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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: January 04, 2018, 09:34:23 PM
You can read all about differences between the Italian and English language versions in my article linked at the bottom of this post. Also in the thread

Btw I have a copy of the Franco Cleef dvd in PAL .
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Godless (TV show) on: January 04, 2018, 09:24:10 PM
We just finished watching this on NetFlix, 7-part mini-series.  I enjoyed this.

Would I have edited some parts out?  Yes.

Did so many with gunshot wounds really survive?  I don't think so.

Agree.
A few subplots could have been dropped like the blind sheriff
3  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Rio Conchos (1964) on: November 12, 2017, 02:53:41 PM
just watched it on a curved screen no less!
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Westerner (1940) on: November 12, 2017, 02:24:49 PM
4/10

I am shocked at how well re regarded this turkey is Shocked

The main problem is tone: it starts off as a  (unfunny) black comedy, then midway thru it turns dark and tragic, and ends up cloyongly sentimental and embarrassingly jingoistic!
Cooper, of whom I am a fan, is awful in a role that James Garner could've made work. The femal lead acts as if she is in a silent movie. The score is cloying....

A couple of good things in it saves it from zero stars.
Bruce Marshall
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: So what title best fits this film? on: November 03, 2017, 03:41:38 PM
In Frayling's SL bio he re- titles it KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!!!!
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: So what title best fits this film? on: November 03, 2017, 03:34:07 PM
It pisses me off that when Juan or John say "duck, you sucker: in the French version it is changed or removed completely!! Angry
7  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: So what title best fits this film? on: November 03, 2017, 03:26:48 PM
I usually dislike using the Italian but in this case GIU, LA TESTA is the one i have settled on.

it just seems right esp. with the numerous other titles from Euro nations
Bruce Marshall
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Free State of Jones (2016) on: October 25, 2017, 02:29:52 PM
Pretty bad. 4/10.
Endless scenes of people walking or sitting around a campsite,
The dvd documentary on the real events the story was based on, shows that this could have been a really good film.
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: October 25, 2017, 02:28:01 PM
Mike -do you have any info on why they are giving us a blu-ray based on 2k restoration when a Franco-Italian 4k restoration was completed recently? Since a BD based on the 4k version is likely going to be released, why is anyone going to buy this one? Can they not get their hands on the recent 4k restoration?

4K IS A MEANINGLESS designation. Unless you are watching on a full sized THEATRICAL movie screen you will not notice any difference in quality. 2k = 4k on a television  monitor
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Bandolero! (1968) on: October 25, 2017, 02:26:00 PM
Just a heads up for fans of jerry Goldsmith's excellent score.
LaLaLand records has it back in print!
Get it while you can!

btw the main titlE Grin with the whistler and jew'S harp sounds like it was inspired by FADM!
11  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 16, 2017, 02:31:31 PM
I think we should start calling it the "English language version' (ELV) instead of "International cut"
12  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 10, 2017, 02:22:12 PM
Thanks for the technical info - very interesting Afro

One of the reasons films went from being PROJECTED in 2:35 to 2:39 was to hide the splice marks.
2:39 isn't wider, it's a bit narrower so it hides the splices.
brm
13  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 10, 2017, 02:16:05 PM
".......scene in RESERVOIR DOGS:  When I first saw it in 1992 I was puzzled be a shot that cut off a head (Keitel's?) - although speaking dialogue - in the restaurant scene. I am not sure whether this was deliberate, maybe an homage to PIERROT LE FOU (TechniScope) where such a shot appears in the first 10 minutes, or whether it was due to SUPER 35 (bad framing)...."

Funny you should mention that scene!!
I was at a video store when that film came out  and I got into a big argument with the owner, also a film buff and aspiring director, about my preference for the full-frame version>
I kept yelling "his head is cut of, his head is cut off'.
He thought the framing was "great"!

go figger
14  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 05, 2017, 02:37:03 PM
TECHNISCOPE frame is locked in.
Super 35 allows flexibility. When you shoot S35 you are exposing the ENTIRE film frame (Techniscope uses 1/2).
SO, theoreticall the aspect ration can be 1;33, 1;85, 2:35.
When these films were originally released on dvd or shown on tv they usually went out full-frame; so, you actually see considerably MORE in that version than in the theatrical one.

Techniscope films , on the other hand, have to be panned and scanned when transferred to home video. This is one reason people like Scorcese started using Super 35;  he hated seeing his Panavision framing cropped.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 27, 2017, 09:00:08 PM
The majority of the Spags which were shot in a 2,35:1 aspect ratio used Techniscope. It was the usual thing back then in Italy.

But I've read that the picture quality was less good. I think otherwise everybody should have used it the 60s and 70s.

IIRC AMERICAN GRAFITTI wa the last to us this process, in the US at least

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