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« on: February 17, 2006, 12:02:39 PM »

Feb. 17........8 PM.....Fox Movie Channel 


w/ a great cast...musical score by Ennio Morricone


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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2006, 12:46:22 PM »

I saw this at the theater when first run, well worth watching.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2006, 02:11:10 PM »

Definitely. And the novel (like all those from the same author) is good as well.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2006, 08:46:17 PM »

Thanx for this hommage. henry verneuil was one of the best French directors with a leone touch. I guess you saw as well 'Guns for San Sebastian ' with Anthony Queen and ''The Serpent'' with Yul Brynner and Henry Fonda.

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http://film.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/Guardian/0,4029,638924,00.html

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2013, 07:00:49 AM »

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4385clan.html
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Fox-Europa's Blu-ray + PAL Region 2 DVD of The Sicilian Clan is just the kind of import disc Americans go for: although the supplementary DVD copy is Region 2 PAL encoded, the main Blu-ray is All-Region. It contains both the International version (2 hours 5 minutes) and the American version (7 minutes shorter). The extras on the Blu-ray are also in HD, and so will play on normal American players as well.

The transfer quality is A+ all the way; the film looks brand-new, with rich color and impressive contrast. Director Verneuil hits us with a few Leone-like extreme close-ups of eyes, which really pop. There's some flashy nudity in the cop scenes, and that enticingly attractive nude scene on the beach is a definite highlight.

Completing the good news, both versions of the film have English subtitles, although no subs appear in a few sequences in which people are speaking English. This mostly happens at the end, when an American woman at the Paris airport is trying to find out what happened to her husband.

The two versions of the film use entirely different film takes, although they are edited very similarly. Americans that have seen the film on cable TV (miserably pan-scanned, mind you) are basically looking at the 2nd-best takes throughout, and dialogue scenes where actors like Gabin are working phonetically and have no sense of English-language speech pacing. In the International version (called inédite on the disc package), what language people speak is an important issue with their origin and character. For instance, a Canadian confederate (Sydney Chaplin) speaks French and English, but not Italian. This international aspect is lost in the mechanical dialogue of the English version.

Fox-Europa doesn't skimp on the extras. A four-minute intro to the film is given by director-writer Fred Cavayé. A newsreel of the French premiere is included as well. Very welcome is a handsomely produced, informative making-of docu called La Legende du Clan (60 min).
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