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Sergio Leone News / the good , the bad and the ugly videogame
« on: September 12, 2005, 09:40:49 AM »
Take a load of this, i can't wait -

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - If you have ever answered to the nickname Blondie, it might be time to dust off your poncho and make sure your six-shooter is fully loaded. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is coming to a game platform near you.

In a deal with MGM Interactive, Bits Studios has acquired video game rights to the three Sergio Leone movies often called "The Man With No Name" trilogy. The 1966 classic "Good, Bad, Ugly" which starred     Clint Eastwood,     Lee Van Cleef and     Eli Wallach, was the last in the series but will be the first to get the interactive treatment.

Bits Studios CEO Foo Katan said he is exploring options for actors to contribute their likeness and voice talents. He has not ruled out working with Eastwood but said that likeness and other rights for original cast members need to be handled separately through the individual actors or estates because of the age of the movies.

Katan has secured portions of Ennio Morricone's memorable scores, however, which he thinks "is probably the most important aspect we embrace in the game beyond the film itself. They are powerful and unforgettable scores that you really associate with the films."

No publisher is attached yet, but the game is on schedule to ship next year for PC,     Xbox,     PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.

Although it will bear the name and the music from the popular spaghetti Western, the third-person-perspective video game will follow a new story line that is influenced by the movies and will keep the tone of the films. This design approach supports better gameplay, Katan said.

Bits Studios is employing the same business model as it did with the video game based on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Constantine." The U.K.-based independent game development studio acquires Hollywood licenses on its own, creates the game and then finds a publisher to distribute the title worldwide.

Eastwood is already working on a revival of "Dirty Harry" for next-generation consoles next year, working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Foundation 9 Entertainment.

Get in there...

General Discussion / Frayling's 'Once Upon a Time in Italy'
« on: December 16, 2004, 03:01:54 PM »
just been on amazon there and found that christopher frayling has a new book coming out on the 30th June 2005 called Once upon a time in italy: the westerns of sergio leone

anybody know anything about it?

General Discussion / The genius of any film you like
« on: October 06, 2004, 06:05:00 PM »
I'm just curious but i was wondering if everyone who's interested would name a film or two they would recommend to someone, bar leone's.
I mean we are all leone fanatic's here but apart from his film's what films' would you class as films' s you would show to someone to emphasise the genius or just sheer enjoyment you feel from a certain film.
There are loads obviously, but at the moment i'm pissed, and i've just got home from a night down middlesbrough, as well as listening to ennio morricone, i'm a bit emotional, in the sense of where's my life going, etc and all that bollocks, any way what films really get you going as a film fan, i'm more than curious.

Bye for now.

General Discussion / Sergio as a footy fan
« on: June 16, 2004, 03:48:34 PM »
I wonder whether Sergio was a football fan? Wonder if he enjoyed Italy winning the world cup in 1982 in Spain, it's a shame he died in 1989 before the world cup was held in Italy in 1990.

Anyway i'm just hoping we beat Switzerland tomorrow.
I hope all you lot out there are enjoying euro 2004.


« on: April 24, 2004, 10:09:55 AM »
Got it today and they have ruined the greatest film ever made.
I don't know much about surround sound and dolby, to be honest i don't even care for all that shite, but the sound effects they have used for this is a fucking digrace. The gun shots sound like the menu screen from a fistful of dollars, it's absolutley shocking.
Even punches and stuff have been changed. I'm definately buying the R1 DVD now for the italian mono track, this r2 dvd is going straight on ebay.
As for the new scenes they don't intergrate well at all, you can tell eli wallach is about 906 years old. Clint doesn't even sound like clint, and lee van cleef's imitator sounds like soemone trying to be lee van cleef. I mean i wanted to see these scenes but i think they should either have been done superbly or just left as an extra on the dvd, like the extended tuco torture scene is, but in english obviously.
Overall i'm extremely dissapointed with the dvd. the extras are ok, but nothing special, i havent listened to the commentary yet, but i can't stand richard schickel anyway, i mean i didn't mind the ouatia commentary, it was crap but not too bad to listen, i hope this one is a little bit more interesting.
Just to make sure does anyone know for sure that the r1 dvd is the same as the r2 plus the mono italian track.
On the extras they actually mention why they changed the gun sounds, etc because they were too quite or something with the rest of the resteration, i'm just thinking maybe the italian mono track will be crap as well, who knows, i'm proper devastated me like, what have they done, bastards.

General Discussion / The man with no name paper back books
« on: February 26, 2004, 03:13:21 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has the paper back books of the dollars trilogy, based around the man with no name?

I have just got another book in the series called a coffin full of dollars and i'm reading it now, it's another adventure of the man with no name and you can picture clint in the film as you read it. There is another in the series called a dollar to die for.

I just wondered if anyone else has them, or if they had read them, they came out in the seventees, wonder if sergio ever had an idea to film one of the other two, it's good so far a coffin full of dollars, hope the ending is good.

Ennio Morricone / ennio morricone new dvd
« on: December 01, 2003, 02:58:39 PM »
i got his new dvd today, excellent. got a few classics on and a couple of new things, plus an interview, it's in italian but it's still good, a couple of photo's of him ahd sergio as well.

i thoroughly recommend it

Duck, You Sucker / Saw Fistful of dynamite for the first time
« on: July 22, 2003, 07:28:58 AM »
Just got the dvd and watched it. Although i have been a fan of sergio for years and have seen the rest of his films so many times over the years, having seen the dollars trilogy every week just about since the age of four, i'm now 21.
I haven't seen thsi because i've never had chance always missed it when it wss on the tele, etc and not being able to get hold of a copy.
I must say i'm extremely dissapointed with it, i didn't expect it to be brilliant but i didn't expect it to be really dull. The last hour makes it into a alright film and of course there's moments of genius innit, but there a few things that are just poor about it.
First off it's not funny, the accents get on your nerves, and the first hour and a half are really slow and boring, like i said the last hour is good and there are great scenes but overall i'm very dissapointed.
I think this is because the film is too story based, well the first hour and a half anyway and the reason i like leone is because you don't need to know the story to watch his great scenes over and over again, there's too much talking in the first hour and a half and not enough music and emotion, but after that it picks up, i mean the scene in the rain when they get shot is genius, and the flashbacks are superb, i would like to see the last flashback in the iitalian version, and when the bridge  blows up, brilliant.
There's also another thing, why has everyone called james coburn character sean, when all the way through the film that name isn't even mentioned and he's clearly called john, i know it sometimes sounds like sean, but even in the news clipping that juan finds it says john.
Just a few thoughts after waychion it for the first time, hope my opinion improves of it, i'm sure it will, because the mans a genius.
But you can't really complain when he's directed six mature works, and 5 of them are the greatest films ever made, but we all would like more, what can we say the man's pure genius.

Anyone bored i know i am just typing it, thanks for reading though.

And it's quite obvious the film should have been called Duck You Ducker in every country.

Sergio Leone News / Once Upon a time in america deluxe edition
« on: July 14, 2003, 03:07:40 PM »
Once upon a time in america deluxe edition is going to be released on 22 september. It's £40 like and it's only got a couple of stills and a poster, etc as well a s leone highlights which i assume will just be the best scenes from his films. I don't know why did'nt they just release this in the first place.

Once Upon A Time In America / My copy
« on: June 18, 2003, 08:14:34 AM »
My copy has just been sent out from, that's five days before it's supposed to be released, wonder when i'll get it then, hehe can't wait, ding dang do.

For a Few Dollars More / Indio's plan
« on: June 17, 2003, 08:00:19 AM »
When indio captures manco and mortimer from on top of the roof, he tells manco that he should'nt have shot the apples off that tree, then his gang beats them both up and comes up with a plan.
Then he goes nd checks to see if the money is still there in the box in the cellar and he sees it's still padlocked, then he set's his plan in motion.
I was just thinking what does he think manco and mortimer were doing on the roof, obviously he knows there bounty killers come to kill them, but he thinks the money is still there in the box so what does he think they were doing on the roof, having a picnic or something, this has always bothered me.
Any ideas anyone?

Off-Topic Discussion / The Mission
« on: June 11, 2003, 07:56:29 PM »
I got this on dvd the other day. First of all i have got the soundtrack by morricone and lets face it, the man's a genius. I love Robert De Niro as an actor (nothin more) and i had heard good reviews about the film.
So imagine my surprise when i watched it and realised it's quite possibly the worst film ever made, utter garbage.
The director has all these tools, morricone, de niro, etc and it's just two hours of boredom, shite.
No doubt a lot of people will disagree, but thats what we're hear for. Any comments?

The release date for once upon a time in america region 2 edition has been brought forward to 23rd june 2003, nice one eh!

There was one to take her, one to love her and one to kill her.
Now i understand Frank was the one to kill her, but as for the other two i'm confused.There was one to take her. Now does this mean as in Sam the wagon driver or is it on about sex, but apart from Frank no-one sleeps with her. Now do they mean take her as in make her life better, such as her and harmonica together?
There was one to love her. Now obviously Mcbain loved her, but do they mean cheyanne, or maybe harmonica?
I don't know, but on the poster obviously it's Fonda, Robards and Bronson who are the three stars, so it's referring to those three men in the slogan i presume. So that would mean Frank's the one to kill her, the only easy one to work out.
My guess is that Harmonica is the one to take her, and Cheyanne is the one to love her. But this does'nt make sense, so i presume Mcbain is the one to love her and theres no place for Cheyanne, or maybe harmonica, i'm confusing myself writing this.
If anyone has a clue what i'm on about let me know, cause i think i'm cracking up.

General Discussion / Once upon a time in america dvd extras
« on: May 04, 2003, 12:24:34 PM »
According to the once upon a time sergio leone featurette is only 20 mins long, i thought it would have been the full hour one, it must be a different programme or it just talks about the bits from that, that are about once upon a time in america. Its a bit shit really innit. Why aren't there any deleted scenes, it's only a two disc edition because the films that long not worth it really.

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