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Trivia Games / Kid Brother
« on: August 13, 2005, 09:59:39 AM »
Which Spaghetti Westerns star's sibling is in these two images?

Other Films / A Town Called Hell (1971)
« on: May 20, 2005, 01:17:50 PM »
Heads up UK TV amigos.. BBC1 22nd Sun 12:30am.

Town Called Hell AKA Town Called Bast&*d (1971) Directed by Robert Parrish

Starring Robert Shaw, Stella Stevens, Telly Salavlas, Fernando Rey, Dudley Sutton & Martin Landau

One of very few British Euro Westerns.
The film opens with a deaf mute (Sutton) on a coffin wagon carring a seemingly desiest Stella Stevens. Gives it a supernatural Hammer Horror edge with the inclusion of what can only be a Pagan Witch in a female charactor. Shaw stars as a unforgetable rabid drunk priest riddled with bullet scars. Film mainly revolves around the hangmans platform center street. Very silly and could almost give Django Kill! in the inventivness stakes. But some great performances from its collectic unpredictable cast. Also better than most of the TV movie rubbish that normally dwels in the BBC1 saturday midnight  slot.


Spaghetti Westerns in its life-time never shone back into pop culture, more than in earlier 70s Jamaican Reggae & Dub culture.
In the film The Harder They Come (1971) Jimmy Cliff getting a kick out off watching Django 'Franco Nero' gundown the bad guys. One of Lee Scratch Perry’s most well known tracks goes by the name of Clint Eastwood The Upsetters had a small hit in the UK with a single called Return of Django.

Trojan Records have been frantically digging up stuff out there archives, releasing tons of compilations over the last couple of years. Came across this last night on amazon.   

The Big Gundown: Reggae Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns

1.  Django Shoots First
Sir Lord Comic & The Upsetters 
2.  Dollar A Head
The Crystalites
3.  Dollar In The Teeth
The Upsetters
4.  Return Of Django
The Upsetters 
5.  A Fistful Of Dollars
The Crystalites
6.  Lee Van Cleef
King Stitt
7.  Clint Eastwood
Lee Perry & The Upsetters
8.  The Undertaker
The Crystalites
9.  The Overtaker
Ramon & The Crystalites
10.  Undertaker's Burial
Ramon & The Crystalites
11.  For A Few Dollars More
The Upsetters
12.  Death Rides A Horse
Roy Richards
13.  Death Rides A Horse
Hippy Boys     
14.  Franco Nero
Johnny Lover & The Destroyers   
15.  Kill Them All
Lee Perry & The Upsetters   
16.  Eight For Eight
Lee Perry & The Upsetters   
17.  The Bad
The Crystalites   
18.  Nevada Joe
Johnny Lover & The Destroyers   
19.  Stranger In Town
The Crystalites   
20.  Savage Colt
21.  The Law
Andy Capp   
22.  A Taste Of Killing
The Upsetters   
23.  Return Of The Ugly
The Upsetters   
24.  Dollars & Bonds
Lloyd Charmers   
25.  Vengeance
Lloyd Charmers & The Hippy Boys   
26.  They Call Me Trinity
Joe White & The Crystalites

Fascinated to found out what the 'Death Rides a Horse' covers sound like. Imagine alot of it might be sound quite hokey but interesting..
Might pick up a copy end of the month.

Trivia Games / Bandit Spotting 'Help Monco with his adding'
« on: May 05, 2005, 06:02:12 AM »
Inspired by a certain poster's 'Indio's Heroes' (the name would be a give away to one of the gang members  ;) ) Trivia normally involves the original poster knowing all the answers. Two are still unnamed to me. Actor or Charactor name.. But I thought this would be a interesting to open up to the forum.

A Fistful of Dollars / Custom FOD.
« on: April 23, 2005, 07:21:10 AM »
Just finished a 'Fistful Of Dollars' companion cover to go with the 'Few Dollars More'  I finished in feburary.

Ive been tinkering around on Photoshop for about a year now. Trying to give my self simple task to do, to try and learn the ropes, layers, effects etc.

Always hated the Cover of the MGM FAFDM Region 1 DVD so i made my own using original poster art.

Heres the high-res jpeg version. You can print this out
Enjoy.  :)

Took a while get this pinned down. Getting hold of decent hi-res scans of Leone movie posters is few and far between.

Heres the high-res jpeg version. You can print this out


New comparison at dvdbeaver
Remember theres alot of dirt which has been removed from the new print, which does not show in the still images.
More grumbles about beefy sound..  ::)

Off-Topic Discussion / End of an era. Bye Bye MGM
« on: April 09, 2005, 04:51:02 AM »
Probably 75% Of the films we talk about on this board are MGM connected, also thats roughly 75% of Leone's output was MGM/UA to boot.
Most of us know this has been on the cards for almost a year now, but yesterday was the big day of handing over the keys, so to speak.

Bye-bye, MGM - Famed studio, and UA partner, swallowed up in purchase

Friday, April 8, 2005 Posted: 2:22 PM EDT (1822 GMT)

LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter)
-- It's very sad. MGM is gone. So is United Artists.

The deal, expected to close on Friday, for a consortium of companies (including Sony Corp.) to purchase the MGM assets for some $4.8 billion reminds us that in today's entertainment universe, it's all about selling DVDs.

Ted Turner was right: It's the library, stupid. All 4,000 titles.

Truth is, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- the once-star-studded Tiffany studio that produced "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the Wind" in 1939, and its United Artists studio, the great lotless indie founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith -- were long ago reduced to financial transactions. They had been dying little deaths for years.

So much history. So much talent.

the complete article is here at CNN.

Off-Topic Discussion / Sword of Doom
« on: March 21, 2005, 02:35:03 PM »
Sword of Doom (1966)
AKA: Daibosatsu Pass

Dir: Kihachi Okamoto
Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, & Toshiro Mifune

Recently revisited this chambara gem. Middle of last week I received The Criterion Collection’s new DVD.
It’s probably the first decent release this film has got on a home format. Its been a few of years since I lent my faded VHS copy too somebody that I lost contact with, and obviously the video tape. I tend to do this a lot.  ::)

Okamoto’s film follows a skilled swordsman Ryunosuke Tsukue (Tatsuya Nakadai  -Pistol weilding 'Rabbit' in Yojimbo) 
Driven by what others perceive as evil intent walks a blood-soaked trail of destruction as he dispenses with an unearthly justice upon those he meets. The 1860s backdrop of Japan's turbulent end days of the Shogunate when increasingly desperate samurai attempt to cling to their power.
Director Okamoto's ability to bring a veiled supernatural quality to the film and its leading man. Not unlike Eastwood or more so Bronson’s Harmonica. The film seems to be shrouded in either mist or snow,  a very high contrast B/W film also adds to this doom layden, other quality. Toshiro Mifune plays a small support, but memorable role as the Shimada school instructor. The film also sports a fantastic final showdown.

Its Interesting to watch just on the basis of how much Spaghetti I’ve been soaking up over the last 4 years.
Ofcourse there’s lot of general parallels With Chambara and Spaghetti Western genres. Most obviously Yojimbo at its genesis, the cynical anti-hero & stylized violence.  Sword of Doom is a perfect example of symmetry in style at the very least to Leone’s films.

Okamoto’s earlier Samurai Assassin (1965) probably comes off as a more rounded piece of work. But it lacks Sword of Doom's striking visuals and punch.

For anybody looking to stretch there legs outside Spaghetti Westerns or looking for something of a similar breed.
Well recommended.

Trivia Games / Mr Eastwood has a 'proof of sale' in his top pocket.
« on: March 12, 2005, 09:31:59 AM »
Which movie in the opening 5 mins does Clint Eastwood know he bought something from a 'Johansen' charactor fair and square?

P.S. Proberly should mention the merchandise..  it might make it a bit too easy...   ;D

Sergio Leone News / MGM R2 SE package artwork revealed
« on: March 09, 2005, 08:29:00 AM »
Taking a note from Paramount's OUATITW with the layouts, background image printed on the disc & booklet etc.

Like the Fistful of Dollars one.

Duck, You Sucker / Fistful Of Dynamite SE French R2 'First Look'
« on: March 07, 2005, 01:36:42 PM »
I havn't even finished translating the FAFDM one yet.  :o

Not goin to mention the gunshots again.. im starting to sound like a broken record.  ::)

You might have to open this [url] a second time if a ad appears.

[ Cela constitue donc un vrai défi, de rassembler tous ces éléments ]
-That constitutes a true challenge, to muster all these elements.

Curious..  ??? (last shot) ..Leone movies posters. looks like a screenprinting workshop.

Other Films / Minnesota Clay (1964)
« on: March 07, 2005, 12:38:13 PM »

Minnesota Clay was Corbucci first western, well on his own, i think.
It dosn't show any of the FOD influence that would completely change the scene with the output explosion in 1966. Its more a US B-western carbon copy like 'A Pistol for Ringo*', or maybe the German Westerns of the early 60s. There has been some talk about if Clay was being made at the same time as FOD, even before.
..Its the nice button down cattle shirts, and a clean shave.. a world away from Clint's Joe profile.
A review for the Shoarma Digital disc of Five Man Army is here. screenshots, etc.
It could be the same one you've been watching on ebay redyred.

* Camron Mitchell & Giuliano Gemma stars of both movies where seasoned actors from the 'by then' doomed italian sword a sandal industry.

For a Few Dollars More / Custom FAFDM.
« on: February 14, 2005, 01:20:13 PM »
Ive been tinkering around on Photoshop for about a year now. Trying to give my self simple task to do, to try and learn the ropes, layers, effects etc.

Always hated the Cover of the MGM FAFDM Region 1 DVD so i made my own using original poster art.

Heres the high-res jpeg version. You can print this out
Enjoy.  :)

Correction 15/02/05
just made a spelling correction. Thats the Second installment not the Third. You can get hung for making a simple mistake like that around here.  ;)

"Just havin trouble with my adding.... but its alright now"  ;D

For a Few Dollars More / Few Dollars SE French R2 'First Look'
« on: February 04, 2005, 01:21:41 PM »
Yes you've guess it, no original mono soundtrack. Fruity gunshots here we come.

You might have to open this [url] a second time if a ad appears.

Image looks a vast improvement..  FOD & FAFDM were never remastered like GBU for the 1998 release. Should be a huge leap.

Can't quite remember if this was covered in the 'Something to do with Death'

In 1965 Jolly Films who produced FOD (Per un pugno di dollari) tried to released a film called 'Magnificent Stranger' (Itself a working title for Leone 1st Spaghetti as we know)
The Film was made off the success of FOD and a asset  that Jolly Films no longer owned. It was created by editing loads of Clint performances from epsiodes of Raw Hide into a movie.

Mr Eastwood sued or threaten to (not sure on details)
And the project was scrapped.

When i think of this...  Those Bruce Lee movies after his death come to mind , lots of behind shots of body doubles.. in wigs.. delivering lines.  ;)

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