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Other Films / Re: Obscure/Less known SW's that you liked
« on: March 27, 2006, 12:32:24 AM »
Yes he was as well. They both turned it down. I think Lee Marvin was also offered the role(or another spaghetti) but turned it down at the last minute to do CAT BALLOU.

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Other Films / Re: Obscure/Less known SW's that you liked
« on: March 27, 2006, 12:27:39 AM »
I meant the western genre in particular. Although I'm not a fan of the American western, there are a couple of them I like but not many. I remember reading an article that had John Wayne giving not so kind remarks about the italian westerns presumably because they had dethroned and changed the face of the western genre in the american sense at least. I wonder if another actor besides Clint Eastwood(Charles Bronson had been offered the role first) had appeared in FISTFUL would the italian oaters have become as popular as they did back then? Clint was instrumental in there success as he was in the popular tv show RAWHIDE at the time.

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My friend is like a father to me as my real dad was never there and this friend of mine is on dyalysis. I spend a lot of my free time hanging out there. I guess you could say I'm making up for my years without a father figure. My friend loves westerns and pretty much anything else. My ex girlfriend thought that I was strange for entertaining such films along with kung fu movies, older and extreme horror pictures.

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If some are still available I may buy that one too at a later date. I have so many dvds of varying genres that I can't buy everything at once although I do spend WAY too much on dvds. I have around 60 or 70 movies I haven't had the time to watch yet. I visited my friend in NY who has his own dvd company recently and I brought around 30 movies back with me and I've had the opportunity to watch three. However, every other weekend when I can order some me and a buddy will get together and have a spaghetti western night and stay up all night watching them.

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Other Films / Re: Obscure/Less known SW's that you liked
« on: March 26, 2006, 11:53:03 PM »
I am glad that somebody is putting these films out. I couldn't do it. It's sad because these films do not sell well as the cult following for the spaghettis' is very small. I'm assuming Blue Undergrounds poor sales for their spaghetti western box has something to do with why they haven't released anymore. It's a neglected genre that was at one time extremely profitable but now is seen by many to be hopelessly dated and it is a shame because many of these films are truly great and worthy of rediscovery by mainstream viewers patient enough to give them a chance.

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Also get the german 4 disc set of FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE if you haven't already. The special features are ported over from the british discs but the big attraction with the german set is the inclusion of the original mono sound on both films as the british discs don't have them. The gun shots and other sound effects unique to the spaghettis doesn't sound the same in 5.1.

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Other Films / Re: Obscure/Less known SW's that you liked
« on: March 26, 2006, 11:38:26 PM »
I have the Wild East DVD and it isn't remastered. Towards the end there are many scenes with missing bits of dialog and the picture quality is only average. I meant this film deserved the same treatment as DAY OF ANGER although a friend of mine who has his own dvd company told me that Wild East was a bootleg outfit itself. That would help explain why none of there discs are in the chain stores and the varying degree of picture quality from one release to another. However, if some or all there products are dupes they're packaged very well. Then again if they are remastering some of the films themselves they probably don't sell enough to warrant an extensive remastering process on everything.

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I love both but chose DRAH because I'd seen it more and I've always liked John Phillip Law ever since his portrayal of Sinbad in THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD. Speaking of NOBODY I have that 4 disc set of MNIN along with its sequel and there's a 90 minute documentary on the making of NOBODY that confirms Leone had a big hand in the filming of the movie and sheds light on his egotistical interference as the films producer and the friendships that had irreparable damage because of his dominance on set. There's also an hour long doc on the making of the lesser sequel NOBODYS THE GREATEST. Leone only directed the opening for this one while the behind the scenes scandals subsequent failure at the box office caused him to walk away from the genre forever. Fascinating viewing on this set.

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Other Films / Re: other directors
« on: March 26, 2006, 11:15:36 PM »
I don't think Corbucci's shaky camera style is amateurish, I think it's supposed to give a documentary feel to the scene. Many other directors used this type of filming. Hong Kongs greatest action director Chang Cheh used this style in many of his kung fu movies. He once said to take the camera off the tripod gave the film a documentary style like you were witnessing something real and not a motion picture. TV shows today use this method and go overboard with it IMO. I chose Corbucci simply because he directed my fave spaghetti THE GREAT SILENCE. All the directors listed are great though. How about Michele Lupo, Duccio Tessari or Guiliano Petroni?

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Other Films / Re: Obscure/Less known SW's that you liked
« on: March 26, 2006, 11:01:46 PM »
Watched CALIFORNIA, JOHNNY YUMA and BETWEEN GOD, DEVIL.... CALIFORNIA was very gritty and dramatic at times with several scenes of extreme violence. Of the 7 or 8 Gemma films I've seen, this one is very different. It strongly resembles KEOMA in atmosphere. Lots of fog, mud and rain. I would classify it as a gothic western. The film would be near classic status if only they revealed a bit more about Gemmas' characters' past(not to give too much away). Michele Lupo, who also directed Gemma in ARIZONA COLT(another fine film deserving of remastering), shows a lot of flair throughout creating characters you actually care about, some of which come to bad ends. If you enjoyed KEOMA or MANNAJA you'll probably want to check this late 70s entry out as well. JOHNNY YUMA was very enjoyable. The comedy didn't bother me amidst the few violent bits as it was confined to the mexican who follows Yuma and was probably inserted to give the audience a break from the serious parts of the story. Actually, I found it to be quite welcome and refreshing as opposed to the rather languid humor found in other italian oaters pre TRINITY. BETWEEN GOD, DEVIL & A WINCHESTER however isn't terrible but isn't terribly good either. It's a passable western good for one viewing if you have nothing else to watch and I probably wouldn't sit through it again. Richard Harrison gives the same drugged, catatonic performance he's used throughout his varied career whether it be peplum, war pictures, westerns, italian crime films, the odd big hollywood picture, or kung fu movies. He only occasionally comes to life when whatever substance he has ingested wears off. However, I do enjoy watching his (non)performances and wooden deliveries. You should see some of his kung fu and ninja flicks(not including the two classic Shaw Brothers movies he appeared in)there riots.

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Other Films / Re: Match 20:Run Man Run versus Django Kill
« on: March 25, 2006, 01:20:20 AM »
RUN MAN RUN is hands down better than DK in terms of entertainment value. A much more fun film all around. I wish Donald O'brien(DR. BUTCHER himself!)had gotten more roles like this as he is very good here. Another great Morricone soundtrack rounds out the package.  DK is a more cerebral affair that does contain a lot of hidden meaning within the film.

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Other Films / Re: Match 26:Day Of Anger versus Companeros
« on: March 25, 2006, 01:11:12 AM »
I accidentally voted for COMPANEROS by mistake. A great comedic western in its own right with lots of action and quirky characters add up to another Corbucci classic but I'm going with DAY OF ANGER a much more dramatic picture that has a bit more to say not to mention two great performances from Guiliano Gemma and Lee Van Cleef.

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Other Films / Re: Match 23:Big Gundown versus Bullet For The General
« on: March 25, 2006, 01:05:00 AM »
As much as I enjoyed THE BIG GUNDOWN I enjoyed BFTG more for several reasons-the political connotations didn't get in the way of its entertainment value, a great cast in Lou Castel, Gian Maria Volonte, Martine Beswicke and one of my favorite actors Klaus Kinski delivering another suitably maniacal role and a superb score by Luis Bacalov.

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Other Films / Re: Match 25:Day Of Anger versus Great Silence
« on: March 25, 2006, 12:57:11 AM »
Taking nothing away from DAY OF ANGER, a classic in its own right, but THE GREAT SILENCE is unique in so many ways that it stands out over everything else.

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Other Films / Re: Match27:Companeros versus Great Silence
« on: March 25, 2006, 12:55:04 AM »
THE GREAT SILENCE-probably my favorite spaghetti western and arguably the most sadistic. I would go so far as to call it a horror western. The tone of the film is sometimes reminiscent of such horror classics as LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and MEN BEHIND THE SUN. While those films depictions of graphic violence far exceed those of SILENCE they all share a degree of hopelessness and despair in a world where  evil sometimes conquers over good. I have yet to see another film with an ending that is so jaw droppingly defiant of cinematic conventions as pertains to the western genre. Is anyone familiar with a japanese tv show entitled THE MUTE SAMURAI? obviously Tomisaburo Wakayama had seen SILENCE as this show is almost a note for note recreation. This show is incredibly downbeat as the hero-a bounty hunter searching for his parents murderer and the rapist of his girlfriend by a spanish soldier in feudal japan who has his vocal cords severed so as not to reveal the killer. The Mute Samurai takes an unbelievable amount of punishment in some episodes and everyone he comes into contact with suffers a horrible death. Anyways, Corbucci really nailed it with this one-great story, unusual setting, A stunning performance from Kinski who BTW had an affair with Vonetta Mcgee while filming, a great haunting score from Morricone and the most despicable ending imaginable make for this most unique spaghetti western.

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