A Fistful of Dollars
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Brand New 4K Restoration! The film that started it all… the genre of “Spaghetti Western” was born, The Man with No Name was introduced and the iconic talents of star Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven), director Sergio Leone (For a Few Dollars More, A Fistful of Dynamite) and composer Ennio Morricone (Navajo Joe, Death Rides a Horse) were launched. An instant international phenomenon, this hard-hitting epic stunned audiences with its violence, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek humor. A lean, cold-eyed, cobra-quick gunfighter (Eastwood) arrives in a grim and dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers terrorize the impoverished citizens. Though he receives lucrative offers of employment from each gang, his loyalty cannot be bought. He accepts both jobs... and sets in motion a deadly plan to destroy the criminals, pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated setups, showdowns and deadly confrontations. Co-starring Marianne Koch (The Devil’s General) and Gian Maria Volontè (Face to Face, The Red Circle).
-Brand New 4K Restoration
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
-Interview with Actress Marianne Koch
-"Trailers From Hell" with John Badham
-A Fistful of Dollars: Original Outtakes
-A FISTFUL in Pictures - Animated Image Gallery (14:52)
-Promoting A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS - Animated Image Gallery (15:48)
-A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS - On the Set - Animated Image Gallery (3:57)
-Restored Opening UA Logo
-The Christopher Frayling Archives: A Fistful of Dollars
-A New Kind of Hero: Featurette
-A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film
-Tre Voci: Three Friends Remember Sergio Leone
-Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned Filmmaker Monte Hellman Discusses the Television Broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars
-The Network Prologue with Harry Dean Stanton
-Location Comparisons: Then to Now
-10 Radio Spots
-Double Bill Trailer
-5.1 Surround and 2.0 Audio
-Trailers for All Five Sergio Leone Westerns
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Sergio Leone kicks off his spaghetti western trilogy with Clint Eastwood as the man with no name (and quickly followed this with "For a Few Dollars More"). While it is not the best of the series, it still ranks above your average western, and Clint Eastwood always delivers.
You can see Eastwood knock a woman out, you can catch the exploding barrel. Gun enthusiasts might enjoy the discussion of a .45 versus a Winchester rifle. The winner of this debate lives, the loser dies. Sort of ads some weight to the topic.
This was the first time that Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone worked together. Initially Leone was not keen on using Morricone for this film. Lacerenza's initial trumpet performance of the score made Leone quickly set aside any reservations. Leone and Morricone, who had known each other since 3rd grade, would develop a close working relationship that would last through all of Leone's future films.
Here they left things alone, which was the right thing to do. But this restoration is contrasty, and just weird. An Italian company called Ripley did their own restoration several years ago and if you can find that Blu that's the one you want - they got it all right - color, detail, contrast. Given that the new restoration is a 4K scan of the original negative just goes to show you that doing a 4K scan off a Techniscope negative (a two-perf process) is kind of meaningless. There is no more detail to be found in the new Kino disc. The Ripley transfer was also used for a German Blu-ray that's pretty easy to find - however that one doesn't look as good as the Italian for whatever reason. So, for a much more accurate transfer seek out the Italian of the Ripley or if you can't find that get the German. For Good/Bad/Ugly I have no problem with the MGM/UA Blu of the most current restoration of the various transfers available - of those various transfers, which include previous Blu-ray releases from MGM, as well as a really horrid older Italian thing that is all brown and truly Ugly, none are very good and so even if you agree with the yellow comments about the newer MGM/UA 4K thing, it's still head and shoulders above all releases and it really isn't all that yellow.
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The first film of the “Man with No Name” trilogy. One of the best-known spaghetti westerns.Read more