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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2006, 12:09:59 AM »

Just ordered the following-BANDIDOS, MASSACRE TIME, ACE HIGH, LIFE IS TOUGH, EH PROVIDENCE? the blaxploitation-spag hybrid TAKE A HARD RIDE and also the limited edition of THE FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO which supposedly has missing footage intact. Would that be solely for the german version or the english track as well? Opinions would be appreciated although I already own a dvd for FP I simply wanted the limited edition.


Bandidos is a great flick but lacks a good gunfight at the end(though many dont agree).

Providence: fun spag. It is out of the norm for even most comedy spaghetti westerns. But the jokes are mostly a  "hit or miss" affair. Some silly jokes work, others fail terribly. I hear the sequel is far better and more off the wall.


Ace High: A good "average" spaghetti western much better than its sequel "Boot Hill". It brings upon a good performance by Terence Hill in his best Clint Impression as  "Cat Stevens". But the high light is Eli wallach basically playing a toned down Tuco. It is a bit too long though and the film suffers from that. I mention a little more on my Crap reviews list.

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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2006, 12:13:53 AM »

THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY is like that with the hit or miss(mostly miss)comedy. I liked that one but I wouldn't revisit it as often as say TRINITY or BEN & CHARLIE.

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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2006, 12:18:25 AM »

BEN & CHARLIE.


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I have yet to see this. Have you seen the other non-Sartana Garko ones like "Vengeance is mine" or "10,000 Blood Money"?
 these two are almost the same film but "Vengeance is mine" is better.

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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2006, 12:21:15 AM »

THEY CALL HIM CEMETERY

I thought this was more of a action flick in the vain of "Vengeance is Mine". So its like the "Holy Ghost" series? Lots of action but really silly gags thrown into the mix eh?

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2006, 12:27:03 AM »

It's more comedy than serious but features lots of action. Garko is a bounty hunter who must train two "civilized" greenhorns the ways of the gun to protect themselves from William Berger who's also a bounty hunter. I referred VENGEANCE IS MINE to you once before or maybe it was someone else. It's much better particularly on a technical level than 10,000 BLOOD MONEY. I enjoyed them both, however as I'm not very picky when it comes to movies. I only want to be entertained whether it's good or bad.

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« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2006, 05:50:13 PM »

Bandidos would quite definately be in my top 20-its a class act-the three main protagonists- Enrico Salerno's character,Billy Kane and Ricky Shot are all excellent and theres great tension and suspense provided by them and the plot-i really enjoyed the ending btw!
Not that far behind is Massacre Time-despite the bad choice of dubbing Franco Nero excells here in a straighter and less cooler role than we're used to but forms an effective alliance with a drunken George Hilton to take on his vile tyrant son(a truly nasty piece of work but a brilliant nemesis) of his "true" father which is unbeknown to him for much of the movie .
    I echo Firecrackers views for Providence but with a special mention for Morricones score!
   I'm intrigued  to know how long your version of Forgotten Pistolero is-mines 84 minutes-and is the ending abrupt too following the house burning final duel scene?-great film btw!
  I'm intending to pick up Take A Hard Ride-any good?

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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2006, 11:20:22 PM »

The first dvd of FP I bought was 81 minutes. I'll let you know about this other one. I'll have it by Friday.

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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2006, 06:41:28 AM »

The different versions of FP were clarified by Sundance and Boardwalk Angel on a recent thread:-
http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=2043.0

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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2006, 07:25:50 AM »

For what its worth, my views on these films were as follows :

Bandidos - recommended - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/bandidos.html
Massacre Time - recommended - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/djangotherunner.html
Ace High - recommended - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/acehigh.html
Life is Tough, Eh Providence - watchable - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/lifeistough.html
Forgotten Pistolero - Must view - http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/forgottenpistolero.html

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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2006, 12:03:39 AM »

Viewed most of these this weekend.
BANDIDOS-Surprisingly effective oater to not feature any well known stars but does feature one familiar face, Venantino Venantini who played Billy Kane. Venantini has been in hundreds of italian flicks of many genres but mostly supporting roles or cameos so it was a treat to see him play a main character here. The only minus here is a badly staged fist fight near the beginning other than that everything from the story to the gunfights are well done and very effective suspense sequences throughout make me curious to see more from this director.
MASSACRE TIME-Didn't get to see it as I fell asleep five minutes into the movie.
ACE HIGH-Decent oater with a stellar cast. With what is obviously a substantial budget Colizzi had to work with, this film with all the potential for greatness, is bogged down by pacing that drags from time to time. It has its moments though and it's nice to see Terence Hill and Bud Spencer laying the blueprints for the TRINITY films to come a few years later.
LIFE IS TOUGH, EH PROVIDENCE?-I really enjoyed this one a lot although it's a bit of a strange film. So much of it reminded me of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes as the film plays out like a live action cartoon which somewhat echoes BLAZING SADDLES that saw release two years later. Some of the jokes seemed to be aimed at italian sensibilities. As comedy is not universal, what may be funny to one culture will not be funny to another. Still the film was never boring and I was entertained for the duration of the picture and I hope the sequel sees release soon.
FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO-This limited edition dvd is the same running time as the marketing films version that I have. The picture quality is a bit better and as sp. features there is a stills, poster and lobby cards gallery and one with artwork with the great soundtrack played over both although I haven't checked them out completely yet.
TAKE A HARD RIDE-Didn't get this one in my package as it was backordered apparently.

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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2006, 12:14:18 AM »

I hope the sequel sees release soon.

the sequel is available in Bootleg form and can be purchased here...

www.eurotrashcinema.com

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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2006, 07:03:48 PM »

I'm sure Indio got his from:-
http://atlasvisuals.com/spaghetti_a_l.htm

Out of the ones i've seen Arizona Colt i agree with pretty much everything you say although i wasn't aware the FP director did other sw's? Roll Eyes
I'm glad you enjoyed Ace High which tends to get criticised here-and i hope you enjoy Massacre Time!
The only one i don't know is Take A Hard Ride and i anxiously await your verdict here!

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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2006, 07:12:00 PM »

I'm sure Indio got his from:-
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DAMN! Jonathan of the bears dubbed in english!!!!! I wonder if Nero did his own voice.

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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2006, 07:35:04 PM »

Isn't your version dubbed in English Firecracker?

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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2006, 07:45:51 PM »

Isn't your version dubbed in English Firecracker?

nope. Italian with english subtitles.

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