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A word about the blu-ray format, and why I am so excited about it: Resolution! much more of it, to be exact:
A Movie (as you know, with 24 frames a second) is encoded on DVD as digital pictures with 720 by 480 pixels. For cinemascope/techniscope, the format Leone has been using, where you have the black bars on the top and bottom, this goes down to 720x360 for anamorphic (16:9) images, and even around 720x270 for non-anamorphic (4:3) DVDs. Not very many pixels...

On Blu-Ray, pictures can be encoded as 1080p, that is 1920x1080 pixels. Subtracting the black bars, you end up with 1920x810 pixels holding actual image information, or 6 times as many pixels as the DVD counterpart.

Then you could send these pictures untouched to e.g. a good video projector or HDMI plasma/LCD TV, as 1080p24, or SourceDirect as they call it in BluRay. Crisper picture than you've ever seen.

By the way, the BluRay disc of FAFDM is already listed on amazon.com, sign up for the notification e-mail to show your interest in Leone on BluRay!

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Other Films / Re: Seven Men from Now aka 7 Men from Now (1956)
« on: December 20, 2005, 10:06:06 AM »
Tomorrow night starting at 8 PM Eatern they have a one hour Boetticher bio then "7 Men from Now".   8)

Not to forget the station: TCM (5 pm PST)

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The german discs and the danish discs might be completely uncut.

I own the german e-m-s releases and the american (more specific: canadian) releases from direct source.

The german ones contain the german dub only, and are 1:49:05 and 1:52:48 (1:2.35 anamorphic). This translates to film- and NTSC lengths of 1:53:37 and 1:57:30 (PAL scans are 25 instead of 24 fps). The american versions are 1:49:55 and 1:57:15 (4:3 pan-scan). It seems that "they call me trinity" is short 3 and a half minutes, the second one is uncut. But the 4:3 scan of the american version is terrible.

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Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 04, 2005, 01:57:51 PM »
I still haven't watched my dad's box set of They Call Me Trinity, Trinity is Still My Name and Boot Hill. But he doesn't care much for Boot Hill.

I can't understand why they put those three in a box set. "Boot Hill" is the third part of the "Cat Stevens" trilogy, and the other ones are the first two of the "Trinity" trilogy (Third part being either "Troublemakers" with Hill/Spencer or "Sons of Trinity" by Enzo Barboni)

Well, I made this page sorting out the movies involved:
http://scarabaeus.org/trinity.html

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Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: November 02, 2005, 10:30:12 PM »
I haven't seen any good releases of "Boot Hill", yet, just bad full-screen scans. It's a bit confusing at times, some of the scenes are rather psychedelic and the plot is not always clear. In it's own kind, it's a good, interesting movie, if you're into stange movies.

I have to revise that a bit, since i received the german 3-disc release from Starlight today. It contains the movie in several different versions, one is the "international" edit with english and german (G.D.R. (yes, former east germany)) soundtrack. Another is an extended "integral" edit, where they cut in missing bits from a german video release, sound is english, german (GDR) and a west german "comedy" version dubbed with the famous deadbeat humor of most german Terence Hill movies. Both are 1:2.35 widescreen in 16:9 anamorphic with decent picture quality. Both have english titles stating the name  as "Boots Hill" (sic).

The third disc contains the german "comedy" video release in 1:2.35 letterbox as 4:3 non-anamorphic titled "Zwei hau'n auf den Putz" over italian titles, and a short super-8 version, titled "Hügel der blutigen Stiefel" (the normal german title). This disc also contains some extras, such as further title sequences of german TV and U.S. DVD releases.

The menus are in german, but not too complicated to understand for english audiences. Made me see the movie in a different light, it's actually pretty good. If you can play PAL region 2 discs, this is a good release to get.

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Other Films / Re: La collina degli stivali aka Boot Hill (1969)
« on: October 17, 2005, 03:41:31 PM »
I personally like the first, "God forgives, i don't" the best. There are two different versions out in germany, one has most of the violence cut out and the dialog is more "funny". That is, the kind of deadbeat jokes of the later spencer/hill movies. This is called the "comedy" versions. The other one is the full movie with a less silly dialog, and some "missing" scenes in english with german subtitles. Both releases are german only, though. No english soundtrack or subtitles.

"Ace high" is not so bad, either. It has Eli Wallach depicting his "Tuco" character from GBU.

I haven't seen any good releases of "Boot Hill", yet, just bad full-screen scans. It's a bit confusing at times, some of the scenes are rather psychedelic and the plot is not always clear. In it's own kind, it's a good, interesting movie, if you're into stange movies.

I think all three were made as rather violent, brutal westerns, and have been re-designated as "funny" after the two trinity movies were such a success. To bundle "Boot Hill" with the two trinity movies is definitely odd and does not fit.

By the way, the german DVD releases of the trinity movies have a much, much better picture than the american releases, which look like they've been scraped off an U-Matic tape.

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Sergio Leone News / Re: Opening Day at Leone Exhibit
« on: October 16, 2005, 03:36:54 PM »
I just got back from the Autry Museum "Sergio Leone Exhibition: Once Upon A Time In Italy". Very impressive. [...]

I can only second that. I liked the exhibit a lot. My Wife and I took a little weekend trip and drove from San Francisco to LA via Highway 1 to see it. Even though she doesn't care too much about western, she liked the exhibit as well.

And the rest of the museum has lots of interesting stuff, too. There is one exhibit about western movies in general, a big exhibit about the wild west as such, and currently a special exhibit about the fur trade. You can learn all kinds of things, for example that the fringes on the trapper leader suits actually made the leather dry faster.

Go and see it!

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Sergio Leone News / Re: My first reaction to Leone (and SW)
« on: August 12, 2005, 11:05:58 AM »
My first Leone was "Nobody", when i was eight. I grew up in germany, and so i was subsequently (and previously) exposed to a lot of the Karl May ("Winnetu") sagas and the Hill/Spencer slapstick (Still love the "Trinity" movies). "Nobody" was different, i was hooked! And a bit later, OUATITW made a great impression on me (promoted by my father and two of my uncles, who also loved it).

By the way, the german dubbing of the Terrence Hill movies is so much more funny than the american versions, it definitely explains the low regard for those movies over here. Especially funny when you're a pre-teen, i guess...

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