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Once Upon A Time In America / DeNiro Talks About OUATIA
« on: February 21, 2007, 07:54:51 AM »
FilmFour (UK) are screening Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter and Once Upon A Time In America with an introduction to the movie. Here's the OUATIA one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtzUzh37o2o

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Sergio Leone News / Online Radio Interview with Sir Christopher Frayling
« on: August 03, 2005, 03:03:18 AM »
Interesting radio interview with Sir Christopher Frayling...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4780340

Covers the usual stuff but still worth a listen. :)

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / GBU SE DVD - 6th April 2004
« on: December 11, 2003, 09:59:03 AM »
Original link in French...

http://www.dvdrama.com/news.php?7550

and here through a translator...

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dvdrama.com%2Fnews.php%3F7550&lp=fr_en&tt=url

 ;D

Looks like the restored cut plus 1 hours worth of extras!

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Once Upon A Time In The West / R2 (Ita) Vs R2 (UK) Vs R1 (US) DVD
« on: November 10, 2003, 03:50:27 AM »

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General Discussion / Spaghetti Western POLL
« on: September 18, 2003, 06:47:05 AM »
:)

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Once Upon A Time In The West / UK amigos! TV Heads up!!!
« on: August 26, 2003, 06:22:55 AM »
Just done my usually Tuesday perusal through TV Quick (whilst procuring lunch) to see if there's anything of importance on TV this week to which I was greeted by the wonderful words of...

Once Upon A Time In The West BBC2 22:00 - 0:40 Sunday 31st August.

Incidentally at the exact same moment my MD Walkman spookily track shuffles from The Beggar's March from 'Dynamite' to Frank's Theme from 'West'  :o  ;D

Serendipity deluxe-o!  8)

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Duck, You Sucker / A Fistful Of Dynamite (R2 UK DVD)
« on: July 21, 2003, 06:16:01 AM »
Ok bought this today...

First things first (as expected this is the same version that screened on BBC2 t'other year. i.e. 147min with NO flashback scene (long or otherwise at the end).

...and just to clarify for people unaware of the BBC2 version...

It contains everything (Mao quotes, ant hill pissing, more violence) that the Restored Italian print does EXCEPT the long (3min) flashback scene at the end. :(

I've just had a quick skip through the DVD I can say that print they used is in relatively good shape albeit quite grainy (as one expects with Techinscope films). The DVD transfer is surprisingly high (9.8Mbps) and the correct ratio. Note the opening credits seem to be windows boxed to avoid overscan cropping. Sound is 2 channel Mono. (The restored Italian print I saw at the cinema was stereo)

Here's some grabs...

(click images for full size version)




Extras: German dub, French dub, plus usual host of subtitles and the trailer (6.4Mb) Right click to download.

Bottom line: This looks like the longest English language version of the film there's likely to be for some time. I believe the restoration (FILM) is due to start soon but god knows how long that'll take to get to DVD. So as someone who's a big fan of this movie and had to put up with years of watching is cut to bits on P&S VHS I'd thoroughly recommend a purchase. RRP is £12.99 too!  :D

I just hate the fact that the flashback being missing may prevent people who've never seen it off.

Anyway! If you wanna get hardcore about it…then firstly buy the Italian DVD. Sit down and watch this one (UK R2) until 2hours 24min 33secs. Then quickly press eject. Stick in the Italian DVD, time search to 2:24:33. Then watch (for the flashback et al). There's no more dialogue so it won't make one iota that it's Italian Only!  ;D :P

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