Death Rides a Horse Da uomo a uomo
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A Bona Fide Spaghetti Western Classic! Fifteen years after four bandits massacred his family while executing a $200,000 robbery, a young man (John Phillip Law, Danger: Diabolik) seeks revenge. The men responsible for the murders all hold positions of power in the new west, but now a bandit (Lee Van Cleef, Sabata, Return of Sabata) they had framed for the murders is due to be released from prison... he s ready to exact bloody reprisals and decides to form an unholy alliance with the vengeance-seeking young man. This stylish revenge tales directed by Giilio Petroni (Tepepa) and written by Luciano Vincenzoni (The Mercenary) featured a strong supporting cast that includes Mario Brega (A Fistful of Dollars), Luigi Pistilli (For a Few Dollars More) and Anthony Dawson (Dial M for Murder) with a haunting and rousing score by legendary maestro Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-Original Theatrical Trailer
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John Philip Law plays a young man, haunted by the rape and murder of his entire family that he witnessed as a child. After being rescued from the burning farmhouse by a mysterious stranger, the clock is turned many years forward, and we witness him training his shooting skills in a scene that presages many kung-fu training sequences we'd see on screen later in the decade. While that sequence is very much euro-western in feel, Law's character is pure Oater - he "reckons" a lot, he drops lines like "before anybody kills me, they gotta get my okay. And I don't think I'm gonna give it to 'em!"
He crosses paths with Lee Van Cleef, a mysterious gunslinger straight out of jail and hot on the trail of those who framed him. Cleef's character is Pure Spaghetti West, and that's the clever hook of this film - the kid is the old school, pure-Oater, twangy white-hat western hero, and the oldtimer is the New Wave.
There's tension, they cross swords more than one, and each wants his pound of flesh without the help of the other, but over the course of the film they naturally become a team. The tension comes in knowing that they'll have to settle with each other down the road, if they both live long enough. It's reminiscent of the even better THE AVENGING EAGLE that way.
Well worth a couple of hours of your weekend afternoon, and Wild East gives us a nice-looking transfer.