Hello. Great thread Reggie. I'm fascinated with spaghetti westerns. If anyone is interested in my opinion on the ones I've seen... please keep reading.
- MASTERPIECES -
1. A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (1971)
The best spaghetti, but for me also one of the best films of all times.
I still don't own it on DVD, so I'm interested in your suggestions which edition to buy and why. Thanks.
2. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
I like at as much as the first one. A masterpiece among all films, for all times.
I own an MGM 2004 R2 PAL edition - and I'm satisfied with it (although I'm sorry now that I didn't go for NTSC).
3. FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)
Absolutelly fantastic, but not so special as the first two.
I own an MGM 2005 R2 PAL two-disc special edition - and I'm happy with it.
4. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)
Also a masterpiece, but even further below the first two.
I own only a cheap Croatian edition which I bought at the newspapers stand, so I'm interested in your suggestions which edition to buy and why. Thanks.
5. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968)
The last spaghetti which I consider to be a masterpiece. I love it - but not as much as the "big four" mentioned above, although objectively speaking, it's probably superior to some, or even to all of the above four.
I own Paramount 2003 R1 NTSC two-disc special collector's edition - and I'm very happy with it.
- VERY GOOD -
6. A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL (1967)
One of the best non-Leone westerns. It has good story (Mexican revolution), Gian Maria Volonté, Klaus Kinski, and Morricone's soundtrack!
7. THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966)
I love the story, Lee Van Cleef and Morricone's soundtrack in this one. Music is outstanding. Highly recommended!
8. FACE TO FACE (1967)
Very interesting story, the ever-fascinating Gian Maria Volonté and - Morricone's soundtrack!
9. COMPANEROS (1970)
The best Sergio Corbucci's work, in my opinion. Great story, similar to "A fistful of dynamite". Maestro Morricone again, very good actor José Bódalo, and a girl of mesmerizing beauty - Iris Berben.
- OK -
10. DEATH RIDES A HORSE (1967)
It has Lee Van Cleef - all the reason I need to have it in my collection. But it also has Mario Brega, and Morricone's soundtrack.
11. ACE HIGH (1968)
Three aces, actually: Eli Wallach, Bud Spencer and Terence Hill. With that cast, it could have been better. Still, fun to watch.
12. MY NAME IS NOBODY (1973)
Odd, but very nice spaghetti. Terence Hill and Henry Fonda. Morricone did beautiful work.
- DISAPPOINTMENTS -
13. THE GREAT SILENCE (1968)
The idea for the story is fantastic - but it's turned into film in disastrous way. It's sad - because story has so much potential. This was the first non-Leone spaghetti western I saw. I knew only 5 above mentioned masterpieces, so I thought (naively?) that ALL spaghetti westerns must be that good. So, disappoinment with Silence was even greater that way. But I like it for Klaus Kinski, and I recommend it for all Kinski enthusiasts. The music is not amongst Morricone's best, but it's ok. It follows the tragic mood of the film. And I mean tragic
I own Eureka 2004 R2 PAL edition.
14. DJANGO (1966)
You have to see it to believe it. So bad that it's perhaps even worth owning it (but don't pay money for it, they should pay you for watching it). The spaghetti western's fascination with machine-guns gone over the top with this one. As did unrealism. But it does have one bright point: José Bódalo.
15. DJANGO KILL! (IF YOU LIVE SHOOT!) (1967)
I can't believe that I've actually spent my time watching this piece of garbage. From 1 to 5 stars, it gets ZERO. Total disaster in every way (except soundtrack which is ok). Avoid it!
16. THE RETURN OF RINGO (1965)
Great soundtrack, Morricone in top form! Unfortunately, music is the only good thing in this movie. Too many flaws to list them all, so I'll just say that although it's not as bad as the two Djangos mentioned above, it still manages to make The Great Silence look like a top classic.