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Mannaja - A Man Called Blade

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Maurizio Merli (the iconic star of the 70s Italian cop movies) stars as a hatchet-wielding bounty hunter with a dark past and an even more desperate future. But when he disrupts the balance of power in a corrupt mining town, he unleashes a firestorm of brutality, betrayal and cold-blooded murder. Now, on man stalks a savage land where justice walks a razor and no bullets slice deeper than vengeance. He is A MAN CALLED BLADE.

John Steiner (SALON KITTY, CALIGULA) and Donal O'Brien (RUN MAN RUN, KEOMA) co-star in this muddy, bloody and extreme 'Spaghetti Western' that is truly a cut above the rest. Co-written and directed by the notorious Sergio Martino (TORSO, MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD), MANNAJA: A MAN CALLED BLADE has been fully restored from original Italian vault materials including its infamous 'eyeball torture' scenes.



Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • "A Man Called Sergio" (interview with director Sergio Martino)
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Sergio Martino Biography
  • Liner Notes by "Westerns al'Italiana" Editor Tom Betts

Product Details

  • Actors: Maurizio Merli, John Steiner, Sonja Jeannine, Donald O'Brien, Salvatore Puntillo
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Writers: Sergio Martino, Sauro Scavolini
  • Producers: Luciano Martino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KUE7I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mannaja - A Man Called Blade" on IMDb

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on March 1, 2006
Format: DVD
A man is running through swampy land through mist and trees. Behind him, riding in slow motion comes our "iconic" anti-hero. The man keeps slipping but eventually turns to shoot at the slow motion hero on a horse. He barley raises his hand when our hero throws a hatchet that in turns slices the mans arm right off.

Yes, that is the opening of Mannaja (aka A Man Called Blade), and from that violent opening sequence, you know the film could only come from Italy. Oh Spaghetti films hold a special place in my heart. No other country is this no-holds-barred when it comes to violence and Mannaja is just plum full of Italian film clichés. We get an unlikable anti-hero, bad dubbing, extreme violence, a plot holed story, and a surreal atmosphere. Everything we Italian film fanatics love!

Mannaja, one of the very last Spaghetti Westerns, is actually one of the more entertaining of the genre I have encountered. It actually makes more sense than other films from the Country. Our anti-hero who is known as Blade...yes a man called Blade...travels to a small western town where he gets on the bad side of the towns crooked ruler after betting him in a bet. It ends up this guy tries to kill our antihero.....a bad mistake. Sure it's predictable but what Spaghetti Western isn't other than Leone's? This is just plain and simple Spaghetti Western fun and nothing more. If you like the genre, then you deserve to have Mannaja in your collection.

The major thing is what does the title Mannaja have to do with the movie? The word or name "Mannaja" is never mentioned in the film. How do you even pronounce it? I feel like a fool every time I try to say the name. Also, make sure and check out the theme song to the movie....ifs just hilarious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on October 30, 2004
Format: DVD
"Blade" is a hatchet wielding badazz mofo bounty hunter who prances into a town run by a rich tyrant who has the entire town working in his silver mine. Blade's an all around do-gooder but is also looking to settle a score with this tyrant. Blade manages to piss of the villians about two seconds after setting foot in town, and the showdown begins. Needless to say this film is hardly original. When viewing this film I can't stress enough to NOT expect anything remotely like Leone. I think that's where alot of the negative reviews come from-high expectations. I went into this film with the same mindset I'd use going into Death Wish 4: The Crackdown. I expected it to be silly, violent, and most of all, fun. And it is fun! Is this soundtrack as dreadful as the reviews below say? You bet it is! It's terrible! But in my eyes that only added more laughs to the film, and I'm glad the soundtrack is as bad as it is. These lesser Italian westerns have a thing with anachronistic music. Remember Django's Tom Jones-esque theme? Mannaja's might even be funnier than that. And I can't forget mentioning a great performance by Italian film regular John Steiner(my homie Longinus from Caligula) as the villian. Don't expect grade-A entertainment and you'll have a winner with Mannaja. Think of it this way: If The Good, Bad and The Ugly is the Gremlins of westerns, then Mannaja is the Munchies of westerns. Check it out and enjoy those tunes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Cross on May 11, 2003
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This one came well after the Spaghetti Western had rode off into the sunset (in fact, I think it was the last one ever made). And it's a doozy - probably because it's a throw-back to all those silly, action-packed spaghetti westerns of the sixties. Gunfights and brutal fistfights punctuate the tried and true tale of revenge every five minutes, so you can forgive the trite dialogue and the occassional sequence that doesn't make any sense. The hero, who comes across as a nastier version of Patrick Wayne, is perfectly balanced by gaunt-faced John Steiner as the villainous foreman who is not adverse the wiping out the hired help and even bumping off his boss in his quest to become the big cheese. The film is similar in look to Keoma (the Franco Ndero western that is a must-have for Spaghetti enthusiasts) - the same sets are used and it sounds like they've brought in the same singer for the "you've got to hear it to believe it" soundtrack. The only drawback is the obvious lack of budget in some of the bigger set-pieces and a climactic gunfight that falls strnegly flat (in fact, in several of the shootouts, the director simply has the bad guys all standing still in the same place and being picked off one by one by the hero - but what the hell, they did the same thing in Road to Perdition didn't they?). This is consistently rated among the top 10 spaghetti westerns ever made so it's worth a place in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snake Plissken on March 4, 2008
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"A Man Called Blade" is probably the most perfect, textbook western film of the 70s. It has a "good" soundtrack, beautiful settings, smart and stupid bad guys, and a great protagonist. Merli is different from most western heroes, he seems like a nice fur trapper or mountain man, but he is very good at what he does,killing people. There is not much to criticize here. This is a fun, action packed, traditional Italian western
R.I.P Mr Merli
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The master of the Italian giallo, Sergio Martino, also helmed some excellent westerns. One of his best is "Mannaja - A Man Called Blade." Similar to his mystery thrillers (gialli), this Western is gory and ultraviolent. Even if Westerns are not your favorite genre, you will enjoy this one. It has romance, betrayal and nonstop action from beginning to end. The bloody stage coach massacre is one of my favorite scenes. The photography is beautiful. Blue Underground deserves a hearty applause for the film's excellent restoration. I watched it with Italian audio and English subtitles.

Blade (Maurizio Merli) is a bounty hunter who is an expert axe thrower as well as an expert marksman. He uses his axe to seek justice and revenge for the murder of his father and the stealing of his family lands. The man responsible is McGowan (Philippe Leroy), the wealthy, corrupt owner of a silver mine. However, for a huge sum of money, Blade agrees to help McGowan rescue his kidnapped daughter. Meanwhile, Blade falls in love with a dancer of a traveling troupe.

Along with being ultraviolent, "Mannaja - A Man Called Blade" is sad and bittersweet. It is one of the last great Spaghetti Westerns made in Italy. Critics say that Martino's overuse of fog and mist was to hide the dilapidated condition of the last Western studio in Italy. A memorable era in film making is long gone.

"Mannaja - A Man Called Blade" is highly recommended viewing for all fans of renowned director, Sergio Martino. From this film, one will clearly see that he excelled in all genres. I bought this for my dad who collects Westerns, but I'm thinking of keeping it for my own collection of Sergio Martino films. (I'm only joking.) This film is on a par with Lucio Fulci's "Four of the Apocalypse," starring Fabio Testi. In fact, I highly recommend watching them both as a double feature.
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