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« on: August 29, 2006, 07:53:18 PM »

I'm organizing "Round 2" of Firecracker's super-awesome game. Firecracker will be supplying Sergio Corbucci's "The Specialist" as the prize (at least, at this point, that's what he thinks should be the prize). I'm going to be letting 10-15 people play on a first come first serve basis. These people are playing so far:

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So, go ahead. Join up.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2006, 07:55:58 PM »

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Grin. Just wanna get that off my chest.

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2006, 08:25:13 PM »

Firecracker will be supplying Sergio Corbucci's "The Specialist" as the prize (at least, at this point, that's what he thinks should be the prize).

Like I said elsewhere...

If you have the film I can send you something else.
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again here is a visual of the prize!

http://spaghettiwesterns.1g.fi/thespecia/list.htm


for further info...here is my review of the film...

Firecracker's review of "The Specialist".


Wow! And I thought Corbucci couldnt get any stranger. "The Specialist" is Corbucci's third entry to his "Mud and Blood" trilogy which began with "Django" and  which was followed by "The Great Silence". The Specialist himself Hud(played by pop French singer Johnny Halliday) is just as unique a hero as Silence and Django. Django had his coffin, Silence was a mute and Hud wears chain mail that can repel bullets(an inspiring and genius idea  ). Out of the three, in the supposed trilogy, "The Specialist" is easily the weakest of the trio(but still a good spag).
The story is about Hud seeking revenge on the people who killed his brother. The culprits responsible are several "respectable" towns people including a widowed Bank owner who uses her sexuality to keep the town under her thumb. The film has alot of strange ideas like a gang of kids who dress like hippies and smoke pot, and a band of mexican "revolutionaries" that are led by El Diablo, a one armed bandit. El Diablo has a hook or a spur of some kind that is attached to where his right arm should be(unfortunatly it is never used).

The Plot is rather simplistic so I will not get into it, I will only mention that it plays out like a murder mystery with our Hero Hud playing detective. The plot does suffer from a lack of continuity. Some key elements are never explained while others ARE explained but fail to make sense. Take one example...

The sheriff is captured by the bandit El Diablo but later we see that he has some how escaped, this is never explained. It is things like this that really bring the film down. The whole time I was thinking that if this were done properly it could have been one of Corbucci's best. However what we have left is a wonderful spaghetti western with TOP-NOTCH action scenes(notice the emphasis on "top notch"). Unfortunatly there is not enough of it. The Gunplay is rather light weight for a Corbucci movie, there should have been a few more gunfights to keep the audience aroused throughout. But what IS there packs a punch so I am not complaining.

as for the brutality factor, it is the usual(unusual?) Corbucci stuff...

*warning spoilers ahead!*

A man's chest is crushed by a cashier register during a well done fist fight in a saloon.

The second to last gunfight of the film is pretty bloody.

and the the climax has the hippie kids force the towns folk to strip naked and crawl across the street.

*Spoiler's end*

The setting is in the high mountains of Arizona(which makes one wonder what El Diablo and his gang are doing there) which was filmed in the Alps. This makes for beautiful landscapes which Corbucci makes good use of throughout. The editing is a lot more alive and fast paced then the usual Corbucci oater, which gives the film more energy than any of his other westerns. This spag has placed itself on my top 30 list for sure. If I were shobary I would have given this an easy 85%. It could have easily reached 100% but it has far to many flaws. One of the flaws has to be the annoying hippie kids, they just hang around and do nothing until they finally pull a quick hostage situation towards the end(which is probably te best scene in the film!).

The Music: The Soundtrack is a mix of trippy and festive. It is not the best spag western music you can hear but it gets the job done. One wonders as to why Morricone was not called in to do some tunes. Him and Corbucci were already on speaking terms during Mercenary(which was made a year prior to Specialist) so why not make a another partnership during this movie? I guess he was called away on another film at the time.


overall: It is a shame that it has so many short comings because if they were non existant this could have been quite a classic. Either way Great spaghetti western! I would recommend this to any fan of the genre!

I can rewatch this again and again for sure. 

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2006, 08:40:53 PM »

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Grin. Just wanna get that off my chest.

I'm guessing you've signed up?  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2006, 08:41:46 PM »

I'm organizing "Round 2" of Firecracker's super-awesome game. Firecracker will be supplying Sergio Corbucci's "The Specialist" as the prize (at least, at this point, that's what he thinks should be the prize). I'm going to be letting 10-15 people play on a first come first serve basis. These people have already talked about their interest in playing, and get a free spot:

Kurugen
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Sanjuro (probably)

So, go ahead. Join up.

I'll be there Silenzio! I'll be there.  Cool

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2006, 08:44:32 PM »

I'm sure Banjo will be eager to attend.
Perhaps Leone Admirer as well.

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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2006, 08:50:51 PM »

I'm sure Banjo will be eager to attend.
Perhaps Leone Admirer as well.

Banjo is going to want revenge on me.  Embarrassed    Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2006, 08:57:49 PM »

I'm guessing you've signed up?  Grin

of course Grin

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2006, 09:00:43 PM »

of course Grin

You'll be taking on me, I won last time. I hope you can keep up.  Grin

I'm only kidding around dude, I wish you all the best.  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2006, 09:10:37 PM »

well if its FAFDM and OUATITW and possibly OUATIA i might have a chance.

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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2006, 09:12:52 PM »

well if its FAFDM and OUATITW and possibly OUATIA i might have a chance.

I think we should stick to westerns only...but that is totally up to the host.

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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2006, 09:17:18 PM »

I think we should stick to westerns only...but that is totally up to the host.

I love OUATIA, but I think that the rules should stay as they were in the original: The dollars trilogy and OUATITW.

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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2006, 09:26:25 PM »

Hell I'd almost give sombody my copy of the film, lol  Tongue

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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2006, 09:27:27 PM »

Hell I'd almost give sombody my copy of the film, lol  Tongue

well Specialist is a negotiatable dvd.
perhaps "Pistol for Ringo"?

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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2006, 01:59:54 AM »

I would love to participate, but I never know when I will be online. And I haven't seen OUATITW yet. Cry So I will only watch you playing and wish you luck...

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