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The DVD itself has no special features or subtitles. The language is in English though. Amazon states that it's in Italian. The cover includes a nice dust jacket as well. Great film at a great price!!!
My favourite character, outside of our heroes, is the religious zealot "Yangtze Hobbit" (sic). Dressed all in black with a long leather duster, gloves, and wide brimmed hat, Yangtze is just as quick to use a gun as quote passages from the bible. He has cool bad guy written all over him.
I would rate this film in my top 5 Spaghetti Westerns, alongside all the Sergio Leone titles. It's primarily a comedy but it's all solid Italian/Spanish Western with all the dirt and grit that makes a Spaghetti Western what it is. I was thrilled when I discovered it had been released on DVD.
For those, like myself, who already own a VHS copy you will notice one scene is missing. There is no "basement distillery" fight. The original scene appears poorly shot in the first place anyway so is no great loss. When you watch the DVD version, and I hope you purchase this gem, you'll see that the "distillery" fight is clearly tacked on. As the titles on the DVD are in Italian and are English on the VHS I take it the tacked on fight has something to do with the American and UK markets at the time. The price for this sharp quality widescreen DVD is also really affordable.
In any case, he story has the gunfighter and the Kung Fu expert going around finding and examining the women in order to solve the problem of the location of a missing fortune, and, of course, it's not an easy task. Van Cleef takes care of the gun fighting, as expected, but Lo Lieh dispatches far more tough guys with his Kung Fu antics. Strange movie! Half wild-west shoot-em-up and half martial arts. In any case, they finally examine enough female buttocks to solve the mystery and they end up back in China.
Well, I just don't know what to make of all of this. It was an enjoyable movie, if somewhat weird. There was a lot of action. It was funny in places. The acting was strictly B-movie level, but I think that was intended. The film was not the best. It had a few hard-to-explain gaps where some of the film might have been cut out. Altogether, I have mixed feelings, but I enjoyed viewing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible. Liked Lee Van Cleef in Clint Eastwood movies, but not so much in this title. Skip it.Published 3 days ago by Ann S.
For a Shaw Brothers production, this is one highly disappointing output. It could have been sooooo much better had a few things been done that are typical in a SB production. Read morePublished 7 months ago by One Review
It was a very good western and I've been looking for it for a long timePublished 8 months ago by Arthur Powell
i don't normally like westerns,but this i a very good movie.if you like treasure movies and westerns,this movie has that flare.Published on November 27, 2012 by thunderunner
The above mentioned running time of 107 minutes (which would be the correct length for the US version, according to IMDB) ist NOT correct! Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by WESS
This movie suprised me. It was really good. Lee Van Cleef is great in this movie(as he is in everything he's done). Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Nick Walker
Blood Money or also known as "Stranger And The Gunfighter", 1974, starring steely-eyed western legend, Lee Van Cleef, and Shaw Brothers star, Lo Lieh. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by R. Webb
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