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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Harmonica, Hero or Anti Hero? on: September 19, 2017, 03:14:21 PM
If any of Leone's characters are considered "heroes" they're certainly flawed.
All are motivated by money or revenge.

I, personally love that there's no pure "white hats" in his Westerns.
Leone has blurred the lines.

Not sure about FOD since it's been a while since I watched it.
2  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Best Blu-ray Sources for Trilogy on: September 19, 2017, 02:51:24 PM
So far the only release  I'm completely satisfied with is the Italian Ripley (RHV) BD of Fistful Of Dollars.



3  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Indio's smoke on: September 12, 2017, 01:06:33 PM
I was wondering about this as well so I was glad Frayling commented on it in his documentary.

Sir Frayling suggested it was kind of naive "Reefer Madness" take on marijuana.
However, he also claimed Indio was a true psychopath if not extremely disturbed.

I personally believe mixing the two doesn't make the scenes in question "naive"
Maybe melodramatic but not naive.
As already stated Indio gets a calming sensation and doesn't start believing he can fly. Smiley
4  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: New Restoration? on: September 12, 2017, 12:53:46 PM
It appears that although they marketed the 2014 Italian release as a restoration of the trilogy, they only did 4k scans of FOD and GBU (and made them both green/yellow). It looks like from the stills on this page linked below that they used the old scan of FAFDM.

http://distribuzione.ilcinemaritrovato.it/per-qualche-dollaro-in-piu

Currently the only way to get this movie uncut is to buy the German version, the Italian version is still cut by a few seconds during the beating scene. The German version uses some poorer quality materials to fill in the missing material, but at least it's complete.



For some reason I was under the impression the German BD looked better than the US.
I just realized it's not true...at least not on my set-up.

So I just re-watched the US BD and there is a crude edit between the beating and Indio's following dialogue.
I gotta put the German version on and see if this is where the footage was cut.
I wonder if it was some absurd ruling where 1o seconds of violence was permitted but not a second more?

Also, concerning the thunderclap, with Manco's introduction... both have it mistimed.
However, the US version was much closer than the German release which helped in my decision on what disc to watch.
The German release wasn't even close
I noticed the problem lies with a break in the music during Manco's entrance.
I hope Kino has this fixed but I won't get my hopes up since their releases have been less than stellar lately.


5  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Feb 2013 German Blu-ray release of Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More on: August 29, 2017, 10:43:08 AM

That's what I thought
What a huge @#$%-up by screwing up such a dramatic entrance.
I hope the German Blu got it right.
Or at least the R1 MGM.

I watched TGTB&TU last weekend...next will be FAFDM.

Thanks, Jordan.
6  Films of Sergio Leone / For a Few Dollars More / Re: Feb 2013 German Blu-ray release of Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More on: August 22, 2017, 01:06:16 PM
About the thunderclap with Manco's appearance.
Is it suppose to be when Clint first lifts his head?

This is how I remember it but I have so many releases where it comes at a different time.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nobel Prize to Robert Zimmermann on: October 13, 2016, 06:02:26 PM


Not many people know those lyrics were penned by the one and only Larkin!
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nobel Prize to Robert Zimmermann on: October 13, 2016, 02:34:11 PM
I've got no problem with this.
In fact I think it's well deserved.
He's no ordinary musician/songwriter so I don't think this the beginning of the end.

Didn't poet's start out with accompaniment anyways?
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Your favourite Morricone's lesser known works on: September 07, 2016, 06:51:37 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nBSLrt_oyY

The beginning theme grates on me a little but I love the organ score that starts at the 1:25 mark.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: Who do you think is as good a composer as Morricone? on: September 07, 2016, 06:44:02 PM
Nino Rota
Popol Vuh
Stelvio Cipriani

ALL just as essential to their films as the Maestro.
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Why 3D doesn't work and never will. Case closed. on: September 04, 2016, 06:49:17 PM
3D works for me
Although, I admit, as a novelty.

A film like HOUSE OF WAX hasn't been fully experienced if only seen in 2D.
Unfortunately, only crap lately have been given the 3D treatment.
(Yeah I know some of you would think HOW is crap)
I've never seen Avatar cause' that film sounds like crap to me
 
As someone said earlier sound a color were novel once too.
Nostalgic sentiments often derails any advancement.

Still, I don't think 3D will catch on beyond a gimmick and will probably die out completely. (if it hasn't already)
Perhaps if someone made a good film with a new technology where we don't need to wear glasses with half the people getting sick.
But I highly doubt that will happen since it's now cemented in our minds as just a gimmick.  (an unnecessary one for most)

btw~It's been said that BluRay is "dead" too.
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: One-Eyed Jacks (1961) on: September 04, 2016, 01:25:47 PM
I'm thrilled Criterion tackled this film.
I have the crappy BD released a few years ago.
Besides being arguably the most important actor of our time...Brando did a great job at directing.

Now Criterion needs to release BEDTIME STORY Smiley

13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) on: July 31, 2016, 01:57:28 PM
This was on TCM last week.
Unfortunately my provider doesn't offer the channel in HD so I didn't check it out.

This will hopefully be the best release of the year for me.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Michael Cimino (1939 - 2016) on: July 13, 2016, 01:11:43 PM
I did imply I was nit-picking. Smiley

15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Michael Cimino (1939 - 2016) on: July 11, 2016, 02:06:27 PM
Wow - finally here is someone who actually gets Cimino:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-dissent-on-michael-cimino-1467840468

I have a few minorquibbles with this article.
First is with this.
"Seen today, however, the film impresses one less for its insights into war or its acting than for the painstaking visual design used in depicting assorted locales and terrains, including a grand Russian Orthodox church, a fog-filled mountain range and the green, soggy depths of Vietnam."

I disagree that the visuals impress one most.
Of course this is subjective but for me it's the story and the performances given by the actors.
For me this film perfectly captures the 60's sobering of the "all you need is love" generation.
Sort of a 60's BIG CHILL MASSACRE.
I love how the tragedy effects everyone differently.
It's exactly like a real death in a family where some step up and others fall apart.

And then there's...
"Above all, Mr. Cimino’s films were the very opposite of “photographs of people talking”—to borrow Alfred Hitchcock’s pejorative description of films he deemed insufficiently cinematic."

Now I know he's arguing the fact that Cimino was no "one hit wonder" but this does give the impression people like Leone and Scorsese didn't paint or roam with a camera before him.

"One hit wonder" should never be used for someone with the talent of Cimino.
Who gives a crap on what's successful to others anyway?
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