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For a Few Dollars More (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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"The leading icon of a generation" (Roger Ebert), Academy Award(r) winner* Clint Eastwood continues his trademark role as the legendary "Man With No Name" in this second installment of the famous Sergio Leone trilogy. Scripted by Luciano Vincenzoni and featuring Ennio Morricone's haunting musical score, For A Few Dollars More is a modern classicone of the greatest Westerns evermade. Eastwood is a keen-eyed, quick-witted bounty hunter on the bloody trail of Indio, the territory's most treacherous bandit. But his ruthless rival, Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef, High Noon), is determined to bring Indio in first...dead or alive! Failing to capture their preyor eliminate each otherthe two are left with only one option: team up, or face certain death atthe hands of Indio and his band of murderous outlaws.
Disc 1 presents For a Few Dollars More in glorious 2.35:1-ratio widescreen Techniscope (a "poor-man's Cinemascope" process that squeezed two images into each normal 35mm frame), with a new Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround mix--admittedly a bane to Leone purists who prefer the film's original mono soundtrack, but a positive boon for 21st-century home-theater systems. In his lively and authoritative feature-length audio commentary, noted British film historian and Leone biographer Sir Christopher Frayling provides an in-depth analysis of the film, along with details about the production (Leone's first with an adequate budget--in this case $600,000) and a comprehensive discussion of the film's historical context.
On disc 2, Frayling further examines For a Few Dollars More in "A New Standard" (20:15), a "making of" featurette with emphasis on the film's male/male dynamic (described by Frayling as Leone's "invention of the brother he never had"). In "Back for More" (7:08), star Clint Eastwood recalls how he'd begun to watch Leone to inform his own directorial ambitions. "Tre Voci" (11:05) is a combination of retrospective interviews with producer Alberto Grimaldi, screenwriter Sergio Donati, and Mickey Knox, an American actor living in Rome who provided many of the post-synchronized voices for the English-language versions of Leone's films. "The Original American Release Version" (5:19) examines three edits that were made for the film's U.S. release (including removal of the name "Manco" so Eastwood's character could remain anonymous in the film's successful "Man with No Name" marketing campaign). The delightful "Location Comparisons" provide a 10-minute montage of original For a Few Dollars More film clips meticulously matched to photos taken on the same locations in 2004 by devoted Leone fans Donald S. Bruce and Marla J. Johnson. --Jeff Shannon
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For A Few Dollars More, has always been my favorite Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Part of the reason I admit this maybe because it was the FIRST of the "Dollars" films I saw on the big screen when it first came out in theaters during the 60s. After that admission, I realize people typically hold their "first time" for anything in a special place in their memories. The Good, Bad and Ugly is a good second choice, but it always seemed a little too long for the subject matter. Kinda like Leone was trying to put three stories in one movie.
The current Kino Lorber release has most of the same features appearing on previous versions plus some new ones.
Of special importance, and makes the purchase price well worth it for this feature alone, is the audio commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas. The disk also includes the previously available commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling, however he concentrates mostly on Leone. Lucas correctly points out to the valuable contributions by the other actors and technical staff. It is an encyclopedic presentation.
Filmmaker Alex Cox (author of the book "10,000 Ways to Die") does a video tour of most of the filming locations of the film, using actual film clips to illustrate the locations as he visits them on camera.
So in summary, if you are a fan of this film, or Clint Eastwood, you need this Blu-Ray in your collection.
This movie is considered the second in the Man with No Name trilogy even though Eastwood's character is called Monco in the movie. I streamed this via Amazon Prime so can not comment on any dvd's or blu-rays.
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For me, a Eastwood spaghetti western fan, this was a buy that breathed new interest into one of my all time favourite films. Best way to view this classic, so what are you waiting for.
Quick bit of trivia for you. Accordingly Clint Eastwood is one of only two stars known to be able to fire a gun without blinking while on set.
Any one know who the other guy is?
However,like many other films on DVD this has been spoilt by slicing out scenes
to make the film shorter.originally released on film adout two and a half hours long, it found it's way onto VHS reduced to two hours and eight minutes.
this one on DVD Which is being called a SPECIAL EDITION,has been reduced to two hours and six minutes, missing out a scene towards the end which once again destroys
yet another of Sergio Leone's masterpieces. Manco and Colonel Mortimer are climbing back through the roof of the grain store, where Indio has hidden the money from the
bank robbery at El Paso,they are caught by Indio's gang and are being beaten up by
all the gang members. The scene is shot in the outside yard, then is suddenly cut and they are inside with Indio saying "What is the sheriff doing now", which makes no sense at all! The correct scene which has been sliced out and thus ruining the film even further, shows the gang members laughing and then Indio realising he needs them alive for a little plan of his own, ordering them to stop it, to which
Groggi replies "Why let them live?" then Indio says, "All things at the right time"!
Then comes "What is the sheriff doing now"? The film in it's entirity is arguably
the best western ever made, and during the 60's and 70's was the most popular western worldwide. Special Edition my arse! Sergio must be turning in his grave at
what's been done to all his magnificent spaghetti westerns!
This blu-ray US Import has many improvements on the above. Most appreciably is the aspect ratio. I now am able to see more detail but the benefits doesn't stop there. The colors are richer, clearer. I cannot say that there is much difference in the sound but its not needed. The sound in the dvd version is good.
I had expected some distortion in the faces and other images because of the change in aspect ratio but there wasn't any.
I am very pleased.
whith this film.This film also introduces Mr Lee Van Cleef as another Bounty Hunter ,Making the intrig very interesting in this movie.
For the fantastic Quality In Sound And Foto ,as for the story i can only give the Highest Rating of 5 Stars to this great Classic Western
Arrived quickly and in superb condition. Thank you :D