If you like Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, you'll love the German blu-rays of Sergio Sollima's THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966) and Guilo Petroni's TEPEPA (1969). Both transfers are razor sharp and infinitely detailed. Widescreen, anamorphic, uncut, English friendly and playable on American players. They are also superior films on an epic scale. .
Sam Peckinpah must have been influenced by THE BIG GUNDOWN when he undertook PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (1973). In many ways PAT GARRETT is a scene-by-scene reworking in which James Coburn borrows something of Lee Van Cleef's inimitable style. The story about a politically ambitious bounty hunter who accepts a Sheriff's star to arrest an outlaw who constantly outwits him is written in the American style of westerns but directed like an Italian opera. It's a perfect cinematic marriage of two cultures. I consider THE BIG GUNDOWN every bit the equal of Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968); in other words, a brilliant western, spaghetti or otherwise.
Thomas Milian stars in both films as a Mexican peasant on the run. I agree with the widely held consensus that Milian is a brilliant actor at the peak of his form in these films, but he is also wildly eccentric and prone to making faces. He puts more energy into a single minute than most stars put into an entire film. In contrast, Orson Welles undercuts Milian in their scenes together by understating his Mexican generale in TEPEPA. Welles brings a calm, dignified, bemused intelligence to the proceedings. His performance is so effortless you'd think he wasn't acting; but he is. I enjoy his performance so much I wish it were longer.
THE BIG GUNDOWN (Der Gehetzte der Sierra Madre)
Limited Edition Mediabook contains:
Glossy color 24-page booklet with essay written in German reproducing posters and stills.
Disc 1 BLU-RAY:
all-region fully functional in American players.
4K transfer of uncut 110-minute version.
Italian, old and new German dubs, English dub with English subtitles for fragments with no English audio.
Disc 2 DVD:
region 2 PAL
106-minute USA theatrical release in PAL region 2.
English with subtitle options.
Disc 3 DVD:
region 2 PAL
featurette on film music of Ennio Morricone
documentary about the film with interviews (Sergio Sollima, etc.)
Several trailers and opening credits to the film
Lee Van Cleef spaghetti western trailers
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all-region Blu-Ray fully functional in American players.
Video: 2.35:1 (16:9)
Audio: German, Italian, English
completely uncut with restored Italian scenes defaulting to English subtitles.
German & Italian Trailer
Introduction by director Giulio Petroni.
Alternate opening scene.
Commentary with Giulio Petroni
Interview/Featurette "Friends and revolution" with Giulio Petroni and star Tomas Milian.
NOT ALL EXTRAS ARE ENGLISH FRIENDLY
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Edited by Richard--W, May 19 2013 - 03:06 AM.