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Post-sound production sound work. The voices are over-modulated, hissy, gritty and raspy. The voices overpower the ambience sounds. Every other word breaks up as if the actors were to close to a cheap microphone. The effect is that the voices to seem to be disembodied from the actors. The good mood music and songs are so compressed and muddy that all ambience, and dynamics of the music are lost. The background ambience sounds such as horses hoofs or wind or gunshots are compressed, muffled or to low. The film stock although clear, crisp and colorful has a cheap look.
The accents are at times over the top except the Protagonist. He is supposed to be a half-breed Native American - but has an Italian accent. In one scene a man twists and falls seemingly before the gun is fired. There are a couple of obvious novice actors. There are some embarrassing pretentious macho cliches and campy dialogue... That said...Read on...
Keoma is full of style, artistry, imagination, atmosphere, pathos and symbolism. There are authentic looking frontier ghost towns and western paraphernalia, dust storms, rain storms, dark hazy nights, crazed mobs, smoky bars, gritty costumes and a some good, albeit mostly unknown, character actors.
The camera work is magical. The movie is shot through and or framed with in wagon wheels, fire, running water, fingers, tattered rags, fence-posts, stair railings, halfcocked doors, splits and cracks in lumber and bullet holes.
The editing works well splicing in slow motion scenes far better then others - outside of Peckinpah.
The actors fit their rolls well.Read more ›
Though the film was made at a time when italian westerns were practically dead, as they had already been made into a parody with the Trinity films, Keoma didn't manage to resurrect the genre. Why? Maybe because nobody could figure a way to top this film, which gives you a general idea of how good it is.
The DVD copy is absolutely brilliant, as is anything coming from Anchor Bay, and it features a great commentary by Castellari himself (though I find annoying the journalists Anchor Bay send to view the films along with the directors, as any real fan would have a trillion more questions to ask).
Overall, a great film that should be (re)discovered by any western fan!
The DVD is absolutely loaded as it comes with a dazzling commentary by Enzo G. Castellari. Unlike Umberto Lenzi or Dario Argento, Castellari does not have a thick Italian accent so it's relatively easy to understand everything he says. He does trail off at a few points when he really should be giving background on the actors and techniques, but the commentary does not fail in being one of the most INTERESTING I have heard in a long time. It's too bad the journalist who mediated the commentary didn't seem to have a very wide knowledge of the genre, though he was able to recognize Donal O'Brien from ZOMBI HOLOCAUST.
The picture quality is beyond crisp, this is the best the movie has ever looked (yeah I know it's a cliche to say this about Anchor Bay DVDs, but this one deserves it). The film is also the UNCUT version which has never been available in the states, and also is presented in its proper widescreen aspect ratio for the first time anywhere ever. Those like me who bought the old import tape from Holland will be blown away because the look of the film is so different than before.
The only flaw is the sound, which sounds a tad hissy when the actors are talking.Read more ›
Surprisingly, I discovered none other than director Enzo G. Castellari lensed this epic western, and actually made it when the spaghetti western genre was essentially dead on its feet. Castellari's name should ring a few bells with fans of low budget Italian schlock; he's the guy who made "1990: The Bronx Warriors" and "Escape From the Bronx," two science fiction films of such mediocre standards that anyone who appreciates such things should immediately check them out. With "Keoma," Castellari proves he's much better than most of his output.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome western with a half native american-half white protag played by Nero. He cannot escape from his past and must settle a score with hostile figures, who are they? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anonymous Rogue
The legendary Spaghetti Western actor Franco Nero stars as a half-breed Indian outcast, who grew up being tormented by his three spiteful half-brothers. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Julian Pope
The only positive notes I can supply to this film is the scenery/cinematography and the plot.
Django, Death Rides a Horse or The Great Silence are better films. Read more
Keoma is the story of a boy who was born from a white man and an indian woman and is loved more by his father than his two white brothers. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Keith J. Williams
Disclaimer: The version of 'Keoma' that I watched is included in the Gunslinger Western Collection - as such I cannot comment on the quality of the DVD offered on this product... Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Bryan Byrd
Fittingly released as "Django Rides Again", "Keoma" reads like a final farewell not just to the man that helped popularize the genre, Franco Nero (who was supposedly a bigger draw... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Dr. Geek
1st:This is a fantastic,wonderful,spaghetti western by the great
"ENZO C.!!! And FRANCO NERO gives a great performance."HHOWEVER??? Read more
I have a lot of "Spaghetti Westerns" in my collection, and this one is far from the worst, but it's not one of the best either. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by Grapey Grimes
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