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Sure, there are at least 6 or 7 more from the cemetery shooting... (but not much more, that had only two scenes together)

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Other Films / Re: Django (1966)
« on: January 05, 2019, 04:03:09 PM »
Whoever did the new ARROW 4k HD transfer for DJANGO (Corbucci) deserves a medal! I've seen over 1000 Blu-ray transfers for pre-90s films and this is among the 5 best I've ever seen! SUPERB. Even the night scenes are flawless - it shows what can be done regarding "preservation / restoration" when the right people do it (or really care). I can't find it online anywhere right now, I hope this will change, people deserve this release  .

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For a Few Dollars More / Re: New 4K Restoration Blu-Ray (March 2019)
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:34:01 AM »
some new entries from my side...

-NEW Promoting FAFDM: Posters & Lobby Cards

-NEW FAFDM: On the Set (with contribution from Jordan & Kevin, thanks again!)

-NEW FAFDM: Color Stills

-NEW FOR A FEW Pictures MORE

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peckinpah's CROSS OF IRON plus documentary
« on: December 21, 2018, 02:06:34 AM »
CROSS OF IRON is finally available on Blu-ray in the US! The release features all my supplements (almost 2 hrs) in HD including my documentary PASSION & POETRY - SAM's WAR. The film master is the same (uncut) as previously released with the other releases I co-produced in the UK, Germany & Japan...


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Sergio Leone News / Re: New LEONE documentary 2018
« on: December 19, 2018, 12:47:03 PM »
You can also download it (French or German, some is Italian / Spanish, subtitles then at
MEDIATHEKVIEW in HD!

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Other Films / Re: The Westerner (Sam Peckinpah)
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:24:33 AM »
Because in a Sci-Fi film story, effects & design are the stars, not the actors  ;D ;D.
I have Hugh on my wall even framed here  ^-^ (for about the same reason, see above...)
I love Wise, ANDROMEDA STRAIN is among my Top 3 Sci-Fi films. When I co-owned a book shop
in Munich he came over and was happy to talk about it with me (since nobody wanted to talk
about it with him, it was sort of overshadowed by his Oscar movies).

https://picload.org/view/dccdaico/robert_wise5a.jpg.html
https://imgur.com/a/tt21Txm

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Other Films / Re: The Westerner (Sam Peckinpah)
« on: December 18, 2018, 02:00:17 PM »
Just watched the dvd (RIFLEMAN is also out on dvd, cheapskates)
A show I was eager to finally see and it does not disappoint. For the most part

JEFF is a remarkable episode in any era. For a 1960 show it boggles the mind; LC , also excellent.

Not crazy about the comedy eps with John Dehner (although the woman who played LIBBY is drop=dead sexy!).

BTW the commentary featured 4 Peckinpah experts/fans but NOT our own Mike Siegel! Darn it.
I wonder if Mike would have been guffawing at some of the juvenile humour the way the psychophantic quartet did. :)
bruce Marshall

I wonder as well :). I don't even have the DVD-set. I was lucky about 15 years ago getting some
nice copies of the original masters and I watched them them few times before I wrote my book on Sam.
David Weddle's (nice man!) book on Sam is a great biography and Garner Simmons I always liked (he wrote the
first book on Sam, still my favorite), he is in a lot of my films on Sam, the last one being my doc
about JUNIOR BONNER. Regarding commentaries I am terribly picky (and don't mind a bit if some
can't stand my own commentaries - for the same reason) and prefer entertaining well-researched tracks
with a sophisticated sense of humour - or talent, telling more then "this is the scene where Peter
gets into trouble...". I guess my favorite is Soderberg sort of interviewing Mike Nichols
on CATCH 22. Way up there. (Where's my f..... Blu-ray ?? Darn studios these days  :P)

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Sergio Leone News / New LEONE documentary 2018
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:48:41 AM »
I can't find anything here about it in the forum, or didn't I look hard enough?
(SERGIO LEONE - ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA)
It was on ARTE TV last night, French / German language.
Again nothing definitive (all Leone docs are too short to really go deep enough into their subject),
but well done and some great Leone clips from French TV I had never seeen before...

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Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: November 26, 2018, 06:55:29 AM »
A fantastic film. Minor flaws - overall a 100% winner. Had to wait
quite long to hear STREETS OF LAREDO again in a feature...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peckinpah's CROSS OF IRON plus documentary
« on: November 16, 2018, 03:28:28 PM »
3 discs! So, the Japanese set is the best version to own?

I will take a look into it on Sunday and will comment on your question :).


:Novecento: No,no and no (again :) ). Of course Peckinpah tried to get a certain look in post-production, and CROSS could have
used a little color grading here and there - now that it's possible, but the BD-look is just impossible. The images are all flat, no debth, nothing...
I understand why some like the new look, it certainly has its kind of atmosphere, but the loss of contrast and depth is just terrible.
Anyway. We might play around with it next year. I saw a test which could result in a great-looking compromise...

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Ennio Morricone / Re: The Playboy Germany "Interview"
« on: November 15, 2018, 05:19:00 AM »
This is easily explained. Morricone says he gave no interview "to Playboy." The guy who interviewed him is, apparently, a stringer. He freelances. He may not have told Morricone that he was planning to sell the interview to Playboy, may not even have had a deal in place at the time. Sounds to me like after the interview he shopped the piece around, and to generate interest he spiced up the quotes.

Happens. All. The. Time.

That's what happenend. Playboy confirmed it today and the guy wrote an apology (oh well). There was a time when Morricone criticized QT a little bit, which is all to ordinary when creatively working on projects. Also he was always quite open when talking about things he didn't fully embrace... So it's obvious the writer fell back on these old remarks, overdoing it to the maximum. Stupid.
I filmed all my interviews, (could - but wouldn't - put them in different context),  that way one can't deliver that kind of harm...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peckinpah's CROSS OF IRON plus documentary
« on: November 14, 2018, 03:48:00 PM »
I doubt any cinematographer (or film maker for that matter) would want his film to look like this. A mess. I hope one day someone will clean this HD master from that awful overall green filter-look. That's why I included a scan of my 35mm print on the (new) German BD and the deluxe Japanese (3 BD - disc!) Blu-ray, so that people can see how the film looked back in 1977...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peckinpah's CROSS OF IRON plus documentary
« on: November 14, 2018, 01:39:58 AM »
The US CROSS OF IRON is finally out I hear. It contains all my supplements frommy European / Japanese co-productions (minus the German 35mm print I'm afraid):

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Cross-of-Iron-Blu-ray/131455/#Review

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Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "OUATITW: Shot by Shot" by Frayling?
« on: November 02, 2018, 10:40:06 AM »
That book was a dream come true. So much had already been written about the film, for over 50 years...
A visual reference to the making of ( any great classic) film is the closest one can come towards these great people :).
(especially since none of that Super 8 footage people took on the sets in the 60s is surfacing...)

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Other Films / Re: Clint Eastwood: The Mule
« on: October 24, 2018, 12:55:33 AM »
oh great... thanks for the link...

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