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16  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: December 27, 2017, 07:55:08 PM
Why don't you just buy the German BD?

So the German BluRay DVD is the Franco Cleef version ?  Can that play on North American BluRay players ?
17  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: December 27, 2017, 05:53:16 PM
I'm assuming that the Franco Cleef version in English is unobtainable, correct?  Can anyone make a copy or a VHS copy from his?
18  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: NEW DIRECTORS CUT on: December 27, 2017, 01:05:10 PM
The extended cut 251 minutes is poor image quality. The theatrical cut 229 minutes is good image quality.

My BluRay arrived yesterday.  251 minute version on Disc 1.  229 minute version on disc 2.  About $6.50 shipped price from
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: December 23, 2017, 08:03:46 AM
I purchased the Grindhouse Releasing version, with the extended U.S. cut.  The Blu Ray is flawless.  This set includes the DVD U.S. extended cut, the Italian version and the soundtrack.  Its a excellent set.  

So is the US Extended cut of 110 minutes is in English, or just English subtitles?  Or is it English subtitles for just the added parts?

I saw this film at first release in theater, and bought this album (was a demo one, new were no longer available then even to order)
20  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: NEW DIRECTORS CUT on: December 22, 2017, 07:20:26 AM
Yes - BD is the way to go (come on Cusser you need to get with the times here  Wink )

The most "extended" cut available for home viewing is the one you've listed here. There are still some more scenes but they have not been released for home viewing - apparently the source material needed a lot more extra work. Hopefully one day, we will get to see that too. You should go back and read some earlier posts on this thread in that regard.

OK - you've convinced me about which version and to go BluRay.  Thanks for the input.  $5.99 shipped from Best Buy, new.
21  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: NEW DIRECTORS CUT on: December 20, 2017, 08:49:53 AM
OK: you all have convinced me to upgrade to the 2014 Extended Director's Cut.  

Here's my situation: I have two homes, only one has a BluRay DVD player, the other has "regular DVD".  So should I get the non-BluRay version of the Extended Director's Cut, or would I be missing something from the BluRay version?  I realize that currently that the BluRay version could only be viewed at the one location.  

Question 1:  I haven't seen any BluRay discs on my TV yet; is the BluRay just better quality, and worth it?  Or do BluRay discs typically have more material and extras?  Thanks, I'm pretty inept at this.  Oh yeah, I live in Arizona USA if that matters.

Question 2: Is this 2014 229 minute version the longest/most recent one available?  This article says that a 251 minute version was screened in 2014 in NY  is this on DVD ?

22  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: December 13, 2017, 01:34:41 PM
Screen Daily says "Film Movement will bring The Great Silence to North American screens for the very first time".  That would be interesting; I have an older DVD, but Great Silence, original Django, and Five Man Army are three that even I never saw in the theater (didn't play in Arizona).
23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Citizen Kane (1941) on: December 08, 2017, 06:17:33 AM
I'm also not a big fan of Citizen Kane.  We saw this in film class, and agree that much is really good technically, as an entertaining film it just falls real flat for me.

And if Kane was alone when he died, who heard him say "Rosebud" Huh
24  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favourite Christmas films on: December 06, 2017, 06:37:28 AM
Though not intended to be a Christmas film (released in summer, only the final scene is at Christmas), "It's a Wonderful Life" still holds up.  I saw this for the first time on PBS a few decades ago, and I never considered it a "Christmas film" either.
25  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: December 01, 2017, 06:21:39 AM
This was on Turner Classics recently, so I DVR'd it; just finished watching it yesterday.  This was 124 minute version with English subtitles.
I liked it, score reminded me of Once/America.

Does the 124-minute version have anything about the teenaged Toto? Or is that part completely cut?

Yes, had segment of teenage Toto, how he had the huge crush/relationship with the banker's nice daughter, who later went to school in Palermo.

I liked the scene where blind Alfredo put his hand over young Toto's face, and when he removed it, the face was of teenaged Toto (and Alfredo's shirt was different too).
26  General Information / General Discussion / Re: I think it's time.... on: November 23, 2017, 08:11:37 AM
There's no set cut-off point.  I'd suggest 1966 to include Nevada Smith, 1966 Stagecoach, Sons of Katie Elder....
27  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: The ubiquitous GBU sound... on: November 22, 2017, 08:13:00 AM
Expendables-2 (about 1:30 in)

Didn't see the film, watched the YouTube, that's a classic use !!!
28  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: November 20, 2017, 06:13:16 AM
GBU had too many instances where Leone wanted me to accept the implausible.  The scene were Blondie is rescued by the mortar fire. 

I started a list once detailing where pure serendipity helped in GBU.  Above, for sure.  Stevens blurting out information about the hidden gold when Angel Eyes knew nothing about that.  The carriage in the dessert at the perfect time.  Tuco and Blondie being so close to Mission San Antonio.  Tuco and Blondie ending up in prison camp where Angel Eyes was.  Angel Eyes overhearing that Wallace had called out "Bill Carson".  Tuco who knew so much about guns (shop scene) couldn't get Wallace's pistol to work.  Tuco finding his way to the town where Blondie and Angel Eyes were.  Others as well....

The war keeps intefering/intervening on the adventures of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... that IS the story  Smiley

I first saw GBU when I was 15.  I didn't realize then that GBU is a huge anti-war film, one may gloss over that at first.  Leone definitely intended that.
29  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: November 19, 2017, 06:13:06 AM
I'm dating myself but I actually saw The Big Gundown and Death Rides a Horse and of course all of the Leone films on their first releases on huge Times Square Theater screens.

I also saw all the spaghetti westerns on first run at the theaters.  First (Arizona) was GBU in June 1968, I was 15.  We had heard the "Montenegro" single on the radio, my family liked westerns, and we knew Clint Eastwood from Rawhide.  So several us us kids (including my brother who could drive) went to see it, couldn't figure out why all the Italian names were in the titles....could not believe the excitement/novelty of The Ecstasy of Gold only had to wait like 35 years for almost-complete soundtrack music to be released.  A few months later the two previous Leone westerns were released as a double feature here.

By the way, Once Upon a Time in the West got way smaller release in Phoenix than did Death Rides a Horse, Big Gundown, Day of Anger.
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 14, 2017, 06:34:04 AM
"The Man that I Married"  1940.  An American woman and her German husband and child travel to 1938 Germany, he gets caught up in the Nazi movement.  Rate at least 7/10, historical snapshot of the times.
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