANCORA (PATRICK STILL LIVES) and GIALLO A VENEZIA (GIALLO IN VENICE).

Also in the cast is Dakkar, the Peruvian actor who appeared in Fulci's classic ZOMBIE and Marino Girolami's (Castellari's dad) ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST aka DR.
BUTCHER M.D. aka QUEEN OF THE CANNIBALS aka ISLAND OF THE LAST CANNIBALS.

NO ROOOM TO DIE is a surprisingly effective little actioner that has its fair share of faults but the film moves by quickly for 97 minutes and its misteps
are barely noticeable. If you're a Steffen fan, you'll enjoy this.



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on March 20, 2007, 11:28:11 AM
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS- 1964-Sergio Leone’s classic retelling of YOJIMBO about a gunfighter turning two rival gangs against each other has been retold dozens of times over the years in various genres. Clint Eastwood in his first of three Italian westerns. In Eastwood’s later US westerns, the Italian influence is much in evidence in films such as HANG’EM HIGH, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. In recent interviews Eastwood doesn’t appear very enthusiastic about his Italian western outings for some reason or other.

A BULLET FOR SANDOVAL- 1969-George Hilton plays a Union soldier engaged to a Spanish beauty although the father and sons disapprove. Upon learning she is ill, he goes awol to be with her. She dies giving birth to their child and Sandoval, the father, curses the man should he ever return. Later the baby dies as well from a plague. The man then forms a gang with a number of cutthroats and shoot their way to Sandoval eventually being surrounded in a coliseum by the military in a Chang Cheh style finale. A very tragic movie and definitely one of George Hiltons better performances where he is allowed to play a serious role for a change. Ernest Borgnine doesn’t convince as the Spanish Patriarch but then one suspects he was cast for his name alone. A somber and depressing film all around. The English DVD is missing near 10 minutes of footage, mostly dialog.

A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL- 1967-Damiano Damiani’s classic political western about a young American secretly hired by the Mexican government to assassinate a powerful Mexican bandit leader. Stage actor Gian Maria Volonte portrays the rude but likeably filthy bandit chief Chuncho who wants at first to help his people by providing them with arms but then is seduced by Nino’s ideals for wealth and power. He becomes an unknowing participant in the General’s death as well as his somewhat unhinged brother Santo (Klaus Kinski) among other events. He gains redemption during the final moments when he finally sees the rich American influence treading over the poor and harmless Mexican peasants that he was blinded to all along. Anti American sentiment runs throughout as well as the notion that all those with money are evil and must be killed. Some have written about the supposed homo erotic nature of the relationship between Chuncho and Nino although I don’t see it. Chuncho is merely bewitched by Nino’s fast talk and get rich schemes that permeates the other members of his band eventually leading to many of their deaths. Martine Beswicke also stars in this must see classic. Luis Bacalov provides the great score some of which was recycled from DJANGO.

ACE HIGH- 1968-Guiseppi Collizi’s second film with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. The first being the classic GOD FORGIVES, I DON’T. This one goes for a more comical approach. Eli Wallach joins the cast here and manages to steal the show away from the usually unbeatable team of Bud and Terence. One of a handful of Italian westerns to have a decent budget, the film drags a bit much in places but is miles away better than the third film in the trilogy, the dreaded BOOT HILL.

A CLOUD OF DUST…A CRY OF DEATH…SARTANA IS COMING! 1971-Gianni Garko returns in the best of his five SARTANA films. By this point, the outlandish aspects of the weapons and situations had taken a James Bondian flavor similar to the popular American western show THE WILD, WILD WEST. It’s a shame director Guiliano Carnimeo could not maintain the level of restraint in his later, more wildly chaotic western “comedies”. Although this film is very much over the top with its Organ doubling as a cannon and gatling gun and the wind up explosives, it’s handled with a degree of control. Also called LIGHT THE FUSE…SARTANA IS COMING!


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Post by: Arizona Colt on March 20, 2007, 11:29:33 AM
A COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF- 1965-A pretty good Anthony Steffen western who enjoyed a great deal of popularity throughout the cycle although nearly all his films are just average with none of them being overly memorable. It isn’t a bad thing only none I’ve seen particularly stand out. This is one of the better ones with some good action scenes, a beautiful damsel in distress and a vicious villain played by the always Eduardo Fajardo.

ADIOS, GRINGO- 1965-An early western from mega popular Guiliano Gemma who was as popular as Eastwood in his home country of Italy. He was known as Montgomery Wood in the States only using his real name later in his career for his releases overseas. Here, Gemma doesn’t disappoint as a man trying to protect a viciously beaten woman and fighting against a town that witnessed him gun a man down in the street. The ending leaves one to suspect that a possible sequel may have been in the works.

ADIOS, SABATA 1970-For the English release, Yul Brynner takes over for Van Cleef as the Sartana like gunfighter with the trick guns. Although this was called INDIO BLACK in Italy, the characters fit nicely into the SABATA mold even featuring the previous films cast members in different roles. Apparently director Giancarlo Parolini enjoys the circus as he fills all his action films with acrobats or characters with eccentric weaponry. Here he continues the fad with his array of bad guys. Parolini would also utilize acrobats in his lively war picture 5 FOR HELL starring Gianni Garko and Klaus Kinski.

ALIVE, OR PREFERABLY DEAD 1973-Gemma stars in this TRINITY inspired nuttiness. Haven’t seen yet, but I’m sure it’s good.

AND GOD SAID TO CAIN- 1969-Excellent and well shot gothic horror western from director Antonio Margheriti who imbues elements of his previous horror pictures like CASTLE OF BLOOD and THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG into this film about a man wrongly imprisoned who gets out and seeks revenge on the men who put him there. Most of the film takes place during a tornado with the coming storm symbolic of the vengeful man’s return. The fact that a good portion of the film takes place during a massive wind storm is inspired enough but Margheriti also adds touches of horror in some of the death scenes and the protagonist, who uses a rifle as opposed to the usual pistols, gets about town by way of tunnels leaves the impression with the villains that he is a ghost. Best of all this film gives famous actor Klaus Kinski the chance to play a hero for a change.  Enough original elements to warrant a recommendation.

AND FOR A ROOF, A SKY FULL OF STARS 1966-Wonderful opening to this Guiliano Gemma movie which divulges into comical shenanigans until a vicious gang comes looking Gemma (who for much of the film pretends to not know how to use a gun) and his lovably stupid friend whom Gemma constantly takes advantage of until the gang of thugs finally catch up with him. It drags a bit in the middle but it has a dynamite ending and you really can’t go wrong with a Gemma picture. Some versions have an entirely different set of credits and are missing the opening sequence.

ANY GUN CAN PLAY- 1967-Master action director Enzo Castellari directs this comedy western starring George Hilton about three “friends” who reluctantly join forces to find a hidden cache of gold. Has its moments but just average western. If you’re a Hilton fan, you’ll want to see it.

A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE 1972-Fitfully boring Tonino Valerii western that obviously had a sizeable budget. James Coburn plays a disgraced Colonel who recruits some criminals to infiltrate an impenetrable fortress run by Confederate madman Telly Savalas. Although it’s shot well, the film is not as good as it sounds. Literally nothing happens until the final 20 minutes which is where the bulk of the budget appears to have been spent showcasing the spectacular destruction of the fortress. Savalas is wasted in his role as the bad guy. You never see him until the film is nearly over and he never does anything to make you really despise him. A final revelation from Coburn reveals Savalas’s villainous past. Bud Spencer seems lost with Terence Hill at his side. A preponderance of dirty language is used throughout. An unseen prologue is added to this version which does nothing to improve things only ruining the ending for the viewer as it gives away who lives. Anyway, the finale nearly makes it all worthwhile. Not a bad film in the slightest just a missed opportunity. A memorable and bombastic score by Morricone.

A STRANGER IN TOWN- 1966-Tony Anthony in Luigi Vanzi’s sort of remake of FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Frank Wolff is very good as the leader of the bandit gang. Another average western that’s not bad just not particularly memorable.

A TASTE OF KILLING 1967-Gravelly faced Craig Hill plays an escort with a scope rifle protecting a shipment of funds dealing with a Mexican bandit gang along the way. Hill plays a typical lone gunman only he has a special gun that figures into a novel final duel with the antagonist. The mostly reliable Tonino Valerii’s first stab at a western is quite enjoyable. Frequent bad guy Fernando Sancho has a supporting role.

ANY GUN CAN PLAY- 1967-Master action director Enzo Castellari directs this comedy western starring George Hilton about three “friends” who reluctantly join forces to find a hidden cache of gold. Has its moments but just average western. If you’re a Hilton fan, you’ll want to see it.

A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE 1972-Fitfully boring Tonino Valerii western that obviously had a sizeable budget. James Coburn plays a disgraced Colonel who recruits some criminals to infiltrate an impenetrable fortress run by Confederate madman Telly Savalas. Although it’s shot well, the film is not as good as it sounds. Literally nothing happens until the final 20 minutes which is where the bulk of the budget appears to have been spent showcasing the spectacular destruction of the fortress. Savalas is wasted in his role as the bad guy. You never see him until the film is nearly over and he never does anything to make you really despise him. A final revelation from Coburn reveals Savalas’s villainous past. Bud Spencer seems lost with Terence Hill at his side. A preponderance of dirty language is used throughout. An unseen prologue is added to this version which does nothing to improve things only ruining the ending for the viewer as it gives away who lives. Anyway, the finale nearly makes it all worthwhile. Not a bad film in the slightest just a missed opportunity. A memorable and bombastic score by Morricone.

A STRANGER IN TOWN- 1966-Tony Anthony in Luigi Vanzi’s sort of remake of FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Frank Wolff is very good as the leader of the bandit gang. Another average western that’s not bad just not particularly memorable.

A TASTE OF KILLING 1967-Gravelly faced Craig Hill plays an escort with a scope rifle protecting a shipment of funds dealing with a Mexican bandit gang along the way. Hill plays a typical lone gunman only he has a special gun that figures into a novel final duel with the antagonist. The mostly reliable Tonino Valerii’s first stab at a western is quite enjoyable. Frequent bad guy Fernando Sancho has a supporting role.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on March 20, 2007, 11:35:28 AM
BANDIDOS 1968-A gunfighter runs into a former student of his robbing the very train he is traveling on. He spares his cretinous disciple but shoots his hands. Years later the gunman meets up with a convict who was wrongly imprisoned for the train robbery. The gunfighter trains his new student to take out the previous acolyte as he is stirring up trouble again. I don’t remember a great deal about this one but I do remember aside from a laughably bad fist fight early on, the movie is quite good.

BEN & CHARLIE- 1972-Guiliano Gemma and the ANTHROPOPHAGUS himself, big George Eastman, aka Luigi Montifiore(who also scripted) do the TRINITY shtick in this western from Michele Lupo about a man released from prison who continues his conning ways. The film becomes serious towards the end when the duo are betrayed and must fight against a varied group of villains similar to those found in HK kung fu movies each with their own look and personality. Gemma is the Hill character and Eastman of course, is the big lummox that Spencer would portray in later films.

BEYOND THE LAW- 1968-Kind of forgettable LVC western with elements of comedy that just do not work most of the time. Bud Spencer is almost unrecognizable as the town mayor. Things pick up in the latter half when the black clad villain played by peplum star Gordon Mitchell enters the picture and the film becomes a serious affair.

BIG GUNDOWN, THE- 1966-Sergio Sollima’s classic political western about an honorable sheriff recruited to track down a Mexican peasant believed to have raped a young girl. The Big Gundown promised in the films title becomes the ‘big letdown’ although it’s still a highly recommended affair as Van Cleef chases his quarry Cuchillo played by Tomas Milian throughout the picture learning later that all is not as it seems. LVC plays probably his most complex western character of all his Italian entries and Tomas Milian is great to watch as always. He would reprise the Cuchillo role in the sequel RUN MAN, RUN also directed by Sollima. TBG was severely truncated for its US release some 20 minutes being removed. A fan made DVD has the cut footage reinstated.
 
BLACK KILLER 1970-Mildly entertaining low, low budget spaghetti western has Kinski as a hero but keeps him confined to a single set as he mills around looking through books most of the time. Much of the film appears to have been shot around a single set as well. A diversion is seen in the form of a beautiful Italian actress masquerading as an Indian who gets naked often. Other than that there is really nothing to recommend this one besides the large book with a gun hidden inside that Kinski carries around the length of the film.

BLINDMAN- 1971-Ferdinando Baldi’s highly entertaining spaghetti western stars Tony Anthony as a blind gunslinger clearly modeled after the mega popular ZATOICHI, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN series from Japan. Here, the Blindman must escort a clutch of mail order brides to their husbands to be only to run into trouble along the way when the brides are abducted by a vicious Mexican bandit. Ringo Starr plays the brother of the bandit leader. An exciting film that is slightly bogged down by a series of back to back dénouements. The comical final moments leave things open for a sequel. Baldi’s later western films feature outlandishly garish characters that would seem at home in the world of MAD MAX or the ROAD WARRIOR. They add a freshness to the by now tired traits of the genre and appear to be inspired by the similarly hippie trappings seen in Sergio Corbucci’s westerns of the time.

BOUNTY KILLER, THE 1966-Boring and redundant early western with Tomas Milian as a villain. Don’t remember much about it other than it allowed me some much needed sleep. In that it was an INSOMNIAC KILLER.

BLOOD AT SUNDOWN- 1967-Interesting Italo western starring Anthony Steffen and Gianni Garko as a villain, which didn’t happen often. He is Steffen’s psychotic brother who holds a town in a grip of terror until Steffen enters the picture to end his reign of tyranny. Garko plays a character named Sartana here but miles away from the magician gunslinger he later become. The villains base is a curious looking fort that resembles an Aztec temple. Still, it’s an average western that provides a mild diversion.

CALIFORNIA- 1977-Guiliano Gemma in his grittiest western about a soldier, who was once a bounty hunter, coming home from the war and finding things are no less violent. Some brutal hand to hand action (that’s well staged for a change) and some bloody shootouts enliven this rather depressing entry that along with a couple of other films, were an attempt to rekindle the spaghetti western genre which had been supplanted in Italy by the hundreds of Crime films that were flooding the theaters there at the time. The somber and depressing tone of this film signals the last gasps of the Italian western films.

COMPANEROS- 1972-Sergio Corbucci’s highly entertaining comedy western starring Franco Nero, Tomas Milian and a scene stealing Jack Palance as an eccentric, pot smoking, one handed villain with a hawk for a companion. In the Italian version Palance’s character is a descendant of Dracula(!) The film drags a bit in places but the combination of Nero, Milian and Palance is can’t miss entertainment. The score by the always reliable and diverse Ennio Morricone is very energetic.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on March 20, 2007, 11:36:28 AM
DAY OF ANGER- 1969-Another classic Gemma western although this one is low on action and high on dramatics which only enhances the action that much more. Here, Gemma plays a put upon errand boy who meets up with Lee Van Cleef. He teaches him how to defend himself and use a gun. Eventually Van Cleef is revealed to be the villain of the film and ends up dueling with him and his men at the finale. The final scene with Gemma and Van Cleef is quite cold and shocking. Contains an extraordinary duel on horseback similar to medieval jousting. One of the best. Another fine western from Tonino Valerii. The quirky score by Francesco De Masi can be heard in numerous independent kung fu pictures.

DEATH RIDES A HORSE- 1968-Quite possibly Van Cleef’s most enjoyable and violent western film. A gang of cutthroats massacre a family but one little boy survives to take revenge for their deaths. He grows up to be John Phillip Law who enjoys emptying his gun into his targets. Each villain has a discernable feature that Law remembers from the night his family was wiped out. LVC gets out of prison and takes up with Law, both with similar agendas involving lead villain Luigi Pistilli who gets a chance to shine here as the lead heavy. The torture scenes are a bit more creative this time as opposed to the usual and stale methods of simply punching the good guys up a bit. The violence level is stronger than usual for a western from this time period and the hauntingly baroque score from maestro Morricone offsets the violence quotient very well. The sophisticated training scenes where Law practices his gun skills appears influenced by HK adventures during this time wherein the heroes and villains display similar skills with knives, swords and what not. Both genres share much in common and traded on concepts for years. Directed with style by Guilio Petroni.

DJANGO- 1966-Massive hit in Europe, this film showcased a different kind of hero. One that was conniving and deceptive and not above being mutilated in some way. Django is a coffin toting mystery man who is after a nasty, racist named Major Jackson played with appropriate villainy by Eduardo Fajardo. In between his vendetta, Django helps a Mexican bandit gang rob a fort of its gold consignment. Before the gang can double cross him, Django attempts to do the same to them leading to a cruel scene where the gang renders Django nearly incapable of handling a gun shortly before he is to meet up with his nemesis, Major Jackson. When submitted to the BBFC, the level of violence made the film unreleasable. It also failed to snag US distribution. In Europe however, the film got some 50 sequels most in name only, others detailing Django’s adventures played by different actors each interpreting the character differently. The film made big stars out of Franco Nero and director Sergio Corbucci who was able to secure 1 million budgets for his films after DJANGO’s success. Several others behind the scenes would go on to fruitful careers as well. Assistant director Ruggero Deodato and cinematographer Enzo Barboni would both go on to hugely successful directorial careers. Luis Bacalov contributes a great score. A landmark in western cinema.

DJANGO, KILL- 1967-Odd ball and confusing art house western from Guilio Questi about Tomas Milian returning from the “dead” to avenge his death accompanied by two quirky Indians. The gunmen are traced to a town full of characters that are more barbaric than the films villains. The narrative is never straight forward and nearly all the characters are unhinged in some fashion. Some out of left field gore scenes only add to the nuttiness. Also on hand is a merry band of black clad faggot desperadoes who want to “initiate” Milian into their group. Another scene involves the torture of Milian tied like Christ on the cross complete with thorns. Considered by some to be a classic of the genre. But then, when a film has artsy touches or scenes that are viewed as symbolic of a higher meaning said film is put on a pedestal even if the film itself is not cohesive at all. Not recommended at all.

DJANGO THE BASTARD- 1973-Terrible Anthony Steffen vehicle in which he plays a gunslinger from beyond the grave who avenges himself on the traitorous soldiers who put him there. Some striking moments such as Steffen heralding his arrival with crosses adorned with his victims names carved on them. The final scene is quite spooky. Directed by Sergio Garrone who would later try his hand at the short lived Naziploitation genre that enjoyed a brief run in Italy after the popularity of the ILSA films.

DJANGO, GET A COFFIN READY- 1968-Comic book prequel to DJANGO has Terence Hill taking over for Franco Nero. However, Nero was supposed to star to finish out his three picture deal that included DJANGO and TEXAS ADIOS. Hill does a good job of it and seems more at home playing solo than his frequent collaborator Bud Spencer. Here, we learn what happened to Django’s wife and where he got the gatling gun. Director Ferdinando Baldi shoots the film at a rapid pace and none of the scenes have much impact when they should such as the fateful encounter with Django and the bad guys. Probably the best of all the sequels and one of a few that acknowledge the original film. Frequent script writer and actor George Eastman (Luigi Montefiore) would go on to an illustrious career in exploitation films.


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Post by: Arizona Colt on March 20, 2007, 11:37:27 AM
FACE TO FACE- 1967-Sergio Sollima’s finest western film about a civilized school teacher (Gian Maria Volonte) who falls in with an uncivilized bandit leader (Tomas Milian). The two ultimately change places with the teacher becoming even more uncultured than Milian’s character ever was. William Berger is a government agent sent to bring in Milian. There is much action but also a lot of commentary on the animalistic nature of man and how easily it is for man’s dark nature to surface. Milian’s character is sound enough to ponder his own sensibilities once the teacher has transformed into a barbarian himself. Sollima only did three westerns and it’s a shame he didn’t do more.

FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME- 1972-Average Italo western starring former peplum star Alan Steel as a Union soldier left tortured and left for dead by William Berger and his gang of savages. By this point in the Italian western cycle, the comedy films had taken over but a few stragglers would imbue stronger than usual sex and violence to try and bring in theatergoers. The ending is a bit humorous with Berger firing what seems like 20 bullets before he is seen reloading and Steel’s gimmick during the final moments. What makes this one watchable is a truly sadistic villain who seems to enjoy various means of torture as opposed to simply killing a man.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE- 1965-Leone’s second western feature stars Eastwood again this time paired with Lee Van Cleef. Gian Maria Volonte also is back as the bad guy. This time, the focus is more on LVC than Eastwood’s character. Both form an uneasy alliance to get the same man and his gang and the bounties that go with it. Only the final duel is a bit of a letdown. Van Cleef’s popularity offered him a career in Italy he never had in America and he stayed acting in some 17 Italian westerns.  The coming years would find Volonte very vocal about his hatred for his two Leone films proclaiming he would only do pictures that had meaning from then on. Eastwood would later go back to America and continue making western films although he too would seem a bit embarrassed by his participation in Italian cinema. The hunchback, Klaus Kinski, would go on to a debaucherous career in cinema doing westerns to pay his bills and only taking the ones that paid the most which is one reason why his scenes are very brief as the producers could not afford him for very long. His tirades and comments about directors would become infamous.

FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO, THE- 1970-Ferdinando Baldi’s best western relies more on the dramatic elements lending the action scenes more punch. An operatic spaghetti oater with Shakespearean tragedy at its core sees a General returning from the war only to be brutally double crossed and murdered by his scheming wife who uses any man in the vicinity to accomplish her goals. Her son Sebastian disappears, the shock of the events that night causing him to forget much of what happened. Years later, a former childhood friend, Raffael, finds him and explains all leading to an ending of familial vengeance where everybody suffers. Composer Roberto Pregadio supplies one of the most beautiful spaghetti scores ever. The leads are all attractive especially the women. Luciana Paluzzi is exceptionally stunning as the deceiving matriarch. The many other Spanish bar women are also very seductive. One scene reveals through dialog, the horrifying reason why Raffael cannot enjoy a woman’s touch which is hinted at several times throughout the film. Again Baldi’s characters, as in the following years BLINDMAN, all seem to be dressed as post apocalyptic hippies which is refreshing lending the film a hip appearance. It’s brief running time of 81 minutes suggests some footage may have been removed although all known versions run this length.

FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE- 1975-Lucio Fulci’s second western is, like DJANGO KILL, an artsy styled oater with supposed hidden meanings beneath its western trappings. The alleged extreme violence is not as savage as the films reputation would lead you to believe. Along with MASSACRE TIME, it’s easy to see where Fulci’s career was heading in the coming years although his 1973 film DON’T TORTURE THE DUCKLING confirmed the horrors that lay ahead. Tomas Milian portrays the nasty villain and Fabio Testi is one of the good guys along with Michael J. Pollard more or less playing himself.

GENTLEMAN KILLER, THE 1968-A rare decent western for Steffen and another villainous turn for Eduardo Fajardo as a Mexican bandit leader. Steffen’s character is thought to have been killed but shows up and begins picking off the bad guys. The ending is unusual.

GRAND DUEL, THE 1972-Fine LVC western shot when comedies were the order of the day. A similar story to DAY OF ANGER but with more exploitable elements. Some extravagant action scenes enliven the film to take your mind from the fact that you’ve seen it all before. Neolithic actor Salvatore Baccaro has a role as an assassin. The Bacalov score is quite infectious. Giancarlo Santi, who directed Leone’s action scenes in DUCK, YOU SUCKER!, handles the directorial reigns just fine on his own aping Leone’s style during the standoffs. Reportedly, Leone was not a very good action director when it didn’t involve several guys standing around for 10 minutes preparing to shoot each other. Not a classic but well worth a look.

GREAT SILENCE, THE- 1968-Sergio Corbucci’s best, IMO about a mysterious gunfighter named Silence who is after a gang of ruthless bounty hunters using the law as a means to masquerade their murder sprees. One of the most downbeat and depressing cinematic experiences you’re ever likely to see. Even knowing how the film ends still does not prepare you for its power to shock you into a numbing state of doubt at what you have seen. Frank Wolff plays the law abiding sheriff and the only character outside of Silence who could be a foil for the bad guys. Klaus Kinski in his greatest western performance as the lead heavy shows what he can do as the psychotic killer Loco or El Tigrero in the Italian version. He dominates the film and nearly succeeds in making it HIS film. A ferocious and callous film that goes against the grain refusing to allow good to triumph over evil. A bonafide gothic horror western similar in look to Mario Bava’s ‘Wurdulak’ segment in his THREE FACES OF FEAR. At the behest of nervous producers, Corbucci was asked to shoot an alternate ending for other markets that would not tolerate such a brutal finish. According to Howard Hughes exhaustive book ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE ITALIAN WEST, there was a rumor that Clint Eastwood was going to remake the film but nothing ever came of it. The film failed in Italy but was successful in Germany and France but could not secure US distribution. Simply the highest recommendation.

GOD FORGIVES, I DON’T- 1967-Guiseppi Collizi’s first western was a huge hit in Italy and starred Terence Hill and Bud Spencer together for the first time playing it straight save for a couple of scenes. Here, they lay the blueprint for the TRINITY films and their numerous numbskull comedies to follow. Frank Wolff is noteworthy as the maniacal Bill San Antonio. Quite a bit of violence and shortly thereafter, Hill would forsake violent movies forever focusing his career doing family friendly movies. Unlike Spencer however, Hill could carry a movie on his own. Followed by two lesser sequels.

GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY, THE- 1966-The third installment in the DOLLARS trilogy began Leone’s fascination with 3 hour movies. LVC is most impressive as a rancorous and devious bad guy who has no qualms about killing anyone regardless of age or sex. Meanwhile Eastwood and Eli Wallach play off each other quite well and both characters grow to like each other more than they let on as the film progresses. They have an uneasy alliance using each other to make a living. The ending, which has been spoofed and lampooned over the years, is a stupendous stand off made all the more suspenseful by Morricone’s escalating score. Definitely the best of the DOLLARS movies.


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Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 12:21:44 PM
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS- 1964-Sergio Leone’s classic retelling of YOJIMBO about a gunfighter turning two rival gangs against each other has been retold dozens of times over the years in various genres. Clint Eastwood in his first of three Italian westerns. In Eastwood’s later US westerns, the Italian influence is much in evidence in films such as HANG’EM HIGH, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. In recent interviews Eastwood doesn’t appear very enthusiastic about his Italian western outings for some reason or other.

A BULLET FOR SANDOVAL- 1969-George Hilton plays a Union soldier engaged to a Spanish beauty although the father and sons disapprove. Upon learning she is ill, he goes awol to be with her. She dies giving birth to their child and Sandoval, the father, curses the man should he ever return. Later the baby dies as well from a plague. The man then forms a gang with a number of cutthroats and shoot their way to Sandoval eventually being surrounded in a coliseum by the military in a Chang Cheh style finale. A very tragic movie and definitely one of George Hiltons better performances where he is allowed to play a serious role for a change. Ernest Borgnine doesn’t convince as the Spanish Patriarch but then one suspects he was cast for his name alone. A somber and depressing film all around. The English DVD is missing near 10 minutes of footage, mostly dialog.

A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL- 1967-Damiano Damiani’s classic political western about a young American secretly hired by the Mexican government to assassinate a powerful Mexican bandit leader. Stage actor Gian Maria Volonte portrays the rude but likeably filthy bandit chief Chuncho who wants at first to help his people by providing them with arms but then is seduced by Nino’s ideals for wealth and power. He becomes an unknowing participant in the General’s death as well as his somewhat unhinged brother Santo (Klaus Kinski) among other events. He gains redemption during the final moments when he finally sees the rich American influence treading over the poor and harmless Mexican peasants that he was blinded to all along. Anti American sentiment runs throughout as well as the notion that all those with money are evil and must be killed. Some have written about the supposed homo erotic nature of the relationship between Chuncho and Nino although I don’t see it. Chuncho is merely bewitched by Nino’s fast talk and get rich schemes that permeates the other members of his band eventually leading to many of their deaths. Martine Beswicke also stars in this must see classic. Luis Bacalov provides the great score some of which was recycled from DJANGO.

ACE HIGH- 1968-Guiseppi Collizi’s second film with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. The first being the classic GOD FORGIVES, I DON’T. This one goes for a more comical approach. Eli Wallach joins the cast here and manages to steal the show away from the usually unbeatable team of Bud and Terence. One of a handful of Italian westerns to have a decent budget, the film drags a bit much in places but is miles away better than the third film in the trilogy, the dreaded BOOT HILL.

A CLOUD OF DUST…A CRY OF DEATH…SARTANA IS COMING! 1971-Gianni Garko returns in the best of his five SARTANA films. By this point, the outlandish aspects of the weapons and situations had taken a James Bondian flavor similar to the popular American western show THE WILD, WILD WEST. It’s a shame director Guiliano Carnimeo could not maintain the level of restraint in his later, more wildly chaotic western “comedies”. Although this film is very much over the top with its Organ doubling as a cannon and gatling gun and the wind up explosives, it’s handled with a degree of control. Also called LIGHT THE FUSE…SARTANA IS COMING!




Hilton does a fine serious role in "Bullet for Sandoval" but his acting is a bit embarassing in one scene where his character is drunk.


Agree with everything else on this batch (except I don't think too highly of "Ace High").


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Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 12:25:12 PM
AND FOR A ROOF, A SKY FULL OF STARS 1966-Wonderful opening to this Guiliano Gemma movie which divulges into comical shenanigans until a vicious gang comes looking Gemma (who for much of the film pretends to not know how to use a gun) and his lovably stupid friend whom Gemma constantly takes advantage of until the gang of thugs finally catch up with him. It drags a bit in the middle but it has a dynamite ending and you really can’t go wrong with a Gemma picture. Some versions have an entirely different set of credits and are missing the opening sequence.



I rate this one highly. The silly comedy stuff gets out of hand during the 2nd act but the brutally violent 3rd act makes it worth the wait.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 12:41:36 PM
A COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF- 1965-A pretty good Anthony Steffen western who enjoyed a great deal of popularity throughout the cycle although nearly all his films are just average with none of them being overly memorable. It isn’t a bad thing only none I’ve seen particularly stand out. This is one of the better ones with some good action scenes, a beautiful damsel in distress and a vicious villain played by the always Eduardo Fajardo.



ADIOS, SABATA 1970-For the English release, Yul Brynner takes over for Van Cleef as the Sartana like gunfighter with the trick guns. Although this was called INDIO BLACK in Italy, the characters fit nicely into the SABATA mold even featuring the previous films cast members in different roles. Apparently director Giancarlo Parolini enjoys the circus as he fills all his action films with acrobats or characters with eccentric weaponry. Here he continues the fad with his array of bad guys. Parolini would also utilize acrobats in his lively war picture 5 FOR HELL starring Gianni Garko and Klaus Kinski.

ALIVE, OR PREFERABLY DEAD 1973-Gemma stars in this TRINITY inspired nuttiness. Haven’t seen yet, but I’m sure it’s good.



ANY GUN CAN PLAY- 1967-Master action director Enzo Castellari directs this comedy western starring George Hilton about three “friends” who reluctantly join forces to find a hidden cache of gold. Has its moments but just average western. If you’re a Hilton fan, you’ll want to see it.



A STRANGER IN TOWN- 1966-Tony Anthony in Luigi Vanzi’s sort of remake of FISTFUL OF DOLLARS. Frank Wolff is very good as the leader of the bandit gang. Another average western that’s not bad just not particularly memorable.

A TASTE OF KILLING 1967-Gravelly faced Craig Hill plays an escort with a scope rifle protecting a shipment of funds dealing with a Mexican bandit gang along the way. Hill plays a typical lone gunman only he has a special gun that figures into a novel final duel with the antagonist. The mostly reliable Tonino Valerii’s first stab at a western is quite enjoyable. Frequent bad guy Fernando Sancho has a supporting role.




I tried to view A COFFIN FOR THE SHERIFF but couldn't get through the first ten minutes. It seems like another Anthony Steffen snorefest.
I'll give it a look again in the future.


ADIOS SABATA: A good spaghetti western but I have a biased towards it because I don't like Yul Brynner in the Lee Van Cleef role. And I just don't like Yul Brynner. If this would have been sold as INDIO BLACK then perhaps I would have been more cosy with the idea of Brynner being the anti-hero.

ALIVE OR PREFERABLY DEAD: To view pile. No hurry.


ANY GUN CAN PLAY: Agree with AC. Average fare. The opening is the highlight when Hilton, as "The Stranger", guns down "look alikes" of Franco Nero, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood. Fun main theme. The singer with the thick italian accent seems to be chanting about a "strange jew" rather than a "stranger". ;D


A STRANGER IN TOWN: The first in a series starring American actor Tony Anthony. This seems to have a problem with pacing. Could have been a grand low budget affair but there are way too many scenes of Anthony (in an oversized Poncho) sneaking around dark alleys and tunnels.
The sequels inject humor into the series which helps a lot.


TASTE OF KILLING: Couldn't get into this one. The final showdown is the only thing worth watching.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 01:15:17 PM

BLACK KILLER 1970-Mildly entertaining low, low budget spaghetti western has Kinski as a hero but keeps him confined to a single set as he mills around looking through books most of the time. Much of the film appears to have been shot around a single set as well. A diversion is seen in the form of a beautiful Italian actress masquerading as an Indian who gets naked often. Other than that there is really nothing to recommend this one besides the large book with a gun hidden inside that Kinski carries around the length of the film.




Review for "Black Killer"
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Thomas Weisser calls this a "text-book example of the genre" and for once he couldn't be more correct. This very entertiaining flick is a perfect example of the genre. A gritty "revenge for a slaughtered family" plot mixed with "corrupt town boss" schtick. It's violent, bloody and has some added quirk and nudity in it. A full lengthed role by Klaus Kinski is added for good measure.

A mysterious Man in black (Kinski) rides into the town of Tombstone. He says he is a lawyer named James Webb and carries a gaggle of thick law books around with him. He acquires himself a room at the local hotel and begins to take part in some shady conversations with the town judge. He is especially interested in some land that two mexican outlaws, inaccuratly called the "O'Hara brothers", have stolen.

When the O'Hara's kill a town sheriff, Webb wastes no time in dispatching some of their lackies using his pistols that are intricatly hidden inside his text books and are rigged to go off when he pulls on a book mark. Of course at this point we don't know why he does this nor do we know what he is up to. His motives are not revealed until the very end of the picture.

After the first twenty minutes another Stranger by the name of Burt Collins rides into town and Kinski's character takes a back seat throughout the rest of the picture (he is just shown sneaking around town dropping in on secret conversations held by some villains and shooting from his books when necessary), instead the film becomes the adventures of Burt Collins.

Burt has come to tombstone to visit his brother Peter who is living on the outskirts of town with his indian wife Sarah (another unusual name for a certain character). While Burt spends the night at Peter's house, the house is raided by the O'Hara brothers and Peter is killed. Sarah is brutally raped and Burt gets beaten to a Pulp and left for dead.
Both Burt and Sarah head to the O'hara's hideout for revenge.
The movie has a lot of female frontal nudity, mostly from a saloon girl named Consuelo but Sarah the indian girl shows her back side a few times as well (Nudity is a rare occasion in the genre).

Enjoyed the flick but I have a few minor gripes with it, first and foremost the costumes the O'Hara brothers wear, they have these really ridiculous color coordinated costumes that make them look like circus performers. One of the brothers (the red suited one) has a utility belt full of throwing knives, he only uses these once. The knives should have been a running theme and his death should have involved something with a knife as oppsed to just getting shot.

The very end (I won't get into details as not to spoil anything) shows the revenge driven hero (Burt) to be not so honest as one would expect. In fact his activities at the end make him seem indifferent to his brothers death.

otherwise great action packed film.

The actors:

Kinski is noteworthy as Webb, he brings this mystique to the film that few actors can accomplish.

Fred Robsahm plays Burt Collins very well. In fact I liked him for all the reasons Shobary (http://spaghettiwesterns.1g.fi/black/killer.htm) didn't like him. Shoabry writes "  looks dirty and probably smells bad too". I think that's the whole point of a down and dirty spaghetti western hero but I guess it's different strokes for different folks (shrugs).

Marina Mulligan is cute and sassy as the Indian girl seeking revenge on the villians for killing her husband and raping her in the process. Surprisingly this remains to be mulligan's only contribution to cinema.


The Music:
I enjoyed the horror music esq. type tune for the "James Webb theme" but everything else is barely passable as an Italian western score.


Verdict: a solid spaghetti.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 01:20:20 PM
CALIFORNIA- 1977-Guiliano Gemma in his grittiest western about a soldier, who was once a bounty hunter, coming home from the war and finding things are no less violent. Some brutal hand to hand action (that’s well staged for a change) and some bloody shootouts enliven this rather depressing entry that along with a couple of other films, were an attempt to rekindle the spaghetti western genre which had been supplanted in Italy by the hundreds of Crime films that were flooding the theaters there at the time. The somber and depressing tone of this film signals the last gasps of the Italian western films.




Review for...

"California" (1977)
Directed by Michele Lupo

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A spaghetti western made late in the game. This nice installment to the genre was released one year after the brilliant "Keoma" and the same year as the decent "Mannaja". Strangely enough these three films are very similar in tone and style. Each of the trio contains a very dark story line filled with run down sets and pessimistic views towards the human race. The three also have their fair share of slow-mo violence (ala Peckinpah). Out of the these three (Mannaja, Keoma and California) "California" is the most unusual but also the most involving. You never once kid yourself that Giuliano Gemma is as mystical as Franco Nero in the role of "Keoma" or as inhumanly deadly as Maurizio Merli as "Blade". No, Gemma's Michael "California" Random is made of softer stuff which makes him more accesible to our acceptance.

The Plot

It's the end of the American Civil War and confederate soldier California (Gemma) has been released from a Union prison camp. He begins to make trails to no where imperticular when suddenly a younger ex-confederate soldier named Willy Preston (played by singer Miguel Bosé) runs into him and wants to befriend him. At first California wants nothing to do with Willy  but they soon learn to bond after realizing Mercenaries are after the price on freed confederate prisoners' heads (that includes them!). After dodging a fearsome and sadisitic Bounty hunter by the name of Whitaker, the two companians reach a ghost town where they are ambushed by Confederate hating Northerners. The Vigilantes shoot and hang Willy leaving California no choice but to make trails to Willy's home in Georgia to tell the bad news to his folks and older sister.

After California tells of the grim news to the Preston Family he is welcomed to stay at the farm for as long as he likes. Willy's sister Helen (who is played by Miguel Bosé's real life sister Paola) predictably falls in love with California and the two share a budding romance.... that is until Helen is kidnapped by the mean, nasty, terrible, ghastly and all around bad bounty hunter Whitaker.

California must saddle up and search for Helen even if he must side with the enemy to do it.


my take:

The film very much feels like three movies in one. You have the half hour relationship between California and Willy(which feels like the first part of a buddy movie), you have the sappy romance segment in the middle of the film and then you have the search party (which consist only of one man) stuff for the thrid act. Needless to say the movie rambles here and there and perhaps it's a little too long for it's own good but it's a well crafted film with some very well done action sequences.

The fist fights are particularly excellent (Which is saying something in a genre that has some of the worst fist fights ever put to celluloid). During a scuffle you can be sure that wood planks, fences and even brick walls (!) will be destroyed to make way for the competitors to further duke it out without breaking a sweat or getting exhausted. It's all good fun until somebody is beaten to death or impaled by a stake, then it just becomes down right COOL.


The gunfights are equally nice, always taking place in some deserted ghost town with buildings that crumble at the firing of a bullet. I must point out that set designer Carlo Simi did his best work for this movie. All the ghost towns are especially spooky with muddy streets and ram shackled buildings. One set even includes craters on the town street formed by cannon fire during some recent battle.


Gemma is great as the loner known as California. He seems to have some sort of past that he wants to desperatly put behind him but we never quite find out what that past is (shades of his character in "and for a roof a skyful of stars") and we don't need to. It's not important. He tells us all we need to know about him through his performance.


William Berger has a small role as Willy Preston's father. For you Berger fans out there don't expect him to be shooting anybody or even take part in any action sequences. Fair warning.

The soundtrack is mostly mood music although there is an attempt to have some memorable score with the main title theme but it is an utter failure in the memorable department (shucks).

Director Michele Lupo made five other spaghetti westerns besides this one (three starring Gemma ). I have seen three of the five and so far this is his best effort. An enjoyable film, one of the last (if not THE last) good spaghetti westerns before the genre was buried on Boot Hill.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 02:35:41 PM
BANDIDOS 1968-A gunfighter runs into a former student of his robbing the very train he is traveling on. He spares his cretinous disciple but shoots his hands. Years later the gunman meets up with a convict who was wrongly imprisoned for the train robbery. The gunfighter trains his new student to take out the previous acolyte as he is stirring up trouble again. I don’t remember a great deal about this one but I do remember aside from a laughably bad fist fight early on, the movie is quite good.

BEN & CHARLIE- 1972-Guiliano Gemma and the ANTHROPOPHAGUS himself, big George Eastman, aka Luigi Montifiore(who also scripted) do the TRINITY shtick in this western from Michele Lupo about a man released from prison who continues his conning ways. The film becomes serious towards the end when the duo are betrayed and must fight against a varied group of villains similar to those found in HK kung fu movies each with their own look and personality. Gemma is the Hill character and Eastman of course, is the big lummox that Spencer would portray in later films.

BEYOND THE LAW- 1968-Kind of forgettable LVC western with elements of comedy that just do not work most of the time. Bud Spencer is almost unrecognizable as the town mayor. Things pick up in the latter half when the black clad villain played by peplum star Gordon Mitchell enters the picture and the film becomes a serious affair.

BIG GUNDOWN, THE- 1966-Sergio Sollima’s classic political western about an honorable sheriff recruited to track down a Mexican peasant believed to have raped a young girl. The Big Gundown promised in the films title becomes the ‘big letdown’ although it’s still a highly recommended affair as Van Cleef chases his quarry Cuchillo played by Tomas Milian throughout the picture learning later that all is not as it seems. LVC plays probably his most complex western character of all his Italian entries and Tomas Milian is great to watch as always. He would reprise the Cuchillo role in the sequel RUN MAN, RUN also directed by Sollima. TBG was severely truncated for its US release some 20 minutes being removed. A fan made DVD has the cut footage reinstated.
 


BLINDMAN- 1971-Ferdinando Baldi’s highly entertaining spaghetti western stars Tony Anthony as a blind gunslinger clearly modeled after the mega popular ZATOICHI, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN series from Japan. Here, the Blindman must escort a clutch of mail order brides to their husbands to be only to run into trouble along the way when the brides are abducted by a vicious Mexican bandit. Ringo Starr plays the brother of the bandit leader. An exciting film that is slightly bogged down by a series of back to back dénouements. The comical final moments leave things open for a sequel. Baldi’s later western films feature outlandishly garish characters that would seem at home in the world of MAD MAX or the ROAD WARRIOR. They add a freshness to the by now tired traits of the genre and appear to be inspired by the similarly hippie trappings seen in Sergio Corbucci’s westerns of the time.


BLOOD AT SUNDOWN- 1967-Interesting Italo western starring Anthony Steffen and Gianni Garko as a villain, which didn’t happen often. He is Steffen’s psychotic brother who holds a town in a grip of terror until Steffen enters the picture to end his reign of tyranny. Garko plays a character named Sartana here but miles away from the magician gunslinger he later become. The villains base is a curious looking fort that resembles an Aztec temple. Still, it’s an average western that provides a mild diversion.



COMPANEROS- 1972-Sergio Corbucci’s highly entertaining comedy western starring Franco Nero, Tomas Milian and a scene stealing Jack Palance as an eccentric, pot smoking, one handed villain with a hawk for a companion. In the Italian version Palance’s character is a descendant of Dracula(!) The film drags a bit in places but the combination of Nero, Milian and Palance is can’t miss entertainment. The score by the always reliable and diverse Ennio Morricone is very energetic.



BANDIDOS: I'll have to give this one another view as I don't remember being GA-GA over it like some other fans.
I remember the opening train massacre being pretty violent though.


BEN AND CHARLIE: Similar to AND FOR A ROOF A SKYFUL OF STARS but not as good.
It's practically a remake of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID as Gemma and Eastman rob bank after bank all the while being chased by the law and some bandits that want the loot their hauling around.

BEYOND THE LAW: Didn't think much of it on the first view but it grows on you with repeat viewings. It's a nice character peice and it's good to see LVC not playing himself. Give it a try.

THE BIG GUNDOWN: THE BIG LETDOWN indeed.
A classic, by fan standards, but it's missing something. Perhaps it's the fact that there is no "Big Gundown" in sight.
Or maybe it's just the on going "capture and escape" method this chase movie gives. It becomes tiresome after awhile.
Still great...but not GREAT. Sollima's best western was FACE TO FACE, and even that has problems!

BLINDMAN: Agree with AC. Good film but a bit too long for it's own good. Tony Anthony gives his best acting job here. One of Baldi's best.

BLOOD AT SUNDOWN: Another Steffen movie that doesn't deliver the goods. Garko is worth a view (though he gets over the top at times) as the sadistic General Sartana (not THE Sartana which he will become famous for playing later) but not much else is worth wacthing. The action scenes are slopply edited.

COMPANEROS: A Corbucci classic! Not quite as good as his earlier THE MERCENARY (which this film is practically a remake of) but certainly worth a buy. Great start for newbies!


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on March 20, 2007, 03:03:06 PM
DAY OF ANGER- 1969-Another classic Gemma western although this one is low on action and high on dramatics which only enhances the action that much more. Here, Gemma plays a put upon errand boy who meets up with Lee Van Cleef. He teaches him how to defend himself and use a gun. Eventually Van Cleef is revealed to be the villain of the film and ends up dueling with him and his men at the finale. The final scene with Gemma and Van Cleef is quite cold and shocking. Contains an extraordinary duel on horseback similar to medieval jousting. One of the best. Another fine western from Tonino Valerii. The quirky score by Francesco De Masi can be heard in numerous independent kung fu pictures.

DEATH RIDES A HORSE- 1968-Quite possibly Van Cleef’s most enjoyable and violent western film. A gang of cutthroats massacre a family but one little boy survives to take revenge for their deaths. He grows up to be John Phillip Law who enjoys emptying his gun into his targets. Each villain has a discernable feature that Law remembers from the night his family was wiped out. LVC gets out of prison and takes up with Law, both with similar agendas involving lead villain Luigi Pistilli who gets a chance to shine here as the lead heavy. The torture scenes are a bit more creative this time as opposed to the usual and stale methods of simply punching the good guys up a bit. The violence level is stronger than usual for a western from this time period and the hauntingly baroque score from maestro Morricone offsets the violence quotient very well. The sophisticated training scenes where Law practices his gun skills appears influenced by HK adventures during this time wherein the heroes and villains display similar skills with knives, swords and what not. Both genres share much in common and traded on concepts for years. Directed with style by Guilio Petroni.

DJANGO- 1966-Massive hit in Europe, this film showcased a different kind of hero. One that was conniving and deceptive and not above being mutilated in some way. Django is a coffin toting mystery man who is after a nasty, racist named Major Jackson played with appropriate villainy by Eduardo Fajardo. In between his vendetta, Django helps a Mexican bandit gang rob a fort of its gold consignment. Before the gang can double cross him, Django attempts to do the same to them leading to a cruel scene where the gang renders Django nearly incapable of handling a gun shortly before he is to meet up with his nemesis, Major Jackson. When submitted to the BBFC, the level of violence made the film unreleasable. It also failed to snag US distribution. In Europe however, the film got some 50 sequels most in name only, others detailing Django’s adventures played by different actors each interpreting the character differently. The film made big stars out of Franco Nero and director Sergio Corbucci who was able to secure 1 million budgets for his films after DJANGO’s success. Several others behind the scenes would go on to fruitful careers as well. Assistant director Ruggero Deodato and cinematographer Enzo Barboni would both go on to hugely successful directorial careers. Luis Bacalov contributes a great score. A landmark in western cinema.

DJANGO, KILL- 1967-Odd ball and confusing art house western from Guilio Questi about Tomas Milian returning from the “dead” to avenge his death accompanied by two quirky Indians. The gunmen are traced to a town full of characters that are more barbaric than the films villains. The narrative is never straight forward and nearly all the characters are unhinged in some fashion. Some out of left field gore scenes only add to the nuttiness. Also on hand is a merry band of black clad faggot desperadoes who want to “initiate” Milian into their group. Another scene involves the torture of Milian tied like Christ on the cross complete with thorns. Considered by some to be a classic of the genre. But then, when a film has artsy touches or scenes that are viewed as symbolic of a higher meaning said film is put on a pedestal even if the film itself is not cohesive at all. Not recommended at all.

DJANGO THE BASTARD- 1973-Terrible Anthony Steffen vehicle in which he plays a gunslinger from beyond the grave who avenges himself on the traitorous soldiers who put him there. Some striking moments such as Steffen heralding his arrival with crosses adorned with his victims names carved on them. The final scene is quite spooky. Directed by Sergio Garrone who would later try his hand at the short lived Naziploitation genre that enjoyed a brief run in Italy after the popularity of the ILSA films.

DJANGO, GET A COFFIN READY- 1968-Comic book prequel to DJANGO has Terence Hill taking over for Franco Nero. However, Nero was supposed to star to finish out his three picture deal that included DJANGO and TEXAS ADIOS. Hill does a good job of it and seems more at home playing solo than his frequent collaborator Bud Spencer. Here, we learn what happened to Django’s wife and where he got the gatling gun. Director Ferdinando Baldi shoots the film at a rapid pace and none of the scenes have much impact when they should such as the fateful encounter with Django and the bad guys. Probably the best of all the sequels and one of a few that acknowledge the original film. Frequent script writer and actor George Eastman (Luigi Montefiore) would go on to an illustrious career in exploitation films.



DAY OF ANGER: Agree with AC though I think Gemma's turn against LVC should have been more fleshed out.


DEATH RIDES A HORSE: Classic of the genre. Borrows heavily from Leone's FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. Only complaint is the final gunfight has way too many ridiculous moments involving our heros dispatching the villains with silly tactics like sneaking up behind them and tapping them on the shoulder before shooting them.

DJANGO: classic. Plain and simple. You can't ask for a better place to start if your a newbie.
Sure the second act gets a little dodgy at times but stick around for the final gunfight. I'm convinced this film has one of the best endings in cinema history.

DJANGO,KILL: AC couldn't have said it better. This film stinks.
The first 20 minutes are good but the rest is a load of bull.

DJANGO THE BASTARD: One of the few Steffen films that I don't want to slit my wrists while watching. Fun supernatural flick that drags here and there but is worth a view or two. I think you should give it another try AC.

VIVA DJANGO (Get the coffin ready): A "prequel" to Corbucci's classic DJANGO. It doesn't succeed in being a prequel (too many contradictions) but it does succeed in being a fun little film that doesn't build up to much. Worth a look.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on March 21, 2007, 12:27:20 AM
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 Apparently director Giancarlo Parolini enjoys the circus as he fills all his action films with acrobats or characters with eccentric weaponry.



He ran away from home to join the circus at a young age.

This could also be the source of his admiration for the comic strip hero "Mandrake the Magician" whom the character Sartana (his own creation) was modeled after.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 12, 2007, 05:58:14 AM
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS- 1964-Sergio Leone’s classic retelling of YOJIMBO about a gunfighter turning two rival gangs against each other has been retold dozens of times over the years in various genres. Clint Eastwood in his first of three Italian westerns. In Eastwood’s later US westerns, the Italian influence is much in evidence in films such as HANG’EM HIGH, HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES. In recent interviews Eastwood doesn’t appear very enthusiastic about his Italian western outings for some reason or other.

A BULLET FOR SANDOVAL- 1969-George Hilton plays a Union soldier engaged to a Spanish beauty although the father and sons disapprove. Upon learning she is ill, he goes awol to be with her. She dies giving birth to their child and Sandoval, the father, curses the man should he ever return. Later the baby dies as well from a plague. The man then forms a gang with a number of cutthroats and shoot their way to Sandoval eventually being surrounded in a coliseum by the military in a Chang Cheh style finale. A very tragic movie and definitely one of George Hiltons better performances where he is allowed to play a serious role for a change. Ernest Borgnine doesn’t convince as the Spanish Patriarch but then one suspects he was cast for his name alone. A somber and depressing film all around. The English DVD is missing near 10 minutes of footage, mostly dialog.

A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL- 1967-Damiano Damiani’s classic political western about a young American secretly hired by the Mexican government to assassinate a powerful Mexican bandit leader. Stage actor Gian Maria Volonte portrays the rude but likeably filthy bandit chief Chuncho who wants at first to help his people by providing them with arms but then is seduced by Nino’s ideals for wealth and power. He becomes an unknowing participant in the General’s death as well as his somewhat unhinged brother Santo (Klaus Kinski) among other events. He gains redemption during the final moments when he finally sees the rich American influence treading over the poor and harmless Mexican peasants that he was blinded to all along. Anti American sentiment runs throughout as well as the notion that all those with money are evil and must be killed. Some have written about the supposed homo erotic nature of the relationship between Chuncho and Nino although I don’t see it. Chuncho is merely bewitched by Nino’s fast talk and get rich schemes that permeates the other members of his band eventually leading to many of their deaths. Martine Beswicke also stars in this must see classic. Luis Bacalov provides the great score some of which was recycled from DJANGO.

ACE HIGH- 1968-Guiseppi Collizi’s second film with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. The first being the classic GOD FORGIVES, I DON’T. This one goes for a more comical approach. Eli Wallach joins the cast here and manages to steal the show away from the usually unbeatable team of Bud and Terence. One of a handful of Italian westerns to have a decent budget, the film drags a bit much in places but is miles away better than the third film in the trilogy, the dreaded BOOT HILL.

A CLOUD OF DUST…A CRY OF DEATH…SARTANA IS COMING! 1971-Gianni Garko returns in the best of his five SARTANA films. By this point, the outlandish aspects of the weapons and situations had taken a James Bondian flavor similar to the popular American western show THE WILD, WILD WEST. It’s a shame director Guiliano Carnimeo could not maintain the level of restraint in his later, more wildly chaotic western “comedies”. Although this film is very much over the top with its Organ doubling as a cannon and gatling gun and the wind up explosives, it’s handled with a degree of control. Also called LIGHT THE FUSE…SARTANA IS COMING!

Little to add for FOD , BFTG and OJW - all very essential!! O0


BULLET FOR SANDOVAL-yes a powerful serious role from Hilton for a change but a downright depressing western but a good one if you're in a melancoly mood.Yes i too expected more from Borgnine here.

ACE HIGH-i totally agree with your assessment about this movie but i really don't care for God Forgives I Don't which is kinda draggy throughout its entirity but my appaling print doesn't help matters likewise for the truly awful Boot Hill.Have you seen Colizzi's All The Way Boys AC?My video tape version is missing 15 minutes but otherwise is very tedious though some of the Bud & Terence fight scenes excell.

Sorry to disagree but the original Sartana is the best in my opinion ;)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 12, 2007, 06:16:13 AM
BANDIDOS 1968-A gunfighter runs into a former student of his robbing the very train he is traveling on. He spares his cretinous disciple but shoots his hands. Years later the gunman meets up with a convict who was wrongly imprisoned for the train robbery. The gunfighter trains his new student to take out the previous acolyte as he is stirring up trouble again. I don’t remember a great deal about this one but I do remember aside from a laughably bad fist fight early on, the movie is quite good.

BEN & CHARLIE- 1972-Guiliano Gemma and the ANTHROPOPHAGUS himself, big George Eastman, aka Luigi Montifiore(who also scripted) do the TRINITY shtick in this western from Michele Lupo about a man released from prison who continues his conning ways. The film becomes serious towards the end when the duo are betrayed and must fight against a varied group of villains similar to those found in HK kung fu movies each with their own look and personality. Gemma is the Hill character and Eastman of course, is the big lummox that Spencer would portray in later films.

BEYOND THE LAW- 1968-Kind of forgettable LVC western with elements of comedy that just do not work most of the time. Bud Spencer is almost unrecognizable as the town mayor. Things pick up in the latter half when the black clad villain played by peplum star Gordon Mitchell enters the picture and the film becomes a serious affair.

BIG GUNDOWN, THE- 1966-Sergio Sollima’s classic political western about an honorable sheriff recruited to track down a Mexican peasant believed to have raped a young girl. The Big Gundown promised in the films title becomes the ‘big letdown’ although it’s still a highly recommended affair as Van Cleef chases his quarry Cuchillo played by Tomas Milian throughout the picture learning later that all is not as it seems. LVC plays probably his most complex western character of all his Italian entries and Tomas Milian is great to watch as always. He would reprise the Cuchillo role in the sequel RUN MAN, RUN also directed by Sollima. TBG was severely truncated for its US release some 20 minutes being removed. A fan made DVD has the cut footage reinstated.
 
BLACK KILLER 1970-Mildly entertaining low, low budget spaghetti western has Kinski as a hero but keeps him confined to a single set as he mills around looking through books most of the time. Much of the film appears to have been shot around a single set as well. A diversion is seen in the form of a beautiful Italian actress masquerading as an Indian who gets naked often. Other than that there is really nothing to recommend this one besides the large book with a gun hidden inside that Kinski carries around the length of the film.

BLINDMAN- 1971-Ferdinando Baldi’s highly entertaining spaghetti western stars Tony Anthony as a blind gunslinger clearly modeled after the mega popular ZATOICHI, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN series from Japan. Here, the Blindman must escort a clutch of mail order brides to their husbands to be only to run into trouble along the way when the brides are abducted by a vicious Mexican bandit. Ringo Starr plays the brother of the bandit leader. An exciting film that is slightly bogged down by a series of back to back dénouements. The comical final moments leave things open for a sequel. Baldi’s later western films feature outlandishly garish characters that would seem at home in the world of MAD MAX or the ROAD WARRIOR. They add a freshness to the by now tired traits of the genre and appear to be inspired by the similarly hippie trappings seen in Sergio Corbucci’s westerns of the time.

BOUNTY KILLER, THE 1966-Boring and redundant early western with Tomas Milian as a villain. Don’t remember much about it other than it allowed me some much needed sleep. In that it was an INSOMNIAC KILLER.

BLOOD AT SUNDOWN- 1967-Interesting Italo western starring Anthony Steffen and Gianni Garko as a villain, which didn’t happen often. He is Steffen’s psychotic brother who holds a town in a grip of terror until Steffen enters the picture to end his reign of tyranny. Garko plays a character named Sartana here but miles away from the magician gunslinger he later become. The villains base is a curious looking fort that resembles an Aztec temple. Still, it’s an average western that provides a mild diversion.

CALIFORNIA- 1977-Guiliano Gemma in his grittiest western about a soldier, who was once a bounty hunter, coming home from the war and finding things are no less violent. Some brutal hand to hand action (that’s well staged for a change) and some bloody shootouts enliven this rather depressing entry that along with a couple of other films, were an attempt to rekindle the spaghetti western genre which had been supplanted in Italy by the hundreds of Crime films that were flooding the theaters there at the time. The somber and depressing tone of this film signals the last gasps of the Italian western films.

COMPANEROS- 1972-Sergio Corbucci’s highly entertaining comedy western starring Franco Nero, Tomas Milian and a scene stealing Jack Palance as an eccentric, pot smoking, one handed villain with a hawk for a companion. In the Italian version Palance’s character is a descendant of Dracula(!) The film drags a bit in places but the combination of Nero, Milian and Palance is can’t miss entertainment. The score by the always reliable and diverse Ennio Morricone is very energetic.

BANDIDOS-i'm sure i saw LA rate this elsewhere as the best non-Leone sw and yes it really is approaching somewhere near that good.This was my introduction to Enrico Maria Salerno,the gunfighter/teacher and he's excelled in everything i've seen him in.

BEN & CHARLIE- i'm not too sure if Gemma and Eastman are as natural as the Trinity boys in the sw comedy field but this is still one of the very best in that genre.

BIG GUNDOWN-often said to be overated,i disagree-essential for LVC,Milian,Morricone, great story,great looking photography and an exhilarating finale.

BLACK KILLER-mediocre,Kinski irritates with that damn book.

BLINDMAN-used to be indifferent to abridged version but now LOVE the recently acquired full uncut version.Easily Anthonys best sw.

BOUNTY KILLER-hey someone who agrees with me here about that movie.Very boring with Milian the only positive thing about it.

BLOOD AT SUNDOWN-quite dull and disappointing considering it has both Garko and Steffen.The score was ok and wasn't there an aztec temple or something where the (nasty :o) Sartana hung out?

CALIFORNIA-yes a bit miserable but i really like this one even with my crappy dark and grainy print.I enjoyed the way Gemma plotted out his revenge against the murderer of his friend.

COMPANEROS-now you're talking!! O0

 



 
 


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 12, 2007, 06:27:42 AM
DAY OF ANGER- 1969-Another classic Gemma western although this one is low on action and high on dramatics which only enhances the action that much more. Here, Gemma plays a put upon errand boy who meets up with Lee Van Cleef. He teaches him how to defend himself and use a gun. Eventually Van Cleef is revealed to be the villain of the film and ends up dueling with him and his men at the finale. The final scene with Gemma and Van Cleef is quite cold and shocking. Contains an extraordinary duel on horseback similar to medieval jousting. One of the best. Another fine western from Tonino Valerii. The quirky score by Francesco De Masi can be heard in numerous independent kung fu pictures.

DEATH RIDES A HORSE- 1968-Quite possibly Van Cleef’s most enjoyable and violent western film. A gang of cutthroats massacre a family but one little boy survives to take revenge for their deaths. He grows up to be John Phillip Law who enjoys emptying his gun into his targets. Each villain has a discernable feature that Law remembers from the night his family was wiped out. LVC gets out of prison and takes up with Law, both with similar agendas involving lead villain Luigi Pistilli who gets a chance to shine here as the lead heavy. The torture scenes are a bit more creative this time as opposed to the usual and stale methods of simply punching the good guys up a bit. The violence level is stronger than usual for a western from this time period and the hauntingly baroque score from maestro Morricone offsets the violence quotient very well. The sophisticated training scenes where Law practices his gun skills appears influenced by HK adventures during this time wherein the heroes and villains display similar skills with knives, swords and what not. Both genres share much in common and traded on concepts for years. Directed with style by Guilio Petroni.

DJANGO- 1966-Massive hit in Europe, this film showcased a different kind of hero. One that was conniving and deceptive and not above being mutilated in some way. Django is a coffin toting mystery man who is after a nasty, racist named Major Jackson played with appropriate villainy by Eduardo Fajardo. In between his vendetta, Django helps a Mexican bandit gang rob a fort of its gold consignment. Before the gang can double cross him, Django attempts to do the same to them leading to a cruel scene where the gang renders Django nearly incapable of handling a gun shortly before he is to meet up with his nemesis, Major Jackson. When submitted to the BBFC, the level of violence made the film unreleasable. It also failed to snag US distribution. In Europe however, the film got some 50 sequels most in name only, others detailing Django’s adventures played by different actors each interpreting the character differently. The film made big stars out of Franco Nero and director Sergio Corbucci who was able to secure 1 million budgets for his films after DJANGO’s success. Several others behind the scenes would go on to fruitful careers as well. Assistant director Ruggero Deodato and cinematographer Enzo Barboni would both go on to hugely successful directorial careers. Luis Bacalov contributes a great score. A landmark in western cinema.

DJANGO, KILL- 1967-Odd ball and confusing art house western from Guilio Questi about Tomas Milian returning from the “dead” to avenge his death accompanied by two quirky Indians. The gunmen are traced to a town full of characters that are more barbaric than the films villains. The narrative is never straight forward and nearly all the characters are unhinged in some fashion. Some out of left field gore scenes only add to the nuttiness. Also on hand is a merry band of black clad faggot desperadoes who want to “initiate” Milian into their group. Another scene involves the torture of Milian tied like Christ on the cross complete with thorns. Considered by some to be a classic of the genre. But then, when a film has artsy touches or scenes that are viewed as symbolic of a higher meaning said film is put on a pedestal even if the film itself is not cohesive at all. Not recommended at all.

DJANGO THE BASTARD- 1973-Terrible Anthony Steffen vehicle in which he plays a gunslinger from beyond the grave who avenges himself on the traitorous soldiers who put him there. Some striking moments such as Steffen heralding his arrival with crosses adorned with his victims names carved on them. The final scene is quite spooky. Directed by Sergio Garrone who would later try his hand at the short lived Naziploitation genre that enjoyed a brief run in Italy after the popularity of the ILSA films.

DJANGO, GET A COFFIN READY- 1968-Comic book prequel to DJANGO has Terence Hill taking over for Franco Nero. However, Nero was supposed to star to finish out his three picture deal that included DJANGO and TEXAS ADIOS. Hill does a good job of it and seems more at home playing solo than his frequent collaborator Bud Spencer. Here, we learn what happened to Django’s wife and where he got the gatling gun. Director Ferdinando Baldi shoots the film at a rapid pace and none of the scenes have much impact when they should such as the fateful encounter with Django and the bad guys. Probably the best of all the sequels and one of a few that acknowledge the original film. Frequent script writer and actor George Eastman (Luigi Montefiore) would go on to an illustrious career in exploitation films.

DAY OF ANGER-yes another classic where it is absolutely essential to pick up the uncut version.

DEATH RIDES A HORSE,DJANGO-no argument BUY!,BUY! O0

DJANGO KILL-glad i didn't have to fork out for this one as it was shown awhile ago on ITV4 .El Topo fans may like it-i can't stand it. :(

DJANGO THE BASTARD-no i disagree how can a movie so influential be terrible?Steffen is perfect as the ghostly avenger.This film has several memorable scenes and the atmosphere's great.

VIVA DJANGO-for me the best Django sequel.Terence Hill is the ideal Nero substitute.The music is a real treat and the pace and action never let up-love the finale :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 12, 2007, 06:59:22 AM

FAST HAND IS STILL MY NAME- 1972-Average Italo western starring former peplum star Alan Steel as a Union soldier left tortured and left for dead by William Berger and his gang of savages. By this point in the Italian western cycle, the comedy films had taken over but a few stragglers would imbue stronger than usual sex and violence to try and bring in theatergoers. The ending is a bit humorous with Berger firing what seems like 20 bullets before he is seen reloading and Steel’s gimmick during the final moments. What makes this one watchable is a truly sadistic villain who seems to enjoy various means of torture as opposed to simply killing a man.
FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO, THE- 1970-Ferdinando Baldi’s best western relies more on the dramatic elements lending the action scenes more punch. An operatic spaghetti oater with Shakespearean tragedy at its core sees a General returning from the war only to be brutally double crossed and murdered by his scheming wife who uses any man in the vicinity to accomplish her goals. Her son Sebastian disappears, the shock of the events that night causing him to forget much of what happened. Years later, a former childhood friend, Raffael, finds him and explains all leading to an ending of familial vengeance where everybody suffers. Composer Roberto Pregadio supplies one of the most beautiful spaghetti scores ever. The leads are all attractive especially the women. Luciana Paluzzi is exceptionally stunning as the deceiving matriarch. The many other Spanish bar women are also very seductive. One scene reveals through dialog, the horrifying reason why Raffael cannot enjoy a woman’s touch which is hinted at several times throughout the film. Again Baldi’s characters, as in the following years BLINDMAN, all seem to be dressed as post apocalyptic hippies which is refreshing lending the film a hip appearance. It’s brief running time of 81 minutes suggests some footage may have been removed although all known versions run this length.

FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE- 1975-Lucio Fulci’s second western is, like DJANGO KILL, an artsy styled oater with supposed hidden meanings beneath its western trappings. The alleged extreme violence is not as savage as the films reputation would lead you to believe. Along with MASSACRE TIME, it’s easy to see where Fulci’s career was heading in the coming years although his 1973 film DON’T TORTURE THE DUCKLING confirmed the horrors that lay ahead. Tomas Milian portrays the nasty villain and Fabio Testi is one of the good guys along with Michael J. Pollard more or less playing himself.

GENTLEMAN KILLER, THE 1968-A rare decent western for Steffen and another villainous turn for Eduardo Fajardo as a Mexican bandit leader. Steffen’s character is thought to have been killed but shows up and begins picking off the bad guys. The ending is unusual.

GRAND DUEL, THE 1972-Fine LVC western shot when comedies were the order of the day. A similar story to DAY OF ANGER but with more exploitable elements. Some extravagant action scenes enliven the film to take your mind from the fact that you’ve seen it all before. Neolithic actor Salvatore Baccaro has a role as an assassin. The Bacalov score is quite infectious. Giancarlo Santi, who directed Leone’s action scenes in DUCK, YOU SUCKER!, handles the directorial reigns just fine on his own aping Leone’s style during the standoffs. Reportedly, Leone was not a very good action director when it didn’t involve several guys standing around for 10 minutes preparing to shoot each other. Not a classic but well worth a look.

GOD FORGIVES, I DON’T- 1967-Guiseppi Collizi’s first western was a huge hit in Italy and starred Terence Hill and Bud Spencer together for the first time playing it straight save for a couple of scenes. Here, they lay the blueprint for the TRINITY films and their numerous numbskull comedies to follow. Frank Wolff is noteworthy as the maniacal Bill San Antonio. Quite a bit of violence and shortly thereafter, Hill would forsake violent movies forever focusing his career doing family friendly movies. Unlike Spencer however, Hill could carry a movie on his own. Followed by two lesser sequels.
FACE TO FACE,GBU,GREAT SILENCE,FAFDM i don't really need to say are all MUSTS O0

FASTHAND-yes Berger's sadistic villain makes this watchable.The violence is unneccesary and the jazzrock soundtrack annoying.

FORGOTtEN PISTOLERO-in retropect this is possibly talked up too much.Leonard Mann is such an uncharasmatic "hero" and the storyline a little too predictable so maybe i've been slighly intoxicated by the absolutely wonderful musical score that could make Django Kill likeable even ;D Anyway its a very polished looking sw with the inferno end scene being particularly memorable.

FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE-the 15 minutes you get of Milian as the evil Chaco is great but the rest of the movie is DIRE!! :(

GENTLEMAN KILLER-watched once,can't remember very well but i'm certain it was excellent.

GRAND DUEL-on the plus side it has an extremely cool LVC character,Horst Frank horribly good as the Saxon patriarch and a hilariously camp/nutty/spotty younger brother Saxon. But otherwise this movie just doesn't do it for me.The extremely dull first half of the movie with LVC/Saxons henchman in repetative pursuit of (annoyingly bland bearded bloke hellbent on finding out who killed his father-YAWN !!)Phillip Vemeer just makes me want to fast forward on the remote.Half the musics ok but the bluegrass stuff gets on your nerves.The 2nd half of LVC et al going through motions in this so very very predictable movie just does'nt make it stand up for repeated viewings.Very average.

GOD FORGIVES I DON'T-this did hugely well in Italy i understand which makes it all the more disappointing for me that i didn't think much of it.Very slow paced,dull,overlong.Frank Wolf doesn't do a good Indio impression.Anyone coming across this on the strength of the Trinity films could be very disappointment.ACE HIGH is head and tails above anything else i've seen by Colizzi.About the numbskull comedies-Watch Out We're Mad is one of the funniest family comedies ever made.Crimebusters is also great but yes the majority of the others pale in comparison.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 12, 2007, 07:02:09 AM

I rate this one highly. The silly comedy stuff gets out of hand during the 2nd act but the brutally violent 3rd act makes it worth the wait.
I'm with you there for And For A Roof,A Skyful Of Stars O0


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 12, 2007, 01:20:05 PM
Yeah, I just like the 5th SARTANA best because of its intriguingly playful atmosphere and WILD, WILD WEST antics.

I liked some parts of DJANGO THE BASTARD but it didn't do anything for me but then I did fall asleep through much of it so I'll give it another go.

I think BIG GUNDOWN is a fine film and probably LVCs best character role, just the title leads you to assume there's going to be a "Big Gundown" somewhere in the movie and it never happens. I prefer the other 2 Sollima westerns to this.

When I called CALIFORNIA 'depressing' it was a compliment. I like movies that have a foreboding sense of dread and also ones where the heroes don't always make it out alive. Probably why I like Chang Cheh's movies so much as you never know if his heroes will make it to the end or not.

Banjo, I thought you liked the score in FAST HAND? I thought it was out of place in the film IMO.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 13, 2007, 06:46:30 AM
Banjo, I thought you liked the score in FAST HAND? I thought it was out of place in the film IMO.
Did i say that? :-[
I'm gonna have to retread my steps carefully ;D
Yes i normally like those sort of hippy rock doodlings from that late 60/early 70's  period so i suppose on 2nd viewing when i was duplicating it for trading reasons i found the score a bit wearing-it is rather samey and like Four Of The Apocalypse's  Byrds influenced soundtrack doesn't really work in a sw.But it might just be a case of one needing to be in the right mood.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 27, 2007, 12:35:42 AM
When are you continuing your mini reviews AC? Banjo and I are eager to comment on them.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 27, 2007, 12:08:18 PM
When I get time. I've been working and writing two scripts at once.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 28, 2007, 02:37:13 PM
I've skipped around my catalog as I don't remember a great deal about some of these as I've only seen most of them only once, but here's some I typed reviews for last night...

HELLBENDERS, THE 1966-Excellent Sergio Corbucci Italo western that is very different from his usual style of no holds barred action and frequent bursts of violence. Here, he opts for a more subdued, suspenseful approach that is not without its fair share of violence. Joseph Cotten and his sons have stolen a cache of Union gold that they are carrying inside a coffin. The film deals with their struggle to avoid capture and get away by use of stealth and trickery. Of course, greed and deceit rear their ugly heads leading to a shocker conclusion and a downbeat ending. Corbucci keeps the twists coming and builds the suspense nicely. Highly recommended on the basis that Corbucci went for a different approach and succeeds admirably.

HERE WE GO AGAIN, EH PROVIDENCE? 1973-Even more oddball and cartoonish sequel to Petroni’s original. More Looney Tunes style comic theatrics starring Tomas Milian as the Chaplinesque Providenza. This one has less spaghetti trappings than its predecessor. The jokes, sight gags and pratfalls are non-stop and I can’t even tell you what it’s all about. It’s still more polished than any of Carnimeo’s out-of-control “comedies”. There appears to have been a bigger budget this time out as well. The opening is about the only western element present in the whole picture and it’s pretty funny. If you like AIRPLANE! style humor, you may have the patience for this. The first film is better, though. Alberto de Martino directs.

HIS NAME WAS HOLY GHOST 1972-Fun Gianni Garko western is obviously lacking in budget but makes up for this in its inventiveness. Garko is an “angelic” avenger during a revolution freeing Mexican peasants from the Federales. It’s all played for comedy, and the influence of TRINITY hovers over the production as Holy Ghost is given a “partner” in the form of rotund and robust Chris Huerta. The jokes wear painfully thin by the conclusion as it appears Carnimeo is struggling for laughs. There’s only so many times you can hit someone over the head with a balsa table or chair and it continue to be funny. The first hour and ten minutes are memorable although you may find yourself struggling to push the eject button during the final ten minutes or so.

JOHNNY ORO- 1966-Sergio Corbucci violence-laden Italo Oater shot after DJANGO but released first. Here, Hollywood heartthrob Mark Damon plays a black clad bounty hunter with a golden gun. A Mexican bandit swears revenge on Oro for gunning his brother down on his wedding day no less. The brother sides with Apaches(?) and massacre anyone that gets in their way to get at Oro. The finale is very well done with lots of explosions and theirs more of a mean streak here than in DJANGO. Women and children are gunned down, dead bodies are used as shields as they’re ripped apart by gunfire and one bloody scene where a guy has a hatchet buried into his skull. Damon plays Oro with much panache and a swaggering disposition that is most fun to watch. Lots of entertainment value found here.

KEOMA- 1976-Of his westerns I’ve seen this is Castellari’s best. A gothic western with an ambience of horror surrounding the proceedings. Keoma is a half breed avenger who has come to settle accounts with his “brothers” who were responsible for their fathers death. Lots of slow motion and Franco Nero isn’t completely wooden here, at least not all the time. Some nice touches with the camera are utilized and the use of the soundtrack to tell the story by projecting the characters thoughts is most innovative. An old witch that follows Keoma around represents death. Everything she touches dies, save for Keoma himself. A fine achievement by Castellari who more times than not, was satisfied with conventional action storytelling. There’s nothing wrong with that, but Castellari shows here that he is capable of something else. Castellari’s favorite of all his films.

LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE 1966-Very good and involving Guiliano Gemma Italian western about a man (Gemma) escaping a labor camp to avenge the wrongs done to him. Gemma’s hero is much different here from his portrayal of Ringo and others. In this film, humor is kept to a minimum and Gemma is a thinking mans gunslinger as he uses trickery to get himself out of sticky situations. The barber scene near the beginning is masterfully done. The remainder of the film is just as good. There is much story and dialog but the film is the better for it. The action scenes are well done with an unusual (for the time) finale where things aren’t going quite to plan for the hero. Some complain the film drags but I found no problem with it as I was drawn into the story mechanics. There’s more going on than standard good guy-gets-revenge-on-the-bad-guys scenario. This version contains a 120 minute Italian version, a 90 minute Spanish version that oddly enough, has much better picture quality and is correctly framed at 2:35:1. An English track is included but during the bits where there was no english dubbing, no english subs are provided either. The longer cut is best as it fleshes out scenes and characters even more. It’s not hard to follow though. If you’re a Gemma fan, you’ll want to see it regardless.

LONG ROAD TO HELL- 1965-Surprisingly good Italian western starring former Hercules Steve Reeves. The usual story of revenge but has enough lively set pieces to be a nice obscure distraction for 90 minutes. Reeves, for his size, is very agile and athletic in the action scenes.

NAVAJO JOE- 1966-Burt Reynolds stars in his sole Italian western film as an Indian getting his revenge on a sadistic Mexican bandit leader of scalp hunters that hates everybody. One of the most downright violent movies ever made, period, regardless of genre. Aldo Sambrell plays one of the nastiest villains who fears nothing. Sambrell had murdered Joe’s people including his woman. He goes about cutting down his gang and saving a town that has no great love of Indians either. The ending is very well done and reveals a touching scene between Joe and his horse. Corbucci’s most violent western was a massive hit in Italy but a failure in the USA much to the chagrin of Mr. Reynolds. Some have complained of the inaccuracies of the Indian dress but this film is not interested in being a historical re-enactment. It’s interested in action and lots of it. If you want a western with a popcorn mentality and heavy doses of violent comic book savagery than look no further. For spaghetti escapist entertainment, they don’t get much better than NAVAJO JOE.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Peacemaker on April 28, 2007, 04:13:51 PM
Navajo Joe is a cool flick. It's entertaining, that's all.

I have a rare widescreen copy I taped off some satellite channel a few years back. I still need to send Firecracker a copy but I've been very busy this past month.


Anyway, I want to get some more SWs. I only have about 15 or so.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 01:01:56 AM


HELLBENDERS, THE 1966-Excellent Sergio Corbucci Italo western that is very different from his usual style of no holds barred action and frequent bursts of violence. Here, he opts for a more subdued, suspenseful approach that is not without its fair share of violence. Joseph Cotten and his sons have stolen a cache of Union gold that they are carrying inside a coffin. The film deals with their struggle to avoid capture and get away by use of stealth and trickery. Of course, greed and deceit rear their ugly heads leading to a shocker conclusion and a downbeat ending. Corbucci keeps the twists coming and builds the suspense nicely. Highly recommended on the basis that Corbucci went for a different approach and succeeds admirably.

HERE WE GO AGAIN, EH PROVIDENCE? 1973-Even more oddball and cartoonish sequel to Petroni’s original. More Looney Tunes style comic theatrics starring Tomas Milian as the Chaplinesque Providenza. This one has less spaghetti trappings than its predecessor. The jokes, sight gags and pratfalls are non-stop and I can’t even tell you what it’s all about. It’s still more polished than any of Carnimeo’s out-of-control “comedies”. There appears to have been a bigger budget this time out as well. The opening is about the only western element present in the whole picture and it’s pretty funny. If you like AIRPLANE! style humor, you may have the patience for this. The first film is better, though. Alberto de Martino directs.

HIS NAME WAS HOLY GHOST 1972-Fun Gianni Garko western is obviously lacking in budget but makes up for this in its inventiveness. Garko is an “angelic” avenger during a revolution freeing Mexican peasants from the Federales. It’s all played for comedy, and the influence of TRINITY hovers over the production as Holy Ghost is given a “partner” in the form of rotund and robust Chris Huerta. The jokes wear painfully thin by the conclusion as it appears Carnimeo is struggling for laughs. There’s only so many times you can hit someone over the head with a balsa table or chair and it continue to be funny. The first hour and ten minutes are memorable although you may find yourself struggling to push the eject button during the final ten minutes or so.

JOHNNY ORO- 1966-Sergio Corbucci violence-laden Italo Oater shot after DJANGO but released first. Here, Hollywood heartthrob Mark Damon plays a black clad bounty hunter with a golden gun. A Mexican bandit swears revenge on Oro for gunning his brother down on his wedding day no less. The brother sides with Apaches(?) and massacre anyone that gets in their way to get at Oro. The finale is very well done with lots of explosions and theirs more of a mean streak here than in DJANGO. Women and children are gunned down, dead bodies are used as shields as they’re ripped apart by gunfire and one bloody scene where a guy has a hatchet buried into his skull. Damon plays Oro with much panache and a swaggering disposition that is most fun to watch. Lots of entertainment value found here.

KEOMA- 1976-Of his westerns I’ve seen this is Castellari’s best. A gothic western with an ambience of horror surrounding the proceedings. Keoma is a half breed avenger who has come to settle accounts with his “brothers” who were responsible for their fathers death. Lots of slow motion and Franco Nero isn’t completely wooden here, at least not all the time. Some nice touches with the camera are utilized and the use of the soundtrack to tell the story by projecting the characters thoughts is most innovative. An old witch that follows Keoma around represents death. Everything she touches dies, save for Keoma himself. A fine achievement by Castellari who more times than not, was satisfied with conventional action storytelling. There’s nothing wrong with that, but Castellari shows here that he is capable of something else. Castellari’s favorite of all his films.

LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE 1966-Very good and involving Guiliano Gemma Italian western about a man (Gemma) escaping a labor camp to avenge the wrongs done to him. Gemma’s hero is much different here from his portrayal of Ringo and others. In this film, humor is kept to a minimum and Gemma is a thinking mans gunslinger as he uses trickery to get himself out of sticky situations. The barber scene near the beginning is masterfully done. The remainder of the film is just as good. There is much story and dialog but the film is the better for it. The action scenes are well done with an unusual (for the time) finale where things aren’t going quite to plan for the hero. Some complain the film drags but I found no problem with it as I was drawn into the story mechanics. There’s more going on than standard good guy-gets-revenge-on-the-bad-guys scenario. This version contains a 120 minute Italian version, a 90 minute Spanish version that oddly enough, has much better picture quality and is correctly framed at 2:35:1. An English track is included but during the bits where there was no english dubbing, no english subs are provided either. The longer cut is best as it fleshes out scenes and characters even more. It’s not hard to follow though. If you’re a Gemma fan, you’ll want to see it regardless.

LONG ROAD TO HELL- 1965-Surprisingly good Italian western starring former Hercules Steve Reeves. The usual story of revenge but has enough lively set pieces to be a nice obscure distraction for 90 minutes. Reeves, for his size, is very agile and athletic in the action scenes.

NAVAJO JOE- 1966-Burt Reynolds stars in his sole Italian western film as an Indian getting his revenge on a sadistic Mexican bandit leader of scalp hunters that hates everybody. One of the most downright violent movies ever made, period, regardless of genre. Aldo Sambrell plays one of the nastiest villains who fears nothing. Sambrell had murdered Joe’s people including his woman. He goes about cutting down his gang and saving a town that has no great love of Indians either. The ending is very well done and reveals a touching scene between Joe and his horse. Corbucci’s most violent western was a massive hit in Italy but a failure in the USA much to the chagrin of Mr. Reynolds. Some have complained of the inaccuracies of the Indian dress but this film is not interested in being a historical re-enactment. It’s interested in action and lots of it. If you want a western with a popcorn mentality and heavy doses of violent comic book savagery than look no further. For spaghetti escapist entertainment, they don’t get much better than NAVAJO JOE.



THE HELLBENDERS: Agreed. excellent picture! Arguably Corbucci's best entry in the genre. I must admit the shock ending is pretty guessable but it doesn't deter from the enjoyment of the film. 100%


HERE WE GO AGAIN EH, PROVIDENCE?: A much sillier sequel (yes it's possible!) than the original (LIFE IS TOUGH, RIGHT PROVIDENCE?) off the wall western comedy starring Milian as a Chaplin esq. bounty hunter.
I like the pop culture references ("Ah! The Red Baron! Say hello to snoopy for me") and the cameos by popular literature/television characters like Zorro!
It's all in good fun. However the Kung-Fu finale and the ice skating derby ,featuring Milian in drag, was probably best left out of the picture. :-[
The soundtrack is certainly not as good as the original's fantastic score but it still has a good main theme. The rest is filler. Like the original, the film throws everything at it's disposal to try and get you to laugh. The result is...some gags work and some don't. 80%

HIS NAME WAS HOLY GHOST: Agree with pretty much all of that. I too grew annoyed of the awful sight gags during the final gunfight (if it could be called that). I'm also not a fan of the Chris Huerta boxing match in the middle of the movie either. It's dull and overlong. Other than that we have a good spaghetti here that mixes action with very silly humor (exploding chicken eggs!?).
It seems that star Gianni Garko was very underwhelmed with the finished product and decided not to participate in the planned sequel. As a result Carnimeo dropped the "would-be" series all together. 80%


JOHNNY ORO: Agree with every bit of that! Here is a more elaborate review by me...
http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3802.105
(scroll down)


KEOMA: Masterful! Every shot is so dynamic. Castellari really went out of his way to make this movie look very unique. Unfortunatly more time should have been spent on making a more original storyline. We get the same "trouble with the evil town boss" theme going on here. But that's okay. The visuals and action make up for it. Star Franco Nero has said this was his favorite of all the films he has made. The Leonard Cohen type score is a matter of taste. I like it a great deal! O0 90%


LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE: I'd have to take another look at this again AC because my memories of it weren't fond :(
50%


LONG ROAD TO HELL: Haven't seen this.


NAVAJO JOE: I like this film a good deal as well but I have to disagree on some of your points. "Most violent film ever made"? I honestly doubt that. Yes it has it's brutal scenes (especially the final 10 minutes where Joe kills Duncan's men using some very creative kill methods) but this isn't even Corbucci's most violent western (that title goes to "WHAT AM I DOING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REVOLUTION") much less the most violent film of all time! :o.
The plot has some problems and characters tend to make stupid decisions in order to advance the story but who cares? This is good popcorn fun.
I don't care if it has historical inaccuracies either.
This is the best film Reynolds ever made. He wouldn't agree of course.
I think Reynolds was just a little steamed that this film didn't make him a superstar, like what FOD did for Eastwood's career, and he takes it out on the movie.   88%


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 10:24:15 AM
I didn't say it was the most violent film ever made, but ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT EVER MADE. Haven't seen WHAT AM I DOING... but I agree with Howard Hughes that it's Corbucci's most violent, at least the most violent of the one's I've seen from him. I mean really, Sambrell was murdering infants for crying out loud and scalping hordes of women and children. Implied or even the aftermath of violence can be just as strong if not more so than violence that is seen.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 10:51:34 AM
I've skipped around my catalog as I don't remember a great deal about some of these as I've only seen most of them only once, but here's some I typed reviews for last night...

HELLBENDERS, THE 1966-Excellent Sergio Corbucci Italo western that is very different from his usual style of no holds barred action and frequent bursts of violence. Here, he opts for a more subdued, suspenseful approach that is not without its fair share of violence. Joseph Cotten and his sons have stolen a cache of Union gold that they are carrying inside a coffin. The film deals with their struggle to avoid capture and get away by use of stealth and trickery. Of course, greed and deceit rear their ugly heads leading to a shocker conclusion and a downbeat ending. Corbucci keeps the twists coming and builds the suspense nicely. Highly recommended on the basis that Corbucci went for a different approach and succeeds admirably.

HERE WE GO AGAIN, EH PROVIDENCE? 1973-Even more oddball and cartoonish sequel to Petroni’s original. More Looney Tunes style comic theatrics starring Tomas Milian as the Chaplinesque Providenza. This one has less spaghetti trappings than its predecessor. The jokes, sight gags and pratfalls are non-stop and I can’t even tell you what it’s all about. It’s still more polished than any of Carnimeo’s out-of-control “comedies”. There appears to have been a bigger budget this time out as well. The opening is about the only western element present in the whole picture and it’s pretty funny. If you like AIRPLANE! style humor, you may have the patience for this. The first film is better, though. Alberto de Martino directs.

HIS NAME WAS HOLY GHOST 1972-Fun Gianni Garko western is obviously lacking in budget but makes up for this in its inventiveness. Garko is an “angelic” avenger during a revolution freeing Mexican peasants from the Federales. It’s all played for comedy, and the influence of TRINITY hovers over the production as Holy Ghost is given a “partner” in the form of rotund and robust Chris Huerta. The jokes wear painfully thin by the conclusion as it appears Carnimeo is struggling for laughs. There’s only so many times you can hit someone over the head with a balsa table or chair and it continue to be funny. The first hour and ten minutes are memorable although you may find yourself struggling to push the eject button during the final ten minutes or so.

JOHNNY ORO- 1966-Sergio Corbucci violence-laden Italo Oater shot after DJANGO but released first. Here, Hollywood heartthrob Mark Damon plays a black clad bounty hunter with a golden gun. A Mexican bandit swears revenge on Oro for gunning his brother down on his wedding day no less. The brother sides with Apaches(?) and massacre anyone that gets in their way to get at Oro. The finale is very well done with lots of explosions and theirs more of a mean streak here than in DJANGO. Women and children are gunned down, dead bodies are used as shields as they’re ripped apart by gunfire and one bloody scene where a guy has a hatchet buried into his skull. Damon plays Oro with much panache and a swaggering disposition that is most fun to watch. Lots of entertainment value found here.

KEOMA- 1976-Of his westerns I’ve seen this is Castellari’s best. A gothic western with an ambience of horror surrounding the proceedings. Keoma is a half breed avenger who has come to settle accounts with his “brothers” who were responsible for their fathers death. Lots of slow motion and Franco Nero isn’t completely wooden here, at least not all the time. Some nice touches with the camera are utilized and the use of the soundtrack to tell the story by projecting the characters thoughts is most innovative. An old witch that follows Keoma around represents death. Everything she touches dies, save for Keoma himself. A fine achievement by Castellari who more times than not, was satisfied with conventional action storytelling. There’s nothing wrong with that, but Castellari shows here that he is capable of something else. Castellari’s favorite of all his films.

LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE 1966-Very good and involving Guiliano Gemma Italian western about a man (Gemma) escaping a labor camp to avenge the wrongs done to him. Gemma’s hero is much different here from his portrayal of Ringo and others. In this film, humor is kept to a minimum and Gemma is a thinking mans gunslinger as he uses trickery to get himself out of sticky situations. The barber scene near the beginning is masterfully done. The remainder of the film is just as good. There is much story and dialog but the film is the better for it. The action scenes are well done with an unusual (for the time) finale where things aren’t going quite to plan for the hero. Some complain the film drags but I found no problem with it as I was drawn into the story mechanics. There’s more going on than standard good guy-gets-revenge-on-the-bad-guys scenario. This version contains a 120 minute Italian version, a 90 minute Spanish version that oddly enough, has much better picture quality and is correctly framed at 2:35:1. An English track is included but during the bits where there was no english dubbing, no english subs are provided either. The longer cut is best as it fleshes out scenes and characters even more. It’s not hard to follow though. If you’re a Gemma fan, you’ll want to see it regardless.

LONG ROAD TO HELL- 1965-Surprisingly good Italian western starring former Hercules Steve Reeves. The usual story of revenge but has enough lively set pieces to be a nice obscure distraction for 90 minutes. Reeves, for his size, is very agile and athletic in the action scenes.

NAVAJO JOE- 1966-Burt Reynolds stars in his sole Italian western film as an Indian getting his revenge on a sadistic Mexican bandit leader of scalp hunters that hates everybody. One of the most downright violent movies ever made, period, regardless of genre. Aldo Sambrell plays one of the nastiest villains who fears nothing. Sambrell had murdered Joe’s people including his woman. He goes about cutting down his gang and saving a town that has no great love of Indians either. The ending is very well done and reveals a touching scene between Joe and his horse. Corbucci’s most violent western was a massive hit in Italy but a failure in the USA much to the chagrin of Mr. Reynolds. Some have complained of the inaccuracies of the Indian dress but this film is not interested in being a historical re-enactment. It’s interested in action and lots of it. If you want a western with a popcorn mentality and heavy doses of violent comic book savagery than look no further. For spaghetti escapist entertainment, they don’t get much better than NAVAJO JOE.

HELLBENDERS-a top Corbucci sw for sure,but FC surely NOT his finest! :o

HERE WE GO AGAIN, EH PROVIDENCE? - i agree that its not up to the standard of Petroni's original and doesn't have the feel of a western.Not so keen on the song and dance routine but there are memorable highlights including Providenza shooting off a fly in the airs wedding tackle. ;D Morricones score disappoints here.


JOHNNY ORO-i'm currently suffering with the pan and scan RINGO & HIS GOLDEN PISTOL version so i'll withold my current underwhelmed verdict until i see the widescreen dvd.

HIS NAME WAS HOLY GHOST-the first three quarters of the film are great in the great Carmineo tradition of Sartana type movies but the finale falls to close for comfort to the horror that was The Crazy Bunch. :-\

KEOMA-a great sw and Castellari's most original for sure.But Nero wooden? NEVER!! :o

LONG DAYS OF VENGEANCE-yes a top sw,haven't watched it for coming up a year so i'll give it another look.

NAVAJO JOE-not one of my favourite Corbucci's but a commendable effort.An innovative Morricone score too. :)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 10:56:43 AM
Yes, Nero WOODEN! :) He often times seems very stiff in his action scenes as if rigormortis is setting in when he's running or throwing a punch. He's incredibly laughable in ENTER THE NINJA with Susan George, Christopher George and Sho Kosugi. It's blantantly obvious he has little to athletic ability here. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy his movies, I just think he's way overrated. His eyes and looks got him lots of work IMO.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:08:11 AM
I didn't say it was the most violent film ever made, but ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT EVER MADE. Haven't seen WHAT AM I DOING... but I agree with Howard Hughes that it's Corbucci's most violent, at least the most violent of the one's I've seen from him. I mean really, Sambrell was murdering infants for crying out loud and scalping hordes of women and children. Implied or even the aftermath of violence can be just as strong if not more so than violence that is seen.


Sorry, I mis-read your post then.

NJ is certainly a mean-spirited movie but I think Corbucci's nastiest effort was "WHAT AM I DOING...". The movie is sleeping in two camps here, comedy and action. Which just makes the violence even more unsettling. I remember on screen decapitations (dodgy effects) in this one.


I forgot to mention NJ's excellent Morricone soundtrack O0
The movie is worth a look just for NJ's final confrontation with Sambrell in the Navajo cemetery.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:10:57 AM
I must see this WHAT AM I DOING... I assume there is only a dupe available? I've heard of it before and you and I may have discussed it, but I can't remember.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:13:13 AM
NJ is certainly a mean-spirited movie but I think Corbucci's nastiest effort was "WHAT AM I DOING...". The movie is sleeping in two camps here, comedy and action. Which just makes the violence even more unsettling. I remember on screen decapitations (dodgy effects) in this one.
That must be one of the few remaining and deserving Corbucci sw's lacking a widecscreen dvd release.At least The Mercenary came out on a Japanese dvd and its easy enough to pick up a cheap bootleg copy from Ebay.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:15:50 AM
I must see this WHAT AM I DOING... I assume there is only a dupe available? I've heard of it before and you and I may have discussed it, but I can't remember.

Banjo and I have a widescreen version of it with a pretty crappy transfer.

I went in with low expectations thinking it would be crap but got a very satisfying film instead.

It's uneven sure (at this point Corbucci was being somewhat of a cash whore and didn't care of the quality he put out) but it's very entertaining. Corbucci's best of his later efforts (SONNY AND JED, THE WHITE THE YELLOW AND THE BLACK)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:15:57 AM
Yes, Nero WOODEN! :) He often times seems very stiff in his action scenes as if rigormortis is setting in when he's running or throwing a punch. He's incredibly laughable in ENTER THE NINJA with Susan George, Christopher George and Sho Kosugi. It's blantantly obvious he has little to athletic ability here. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy his movies, I just think he's way overrated. His eyes and looks got him lots of work IMO.
I always thought that Nero's fight scenes were one of his trademarks,Django and Texas Adios come to mind, but i think i understand what you're getting at-its what he does with his arms! :-\


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:19:09 AM
TEXAS ADIOS had some great fights. Even Nero comments on them in the interview on the AB disc. His scenes in ENTER THE NINJA are laughable. One of the best unintentional comedies ever made. Definitely MST3K material. Nero wasn't originally to be in this. The Golan's wanted him because of his international popularity. He's great in MAN, PRIDE & VENGEANCE, though...


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:20:03 AM
THE WHITE THE YELLOW AND THE BLACK
I started watching that awhile ago but nodded off early on-but i'll return to it.

But from what i saw Milian is totally embarassing as the looney "yellow" samurai and surprisingly Wallach very dull as a sheriff character.Could be Corbucci's worst. :-\


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:22:02 AM
I was going to buy this a long time ago and didn't. If it's still available, I'll come back to it. Oh, Nero's great in LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH, too. His best performance of what I've seen would have to be the thriller HITCH-HIKE with Corinne Cleri and David Hess.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:23:15 AM
TEXAS ADIOS had some great fights. Even Nero comments on them in the interview on the AB disc. His scenes in ENTER THE NINJA are laughable. One of the best unintentional comedies ever made. Definitely MST3K material. Nero wasn't originally to be in this. The Golan's wanted him because of his international popularity. He's great in MAN, PRIDE & VENGEANCE, though...
Never seen ENTER THE NINJA-not sure if its my sort of film but i agree about MAN,PRIDE & VENGEANCE ,Nero's fight scenes with Franco Ressel and Kinski are excellent.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:23:34 AM
MAN, PRIDE & VENGEANCE

Surprisingly liked this. I think Nero is fit for these soap opera type roles.



The fights in this are oddly edited wouldn't you say? The camera constantly zooming in awkward places and no sense of continuity. Perhaps the director was trying to mimick the disorientation one feels during a fist fight but that effect falls flat on it's face. It just comes off as if the director didn't know what to do.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:26:27 AM
Never seen ENTER THE NINJA-not sure if its my sort of film but i agree about MAN,PRIDE & VENGEANCE ,Nero's fight scenes with Franco Ressel and Kinski are excellent.

I wouldn't recommend it unless you wanted to laugh for an hour and forty minutes.

I absolutely hated JONATHAN OF THE BEARS. If anyone wants it, you're welcome to it along with IF YOU WANT TO LIVE...SHOOT! starring Ivan Rassimov in a rare good guy role.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:27:40 AM
LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH

Could have easily been the third chapter in Corbucci's "zapata trilogy". It has all the elements. Buddy type movie. Wallach as the ignorant peon, Nero as the money hungry foreigner. It even has a deranged villain (could have easily seen Palance in the role).

But this is directed by the equally good Duccio Tessari (PISTOL FOR RINGO).

Redgrave (Nero's wife I believe) gets on my nerves but it's a small price to pay for this otherwise excellent SW entry O0

Proper release is needed for this one. Wild East?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:27:45 AM
I was going to buy this a long time ago and didn't. If it's still available, I'll come back to it. Oh, Nero's great in LONG LIVE YOUR DEATH, too. His best performance of what I've seen would have to be the thriller HITCH-HIKE with Corinne Cleri and David Hess.
I can't wait to see a fully uncut dvd of Long Live Your Death. :)

The only non-western Nero film i've seen is Die Hard 2 where he charismaticaly plays a terrorist general.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:30:01 AM
He's been in lots. I remember him in an adventure movie called THE SHARK HUNTER. Oh, BTW in ENTER THE NINJA, Nero's voice is dubbed to sound more american.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:30:37 AM
Surprisingly liked this. I think Nero is fit for these soap opera type roles.
MP&V is the best showcase i've seen for his acting.

Apparently he was in the musical Camelot but i always manage to miss this when its on-not that i like musicals particularly.Didn't he have an affair with his co-star from that movie-one of the Redgraves?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:32:13 AM
They had a child together although I do not think they ever married.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:33:11 AM
Didn't he have an affair with his co-star from that movie-one of the Redgraves?

Yeah Lynn. Their still going out. Never married.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:34:01 AM
I wouldn't recommend it unless you wanted to laugh for an hour and forty minutes.

I absolutely hated JONATHAN OF THE BEARS. If anyone wants it, you're welcome to it along with IF YOU WANT TO LIVE...SHOOT! starring Ivan Rassimov in a rare good guy role.
Yes please,i'll pm you. O0


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:35:16 AM
FC's already beat you to it Banjo. I'm sure he'll send you copies. If not, I can burn them for you.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:37:51 AM
FC's already beat you to it Banjo. I'm sure he'll send you copies. If not, I can burn them for you.
The rotter!! ;D



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:39:19 AM
Ah, He's just PM'ed me and has relinquished them to you. Send me your address so I can get these to you. JONATHAN OF THE BEARS is from the recent Russian DVD release. It's widescreen and has beautiful quality picture. The photography is quite stunning although the rest is awful, IMO.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:40:34 AM
Ah, He's just PM'ed me and has relinquished them to you. Send me your address so I can get these to you. JONATHAN OF THE BEARS is from the recent Russian DVD release. It's widescreen and has beautiful quality picture. The photography is quite stunning although the rest is awful, IMO.
Thats fantastic guys and i'll pm you my address. O0


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 11:41:56 AM
Not so keen on the song and dance routine




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGe5xKgPSXk



-my question is where did they get such a nice transfer for this!?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:43:16 AM
There is an italian dvd for this although I'm not sure if it has an english track or not. The italian dvd has been out for awhile now.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:46:28 AM
Some of these jokes and or dance numbers are meant to translate more to the italian audience than for us, I'm sure. Such is the case with RITA OF THE WEST.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 29, 2007, 11:49:30 AM
Very nice looking transfer though i'm in no hurry to pick it up.I think my version is slightly less widescreen and with superimposed subtitles. :-\

I recently got hold of the recent Italian (stunning  O0)print of the original Providence which includes some extra footage not included on my old copy.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on April 29, 2007, 11:51:47 AM
Yes, I got mine from xploited. the box says nothing about an english track but it's on there. The sequel is the same although I don't know if it, too has an english track or not. I'll ask Tony about it. I wouldn't mind buying the sequel again to get it in good quality. I thought about syncing the english boot I have with the italian disc if it doesn't have an english track.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on April 29, 2007, 05:42:52 PM
JONATHAN OF THE BEARS is from the recent Russian DVD release.

There's a russian DVD release of this movie? Any links to it?

Could have easily been the third chapter in Corbucci's "zapata trilogy". It has all the elements. Buddy type movie. Wallach as the ignorant peon, Nero as the money hungry foreigner. It even has a deranged villain (could have easily seen Palance in the role).
But this is directed by the equally good Duccio Tessari (PISTOL FOR RINGO).

Proper release is needed for this one. Wild East?

Banjo already knows this (so you might know it already...) but there is an official release in Croatia and Slovenia which does have the full 2.35:1 image but theres something wrong with it. I'm not exactly sure what because I have only a copy where the aspect ratio has been fixed (maybe the original disc is like 1.85:1...). I don't know any place where the disc could be bought though... it was released with a magazine I think somewhere last year. http://xs110.xs.to/xs110/06486/viva2.jpg
I haven't had the time to compare it to Banjo's version, but I think the last scene was at least longer.
There's also a French disc (only in French I guess?) and even an Italian disc which I haven't seen in any online store. But I think the Croatian disc is much shorter than the Italian one.

Same companies in Croatia/Slovenia have also released Ben&Charlie, White, Yellow and Black, Cjamango, El Rojo, Black Killer and Five Savage Men, as far as I know all in English and all widescreen (don't know for sure though... Cjamango and White Yellow Black are definitely widescreen english).


Italian disc of Providence 2 doesn't have english audio. Atleast... well, I think it was Pete B. who has made a fan project of it, but I'm not sure if that's the only one or not.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on April 29, 2007, 10:45:11 PM
There's a russian DVD release of this movie? Any links to it?

Banjo already knows this (so you might know it already...) but there is an official release in Croatia and Slovenia which does have the full 2.35:1 image but theres something wrong with it. I'm not exactly sure what because I have only a copy where the aspect ratio has been fixed (maybe the original disc is like 1.85:1...). I don't know any place where the disc could be bought though... it was released with a magazine I think somewhere last year. http://xs110.xs.to/xs110/06486/viva2.jpg
I haven't had the time to compare it to Banjo's version, but I think the last scene was at least longer.
There's also a French disc (only in French I guess?) and even an Italian disc which I haven't seen in any online store. But I think the Croatian disc is much shorter than the Italian one.





Banjo and I share an uncut version that is very unusual. It's widescreen 90% of the time but in two scenes it switches to pan & scan. Then to top it off some scenes (deleted footage for the English releases I guess) are in German.


Oddball.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on April 30, 2007, 09:15:08 AM

Banjo and I share an uncut version that is very unusual. It's widescreen 90% of the time but in two scenes it switches to pan & scan. Then to top it off some scenes (deleted footage for the English releases I guess) are in German.


Oddball.
Actually Sundance,Firecracker and Banjo all share that oddball dvd.  ;)

The reason its like it is,is because i bought a dvd of the movie sourced from a German videotape and whoever transfered to dvd overdubbed an English audio over most of it apart from to long segments where it reverts to German language without any English subs unfortunately.The German video it seems is missing two scenes that are on the English pan and scan video version which were tagged onto the end of my original copy(which Boardwalk Angel now has!).The dvd was already an oddball so i thought it would be better for the flow to edit in the two pan and scan scenes where they were meant to be rather than watching them after the film ends  as an afterthought.



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Sundance on May 02, 2007, 02:43:23 AM
About Long Live Your Death...

I can't remember how long Banjo's disc is (and can't check it now) but the Croatian disc has a length of 1:36:00. Banjo's is probably much longer because of those only German language scenes, but if I remember correctly atleast one short piece is missing at the end... when Wallach and Nero are riding away and the woman shouts at them, Nero shouts back "shove it up your ass" or something like that... Anyways, IF I remember correctly, Banjo's disc only has the two riding away and we hear the lines (Wallach is also speaking), but the Croatian disc has a closeup of Wallach&Nero when Nero shouts his line.

I know of a spanish TV rip (in Spanish) which is 1:39:31 in length and then an Italian version (I'm not sure if it's from the dvd or not) which has a length of 1:51:49 (and in Italian.. of course). These are both in widescreen.
Don't know about the French disc yet.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 02, 2007, 10:38:17 AM
Yes you are correct in saying that both Nero and Wallach were riding away when Nero shouted back.

I've just checked the disc.The footage ends at approx 1:50:45 (this includes of course the two inserted scenes taken fom the English pan and scan video) but the music carries on for a little while longer to a blank screen. There aren't any end credits so i wonder if the Italian dvd  does include them which would account for the extra minute? :-\



Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on May 20, 2007, 02:36:02 PM
FORT YUMA GOLD- 1966       aka FOR A FEW DOLLARS AGAIN

Guiliano Gemma, Dan Vadis, Nello Pazzafini

Gemma plays a captured Confederate Captain named Gary Hammond. He is hired by the commanding officer of the Union forces to escort two of his officers to Fort Yuma to warn them of an impending attack there by Hammonds own men who are being led by the villainous Major Sanders who has his own plans for the fort assault. Hammond is to thwart his former regiments attack to avoid a needless massacre and that's where Sanders plot comes in.

This being a Gemma movie you can already assume it's going to be good on some levels and this one doesn't disappoint. Given the US release title, I was expecting this to be a siege movie. As the film progresses, Gemma gets into all manner of situations and cliffhangers on his way to the fort. Through all this the title quickly becomes a misnomer but then I had to remember that the film is not really called FORT YUMA GOLD.

Gemma gets involved in an excellently staged bar fight early on that features some surprisingly good action and low key comedy. Carnimeo should have been paying attention here. He could have used some pointers on similar bits in his monotonously staged bar romps. There are a couple of the usual badly telegraphed fisticuffs prevalent in this genre but this is only a minor quibble.

There is also the threat of a gang of cutthroats led by Nelson Riggs (Vadis) who plan to obstruct the mission but actually become a front for the real villains of the piece. A young beauty named Connie Breastfull is there to propel the story a bit instead of just being eye candy. Her name seems to have been inspired by Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore from the Bond film. Gemma even has a similar one liner response. He also finds time amidst all the constant shenanigans to fall in love with Ms. Breastfull whom both end up saving each other over the course of the film.

Hammond gets tortured by Riggs played by Dan Vadis, who I would say steals the film away from the aristocratic villain Major Sanders. He is tied to the ground with two rocks placed on both sides of his head. He has clamps hold his eyes open in an attempt to make him disclose the whereabouts of the letter he is to deliver to Fort Yuma. Connie "saves" him by making Riggs believe she knows where the letter is hidden. Hammond, who may or may not be blind at this point, is taken away by Rigg's men where they taunt and torture him some more.

Hammond, feigning being blind, manages to stealthily snuff out at least three of Riggs' men before he is suspected. He manages to kill the others and take off yet again to try and stop his units attack on the fort. Once he meets up with them, he is accused of being a renegade and now suffers a possible execution should his story be false. It isn't and Hammond races off to stop the bad guys before they can go on with their plan to steal the gold out of Fort Yuma.

It was a pleasure to see Dan Vadis here as one of the villains. He's been a favorite of mine after first seeing him in TRIUMPH OF THE TEN GLADIATORS as a kid and then in TRIUMPH OF HERCULES aka HERCULES VS THE GIANT WARRIORS. He is also one of the Black Widows featured in the Clint Eastwood favorites EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE and ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN. Vadis has much screen presence as well as being a decent actor. Even though he isn't supposed to be the main bad guy, he seems to have more screen time and does more with his role than the other antagonists.

Pazzafini gets to play a good guy for a change and it's a shame he didn't do more good guy roles. Maybe Banjo or FC have seen him as a hero more. I think he is also a hero in TODAY IT'S ME, TOMORROW YOU aka TODAY WE LIVE, TOMORROW WE DIE which had Tatsuya Nakadai as the villain.

The music by Morricone and Ferrio is fine although it sounds more like Morricone imitating himself more than anything else. How much of the actual score he contributed is unknown to me.

If you're a Gemma fan, you will definitely want this one in your collection. The WE disc, contrary to what they'll have you believe, is apparently sourced from the japanese dvd with the english dialog synced from another source. During the opening and closing credits, the soundtrack is very clear and pristine, but between those, the sound is muffled and not quite as clear.

It's not as good as PISTOL FOR RINGO, but if you enjoyed ONE SILVER DOLLAR or ADIOS GRINGO or even WANTED which is also directed by Giorgio Ferroni, you'll enjoy this one too.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on May 20, 2007, 04:04:53 PM
Arizona i enjoyed Fort Yuma Gold very much too and i'm gonna open up a thread this your review and link it up to the Spaghetti Western Index which i'm currently working on. ;)


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 05, 2007, 03:31:31 PM
Through a trade, I got these to view in addition to 10 or 11 others . I've viewed the first few minutes of each some a little more than others but mostly just after the opening credits. Many of them look quite exciting.

THE SPECIALIST- Very good opening sequence

WHITE, THE YELLOW & THE BLACK- Funny but curiously racist comedy. Eli Wallach, Gemma(!), Milian, Nero.
 
TASTE OF VENGEANCE- Suspenseful opening sequence with Garko.

RED BLOOD, YELLOW GOLD- Hilton, Edd Byrnes in what appears to be a rare serious role for Hilton.

PAYMENT IN BLOOD (7 WINCHESTERS FOR A MASSACRE)- Edd Byrnes in this Castellari movie. I have the soundtrack. A most exciting one from Francesco de Masi. I've wanted to see this one for a long time. Apparently this was either distributed or co-produced with Columbia Pictures. A most exciting opening to this film.

JOHNNY HAMLET-Another gothic western from Corbucci, at least by the opening anyway. Very surreal. Love that organ music.

IN A COLT'S SHADOW- Interesting painted backdrops amidst the opening credits. Gorgeous quality. I presume this is from a Japanese DVD? Stelvio Massi is the cinematographer.

A MINUTE TO PRAY, A SECOND TO DIE- I passed over this one several times in Best Buy. It looks pretty good. Arthur Kennedy and Robert Ryan feature here. Franco GIraldi who directed the jovial MACGREGOR movies gets serious here apparently.

CJAMANGO- Another Eduardo Mulargia movie. Looks a bit cheesy but who knows? The score is nice and dramatic. Hopefully this will be as good as W DJANGO!, Mulargia's one good movie of his I've seen. It's also got one time Hercules Mickey Hargitay.

MY NAME IS PECOS- Nifty opening scene that's sets up the title of the movie. A Mexican hero this time out. Robert Woods and Peter Martell star.

SONNY & JED- Milian, Susan George and Telly Savalas! Morricone score! Milian dubs his own voice! Corbucci directs! 'Nuff said!

APOCALYPSE JOE- Anthony Steffen in what looks loke a really quirky role. Eduardo Fajardo again. These two obviously enjoyed working together.

VENGEANCE TRAIL- Leonard Mann, Ivan Rassimov, Klaus Kinski!

SARTANA KILLS THEM ALL- Garko and Chris Huerta. My friends friend has this the 35mm reels of this in english.

DJANGO SHOOTS FIRST- Fernando Sancho and Erica Blanc feature here. The opening is well done. Alberto de Martino directs. Oddly, Castellari had something to do with this movie as opposed to directing. In the credits he's listed as 'Aiuto Regista'. The Nicolai score sounds good.

EXECUTION- John Richardson in a spaghetti western.

EL PURO- Robert Woods, Mario Brega and Italian exploitation starlets Rosalba Neri and Mariangela Giordano. The music from Allesandro Allesandroni is WAY to similar to the DOLLAR music. Eduardio Mulargia. A good cast.

JOHN THE BASTARD- John Richardson, Claudio Camaso, Martine Beswicke and Gordon Mitchell. This appears to be about a Don Juan gunfighter. This must be a rare spaghetti.

BURY THEM DEEP- Gravel faced Craig Hill stars. Another Nico Fedinco score. Looks to be pretty good. Apparently, Hill teams up with a criminal he had put away to catch some robbers.

HATE THY NEIGHBOR- Big George Eastman is in this. Love the credits sequence. Very inventive. Directed by Ferdinando Baldi. This should be good.

A TRAIN FOR DURANGO- The opening bit is quite funny. Anthony Steffen, Mark Damon and Aldo Sambrell. Duccio Tessari writes Enzo Barboni is the cinematographer. Appears to be a comedy of sorts. Don't know who the director is. I'll assume it's Tessari.

PISTOLEROS- This one must be really obscure. I don't recognize anybody major. This must be from the Wild East boot. Looks good though. The credits sequence is similar to the DOLLARS movies.

DEATH PLAYED THE FLUTE- Another rarity. Looks to be kinda grim with ample amounts of low budget sleaze. Seems to be a bit like the 1966 Shaw Brothers movie BELLS OF DEATH.

BUDDY GOES WEST- Bud Spencer goes solo. A Morricone score and Michele Lupo directs this comedy.

WATCH OUT, WE'RE MAD!- Terence Hill & Bud Spencer comedy. Donald Pleasence. Modern day funny stuff.

CRIMEBUSTERS- Terence Hill & Bud Spencer comedy. Modern day. Luciano Rossi is in this as is stuntman Roberto Dell'Acqua and Laura Gemser(!) Barboni wrote and directed.

ODDS & EVENS- Terence Hill & Bud Spencer comedy. Sal Borgese. Sergio Corbucci directs this modern day comedy.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 05, 2007, 04:44:16 PM
A TRAIN FOR DURANGO- The opening bit is quite funny. Anthony Steffen, Mark Damon and Aldo Sambrell. Duccio Tessari writes Enzo Barboni is the cinematographer. Appears to be a comedy of sorts. Don't know who the director is. I'll assume it's Tessari.
Looking forward to your full write up's on all those movies AC.

TRAIN FOR DURANGO was directed bi Mario Caiano and is a great take-off of QUIEN SABE?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 26, 2007, 03:12:22 PM
I was going through a few of the spaghetti westerns I got in a trade yesterday and I came across one that struck me as particularly humorous. The opening features an hilarious massacre of a family by what appears to be a single Indian. What's funny about this scene is that this Indian possesses an uncanny ability to shoot arrows into people's stomachs even though they are facing horses or wagons. After this bit I immediately said to myself, "This must be a Richard Harrison western". Shortly after that, who appears on the screen but 'Mr. Sleepy Eyes' himself, Richard Harrison. I don't know if Harrison seriously injured himself doing his many peplums and fusto movies (He is very much alive in those) but he seems to be on medication in his westerns. Maybe he's just doing his best Eastwood impersonation. The name of this film is EL ROJO.

GO FOR IT!- A Bud & Terence comedy, it looks to be really funny. Appears to have been shot with live sound save for Spencer's voice being dubbed. Directed by Enzo Barboni, too!

THE TRAMPLERS- Wow! What a cast! Joseph Cotten, Gordon Scott, James Mitchum, Franco Nero. This has something to do with HELLBENDERS. It's mentioned in Hughes' book on spaghetti westerns in the HELLBENDERS section. This one looks to be really good. Cotten heads a group of Southern hellraisers trying to get the Civil War started again. Freeing the slaves seems to be a theme in this Italian oater directed by Albert Band (HERCULES & THE PRINCESS OF TROY).

TO HELL & BACK- FC, this is the Hilton movie you were asking about. The opening appears to be no different than a hundred other spaghetti's but the credits reveal some interesting names--Ernesto Gastaldi wrote along with Luciano Martino (who also executive produced), the brother of Sergio. Michele Massimo Tarantini is the AD. He did a handful of crime movies and the cult horror-action movie MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY. The name MacGregor features in this movie! Gastaldi directed the first two MACGREGOR movies.

THE PRICE OF DEATH- Gianni Garko and Klaus Kinski! This seems to be sort of a horror western from the beginning anyways. The music seems way out of place for this sequence. This will be cool to see these two together.

THE SILENT STRANGER- Tony Anthony. An MGM movie with a soundtrack that is WAY TOO similar to the DOLLARS music. At least cues of it are. Anthony goes to Japan. Hey! This was recorded from TNT! Judging by the station identification, this would have to be from the mid 90s.


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: The Firecracker on June 26, 2007, 04:45:31 PM


THE SPECIALIST- Very good opening sequence


 
TASTE OF VENGEANCE- Suspenseful opening sequence with Garko.


JOHNNY HAMLET-Another gothic western from Corbucci, at least by the opening anyway. Very surreal. Love that organ music.


MY NAME IS PECOS- Nifty opening scene that's sets up the title of the movie. A Mexican hero this time out. Robert Woods and Peter Martell star.

SONNY & JED- Milian, Susan George and Telly Savalas! Morricone score! Milian dubs his own voice! Corbucci directs! 'Nuff said!

APOCALYPSE JOE- Anthony Steffen in what looks loke a really quirky role. Eduardo Fajardo again. These two obviously enjoyed working together.


SARTANA KILLS THEM ALL- Garko and Chris Huerta. My friends friend has this the 35mm reels of this in english.


BURY THEM DEEP- Gravel faced Craig Hill stars. Another Nico Fedinco score. Looks to be pretty good. Apparently, Hill teams up with a criminal he had put away to catch some robbers.

HATE THY NEIGHBOR- Big George Eastman is in this. Love the credits sequence. Very inventive. Directed by Ferdinando Baldi. This should be good.

A TRAIN FOR DURANGO- The opening bit is quite funny. Anthony Steffen, Mark Damon and Aldo Sambrell. Duccio Tessari writes Enzo Barboni is the cinematographer. Appears to be a comedy of sorts. Don't know who the director is. I'll assume it's Tessari.


DEATH PLAYED THE FLUTE- Another rarity. Looks to be kinda grim with ample amounts of low budget sleaze. Seems to be a bit like the 1966 Shaw Brothers movie BELLS OF DEATH.

BUDDY GOES WEST- Bud Spencer goes solo. A Morricone score and Michele Lupo directs this comedy.






THE SPECIALIST: Excellent Corbucci!
The gunfights are the best Corbucci ever made! The who-dun-it plot is a little preposterous but who cares? Great climax!


TASTE OF VENGEANCE: One of Garko's better non-Sartana western movies.
I like it a great deal. Very dark.

JOHNNY HAMLET: Okay spaghetti by Enzo G. Castellari.
Has some very nice sets (the cave cemetery), some celver gunfights (under the stairs shoot out) and a good main theme.
Pre-cursor to Castellari's masterpiece KEOMA.

MY NAME IS PECOS: Slightly above average entry starring Eastman as a mexican Peon.
The opening is probably the best the scene the film has to offer (even though it doesn't make any sense that a racist gringo would give away his gun to a mexican). Their are some lovely ladies with large cleavage! Direction is pretty pedestrian. The main theme is a pretty obvious rip-off of The Animals' THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN.
Stay away from the light hearted sequel "Pecos Cleans Up".

SONNY AND JED: One of Corbucci's weakest efforts but still an enjoyable movie. The setting is much like Django's, it takes place during the winter but no snow. Nice town dilapidated sets by Carlo Simi.
Despite the bleak atmosphere this one is a pretty light hearted affair.
Fans usually note this for having a plethora of bad language. It's true.


APOCALYPSE JOE: One of Steffen's best! It's a non-stop shoot em up with Steffen dispatching his foes using quirky traps and tricks.
Fajardo is of course slimy as always. Popcorn fun!

SARTANA KILLS THEM ALL!: read my very positive review here...http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=4319.0


BURY THEM DEEP: I'll have to sit through this one again because I couldn't get past the first dull 20 minutes despite the positive reviews I have heard.


HATE THY NEIGHBOR: My Favorite Baldi movie! Great shoot outs, kinky torture and one well edited fist fight in a barn. The very end is sadly an anti-climax.

A TRAIN FOR DURANGO: A surprsingly above (slightly) average Steffen western with a very good cast of leading actors.
Mark Damen is easily the best thing in the film.
Directed by Mario Caiano.


DEATH PLAYED THE FLUTE: I have a lenghty review of this somewhere...
It's good but a bit on the bland side. The vicious rape/ murder opening and the atypical ending is great!
EDIT: review can be found here...
http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2234.0


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 27, 2007, 05:59:50 AM
TO HELL & BACK- FC, this is the Hilton movie you were asking about. The opening appears to be no different than a hundred other spaghetti's
However there is probably non better for gunning than helpless peons for kicks than the excellent Gerald Herter who is always good value.

Though the quality of my bootleg  is appalling this is still a very entertaining revenge sw,which blends in comedic  elements amongst the more serious stuff,and includes a very well handled heist midway through.
Also a must for George Hilton fans.

 


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Arizona Colt on June 27, 2007, 03:11:37 PM
I didn't mean that in a derogatory way. I just meant that the opening features another bad guy gunning down peasants whom he has run away from him. Isn't the old guy with the gun the same one from THE BIG GUNDOWN?


Title: Re: SPAGHETTI WESTERN COLLECTION-reviews
Post by: Banjo on June 27, 2007, 04:14:21 PM
I didn't mean that in a derogatory way. I just meant that the opening features another bad guy gunning down peasants whom he has run away from him. Isn't the old guy with the gun the same one from THE BIG GUNDOWN?
Thats right GERALD HERTER who always seems to play the same sort of role,a sadistic teutonic marksman.