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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2005, 12:33:04 PM »

it's good to hear that it's at least got a prospective release.

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« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2005, 07:05:08 AM »

You can get a very cheap video,less than a dollar i paid, from US Amazon but you need to adjust the very bright
colour settings on your TV set!

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« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2005, 10:51:28 AM »

i got it on dvd in a civil war boxset i was disapointed with it.

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2005, 09:55:21 PM »

  Indio, were you disappointed with the print or the movie itself?  I've seen the VHS copies at amazon and have always been tempted to pick it up.

  Now that a DVD release seems imminent I guess I'll wait it out.

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« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2005, 12:18:35 AM »

i didn't like the film the print was ok.  had a lot of corbucci trade marks like coffins, heros getting messed up, grave yards etc...
but it didn't do it for me.

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« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2005, 01:11:05 AM »

Its pretty much a one of its kind sorta movie,the Morricone music is excellent and i may consider replacing my vhs with a widescreen DVD eventually.

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« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2005, 03:03:21 PM »

I'm tempted by the DVD.  It is one of my real favourites.

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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2006, 09:50:19 PM »

Just wanted to say that as a relative 'newbie', i watched the diamond box set version of hellbenders and thought it was an excellent film. the only other cobucci i've seen is (the also great) great silence.
I'd definately pick up a decent widescreen version if it ever comes out (anchor bay).
The story and Joseph cotton's acting were both excellent, and i'm looking forward to seeing more corbucci. Django is at my local dvd store but i'm hoping to see his big budget stuff (companeros ) first.
Not sure how typical hellbenders is of corbucci, but i always read how harsh his stuff is, mutilation/ degredation etc, so expect the worst, but i was truly swept up in the story and the class acting of JC. The other major plus was the excellent female role, which i've not seen outside of OUATIA, any other good female roles anywhere in SW's? (maybe a seperate thread)
Yes, i got the political/socialist money is bad theme but it wasn't overt, just a desperate man wishing to go to any lengths for his cause.
Best moment was when then coffin fell open....all for nothing
all hail corbucci!

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« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2006, 10:19:36 PM »

No news on this gem yet? when is anchor bay releasing this puppy? My pan and scan version is watchable but I would love to have this in a crisp transfer with widescreen. extras dont hurt either as you know.

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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2006, 08:18:38 AM »

Michele Mercier in Cemetery Without Crosses, isn't bad.

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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2006, 09:45:42 AM »

SYNOPSIS: Ex-confederate Jonas and his three sons are trying to smuggle cash they stole from a union convoy back to the south in a coffin, so that they can fund a second revolution against the north.




First of all, I would like to thank The Firecracker for convincing me this movie was worth my money. Good call, if I didn't buy this movie in widescreen when I had the chance I would have been kicking myself all the time. The copy of the film I got from eBay is the same one you get in this RIDICULOUSLY overpriced box set. The dvd itself is a Japanese Region 0 NTSC DVD, with some nice extras: a stills gallery, a trailer for the movie, and a trailer for The Great Silence.

When i sat down to this movie, I had no idea what to expect. The reviews I've read have been.... mixed... to say the least. Reviews ranged from saying it was one of the worst Corbucci westerns they'd seen to one of the best spaghettis ever made.

I fall into the latter category.

Easily on my top 5 of Spaghetti Westerns. Some people will think I'm crazy, ranking this higher than the Mercenary, but I definitely have less gripes with this movie than I do with The Mercenary. This film isn't nearly as sloppy as any of his other westerns I've seen (the count is now up to 5, and I'll be rectifying Minnesota Clay soon). Granted, this doesn't necessarily make the movie better, but it's a nice change of pace from Corbucci. Every shot in this film feels very deliberately placed. Also, all the Corbucci trademarks are there: coffins, cemeteries, madmen, etc. This is also a different spaghetti western in the sense that the focus is less on the action and the intensity of the film has more to do with the fact that they're on the verge of being caught at any moment.

Morricone also has a darn good score here, a lovely piece of trumpet music fits well into the film. It's kind of hard to describe that trumpet piece, it's kind of like a march... with a nice jazzy tweak. Um... just never mind. His other contributions to the score are great too.

Truly great. I might watch it again sometime this weekend, to see how i react to it the second go around, see if it like it better, or worse.

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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2006, 09:54:44 AM »

going to have to pick this one up soon. been wondering about it for a while. the screen shots i've seen look very interesting

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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2006, 10:04:21 AM »

going to have to pick this one up soon. been wondering about it for a while. the screen shots i've seen look very interesting

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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2006, 10:26:10 AM »

It's ironical. You've got a Japanese copy and I've got American. I'm going to see it after the thanksgiving food orgy Grin.

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« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2006, 12:31:44 PM »

just put in my bid for this and the japanese release of "The Hills Run Red"

will post my thoughts after i receive them...although i'll have to wait for the auction to end cus i don't want to pay an extra $7  Tongue


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