For A Few Dollars More [Blu-ray]
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This movie has a wonderful beginning as we are introduced to Lee Van Cleef's character while he's in the performance of his role of a bounty killer. We are then treated to the reintroduction of Clint Eastwood's character, which actually does have the name of Monco, while he is taking care of his business as a bounty killer as well. Once the director has shown these two acts, he deftly shows how they end up on the same path as they both find out that they can score it big by killing Gian Maria Volonte's character, Indio and his gang. From there, we're taken to El Paso where the film's intrigue and suspense kick into high gear as both Eastwood and Van Cleef's characters meet.
If you've never seen this movie or its predecessor, I highly suggest you check these movies out as they're basically the mold for many of the westerns that followed. Prior to this movie and "A Fistful of Dollars," westerns were much tamer, which lends to the popularity of these movies which have a lot more grit and realism to them.Read more ›
I've given this movie 4 stars because it is a good film....it would be 2 stars based upon the quality of the Blu Ray transfer alone.
When I first put in the DVD I went to 'Set Up' as always. You are given a choice between the original mono mix and the DTS HD 5.1. I went with the DTS tho that might have been an error on my part. It is also the first time I discussed the audio transfer prior to the video. The audio clearly was not given much of a remix. Rather the editors simply would pan to the front left or right depending upon who was providing the dialogue and where they were on the front stage. The audio pans were very obvious as the volume would also jump at the pan for a moment. While the movie score, so famous by now, was decently spread across the front channels, there was literally no use of the LFE channel except for one small moment when they blow up the bank. Otherwise, your sub will be sleeping through the movie. The rear channels were very rarely used. If I am wrong, and they really did remix the audio, it must be the worst case of mixing I have ever heard. On a positive note, the dialogue was, for the most part, clean and clear and the audio levels balanced.
The film starts with a lone horseman being shot off his horse as the opening credits come on. When I first saw this, I thought I was in trouble because there was a ton of grain in the picture as well as banding and wavering in the sky and desert.Read more ›
With his epic "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "The Man With No Name" trilogy, Leone not only resuscitated the Western genre, but set a new standard. His first Western, "A Fistful of Dollars," was basically a retelling of Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo"; a Samurai tale transplanted south of the border in old Mexico. With "For a Few Dollars More," Leone really opens up as a screenwriter and director. Gone is the claustrophobic town of "Fistful," replaced by the full sweep of the great American Southwest (for which the drier regions of Spain provide a reasonable facsimile for those of us who know that Tucumcari is hardly so dry and El Paso nary as mountainous).
Leone also begins staking out his territory as director with this one, too. "For a Few Dollars More" bears more traces of Cecil B. deMille than Kurosawa, as Leone starts trending toward an epic production that reaches full fruition in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Once Upon A Time in the West." However, Leone's *style* of Western could never be confused with John Ford -- rather, it hearkens back to the more violent moments found in Westerns such as "Winchester '73" (Anthony Mann), "High Noon" (Fred Zinnemann) and "Rio Bravo" (Howard Hawks), and looks forward to the gritty, realistic violence from directors influenced by Leone, such as Sam Peckinpah, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.Read more ›
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The second of the 'Man With No Name' movies, although he actually had a name in all of them, it was only mentioned once or twice in each film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ZenDodge69
I really enjoy this movie every time, I really love it; but, for some reason, I think that there is a couple of missing scenes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.Towers
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