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« on: May 11, 2006, 10:36:12 AM »

Comin' At Ya! (1981)

Yendo Hacia Ti (Spain)
       

                                                         


Directed by
Ferdinando Baldi

Story by Tony Pettito (Tony Anthony)
Camera by Fernando Arribas   
 
Original Music by
Carlo Savina   
 
 Cast: 
Tony Anthony ....  H.H. Hart
Victoria Abril ....  Abilene
Gene Quintano ....  Pike
Ricardo Palacios ....  Polk
Joaquín Gómez Sáinz  (as Dan Barry)
Lewis Gordon
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By 1981, the heyday of the SW was over..that golden era finished..played out...& pretty much left for dead. A few interesting stragglers trickled out...Mannaja in '77..Lucio Fulci delivered Silver Saddle in '78.. & Michele Lupo's Buddy Goes West in '81.  The  previously bustling sets in Almeria & other Spanish locations were abandoned...& allowed to fall into disrepair. Director Ferdinando Baldi & Producer/Actor Tony Anthony, who ten years earlier had collaborated on adapting & bringing the blind swordsman "Zatoichi" to the Spaghetti West..resulting in the entertaining ........Blindman,.............  decided to do it again.......... filming a loose remake of Blindman in Spain.

Producer Tony Anthony decided to film it in 3-D...to give it life... to make it stand out...& that's precisely what it did.  Originally called YENDO HACIA TI (GOING TOWARDS YOU) ,... Filmways picked up the film for North American distribution,  re-named it COMIN’ AT YA! ...it wound up making a bundle at the box office...grossing $12,000,000 in the USA...becoming the 23rd highest grossing Western ever among all post 1980-present Westerns... & sparking a modest 3D revival.

Anthony stars as H.H. Hart...who's not given any backstory but I'd project him as a former gunslinger.  His wife, Abilene, is played by the gorgeous Victoria (TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!) Abril. Gene (TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS) Quintano plays the sleazy leader of the bad guys, Pike...unfortunately he plays it badly, in a terrible performance.. Quintano also had a hand in the script. Pike’s fat, disgusting brother, Polk, is played by Ricardo (ARK OF THE SUN GOD) Palacios.

After an opening credits sequence in which beans spill all over the camera, bullets fire at the audience, a snake slithers out of a basket.., and hands reach out for the viewer's face... this recycled, slightly fiddled & diddled with clone of Blindman....... ....gets going as Hart embarks on a rescue mission after his wife is kidnapped, he lies shot & left for dead......the priest shot & killed... by the Thompson brothers (Gene Quintano, Ricardo Palacios)...in the little border chapel...as they exchange their vows...anticipating and influencing the chapel massacre in "Kill Bill".

We discover that the Thompsons & their gang have been kidnapping women all over the territory in order to sell them to Mexican brothels... taking them all down to Mexico to be sold to the highest bidder.  Hart follows, carrying a pump shotgun , blasting his way through the bad guys, getting beaten up several times (an Anthony trademark...he always gets pummeled a lot).  After capturing one of the brothers and giving him a beating. ..he then tracks down the other brother/rest of the gang, hoping to release the captive women...& save his wife. Release...escape..recapture..& murder ensue.

As Hart continues on his quest, we're treated to guys falling downstairs (in slooooow motion), spinning fiery pinwheels (for the five minute recap at the end), an attack of bats, spiders, scurrying (and hungry) rats, flaming arrows (the best part...& the 3D works), and even a baby's bare bottom.

As the gang kills time  in a windswept ghost town waiting for Hart to show up ...it's an excuse for more gimmicks....yo-yos...paddleballs... playing cards flipped at you....as Hart, despite being greatly outnumbered...  rides into town to save his wife....& exact his revenge. The explosive finale works well in 3D...or maybe I was just sufficiently cross eyed by that time.

The old, abandoned, crumbled, delapidated sets work well.......conveying an air of desolation & desperation.

Carlo Savina scored a lot of SW...all low budget "B" stuff. Here he contributes a spare, elegiac score......using ambient voices pleasingly. His best moments are during a 5 minute replay of its best 3D moments after the movie.....which I'm guessing was probably the original opening credits title tune.

I've always liked Anthony...although he never achieved the status of a Nero, Eastwood or a Garko ... he always gave a good performance...was one of the most likeable SW "heroes"..as well as being a talented writer & producer.....& Baldi...never accorded the reverence of a Leone, a Corbucci.. always delivered the goods.......never afraid to take chances.

When presented in the theater...........viewers used  polarized (gray lenses) to gain the 3-D experience.
The  DVD utilizes Anaglyph 3-D,  centering around the wearing of glasses with red and blue lenses...to effect the illusion of depth.
It's best to view the movie in a fully darkened room with the red lens over the right eye...as it appears to be Reverse Anaglyph.
The close, foreground shots don't work too well...........the foreground objects that are supposed to loom out at you are always breaking up & tend to produce a "ghosting" effect, which ruins the overall illusion of depth in the image. ..The 3-D actually works best............producing pretty good depth effects,  in the regular shots...the medium & background shots.

Could it stand on its own...w/out the 3d...something to be watched & watched again? No. The story...pretty much paint by numbers, point a--> point b--> point c.............doesn't warrant repeated viewings.
That being said...I'll watch it again........not for the story..but for the 3D.

In 1983...Baldi & Anthony collaborated on another 3D movie.."Treasure of the Four Crowns "....which marked the final on-screen performance by Tony Anthony, though he continued working for a time as a television producer.  From his experience working on the 3D film techniques for this movie, Tony Anthony now manufactures specialised lenses for the medical industry.

There are a couple of places that will send you a free pair of 3D glasses.........
http://www.3dglassesonline.com/how-do-3d-glasses-work/

http://www.rainbowsymphony.com/freestuff.html

Grab some buttered popcorn......a Giant Coca-Cola...an x-large box of Junior Mints...& check it out. Cool






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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006, 03:35:59 PM »

Cracking review!  Hope I can use it again?  Pwetty Pwease??

I'd love to see this film.  Just for the novelty of the 3D.  And like you I find Tony Anthony a likeable SW character.

Great stuff!

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006, 08:35:02 PM »

Cracking review!  Hope I can use it again?  Pwetty Pwease??

Thanks for your nice words......yes..use it with my compliments...on your wonderful site. Wink

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006, 08:36:39 PM »

I'm lucky enough to have a rare copy of Blindman in my posession thanks to The Firecracker which I will watch over the weekend.

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2006, 04:27:11 PM »

Great review Boardwalk Angel-i'd love to see a sw in 3D-i trust from the sleeve this is an official release and therefore easily obtainable-wonder if the glasses can be had easy enough in the UK as well? Roll Eyes

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2006, 09:04:28 PM »

Great review Boardwalk Angel-i'd love to see a sw in 3D-i trust from the sleeve this is an official release and therefore easily obtainable-wonder if the glasses can be had easy enough in the UK as well? Roll Eyes

It seems to be pretty easy to get...Amazon UK has it, for instance ...I know its available at Deep Discount DVD here in the US, for one.  Now..if it's new & still sealed...it's supposed to include a free pair (or 2) of 3D glasses with it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/6305564345/203-7776097-4741555

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2006, 09:44:55 AM »

I bought this DVD recently through Deepdiscountdvd and still haven't been able to make it through the whole thing.  I get about 1/4 of the way into it and I get a headache.  The 3D is a nice novelty, though I found the actual viewing experience kind of difficult.  The DVD, though an "official" release through Rhino entertainment, does have what appears to be some kind of interference at the top of the screen which also gets annoying while watching.  This being said, I have tried to watch it on my regular television (20") and my portable DVD player (7") and I still find it a painful task rather than an enjoyable viewing.  Perhaps if I had a room without any windows and a nice 36" plasma widescreen TV I could make it through.

http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=RHI005660


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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2006, 01:03:49 PM »

  -Just one man's opinion

You're not the only one...others have reported the same thing RE: headaches, in fact, I was expecting some discomfort..and experienced none. I suppose it affects everyone differently.
Indeed...the DVD falls way short of the theater experience...which I've heard was very very good.
I got the best results in complete darkness on a 17" computer monitor...after reversing the 3D glasses so that the RED covered my right eye.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2006, 02:49:48 PM »

Thanks for your nice words......yes..use it with my compliments...on your wonderful site. Wink

 Grin Thanks for your nice words too!!  The review is posted now at http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns/reviews/cominatya.html together with the usual poll.  Thanks again.

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2006, 03:46:21 PM »

 Cool Added a music clip------->

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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2009, 11:11:40 PM »

Been in collaboration with Tony Anthony for a long time with this and now it's finally ready to hit the net.

The following is the official website for the re-release of Comin' At Ya! in 3-D.

http://www.cominatyanoir3d.com/

The site contains a 5 minute promo reel of the film.
In flat only. Just keep in mind it will be in 3-D in the theatres.
Some slight changes have been made to the film (for the better).
Think what George Lucas did to Star Wars in 97' only this time it won't suck.

After you view the promo take the time to explore the site.
We have a gallery of the new film's posters as well as a short history on how this re-release came about.

As the weeks go by much more will be added so be sure to register yourself on our mailing list so you can be one of the firsts to be notified of the additions.
Soon we'll have an online store that sells posters, t-shirts, baseball caps and even the films rousing score by Carlo Savina.
A video gallery will be added eventually and will feature radio and tv spots from the original theatrical release of Comin' At Ya! back in 81'.
Behind the scenes footage, interviews and video reviews of other Spaghetti Westerns will be made available for download.

The site also has great sounds to set the mood on every page, so be sure to have your volume up!
At the moment the sound is only for Internet Explorer users.


Check it out and register with us!
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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2009, 11:14:07 PM »

Been in collaboration with Tony Anthony for a long time with this and now it's finally ready to hit the net.

The following is the official website for the re-release of Comin' At Ya! in 3-D.

http://www.cominatyanoir3d.com/

The site contains a 5 minute promo reel of the film.
In flat only. Just keep in mind it will be in 3-D in the theatres.
Some slight changes have been made to the film (for the better).
Think what George Lucas did to Star Wars in 97' only this time it won't suck.

After you view the promo take the time to explore the site.
We have a gallery of the new film's posters as well as a short history on how this re-release came about.

As the weeks go by much more will be added so be sure to register yourself on our mailing list so you can be one of the firsts to be notified of the additions.
Soon we'll have an online store that sells posters, t-shirts, baseball caps and even the films rousing score by Carlo Savina.
A video gallery will be added eventually and will feature radio and tv spots from the original theatrical release of Comin' At Ya! back in 81'.
Behind the scenes footage, interviews and video reviews of other Spaghetti Westerns will be made available for download.

The site also has great sounds to set the mood on every page, so be sure to have your volume up!
At the moment the sound is only for Internet Explorer users.


Check it out and register with us!
And come back often!

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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2009, 07:34:42 AM »

If they show it in the south of England i'll definitely see it. Afro

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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2009, 03:54:05 PM »

looks great, keep us posted.  Afro

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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2009, 04:01:25 PM »

Yeah, looks interesting.

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