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Django [Blu-ray]
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on May 3, 2014
...makes a different Western. Where Sergio Leone gets all the recognition for films like FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY and OUATITW, The "other" Sergio, Corbucci (not to be confused with the OTHER other Sergio, Sergio Sollima) made this important and influential entry in the Spaghetti Western pantheon. How influential? Well, there were literally dozens of films after this one that added the name "Django" to the tile, even though they had nothing whatsoever to do with this film.

Where Leone's films are spectacular, surgical-tool clean masterpieces of pure design, pure STYLE and FEEL...this movie sees the muck and filth and blood and just puts out its arms and does the Nestea Plunge into it all. As a film, it shrieks out its low budget from the rooftops, it revels in its flawed script, and shamelessly declares itself as exploitation cinema. And because of all that, it makes you love it and never let it go. DJANGO's energy and excesses showcase its flaws, but its raw garage-punk sensibility simply sneers winningly and says "So?" It is no exaggeration to say there are images here that will haunt you - the bloody pistol grip propped on the grave marker, the coffin dragged through mud, a red scarf disappearing into quicksand - long after the DVD is back on your shelf. Where, btw, it probably won't gather much in the way of dust - this is one that earns repeat viewings. Bacalov's score is the perfect combination of ghost-town-revenge-western and nightmare circus music, and it fits DJANGO like a glove (a glove caked in mud and dried blood, with the fingertips cut off, natch).

I guess you can tell I like this one. You will too. It's tough not to like. The DVD from Blue Underground gives us a good presentation of Corbucci's classic, along with some nice extras and even an Easter egg. If all you know of Spaghetti Westerns is Leone's work, this is a fantastic jumping off point for exploring the rest of the Euro-western universe. The English dub is...okay, but I recommend the Italian dub, which is fa bene. In the original Italian, Django himself comes across as more of a bastard and less of a Western Hero type, which makes the unfolding events even more satisfying.
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on January 19, 2016
Not a bad Italian Western, It is not as good as a Fist Full of Dollars, but better than most Spaghetti Westerns. When we first meet Django, he is dragging an old wood coffin behind him. He rescues a beautiful young woman from abuse and death and goes after a bunch of Bad guys. There are shoot outs, and a bunch of bad guys get shot. The D is silent in Django. Franco Nero does not do to bad as a Western mostly nice guy. The story moves along well. Of course Django just needs to shot his gun in the general direction of the bad guys to kill them. The theme song was reused by Quentin Tarantino in "Django Unchained." Don't expect any great acting, but you will enjoy the movie.
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on May 11, 2017
Say what you want about the quality. Writing wise this is probably the best version of a common story--a lone man plays two powerful gangs against one another in order to save a town.
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on October 16, 2017
Wide screen format, excellent image and sound.
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on April 25, 2016
Django (1966) is an epic western classic! And also very violent for how old it is. You can see some of the influences from this movie had on Quentin Tarantino. Also I like to mention is to not watch the dub of this movie, you will not like it unless you are used to cheesy dubbing. I recommend going into the menu on the DVD and switch it to it's original language with subtitles! Still epic after 50 years!!!
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on December 21, 2011
I bought this movie after having run out of Sergio Leone westerns to watch. Upon my first viewing, I was amused, but very disappointed in the film.

The picture quality is great. The sound and dubbing are good by Spaghetti Western standards. But something just wasn't right.

I moved on and began watching as many other spaghetti westerns as I could get my hands on. Eventually I stumbled across one of Sergio Corbucci's other films 'The Great Silence'. I was floored. I decided to give Django another shot.

When viewed outside the lens of Leone films and measured by it's own merits, Django is a fantastic film, and one of the great Spaghetti Westerns.

It has everything a red blooded man needs in a movie. It's smart, violent, and slightly cheesy at times (something tells me it's not as bad in italian). And if you are a Quentin Tarantino fan as am I, you'll quickly notice just how much this movie and the genre inspired him.

So, in short, It's no Sergio Leone film... but then again, what is?
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on March 6, 2008
django is another example of the bizzare fact that the italians can make better westerns than the americans. django is one of the best westerns ive ever seen. while its not nearly as good as the good, the bad and the ugly(a film wich i personally think is flawless)its stil loads of fun. django is a traveling stranger who drags a coffin containing a western style minigun. he ends up in a small town run by a corrupt racist and his band of red masked henchmen. as you may have guessed django ends up battling these baddys and saves the day so to speak. theres also a mexican revolutionary(or something like that)who django helps battle the red hoods and steal a fortune in gold from. while the plot isnt incredibly original, the film is still interesting and you never find yourself confused or bored with the story. the film never really slows down. sure it takes a bit of a break in the middle but its never boring. the film if fueled by some pretty cool action scenes including a large gunfight with the red hoods where django kills nearly all of them with his machine gun. this being a western from the 60's dont expect bullet holes or realistic death acting when someone is shot, but thats okay because this film doesnt have to be realistically violent to entertain. django is a true western masterpeice that should not be missed. it isnt a masterpeice by serious film critic standards(not that there opinion matters, nor mine)but it is certainly a classic film that will have you singing along to its extremely catchy theme song. very, very fun movie, definately dont miss django.
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on May 23, 2017
Classic
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on October 13, 2012
I first got turned onto Django through Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django," which was his controlled, yet frenetic, reworking of Corbucci's original, released right around the time as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

The film is definitely dated, yet stands well in storyline and cast. Do not want to lay out the story as you can read that easily enough elsewhere on this site, but would highly recommend owning this classic "spaghetti western" to anyone who is either a fan of the genre, or any Quentin Tarrantino devotee who also considers themselves a true film (not "movie") aficionado.
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on February 4, 2016
One of the truly original spaghetti westerns starring gorgeous Italian actor Franco Nero, done at the same time as Clint Eastwwod's spaghetti westerns which were aired in the U.S. Django was not released to the US until years later. If you have seen the current Django movie done by Quentin Tarratino, Franco Nero, the original Django, has a small cameo appearance.
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