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Fistful of Dollars [Blu-ray] (1964)

Clint Eastwood , Marianne Koch , Sergio Leone  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, John Wels, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp
  • Directors: Sergio Leone
  • Producers: Harry Colombo, George Papi
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IGF1QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Oscarr-Winner Clint Eastwood blends a quiet steadiness with a palpable ferocity as the iconic gunslinger The Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's gritty spaghetti Western. When a steely blue-eyed mercenary arrives in a dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers terrorize the impoverished citizens, he pits the gangs against each other in one of the most exhilarating frontier adventure films in cinema history.

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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the "man with no name" trilogy September 13, 2005
I think people are missing the point of this film when they focus on the action sequence. The underlying theme of the entire movie is one of self sacrifice for what is right and just. It is wrong to conclude that main the character (clint eastwood) pits the two gangs against each other for the money. If that is the case, then why does he give it ALL away to Marisol, to whom he owes NO obligation or favors, at the risk of his own life? Fortunately for the viewers, Marisol does ask why. His answer is "..because...I used to know someone like you..and there was no one to help.." (probably referring to his own mother whom he was powerless to rescue from the raping bandits). That one line says EVERYTHING about his past, his motivation, and the theme of the movie. The director goes to great length to convince the viewer the "man with no name" has no morals. In fact, he seems downright evil and greedy, as he constantly says "I don't work for cheap" and seems to be ready for hire for any sordid duties asked of him for the right price. Only in the very brief and defining moment of the movie (when he rescues Marisol, her son, and her husband) we see him as he truly is. Unlike most westerns, the man does not waste words preaching righteousness, he lets his actions speak for themselves. It is the moral subtlety of this movie which makes it great.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fistful of Dollars - A true genre classic! March 14, 2003
A Fistful of Dollars is truly one of the big classics in the western genre and one that began a newer, better style of western films. First in a string of Clint Eastwood's "spaghetti" westerns, it has a style and cinematic class all to itself. This is where Clint Eastwood began his style of western hero who doesn't say much, but gets his point across through his facial expressions and of course his actions, more specifically with his six shooter at his side.
The premise:
Clint Eastwood plays "the man with no name" other than the name given to him by one of the characters in the film, Joe. In what is now a classic style, he rides into town on a mule and witnesses the brutality of the town bullies. Without saying a word to them, they harass him and he calmly goes into one of the town bars, has some food and listens to what the bar owner has to tell him about the town's situation. He casually decides to stay and do something about the entire situation, walks out and takes out four of the bad guys. What follows from there is such an outstanding film that is fraught with a certain degree of humor as he deftly plays both sides against his middle and walks away with "A Fistful of Dollars."
If you're a fan of the western genre and haven't seen this classic, I highly suggest you pick this DVD up. Some might be put off by the age of this movie, that is simply not the case though as this movie is timeless. Despite the fact that it was made in Spain, with many European actors and in a foreign language, it's just pure fun!
The DVD:
Given today's almighty DVD's where there is every sort of special/extra feature that a fan can imagine, this one is your meat and potato's kind. It has the movie, a great theatrical trailer and a booklet. It is nice and simple, with not too much to get wrapped around other than the outstanding movie within. The booklet is an extremely interesting read, giving some facts for the movie I wasn't aware of. {ssintrepid}
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DVD worth many fistfuls of dollars June 10, 2007
(This review refers to the new 2-disc "collector's edition" released in 2007.)

A Fistful of Dollars kicked off a new era for the western, a tried and true--and, by 1964, almost exhausted--cinematic genre that needed a fresh start. Audiences had grown cynical and tired of the white-hat/black-hat simplicity of most western classics and, as with the waning war-film genre, were looking for something different.

Enter Sergio Leone and A Fistful of Dollars, a gritty "Italian western" shot in Spain on a shoestring budget and starring an up-and-coming--but still virtually unknown--television actor named Clint Eastwood. The movie was a huge international hit, launched Eastwood into stardom, and spawned two subsequent "Man With No Name" westerns and dozens of imitations.

MGM's new release of this classic "new western" is outstanding. In recent years, I've been pleased every time MGM has issued a new release of a classic from its library, as every new edition has improved vastly upon those previous.

Picture quality: Excellent anamorphic transfer, diligently tidied up and restored. Outstanding.

Sound quality: Includes the requisite original mono track and an excellent new surround-sound mix.

Special features: Very good. An informative commentary track by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling is accompanied by a second disc including several nice featurettes, none of which are boring and none of which are so long that they wear out their welcome. I watched most of them while getting ready in the morning.

If you've been waiting for a good edition of A Fistful of Dollars, this is it.

Highly recommended.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SAMURAI AND THE GUN May 2, 2000
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Astonishing remake of Akira Kurosawa's YOJIMBO, FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, directed by italian director Sergio Leone, deserves to be in every movie lover's library. In Toshiro Mifune's role, Clint Eastwood gave a performance that established him as one of the greatest american star of the next forty years.
With an international cast of german, italian, spanish and american actors, FISTFUL OF DOLLARS could have been only an ordinary B-movie of the early 60's. On the contrary, this movie has become the symbol of the revival of a dying Hollywood genre - the western - and will be followed by dozens of imitations until the definitive burial of the genre by Clint Eastwood with the masterpiece UNFORGIVEN.
The villain, played by Gian-Maria Volontè, is so terrific that Sergio Leone will hire this wonderful italian actor to play the role of Indio, the bad guy of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, with the result we all know.
I was a little bit anxious before playing the DVD ; the bad quality of the image of FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE was still on my mind. But, don't worry - be happy, the copy was in almost perfect state and the transfer well done. Subtitles and a trailer as bonus features.
A DVD for your library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best gun fight in the movies.
One of the best westerns made. Clint Eastwood is the best gunfighter in the movies. I have seen them all.
Published 18 days ago by Michael H Nolder
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Gold Standard of the Genre
I believe Westerns are like wine, both an acquired taste that take knowledge and patience to be truly appreciated. Also like wine, the best ones only become better with age. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Julian Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal favorite of the entire "Dollars" trilogy
Modern westerns owe a lot to Spaghetti Westerns like Fistful of Dollars. Without them we wouldn't have the grit that make so many westerns enjoyable now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars HANDS FASTER THAN SUPERMAN!
I always love Clint Eastwood movies from back in his days. He was one bad Cowboy. Always came into whatever town on his mule with his cigar in his mouth, just biting on the butt of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Learning Man of Knowledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clint Eastwood Western
This movie is a classic Clint Eastwood movie, it doesn't get any better than this for a movie set in the old west.
Published 2 months ago by madmax2011
5.0 out of 5 stars spaguetti western. good as always
Is like watching a Japanese dubbed movie, where the lips are still moving, but the line was finished!. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OBEONECANOBI
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Eastwood Trilogy best!!
What can I say ? Can't have one without the rest, this movie has an impact on the rest of the Eastwood Trlogy story's, if you ask me, their all good, if your a Eastwood fan!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by DALE
1.0 out of 5 stars This story's been done a few times, and each one is just as dull as...
The original of this story was the Japanese film called "Yojimbo". And that wasn't very exciting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rykre
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Spaghetti Western Gets A Great Blu-ray
A Fistful of Dollars is easily one of the best spaghetti westerns you can get. The story is pretty simple. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Phineas Poe
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed delivery date because of fedex smartpost
Movie is great, one of the best western movies out there, buuut amazon insists on using FedEx smartpost specially during the HOLIDAY season, therefore I have not recieved this item... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SuicideSkull
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