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on December 31, 2009
The 4-movie "Clint Eastwood Collection" is a nice DVD set for the casual Eastwood fan or the Eastwood novice. Three of the four films are Sergio Leone's acclaimed "Dollars Trilogy" or "Man With No Name Trilogy". These Italian-produced films include A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965), and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966), all starring Clint Eastwood as a cigar-chomping wayward gunslinger. The fourth film in this set is HANG 'EM HIGH (1968).

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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. Some of the classic "spaghetti westerns" of the 1960s, filmed without sound by Italian production companies and then dubbed in various languages for international release. The movies in the trilogy get bigger and better each time.

FISTFUL OF DOLLARS has Eastwood as a mysterious poncho-wearing traveler who plays two rival families against each other in a small southwestern town.

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE has a poncho-clad Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as mysterious bounty killers after the same man, a ruthless bandit who's escaped from prison.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, currently ranked #4 on IMdB's Top 250, follows three men (Eastwood, Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach) through the southwest during the Civil War in their search for buried gold.

The movies are gritty and violent and full of expert gunslinging and epic showdowns. But they're also entertaining watches. (UGLY, in particular, is full of dark humor.) And the films include memorable scenes and feature Ennio Morricone's iconic music.

I have not seen HANG 'EM HIGH (yet), but I understand that it is an American production and another one of Eastwood's classic westerns.

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Conclusion:

"The Clint Eastwood Collection" contains four of Eastwood's classic westerns, most notably the entire "Dollars Trilogy", and should make a nice gift for the casual Eastwood fan or the Eastwood beginner. But the DVDs don't offer anything special. I know each of the Leone movies has its own 2-disc DVD featuring audio commentaries and a second disc of bonus documentaries and featurettes. A true Eastwood collector might prefer the 2-disc DVDs, offered separately. But for someone on a budget, this affordable set contains four movies for the price (and space) of one. It's a pretty good set, as long as you understand what you're getting.
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This set includes the following films:

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.
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on January 15, 2010
The three Spaghetti Westerns in this collection don't need additional reviews, since most folks are familiar with them. Hang'em High is just OK and nothing special. Please note that the cover of the box set states that the running time for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is 161 minutes; however, this is not true. The actual running time of this film on this DVD set is 180 minutes, which apparently is the restored version of the original film. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in this set is a 2.35:1 widescreen with excellent picture and sound quality and enhanced for the widescreen TVs. For a Few Dollars More is also a 2.35:1 widescreen, but it is not enhanced for widescreen TVs.
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on August 20, 2014
I buy DVDs as a backup for Digital conversion. I always use VUDU to convert my DVDs to Digital storage (Ultraviolet). Ultraviolet doesn't support all DVDs, but I always check before I order a new DVD. Although these movies are available for Digital conversion, for the first time, VUDU could not convert any of these DVDs.
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on July 19, 2010
I doubt anybody needs a review of these movies as they are Eastwood western classics and that speaks for itself. But what you get is four discs. For some reason For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly get single sided discs with labels on the discs. A Fistful of Dollars and Hang 'em High get double-sided discs with Widescreen on one side and pan and scan on the other.

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.
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on May 9, 2015
I love the "Man With No Name" movies and this dvd collection is well worth buying if you are a fan of Mr.Eastwood.Personally Fistful of Dollars is my favorite out of the set.That movie alone is worth the purchase but that is just my personal opinion.
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on September 1, 2015
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. Anyone who likes westerns would enjoy these movies.
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on March 31, 2014
I dropped a star because the quality of the disks was poor, every one had scratches. Not all of them have skins either. I am glad they have a full set, and I do like Mr. Eastwood, just disappointed in the quality.
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on January 24, 2013
My shipment was received on time and in perfect condition. It is great to have the classic Clint Eastwood "Spaghetti Westerns on DVD. It has brought back memories of spending Saturday afternoons in our local cinema or" "the show" as we called as kids and acting out the movies on our way home. I highly recommend this package to anyone who wants to enjoy these memories.
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on April 30, 2013
What a great collection of four classic Clint Eastwood westerns in one package. You get " A Fistful of Dollars," "For A Few Dollars More," "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," and finally, "Hang 'Em High." No more waiting for these classics to come around again on TV. What a great deal and I'm glad I purchased it.
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