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Other Films / Re: Boetticher Westerns
« on: December 17, 2005, 04:47:20 AM »
And I can report that Paramount's DVD of Seven Men From Now is excellent and well up to the standard of their previous Batjac vault releases; the documentary on Boetticher is 50 minutes long. It's one of the bargains of the year.

Other Films / Re: Ride the High Country (1962)
« on: October 10, 2005, 03:50:49 AM »
Heads up chaps - The Sam Peckinpah Legendary Westerns Collection is coming January '06  ;D

thanks friend. hey does it include the deleted scene after the beating? i

Haven't got it yet, but this is the official press release:

The time has come: On October 6, Paramount Home Entertainment Germany will issue Sergio Leone's "Fistful Of Dollars" and "For A Few Dollars More", both produced for DVD by TLEFilms.

The Clint Eastwood classics were transferred from the best 35mm elements available on a High Definition Spirit Datacine at 1080 23.98PsF to HD-D5 at 235 Mbit/s and meticulously restored both in picture & sound (including the English track) to the complete length of 97 and 127 Minutes, respectively (on DVD at 25fps PAL). "For A Few Dollars More" includes now the sequences of the beating scene intended to be in the film that were cut on all other releases. Both pictures will contain the restored mono soundtracks in English and in German, with an alternative 5.1DD upmix, made by MGM, also being offered.

The films will be available both as separate 2-Disc Sets and a 4-Disc Digipack Edition. Also, in a special, limited release, Paramount issues both films in a unique, wooden boxed set with a golden pocket watch, coins, collectable film frames and much more.

TLEFilms supervised the mastering process all the way down to the DVD encoding, insuring through the use of the full disc capacity and the highest bitrate possible the best quality on DVD. All features include English subtitles.

More on the two releases on the TLEFilms website - with screenshots & more.



Around $60, plus p&p, so you weren't far out...

Other Films / Re: Ride the High Country (1962)
« on: September 30, 2005, 02:43:08 AM »
The excellent MAJOR DUNDEE disc that was just released last week was originally prepared as part of the rumored Peckinpah box set. It was a loan-out title because it belongs to Columbia, whereas the box set is an MGM project. The loan-out deal fell through, though, so Columbia proceeded with its own version, currently in stores.

If you listen carefully during the DUNDEE commentary track (recorded by the same group of Peckinpah biographers who recorded the commentary for THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND and ALFREDO GARCIA), you hear them refer to the other discs in the (non-existent) set, as if we already had the PAT GARRETT and CABLE HOGUE discs in our hot little hands.

As for RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY, there was an excellent letterboxed laserdisc version of it a few years ago, and one of the cable channels has been running it letterboxed lately. This usually betokens an imminent DVD version....

The box set is a Warners project (they own all MGM studio produced titles prior to 1985 IIRC); had it been MGM, and had they had the rights, there would have been no problems. Sony, which owns the Columbia back catalogue, recently bought Leo the Lion, lock, stock and roar.

It's no surprise the Peckinpah posse have been discussing the other titles - they have been busy recording extras for the Warners box...

Sony/MGM could still produce their own Peckinpah box; Junior Bonner, Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, Killer Elite, Major Dundee.

For a Few Dollars More / Re: Few Dollars SE French R2 'First Look'
« on: April 15, 2005, 01:34:17 AM »
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Sergio Leone News / Re: Special Edition features announced.
« on: April 11, 2005, 04:21:29 AM »
Links to the DVD Times reviews of the UK R2s:

Fistful of Dynamite SE
For a Few Dollars More SE
A Fistful of Dollars SE

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Special Edition DVD
« on: April 03, 2005, 07:01:21 AM »
And from Mike at :

"Just had a look at "Fistful of Dynamite". Very nice transfer, irksome 5.1 sound, fantastic commentary track from Sir Chris. Lovely to see the full flashback scene with the astounding change in the music two-thirds of the way through. The second disc extras are piddling little things with occasional points of interest."

Duck, You Sucker / Re:Duck, You Sucker Restoration issue
« on: November 06, 2004, 06:38:52 AM »
I think I've mentioned this before; a source involved in the project tells me that AFOD, FAFDM and A Fistful of Dynamite (not DYS) are all being prepped as SEs for a box set release in 2005. And yes, the latter will be complete, uncut and will include the final flashback.

I suppose MGM have gone for 'Dynamite' because they probably think it will play better in the box set.

Other Films / Re: And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
« on: July 13, 2004, 11:15:41 AM »
Not as good as I'd hoped...

Watched HBO's And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself, which was not an unpleasant experience, but I can't help feeling it was a huge missed opportunity for a little light satire.

The ingredients; it's 1914 and the Mutual Film Co. (D.W. Griffiths, Chaplin, Arbuckle etc.) decide to make a film of General Francisco 'Pancho' Villa's life. The old west of America had faded into history, yet westerns became meat and drink for the new film industry. South of the border, meanwhile, the real 'old west' lived on, as two horseback armies fought an essentially 19th century war. Mutual planned to film the Mexican revolutionary Villa and his rag tag army in action and mix it with staged sequences to produce a seven reel spectacular such as the world has never seen (nor will again; The Life of General Villa has long been lost).

As they cranked the cameras, they came under fire not only from the Federales, but also William Randolph Hearst's media empire, frightened that American interests, not least Heart's Mexican properties, but most of all oil, will be lost to the socialist (horror) revolutionaries. It's the sort of script John Milius, in The Wind And The Lion mode, would have made mincemeat of, but Larry Gelbert - he of TV's M*A*S*H -  has too light a touch. He focuses on the nephew of Mutual's Harry Aitken (a nice vignette from Jim Broadbent), Frank Thayer (blandly played by Eoin Bailey) to the detrement of a much more interesting story that should have played on a much bigger stage - America, with one eye fixed firmly on the new European conflict, threatened to intervene at several stages during the revolution to protect the oil fields, while we only get a brief glimpse of the beleagured Mexican government, but maybe this betrays the film's 'made for TV' status.

The bright spot is that as Villa, Antonio Banderas is never less than excellent (I almost forgive him for Spy Kids. Almost), but I must admit that I distrust movies that start 'this is a true story', because they invariably are not and this messes with the truth, despite being essentially true. A prime example is the promotion of Thayer's role in Mutual's Villa movie, when Raoul Walsh (later to direct White Heat, They Died With Their Boots On, High Sierra etc., etc.) played a much bigger part, not only playing young Villa but also acting as second unit director and filming the pivotal Torreon battle sequence, shown here directed by Thayer.

Not a bad effort, but I expected better from director Bruce Beresford; something much more interesting was struggling to get out.

Yes, I will be putting the complete final flashback into the end of "Duck, You Sucker!" for theatrical re-release. I can't tell you anything about DVD plans; I work in the studio's Film Dept., and the Home Video Dept. is a world unto its own - so far it has only selected about half of the films I've restored in the last 5 or 6 years for release on DVD. I have heard that there are currently no plans to release the extended English version of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" on DVD. Therefore, you should tape it off AMC on May 10th and/or see it in a cinema this June/July if you live near NYC, LA, San Diego, Rochester (NY), Toronto, Santa Fe, San Francisco, San Rafael (CA), or Chicago. Dates for Houston and Silver Springs, MD will be settled later in the year.
But to get back to my original question, if anyone knows of any written statement by Leone regarding his preference of the English release title, please let me know where to find it, or I might not be able to restore the original one. Thanks!!

Jjust reviving this thread (a) to congratulate John Kirk on the work he put into GBU (my SE DVD arrived a few days ago) and (b) in the vain hope that he may look back in here and tell us whether we'll see Fistful of Dynamite on R1 DVD any time soon?

I've not bought the UK R2 disc because it misses the final flashback and because the transfer looks terrible compared to the Italian release; I'm hoping that any R1 release will not only be complete, but will also have a spanking transfer from the newly restored elements. It's a crying shame that two leads will be unable to participate in any extras, but tributes to Mr Coburn and Mr Steiger would be more than welcome too.

BTW, I know the GBU SE has come under fire because of the changes to the gunshots, and after reading Glenn Erikson's piece at I understand why the changes were made for theatrical release. But what I don't understand is why we didn't get the original gunshot sounds when the transfer was made to DVD. Maybe there should be more contact between Mr Kirk and MGM's Home Video Dept? Just a thought.

So many films, so little time...

Sergio Leone News / Re:Fistful of Dynamite DVD UK release
« on: June 24, 2003, 09:44:46 AM »
Hmmm - it's been reported that 3m 22s of that running time turns out probably to be a trailer  ???

Looking like the 146 minute BBC showing...

So many films, so little time...

Sergio Leone News / Re:Fistful of Dynamite DVD UK release
« on: June 24, 2003, 01:32:18 AM »
Thanks to alf on the dvdforums for this snippet;

The BBFC has just passed the DVD release of Fistful of Dynamite at 150m 44s; much longer than previously thought.

Does this take into account PAL speedup, and if so, might this be the fully restored 160 minute version?

So many films, so little time...

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