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Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966)
« on: May 16, 2013, 09:07:12 AM »
The restored version that was touring the country has the extra scenes intact.

Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966)
« on: May 15, 2013, 02:00:33 PM »
I had the honor of watching the 4K print back in December and was blown away by the presentation!! The only major difference between the Franco Cleef version, that I noticed at least, was the opening scene with the 3 outlaws. There is more interaction between Corbett and the men and the young guy begs for his life and then tries to shoot Corbett in the back. I cannot wait for the blu-ray version!!
I believe there were a few other scenes restored, but nothing that overtly stood out to me.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 27, 2007, 09:14:18 AM »
1990: The Bronx Warriors     8/10 - Featuring Richard Roundtree and his ruthless Pimp gang!

2019: After the Fall of New York  8/10 - Fantastic Monument Valley post nuke  scenes!

The Raiders of Atlantis 7.5/10 - Has one of the best decapitation scenes in a film!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: ITALIAN CRIME FILMS: An Overview & Reviews
« on: November 27, 2007, 04:33:15 AM »
I purchased a couple of 16mm Italian Crime films starring Antonio Sabato titled EYE OF THE SPIDER also with Klaus Kinski, and BLACK LEMONS. I have yet to watch these films, and was curious if anyone had seen either film before?

By the way AC .... fantastic thread! Its hard to find anyone that has even heard or seen most of these films.
For my taste ... I think that the 70's Italian Crime films are right on par with the American Film Noir's of the 40's and 50's!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: ITALIAN CRIME FILMS: An Overview & Reviews
« on: November 27, 2007, 04:26:22 AM »
Tony Arzenta -AKA- No Way Out- AKA- Big Guns


Dir: Duccio Tessari

Italy / France

Alain Delon ...  Tony Arzenta
 Richard Conte ...  Nick Gusto
 Carla Gravina ...  Sandra
 Marc Porel ...  Domenico Maggio
 Roger Hanin ...  CarrĂ©
 Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Anna Arzenta

No Way Out's plot plays out like many films weve seen before, but this one comes attached with the over the top style of the genre great Duccio Tessari and the cool charisma of Alain Delon in it.

Delon plays international Hitman Tony Arzenta who After many years of working for Mob Boss Nick Gusto (Conte) has a change of heart and wants out.
This obviously doesnt sit well with the Bosses and after a meeting its decided to do blow up their former ice-cold  employee. 
Whoops! The bosses boff this one and Tony Arzenta now has a personal Vendetta against every one of his old bosses!

The death scenes in "No Way Out" are absolutely ridiculous! Each death is staged like a Giallo and youll find yourself shouting out loud with each action packed scene! But the best part of this film are the car chase scenes .... Fantastico!

Tessari was no slouch when he tackled this project as he had already made his mark in the Spaghetti Western genre (A Pistol for Ringo, The Return of Ringo)  and The Giallo  (The Bloodstained Butterfly, Death Occured Last Night) so he naturally stepped right into the uber popular Crime films of the time, but he did so with a mighty bang!

This was a big step in the Euro-Crime films as Italy and France teamed up for this co-production bringing international superstar Alain Delon to Italy!

WIth the fantastic supporting cast of  Nicoletta Machiavelli, Carla Gravina, Marc Porel, and Erika Blanc (Kill Baby Kill) This is one of my top 3 Italian Crime films of all time.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: ITALIAN CRIME FILMS: An Overview & Reviews
« on: November 27, 2007, 03:22:26 AM »

Two young friends initiate themselves into a gang to get close to big time crime boss Mr. Scarface (Palance) to get revenge for a childhood murder and destroy his mob.

Fernando di Leo's third chapter in his second Euro Crime trilogy is a disappointing affair. The film starts out strong but slowly peters out after that and never regains steam until the final 15 minutes when the friend lure Scarface's mob into an abandoned factory where a ferocious gun battle complete with explosions takes place. There are very few action scenes other than numerous fist fights and nothing at all similar to other entries in the genre. Maybe I'll give it another view later but as of now, it's a big letdown considering reviews amp up the sleaze factor and aside from one brief bit of a gangster hanging by a meathook from his throat, the film is tame in comparison to other di Leo movies. No one even bleeds when they are shot.

The documentary on the Raro disc is very interesting (moreso than the film) including reminisces from di Leo himself. He says it is a film that gets regular play on Italian television.

Although Palance is featured prominently on the cover as well as the poster, he's barely in the movie. In fact, the US title of MR. SCARFACE is a bit of a misnomer. Palance figures in the nicely done opening but then disappears for large chunks of the film and is even killed off before the big confrontation.

Al Cliver is actually the films real star as he is the child that figures in the opening gundown. But it is Harry Bauer, a German actor, who gets the bulk of the screen time. One scene after another he engages in pseudo martial arts fights with various henchmen leading up to he and Cliver's big gun battle in the run down factory at the conclusion.

Edmund Purdom is also on hand but has even less to do than Palance. He plays Palance's lead rival and exits the film rather quickly and gets no time to shine.

Another beautful restoration from Raro with a fine documentary with subs. The film can either be viewed in Italian, Italian with english subs or the English dub itself. If only the numerous earlier releases from Raro had English tracks or subs.

AC I loved this film! I watched a 35mm print of Mr. Scarface last week with a sold out crowd and although not the quality of DiLeo's earlier films .... it defintely had everything that I needed to cheer! The issue with the film is that you have to like the buggy boy and get into his character ... otherwise you wind up hating the film!
A funny fact a friend of mine brought up was that they probably only had Palance for 3 days of shooting b/c throughout the film Palance only wears 3 different suits! No crime boss would wear the same suit twice in a month!

Other Films / Re: Seraphim Falls (2006)
« on: November 26, 2007, 01:44:27 PM »
Seraphim Falls tried, but failed as a film. The symbology at the end was so heavy handed that I laughed out loud in the theater!!
The supporting cast just didnt add much to the film either and the lack of Western town was sorely missed!

Other Films / Re: Keoma (1976)
« on: November 26, 2007, 01:41:21 PM »
I really enjoyed the Hell out of "Keoma" and after hearing all of the bad reviews of the ST ... I suprisingly kinda liked the music and have just recently DL it!

Sergio Leone News / Re: Ferdinando Baldi (1917-2007)
« on: November 26, 2007, 12:32:37 PM »
The Forgotten Pistolero is one of my favorite SW's ever made..... well top 20 for sure!

Sergio Leone News / Re: Ferdinando Baldi (1917-2007)
« on: November 26, 2007, 12:21:22 PM »
Alright! I just picked up Baldi's "Hate Thy Neighbor." I havent seen it yet, but it looks really good!
Anyone else seen this film?

Sergio Leone News / Re: Ferdinando Baldi (1917-2007)
« on: November 26, 2007, 10:59:11 AM »
One of my favorite directors of the SW genre! His films "Blindman" and "Get Mean" came out of left field, but were extremely entertaining!


Other Films / Re: Have Gun Will Travel (1957)
« on: November 24, 2007, 02:22:26 AM »
I know Warren Oates was in a few episodes, but I dont think that it was season 1. I cant wait to watch them!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rescue Dawn
« on: November 23, 2007, 04:10:55 PM »
ALthough I am a huge Herzog and Bale fan (for the most part)  I found this film to be a real yawner. I never felt that Christian Bale gave his all in his performance, and I never got a sense of doom from the Guards.
The end .... One of the worst "Hollywood" endings IMO.

Other Films / Re: No Country for Old Men (2007)
« on: November 23, 2007, 04:06:51 PM »
You guys are too hard to please! I loved the last few minutes .... especially Tess Harpers scene with Shiguh!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last Book You Read
« on: November 21, 2007, 10:01:41 PM »
Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"

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