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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Restored version at the Castro
« on: July 10, 2003, 12:59:39 AM »
Just saw the restored version at the Castro in SF, a great big screen in an old movie palace.  It was an awesome experience, with a great (if sometimes obnoxious) crowd.  I could tell that a lot of the people were seeing it for the first time, which was great!  Hearing the score and the new sound effects about as loud as a rock concert was indescribable--I broke into a huge grin during the opening titles, and I think it lasted most of the picture.  The previously mentioned dropped dialogue (e.g. the "four for you, four for me" scene) was there, no problems at all.  The new sound effects were great, if a little obvious at times.

I was sorely disappointed by the reinserted scenes, though.  I thought the one with Angel Eyes visiting the demolished fort worked really well (and the Angel Eyes voice was shockingly good), but the rest were awful.  Wallach apparently forgot how to do a Mexican accent, and his and Eastwood's voices have changed a LOT (which is entirely understandable).  And Angel Eyes's voice works only in the fort scene.  Of course, that's all my opinion.  But the scenes don't flow at all with the rest of the film.  I think it was a noble project, and they did the absolute best job they could, but I think a GBU restoration could have worked no less than twenty years ago.

All this was well worth it, however, just to see the film on a big screen with big sound, and as I mentioned, the new sound effects are great.  I don't want my complaints to sound as if I didn't appreciate the project or the final product.

Off-Topic Discussion / Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
« on: July 03, 2003, 01:01:42 AM »
Sorry if this has been discussed (many, many times) before and I never saw it... but did anybody else notice the HUGE Leone homage in Guy Ritchie's film?  It uses the chiming watch theme to great effect, being hilarious without being a parody of Leone/Morricone, but rather paying tribute to it.  It's almost like Ritchie saying "I know I'll never be as good as you, Sergio, but you've been a huge influence for me, so here's my thanks."  (I kind of doubt it, though, Ritchie being a great director but kind of a jerk.)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / This has always confused me...
« on: January 16, 2003, 01:42:52 PM »
And I can't figure out what I'm missing.  After Blondie and Tuco are caputured by Confederates and taken to the POW camp, they're standing in line, Wallace reading the roll.  He gets to "Bill Carson", Tuco and Blondie notice Angel Eyes (who suddenly sounds interested), and Blondie says "You better be Bill Carson."

A. Why is Carson's name on the list?
B. Why does Tuco assume the name? (Except to make the rest of the film make sense, of course.)
C. What name does Blondie assume?

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