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Sergio Leone News / For A Few Dollars More Action Figures Out Now
« on: April 16, 2008, 04:36:58 PM »
Hello all,

Just a heads-up, the first ever Leone based action figures are finally out in stores! Minimates action figures have created a 4-pack of figures from For a Few Dollars More, including 2 separate Clint's, one Indio, and one Colonel Mortimer. I absolutely love these figures, and there is a Fistful of Dollars set coming out in July, which includes The Man With No Name, Ramon Rojo, John Baxter, and Marisol. I can't wait for a GBU version with Tuco.... and my dream, OUATITW figures...


Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Woody Strode
« on: September 14, 2007, 11:46:27 AM »
Perhaps it is a bit unrelated, but in my "American Cultures Through Film" class last semester, I wrote a 22 page term paper about the misrepresentation of African American's in Hollywood, and my focus was Woody Strode in John Ford's "Sergeant Rutledge", and how Ford had made the movie as a sort of apology for misrepresenting minorites in his past films. If you're wondering, I got an A!

Here are some I did over the years. The hand-drawn ones were done in Adobe Illustrator, and the others were done in Photoshop. These are smaller, lower resolution versions of the originals. Most of them I just made for myself as background images for my PC. My skills are very limited, but I like them.

Blondie from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:

The intro to Once Upon A Time In The West:

The Showdown:

Sam Peckinpah and some of his best characters:

An Ad I created for a showing of Once Upon A Time In The West earlier this year:

General Discussion / Re: What about Bloody Sam? Did ya like him?
« on: May 15, 2007, 03:35:07 PM »
While Leone is my personal favorite, Sam runs a close second. When I was younger I had seen The Wild Bunch a few times and found it a a little too "classic westerny", but since watching The Ballad Of Cable Hogue, and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, I have fallen in love with Peckinpah's work. I was lucky enough to see Ride the High Country, Cable Hogue, and Pat Garret in the theaters recently. They were all great. I've now been able to see all of his films over the past two years, and the only ones that I don't really speak highly of are: The Getaway, The Osterman Weekend, and Convoy.

In terms of my favorite Peckinpah movies, here is my list of top 5:

The Ballad Of Cable Hogue
Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid
Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia
Straw Dogs
The Wild Bunch

General Discussion / Presenting a Leone film on the big screen
« on: October 16, 2006, 10:25:09 AM »
Sorry if this has been answered or posted:

I have seen quite a few posts on here in regards to people wanting to "re-release" movies such as OUATITW and OUATIA so that they can see their favorite film up on the big screen. I have heard a lot of back and forth on how this is done, and I figure it would be best to tell how I did it.

Back in 2003 (I was 25 at the time) my friends and I were talking about how the best way to truly experience a Leone film was up on the big screen from a real print. So I looked into it and it is quite easy (albeit expensive), so I decided to do it. Here's what I did.

I went to a few of my favorite theaters (not-multiplexes, but smaller theaters that show smaller releases) and asked if any of them offered the option of renting out the theater. Most of the ones I went to in-fact did. These rentals were offered mainly for birthday parties and for corporate parties and events where people can show whatever movie is currently in-house at the theater. But they did offer an option to rent films from the distributors as well.

Since there had recently been the small revival at film festivals for The Good The Bad and The Ugly, I wanted to get my hands on the "Restored" version and watch it on the big screen. So I called the company that does all of the booking for the theaters (the local bay area one here is called: "Private Screenings" and they laid out the different options. Basically how much you pay is based on a few things:

1) The day you rent the theater on - it is cheaper on non-popular days. E.G. It is better to rent the theater on a Wednesday than a Friday night.
2) The movie you are renting.
3) How many people are coming.

So I chose their option that allowed for 50 people (everyone gets a wristband/sticker for admittance into the theater) with unlimited popcorn and soda. This meant that I was given 50 tickets to hand out (or sell - which i was told was legal) and those tickets granted whomever held one as many trips for popcorn and soda  as they desired during the film. The cost of this package was about $900. Then came the cost of the film rental. I was told that older films have a flat range of rental fee, and was told that something like GBU would be between $150 and $400 max to rent. Lucky for me, the rental of the restored version was $250. So in total the presentation of the film was around $1150.

Here is the downside: Most theaters require the renter to cover liability insurance. Liability insurance in CA can be covered by home-owners insurance (and renters insurance as well) as an added-on premium, but I did not have home-owners insurance at the time. Based on the number of people in the theater, the liability coverage amount was 1-Million dollars. AS crazy as it sounds, the cost for a 1 Million dollar liability  premium for one night is only around $18-30. But, since I didnt have insurance, I had to take out a policy for one evening. This was a pain in the butt to get (especially on short notice) and it ended up costing me $500 to insure the place for one evening. So now my presentation of GBU was at $1650 !!

Long story short, I did not sell tickets, I only invited friends of mine who were interested in the movie, and I created high-quality programmes for the evening with film facts, adverts for other Leone movies, and little mini "Wanted" posters of the three main characters. We had pizza served in the theater, and the theater was gracious enough to play my Morricone mix CD throughout the theater's sound system (you know, the music you hear while waiting for movies to start) for the evening.  Needless to say, it was awesome, especially for those who had only seen pan and scan versions on TV all their lives (we were a young crowd there that night- with only one or two people who were even alive when the film was originally released).

So I hope this clears up any questions people have of what it takes to get a movie back in the theaters for a night. If you have any questions, let me know.


General Discussion / Re: My Leone Inspired "Theater Room"
« on: October 16, 2006, 09:49:38 AM »
Thanks for the comments! It was fun to put together.

My user name is actually a reference to the Paul Newman character Hud Bannon in the movie Hud. It's one of my favorites! I intentionally added the extra "d" because I thought it looked a bit cooler haha.

Thanks again!

General Discussion / My Leone Inspired "Theater Room"
« on: October 09, 2006, 02:00:49 PM »
Hello Fello Leone-ites!

I started building a small home theater room earlier this year, and I decided to make it Leone-themed. While other than the posters, there is nothing directly Leone related, I decided to give the room a Western look and feel, with the Leone films as its main inspiration. With wood floors and leather seating, and the lights on a low-dimmer, the room looks like an old-west parlor. With the colors I chose, the room is completely dark with the door shut and the window drapes closed. The walls are a very dark blood-red (the pictures make the red look bright, but that is just the flash) and are surrounded by a wooden fence material for the first 3rd of the wall. The speakers are all in-ceiling speakers other than the center channel and subwoofer, and all of the electronics are hidden within the alcove (former closet) above the screen behind the curtains. The Once Upon A Time In The West posters are all original prints, but The Dollars Trilogy posters are just the ones that can be bought off of the site. All-in-all it took me about 3 days to paint, decorate and setup the room. The speakers were professionally installed in the ceiling before I moved in, so I can’t take credit for that! I’m not finished with the room yet- I’d like to put up some western artifacts and some more decorations when I have time.

If anyone has any Leone or Western inspired projects/rooms/etc, I would love to see them!

Anywhow, here are my pics:

Sorry for the bad angles, I could not get the shots I wanted!

General Discussion / A Trip To Monument Valley To See The Arch
« on: October 09, 2006, 01:58:32 PM »

First-Time Poster- Long Time Viewer!

Back in August I took a trip to Monument Valley for the screening the Alamo Drafthouse/Netflix presented of John Ford’s “The Searchers”. Having never been there before I wanted to check out the site of the Arch from Once Upon A Time In The West, since it is my favorite film of all time. Thanks to instructions posted by members here, I was able to easily find it during my stay. Here are some shots that I thought people might enjoy! If you haven’t been there, it is worth the trip. I had the soundtrack blasting while I was out there at dusk, and it was quite an emotional experience. I returned early the next morning for more pictures and felt like I could spend all day there just hanging out! It felt like another world to me because you are basically miles away from civilization, there are no planes overhead, and the mesas and buttes of monument valley are off in the distance!

For Those That Plan On Visiting The Site:

As had been pointed out, there were a lot of broken bottles all around the site, so you should be very careful. I was concerned about the road leading up to the site, since it is unpaved, but the rented mini-van that I took up there had no issues whatsoever. Just drive really slow and watch for anything that may be in the road. The road seems like it is traveled on routinely even though it doesn’t lead anywhere, so there is not a worry about huge holes or rocks. I didn’t see any rattlesnakes around, but from what I have heard there are more than a few around! I went in the middle of August expecting the desert to be insanely hot, but the hottest it got was 92 degrees in all 4 days I was in the area. At night it dropped down to about 60.

How To Get There:

Regardless of where you are coming from (Utah or Arizona), you will end up on Highway 163 when heading toward Monument Valley. Once you are on Highway 163, you want to watch the mile markers for the 13 mile mark. The site is about 13 miles from
Mexican Hat, UT and about 9 Miles from the entrance to Monument Valley Tribal Park (and Gouldings Lodge). Although the road is unmarked, there is a stop-sign and a small white road marker labeled either 432 or 437 (Sorry the number is worn off). I have included pictures here to show what you are looking for. Once you get on the road, you will simply follow it for about 2.5-3.0 miles. The road loops at the point of the Arch site, so you can drive in and drive right out back onto the road you came in on.

The Fonda Hill: If you want to see the backdrop of where Fonda came walking up the hill, it is quite simple. Face the arch so that the mesas/buttes of Monument Valley can be seen in the distance, then turn around. OR: Using the cement camera tracks in the ground as a guide, face away from the arch  and walk to the end of the tracks. What you are facing is the hill and backdrop from the scene from the film. From there you can walk around and try to find the exact angle that they shot the scene from.

My brother doing his Fonda impersonation:

This shot is me standing on Highway 163 facing Monument Valley. The entrance to the Arch location is to the right of where I am standing:

This is the back of the Stop sign posted at Mile 13. It has an oil container nailed to it:

Here is the Road marker (432 or 437):

This is the main road that leads to the Arch site. As you can see it is not paved, and not very rough. This shot was taken after leaving the site:

The arch at dusk:

If you are passing through Utah or Arizona, don’t hesitate to stop here, it is amazing. Monument Valley itself is a photographer’s heaven. I spent a full day matching shots from John Ford’s films and even tried to get some from Jill’s buggy ride in OUATITW.

Here’s me at John Ford’s Point doing my Ethan impersonation from the Searchers:

Anyway, sorry for the image quality, the Photobucket site resizes pix and causes resolution to drop significantly.

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