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Donnie Eldridge

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The collection includes:

Django Kill
Run Man Run
Mannaja: A Man Called Blade
Django

Does anyone have any details?
 

Jeff Ulmer

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Each of the titles in the collection is availble seperately, EXCEPT Django, which is exclusive to the box, and is a new and restored transfer from the original negatives.
From Image Entertainment:
exclusive to this collection is the new special edition of Sergio Corbucci's classic, "Django" (1966, 90 min.), restored for the first time from the original camera negative recently discovered in a Rome vault untouched for over three decades! Franco Nero stars as the lone, coffin-dragging stranger who roams the West towards a destiny ruled by vengeance. A landmark classic packed with indelible images and some of the most shocking brutality of any Spaghetti Western ever made, this is the still-controversial epic that defined a genre, launched a phenomenon and inspired over 50 unofficial sequels! Also included for the first time is the optional Italian audio track featuring Franco Nero's own voice. Following two years of extensive restoration, this is the most stunning and complete version of "Django" you'll ever see in a powerhouse box set that'll blow you away!
I'm really looking forward to this, as the original Django is easily among my top 5 spaghetti westerns. Details are available on Image's Link Removed.
 

Anthony Thorne

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Each of the four discs is a full-blown Special Edition from Blue Undeground, the same company that recently released a couple of restored Jess Franco titles. Blue Undeground is run by William Lustig and the company exists as his new vehicle to release a lot of rare Eurocult and horror material. Essentially, these are Anchor Bay-style releases under a new label, with the same care and attention that has been the hallmark of Anchor Bay's cult titles. Lustig no longer officially works for Anchor Bay, hence the new label and the distribution deal with Image Entertainment.

Each film in the box has been properly sourced from the neg and has a new 16x9 transfer - DJANGO KILL, for example, will be the longest version ever released on home video. Even better, each disc has a new retrospective doco with interviews, and also some archival footage, trailers etc. There's quite a bit of excitement about this set at other online sites like Mobius and the Spaghetti Western web board. The reviews for the two recent Jess Franco titles from B.U have been very good, so the spaghetti western titles will theoretically show a similar amount of care and attention.

I haven't seen much discussion of Blue Undeground here at HTF, (which is probably expected, as the company doesn't exactly specialise in 'mainstream' material). For what it's worth, here's a list of the Blue Underground/Image Special Editions to date, and an incomplete list of some of their forthcoming titles.

Out already, (and all with docos and the odd commentary track):

THE PROWLER
THE TOOLBOX MURDERS
SHOCK WAVES
REVOLVER
Jess Franco's EUGENIE and JUSTINE

Reportedly due in 2003:

Dario Argento's TWO EVIL EYES
George Romero's THE CRAZIES
EMANUELLE IN AMERICA
Tinto Brass's SALON KITTY
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (remastered)

and more horror and spaghetti western titles. HTF folk who enjoyed Lustig's cult and Eurohorror restorations from Anchor Bay will probably get a similar kick out of some of these discs, though I suspect only horror fans will really enjoy some of the sleazier titles on their upcoming schedule. I plan to pick up their Jess Franco releases, but I'm currently more interested in their 2003 slate, beginning with that spaghetti western box discussed in this thread.
 

Randy Korstick

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I will probably be picking these up. It sounds like a good set. Even though I am a big spaghetti western fan I have not seen any of these yet but I know I need too.
 

Anthony Thorne

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As an update to the above, the first big review of the spaghetti western set appeared online a couple of days ago. With lots of detail and screenshots, it's pretty much a major rave. You can read it at the following link.
http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/Reviews/Q-...stern_set.html
The review does confirm that the new DJANGO transfer is a lot better than the old one. I was surprised to read recently though that the upgraded DJANGO disc actually features a new Franco Nero interview, as disc producer William Lustig was apparently unhappy with the earlier interview on the original Anchor Bay disc and wanted to 'do the film justice'. The review linked above also really hammers home the amount of supplemental material Blue Underground have stuck on each disc in the box - quite a lot of stuff, and more than I'd thought anyone would ever bother for movies this obscure. Finally, general consensus among some fans (including a few who have seen an early release of the box) is that all four films are worthwhile, which makes it a fairly easy decision for me to pick this up next month.
Blue Underground have a five-disc 'Mondo Box' of Jacopetti(?) MONDO CANE titles coming out around May, which I suspect will be a much more specialised taste than the above. I'm hopeful though for another giallo box (similar to the recent Anchor Bay release) and word that B.U will eventually be releasing westerns like HELLBENDERS makes me hopeful for a second spaghetti western box as well. I'll be curious though if anyone here at HTF manages to get hold of the Japanese FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE 2-DVD set from Japan, which reportedly just came out a few days ago. It'd make a great companion to the above, and is something that really needs to come out as a Region 1 special edition from MGM.
 

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The original Anchor Bay Django had a poster gallery of most, if not all, of the "sequels". That's a lotta movies! Some are pretty funny in their retitling.
 

Randy A Salas

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I can second the major rave for this boxed set. I interviewed the set's producer, Bill Lustig, for an article that will appear in Tuesday's edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I'll post a link when it's up.
 

Jim Rykel

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Wow! Where's this info from?

For me it's Leone and everyone else - nothing even comes close. Death Rides a Horse, A Bullet For the General were fair. I thought Django was kind of a joke, but I was able to get through it. Still waiting to see the Great Silence.
 

Todd Robertson

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I have had this box pre-ordered for months. all 4 titles are hot as is the genre. my "sketti" collection is startin' to really take shape. only about 40 more titles to go!!!!
 

Anthony Thorne

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Here's the link to the (Japanese language) page that gives specs and artwork for Stingray Japan's 2-DVD set of FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE. Just click 'cancel' on any browser messages that may pop up (the ones that indicate the presence of Japanese characters) and it'll take you straight to the page.
http://www.stingray-jp.com/DVD/dynamite.html
THE GREAT SILENCE is pretty good. SBS TV in Australia played a widescreen, subtitled version onetime and I've heard reports that some folks preferred that presentation to the Fantoma DVD (which is still supposed to be okay).
Randy - do please post the William Lustig interview link when it appears online. I'd love to read it and am curious as to what he says about the box and other, future Blue Underground titles.
 

Matthew Kiernan

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I saw a check disc of A MAN CALLED BLADE and was most impressed. The inclusion of the original Eurowestern documentary made my mind swim.

Get this set!
 

Randy A Salas

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I'd love to read it and am curious as to what he says about the box and other, future Blue Underground titles.
I can tell you now that Blue Underground is waiting to see how The Spaghetti Western Collection sells before releasing any other titles in the genre. It was a costly venture, according to Bill Lustig, who produced the DVDs and runs Blue Underground. He said he does have other films in mind if they do sell well.

As far as other future DVDs, I didn't have room for it in the article, but Lustig said he will release a four-disc boxed set for the Mondo Cane films in the fall that will have similar features and quality as The Spaghetti Western Collection.
 

Jim Rykel

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Thanks for the link Anthony. Now if I was only fluent in Japanese! I do like how they refer to it as a "Macaroni Western"
Looks great - hope if comes out in Region 1 sometime!:D
 

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