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 : June 15, 2018, 12:37:30 PM 
cigar joe - moorman
Does the dubbing sound better? That was my small gripe.

Yes.  Its the same voices of course but it comes across cleaner.  It was done in Dolby Digital and could've been done in LPCM like the Italian version.  I haven't played the Italian version so i cannot say whether there is a noticeable drop in audio quality because of the compression used in Dolby Digital.  I don't know if its because of the restoration but it SEEMS that the voices match up better with the actors than the version i saw on Youtube. 

I DID read somewhere where the extra scenes i THOUGHT I imagined were ACTUALLY additional footage that Film Movement found for the restoration.  The whole presentation just comes across almost like a whole new film.  You HAVE to get this for your collection...

 : June 15, 2018, 12:33:21 PM 
noodles_leone - noodles_leone
Did the topic of Tess come up?

Mike's friend and colleague, Uwe, had Polanski sign his Tess pressbook so there is that.

 : June 15, 2018, 11:38:03 AM 
PowerRR - cigar joe
You do your best work when drunk? You and D&D need to collaborate!


 : June 15, 2018, 11:36:59 AM 
cigar joe - cigar joe
I received the Blu Ray today and it is EVERYTHING AND MORE what we expected.  Film Movement did a excellent job with this.  The presentation of the film inside the packaging is what you would expect from Criterion.  You will receive a very nice booklet to accompany the film and a pamphlet featuring Classic Film Movement Films. The Blu Ray itself has a top notch presentation of its features. I haven't had a chance yet to look at the features.  As mentioned in a link above, it features documentaries, Alex Cox and two alternate endings. 

 The restoration itself is top notch.  At the very beginning during a couple of shots there is a checkered artifact from the camera.  The reviewer over at " Rock, Shock and Pop" said its most likely caused by some sort of filter applied to the camera.   Outside of that the restoration and the look of the film itself is SUPERB.  I originally saw a bad copy on Youtube.  The restoration is soo good that it seemed to bring out ADDITIONAL scenes that I did't notice before.  It made everything fuller.  Everything has depth and really POPS here. The soundtrack is beyond excellent.  The English is in Dolby Digital Mono and is excellent.  When I get a chance I will review the documentaries and commentaries.

 As I rewatched this film it reinforced my feelings about this being the greatest Western ever made. I would be remiss to not bring up the fact again that Quentin Tarintino lifted his Western themes and ideas from Sergio Corbucci.  There is no doubt about that.  You can't help but notice it.   Its something he gladly admits.

Does the dubbing sound better? That was my small gripe.

 : June 15, 2018, 09:18:03 AM 
cigar joe - moorman
i just wonder how much we value these non-leone spaghettis based on whether morricone scored them, because Great Silence has a good ennio score and it sounds like Big Gundown and Face to Face do too, so perhaps these mediocre films are enhanced by Morricone.

But then i spose ur going into the realms of how much leone was reliant on morricone...

 Morricone cannot save a film. It has to be good to great even if he scores it.  Morricone writes his music from what he sees.  It ENHANCES the films.

 : June 15, 2018, 08:57:19 AM 
cigar joe - moorman
I rate the Big Gundown better, saw the last 20 minutes on Encore Westerns Friday night.  In Silence, remember how Frrank Wolfe's gun wouldn't shoot because it was "too cold"?  The snow didn't stop Loco's gun hidden in the snowbank from working.

Loco's gun was wrapped in fur.  Thats why it wasn't frozen...

 : June 15, 2018, 05:47:34 AM 
noodles_leone - dave jenkins
Did the topic of Tess come up?

 : June 15, 2018, 05:44:26 AM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
Thanks ole sport.

I should also mention, this was two shoots...shot with almost no planning, probably 4-5 hours total, with a budget of about $100 that went directly to drinks. And I was pretty drunk both nights.
You do your best work when drunk? You and D&D need to collaborate!

 : June 15, 2018, 03:49:43 AM 
PowerRR - cigar joe

 : June 15, 2018, 03:44:50 AM 
noodles_leone - cigar joe
Nothing to do with NYC, but Mike Siegel was in Paris for a couple of days to interview Roman Polanski, so I got the chance to have a coffee and a glass of wine with him yesterday afternoon. He was quite ecstatic after he met with Master Polanski. We had a great chat about the industry and Polanski's work.

Mike is the 6th board member I meet IRL.


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