The Clint Eastwood Star Collection (Fistful of Dollars / For A Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Hang 'em High)
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Clint Eastwood’s legendary “Man With No Name” makes his powerful debut in this thrilling, action-packed classic in which he manipulates two rival bands of smugglers and sets in motion a plan to destroy both in a series of brilliantly orchestrated setups, showdowns and deadly confrontations.
For A Few Dollars More
Oscar® Winner Clint Eastwood continues his trademark role in this second installment of the trilogy, this time squaring off with Indio, the territory’s most treacherous bandit. But his ruthless rival, Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef, High Noon), is determined to bring Indio in first...dead or alive!
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The invincible “Man With No Name” (Eastwood) aligns himself with two gunslingers (Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach) to pursue a fortune in stolen gold. But teamwork doesn’t come naturally to such strong-willed outlaws, and they soon discover that their greatest challenge may be to stay focused – and stay alive – in a country ravaged by war.
Hang 'Em High
They riddled him with bullets. They strung him up. They left him to die. But they made two fatal mistakes: they hanged the wrong man...and they didn't finish the job. In his first American-made western, Clint Eastwood indelibly carves his niche as the quintessential tough guycool-headed, iron-willed and unrelenting in his pursuit of revenge. Oklahoma, 1873. Jed Cooper (Eastwood), mistaken for a rustler and killer, is lynched on the spot by crooked lawman Captain Wilson (Ed Begley) and a rampaging band of vigilantes. But as Wilson and his gang flee the scene, there's one very important detail they've overlooked: Cooper is still alive! Out for justiceand vengeanceCooper takes on the job of deputy marshal...and, one by one, tracks down the nine men who "done him wrong."
A Fistful of Dollars launched the spaghetti Western and catapulted Clint Eastwood to stardom. Based on Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai picture Yojimbo, it scored a resounding success (in Italy in 1964 and the U.S. in 1967), as did its sequels, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The advertising campaign promoted Eastwood's character--laconic, amoral, dangerous--as the Man with No Name (though in the film he's clearly referred to as Joe), and audiences loved the movie's refreshing new take on the Western genre. Gone are the pieties about making the streets safe for women and children. Instead it's every man for himself. Striking, too, was a new emphasis on violence, with stylized, almost balletic gunfights and baroque touches such as Eastwood's armored breastplate. The Dollars films had a marked influence on the Hollywood Western--for example, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch--but their most enduring legacy is Clint Eastwood himself. --Edward Buscombe
Review for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
If you think of A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More as the tasty appetizers in Sergio Leone's celebrated "Dollars" trilogy of Italian "Spaghetti" Westerns, then The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is a lavish full-course feast. Readily identified by the popular themes of its innovative score by Ennio Morricone (one of the bestselling soundtracks of all time), this cinematic milestone eclipsed its influential predecessors with a $1.2 million budget (considered extravagant in the mid-1960s), greater production values to accommodate Leone's epic vision of greed and betrayal, and a three-hour running time for its wide-ranging plot about the titular trio of mercenaries ("Good" Blondie played by rising star Clint Eastwood, "Bad" Angel Eyes played by Lee Van Cleef, and "Ugly" Tuco played by Eli Wallach) in a ruthless Civil War-era quest for $200,000 worth of buried Confederate gold. Virtually all of Leone's stylistic attributes can be found here in full fruition, from the constant inclusion of Roman Catholic iconography to a climactic circular shoot-out, along with Leone's trademark use of surreal landscapes, brilliant widescreen compositions and extreme close-ups of actors so intimate that they burn into the viewer's memory. And while some Leone fans may favor the more scaled-down action of For a Few Dollars More or the masterful grandiosity of Once Upon a Time in the West, it was The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly that cemented Leone's reputation as a world-class director with a singular vision. --Jeff Shannon
Review for Hang 'Em High
After starring in the now-legendary trilogy of spaghetti Westerns for Italian director Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood became a box-office star and imported the style of those classic shoot-'em-ups for this 1967 Western directed by Ted Post, with whom Eastwood had worked during their days on the television series Rawhide. Eastwood plays an innocent rancher who is mistaken for a cattle rustler and sentenced to hang by an angry mob. When he is saved from the noose by a passing lawman, he embarks on a renegade campaign of vengeance against the men who attempted to lynch him. Hang 'Em High offers a number of memorable moments and stylistic flourishes, and features a superb supporting cast of Western veterans, including Ben Johnson, Ed Begley, Pat Hingle, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, L.Q. Jones, and the "Skipper" himself, Alan Hale Jr. Made just three years before Dirty Harry, the film marked a turning point for Eastwood, who would soon move into a prolific period of contemporary thrillers. --Jeff Shannon
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About the DVDs:
The movies are packaged in a normal (clear) plastic keepcase, which is slipped into a cardboard box. The case holds all 4 discs (one for each film) on two double-sided hinged trays. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS shares a tray with FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, and the other two films share the second tray, one disc on each side.
The discs themselves offer little else except the movies. Other than theatrical trailers, the only bonus feature in the set is an audio commentary for THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY.
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) and HANG 'EM HIGH (1968) come on double-sided discs, with the widescreen presentation on one side and the cropped fullscreen version on the other. The other two movies come on single-sided discs (widescreen format), with a picture on the top side.
I've done research and found out that THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is the new 178-minute version, featuring a few restored original scenes that were missing from English-language versions of the film and had to be dubbed in 2003 by the older actors. Although the box gives the running time of 161 minutes, the DVD version IS the 178-minute "restored" version.
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About the films:
Leone's "Dollars Trilogy" is pretty popular.Read more ›
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Hang 'Em High (1968)
The first three in the list are Eastwood's Sergio Leone Trilogy and come in two disc editions if you are up for something higher priced in The Sergio Leone Anthology (A Fistful Of Dollars / For A Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad And The Ugly / Duck, You Sucker), and in single disc editions in The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly).
Hang 'Em High is the film Eastwood did after the Sergio Leone films made him famous. He is a man who is hung for a theft he did not commit and who is rescued from death by a passing sheriff. Most of the remainder of the film is Eastwood's strong silent type tracking down the men who did him wrong. It is a good film, but not as strong as the Sergio Leone Trilogy, so you may or may not think this set is a good bargain.
Since all of these films have been released before, that is probably the reason for the low price and for the fact that the films are on four discs instead of just two. This is the all too familiar boxset created by a repackaging of stock in these slim economic times that have become even slimmer for classic film releases.
As for extras A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and Hang 'em High only have trailers. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly does have commentary by a historian named Richard Schickel but oddly no trailer.
I haven't watched The Good, The Bad and The Ugly yet but the others are good copies. There was one part in Hang 'em High that had dust specks on the transfer but most of it was okay and you might not have noticed the trash on the film if I hadn't mentioned it.
For the price it's a good deal. You get four Clint Eastwood westerns for under $20. Even if you decide later to go after the 2-disc versions, you aren't out too much cash.
The dvds came in their case with the middle part, holding two discs, put in upside down, resulting in scratches. Amazon was quick to replace (awesome service, as usual, and much appreciated) and the replacements were put together the same way, resulting in scratches in the same place!
In this day and age, we really should expect pristine dvds, don't you think? As the scratches caused problems with playing, this selection was returned for good. Quality control (not Amazon's fault) needs to be addressed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of spaghetti westerns- then this is for you! Classic shows with Clint Eastwood. It was for my husband- 4 movies in one package- happy, happy, happyPublished 19 days ago by Ann Quinn Todd
Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my Dad.
He received the package before the holiday, as
promised, and is enjoying these "oldies but goodies".
This Clint Eastwood Star Collection is a great addition to my Clint Eastwood collection of movies. These movies are westerns with a lot of action, good guys and bad guys. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan Shook
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