Spaghetti Western Double Feature Vol 2: Last Gun & Four Dollars of Revenge [Blu-ray]
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The Last Gun stars Euro-horror film favorite Cameron Mitchell as a mild-mannered shopkeeper with a secret past whose quiet town is about to explode in a cloud of gun-smoke in Sergio Bergonzelli's salacious adventure yarn.
Four Dollars of Revenge is an electrifying saga of power, betrayal and revenge set in the final days of the Civil War. Starring spaghetti western legend Robert Woods, Four Dollars for Vengeance sets the screen ablaze with explosive shootouts, daring escapes and a magnificent spaghetti western score.
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The film-prints are scratched and faded in places. However, the transfers aren't that bad if you're not too picky, definately better than Mill Creeks's previous DVD, though not quite the quality of a Warner Brothers or Sony high-definition transfer.
The movies themselves are alright, nothing special. However, I think Blu-Ray fans should definately buy this in order to show "the suits" that there's a market for non-Hollywood, non-blockbuster, and not quite cult-classic releases to the format.
The Good: Technically, there's a tremendous amount of positives to talk about for this release. Both films included on this double feature are also available on the Mill Creek set 10,000 Ways to Die: Spaghetti Western Collection, and, cutting to the chase, if you are a fan of either of these films, then this upgrade is a no-brainer - in comparison with the previous prints available. There may be other compilation packs that include these films - it's hard to tell with the proliferation of inexpensive and low quality sets - but I'd guess that there is a good chance any other prints out there match up well with '10,000 Ways to Die'. Since I have the previous prints on DVD, I was able to to compare them to this blu-ray version, and not surprisingly, the blu wins out handily.
Some specifics: 'The Last Gun' is anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TV's (no black bars) - a huge improvement over the non-anamorphic widescreen presentation on the DVD (black bars on top, bottom, and sides). 'Four Dollars of Revenge' is listed at 2.46:1, which looks about right, and again, another improvement over '10,000' with its 4:3 pan and scan. The blu-ray includes three audio options for both films, all in 2 channel - dolby digital, DTS-HD, and PMC uncompressed audio, but STILL no subtitles (C'mon, have a heart, Mill Creek). Unfortunately, it appears that little or no clean-up of the prints was attempted in the transfer, but everything is still sharper, clearer, and brighter - what one might expect from this transfer process.Read more ›
Cameron Mitchell takes the lead in 1964's The Last Gun aka Jim, Il Primo aka Killer's Canyon, but gets surprisingly little to do as the once notorious gunman who has, unbeknownst to the denizens of the small town he's settled down in, reinvented himself as a mild-mannered shopkeeper. But wouldn't you know it, when bad men descend on the town and no-one will stand up against them, he has to adopt a somewhat ridiculous Zorro-like masked secret identity to take them on. Yet, one intriguing scene where his refusal to publicly stand up and get himself killed destroys his marriage aside, the film doesn't seem particularly interested in him, with the dubbed Mitchell making considerably less of an impression than Carl Mohner as the ambiguous drifter tagging along with the gang who is the only one to know of his past infamy. He may be introduced miming the title song (sung by spaghetti regular Pete Tevis) over wildly unconvincing shots of him strumming a guitar as he rides along the hills but Mohner has more screen presence than our hero even if his part doesn't call for much more than constantly smiling. Owing more to John Wayne's early pre-stardom singing cowboy Westerns of the 30s than the more violent paella Westerns that Leone and others would usher in only a year later, it's no more than a time-filler for the very undemanding.Read more ›
"The Last Gun" is the definite lesser of the two, feeling much more akin to it's American counterparts than the Spaghetti Western style we know and love so well, but it's absolutely watchable. I don't know if I'd bother a second time, but it kept me entertained, made me laugh in a none-too-derisive manner and I didn't find myself yawning once. It's basically a riff on the "Lone Ranger", with a semi-mythical gun-slinger named Jim Hart instead of the Ranger. Predictably, there's bandits in town running things and beleaguered shopkeeper (B-movie mainstay Cameron Mitchell - "The Toolbox Murders", "Blood and Black Lace") has had enough. There's a lot of laughing in this movie, more so than in most b-movies, as villains, morally indifferent characters...pretty much everyone but the hero, finds humour in every small thing that occurs.
"Four Dollars of Revenge" is much better. You wouldn't call it an essential watch for the Spaghetti Western fan, but it's a solid example of the form and much more in line with what you'd want from this kind of thing. A sort of riff on the Count of Monte Cristo with a somewhat confusing time-span (seems fine until a late revelation involving "years of imprisonment"), it is a nice story of revenge, betrayal and (sort of) love. The title, while obviously evocative of "A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More" (homophonously emulated here), actually does pertain to the plot, as both distinctive Confederate dollars are key items in the plot, and are used as signals to the public in the revenge shootings.Read more ›
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For under $5 you will get 2 very entertaining Spaghetti Westerns in widescreen. I played these using my PS3 and my Epson HD projector onto my wall at 12 feet wide and they look... Read morePublished 12 months ago by tg5spd
The Spagetti Western genre is full of duds. This 2-pack contains two such duds! Sorry folks, but they can't all be Sergio Leone masterpieces. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Sundheim
The Last Gun is better than 4 Dollars of Revenge, but anyway, if you're a fan of the spaghetti westerns, you won't be disappointed, The Blu-Ray really comes out nice on these... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by True Crime Reader
These are your average Italian flicks. Not great but fun to watch Italians playing cowboys. The music & sound affects are also cool.Published on May 26, 2013 by David W. Barsness
I love me some Spag! Gotta say, this only gets 2 stars because I did enjoy the movies. The quality is awful, don't expect good picture quality with this film. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Big Tony
A solid double feature in the vain of spaghetti westerns, must be a fan of the genre to enjoy these movies. Not just a standard western movie.Published on January 18, 2013 by John Grenz
Just a note to let anybody who's on the fence (I mean, c'mon this is like $6 brand new, folks) that this Blu Ray from the infamous Mill Creek Entertainment - you know, the company... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by crunkyteen