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2016 is turning out to be a pretty impressive year for GBU fans! 

First, we had the highly anticipated release of Dr. Hanley's mind-blowing book, a labor of love that took decades to become a reality.

Today, the first of several snippets of previously unseen footage from an enigmatic Italian dye-transfer print that has never been documented before!

Check it out here:

On March 13 and 16, Cinemark is showing the DCP as part of its Classic Series at participating theatres listed in the following link:

Is anyone here able to check it out? I'd really like to know how it compares with the MGM 4K BD.

I came across a recent video where three friends recreated the shootout in Sad Hill Cemetery.

Anyone here live in the area and planning to check it out??

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Il Buono Il Brutto Il Cattivo on VHS
« on: April 05, 2015, 10:14:37 AM »
Does anyone have a copy of any of these 4 Italian VHS tapes?

I'd like to know what version of the film was available prior to the Italian restoration in 2000 and subsequently released on DVD.

For the life of me I can't find it anywhere. I know it's the desert scene. Please help.

Nearly 30 years after first watching (and instantly falling in love with) this film I'm finally going to experience it on the silver screen tonight! I'm so excited.

I found it was playing locally through another forum. This is what the forum member had to say:

Can't remember whether there was discussion of the color timing on this or not, but I watched a 35mm print of the 2003 restored Extended cut last night in Vancouver. It varied a bit by the reel, but at the start the clouds were yellowish and skies cyan. Skin tones looked more ordinary than the Italian screencaps though. Sunbaked but not yellowed. "The End" didn't look white. The print started with a BBFC rating card, but I was too busy reading it to note the white balance there. It was pretty blurry; not sure if that's down to the print or the optics at the Pacific Cinematheque.

All of the opticals looked godawfully dirty. Wow.

Honestly, I don't care how bad it looks. I'm just curious about the color timing issue. The color timing of the Italian and International home releases (DVD, BD) is very different. Can I assume that a theatrical print of the 2003 restoration is the intended color timing?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / May 3, 2009 airing of BBC on Sky Italia
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:47:13 PM »
I came across the web pages below that briefly described the restoration of BBC:

Quote from: (translated into English)
...and thanks to SKY Cinema you can enjoy this masterpiece restored version and integral with the cuts that the complaint had worked in 1969 to reduce the ban to minors aged 18 to 14 years.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, airing May 3, 2009, will be preceded by a special where for the first time will be shown a sequence ever before, removed during assembly. The scene, which lasts three minutes, stars the Mexican Tuco "the ugly" (Eli Wallach) intent to steal a chicken and design, along with three companions, the murder of "blond" to get their hands on cash with 200 thousand dollars.

Are there any Italian members here who watched this special on May 3, 2009? I believe it is titled, "Verdone racconta Leone" found on youtube here but there is no discussion of the grotto scene or any other cut scenes. I'm just wondering if the grotto scene was shown to Italian viewers.

I presume Universum Film GmBH's BD release of FAFDM (and FOD) will use the same HD master as the Paramount DVDs released back in 2005 and extensively discussed here.

Can anyone confirm that the beating scene is still cut?

Stanton, thanks for the heads up by the way. I was hoping to get an update on a BD release from Sebastian and others over at swdb but no one responded for months.

In the French trailer at 1:31 there's an alternate take of Blondie saying something just after he says, "You thought I'd trust you?".

However, he doesn't appear to be saying the next line of the English script, "$200,000 is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it."

Can anyone make out what he's actually saying? I don't understand French but maybe the French translation in the translation gives a clue?

In the documentary, “Reconstructing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, Paul Rutan, Jr of Triage Labs states that the last scene where Tuco yells, “Hey, know what you are? Just a dirty son of a...!”, was "entirely out of sync" and that it was out of sync in the print versions of the 1980’s as well.

Yet previous home releases (laserdisc, 1999 MGM DVD, which I presume are transfers of early prints of the film) have no sync issues and appear to be no different than the SE DVD/BD.

So…what the heck was he going on about?

I recently listened to the entire extended soundtrack and noticed 47 secs into track 5 titled, "Il Ponte Di Corde" ("Rope Bridge"), music I hadn't heard before: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Was this intended for the Socorro sequence?

As all of you that have viewed the Italian cut of GBU have noticed, there is a short segment missing when Blondie says, "Sorry, Tuco" before riding off with his share of the $200k in gold.

Any explanation why that bit was deleted? Did SL not intend for that bit to be included?

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