"The leading icon of a generation" (Roger Ebert), Academy Award(r) winner* Clint Eastwood continues his trademark role as the legendary "Man With No Name" in this second installment of the famous Sergio Leone trilogy. Scripted by Luciano Vincenzoni and featuring Ennio Morricone's haunting musical score, For A Few Dollars More is a modern classicone of the greatest Westerns evermade. Eastwood is a keen-eyed, quick-witted bounty hunter on the bloody trail of 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! Failing to capture their preyor eliminate each otherthe two are left with only one option: team up, or face certain death atthe hands of Indio and his band of murderous outlaws.
Disc 1 presents For a Few Dollars More
in glorious 2.35:1-ratio widescreen Techniscope (a "poor-man's Cinemascope" process that squeezed two images into each normal 35mm frame), with a new Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround mix--admittedly a bane to Leone purists who prefer the film's original mono soundtrack, but a positive boon for 21st-century home-theater systems. In his lively and authoritative feature-length audio commentary, noted British film historian and Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling provides an in-depth analysis of the film, along with details about the production (Leone's first with an adequate budget--in this case $600,000) and a comprehensive discussion of the film's historical context.
On disc 2, Frayling further examines For a Few Dollars More in "A New Standard" (20:15), a "making of" featurette with emphasis on the film's male/male dynamic (described by Frayling as Leone's "invention of the brother he never had"). In "Back for More" (7:08), star Clint Eastwood recalls how he'd begun to watch Leone to inform his own directorial ambitions. "Tre Voci" (11:05) is a combination of retrospective interviews with producer Alberto Grimaldi, screenwriter Sergio Donati, and Mickey Knox, an American actor living in Rome who provided many of the post-synchronized voices for the English-language versions of Leone's films. "The Original American Release Version" (5:19) examines three edits that were made for the film's U.S. release (including removal of the name "Manco" so Eastwood's character could remain anonymous in the film's successful "Man with No Name" marketing campaign). The delightful "Location Comparisons" provide a 10-minute montage of original For a Few Dollars More film clips meticulously matched to photos taken on the same locations in 2004 by devoted Leone fans Donald S. Bruce and Marla J. Johnson. --Jeff Shannon