BCA Month Beauty Fall Reading Hallo nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited PCB for Musical Instruments $69.99 Handmade Tote Bags hgg17 Book a house cleaner for 2 or more hours on Amazon curbpremiere curbpremiere curbpremiere  Three new members of the Echo family All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, starting at $129.99 All-New Kindle Oasis GNO Shop Now HTL17_gno

Customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
26
Machine Gun McCain [Blu-ray]
Format: Blu-ray|Change
Price:$12.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime


on March 22, 2014
Giuliano Montaldo was known for directing the Italian-French-German heist film with a great cast including Edward G. Robinson and Janet Leigh 1967's "Grand Slam." It was a kind of poor man's "Rififi" set partially in Brazil and was quite carefully worked out and clever ending. It was somewhat a success. In 1970, he got a great cast lined up for a Mafia crimesploitation epic titled "Machine Gun McCain" and had the idea to cast John Cassavetes as the lead and added Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk to the cast with Britt Ekland for scenery and Blue Underground put it out now in blu-ray. Montaldo is quite versatile but again the end result is a poor man's expose on violence and becomes a bit underwhelming. But the blu-ray is cheap enough and you could do worse for it. You may want to hold out for the original films these two cookies get cut from. The Blue Underground blu-ray also contains a 23 min. interview with Montaldo and English and Italian trailers, color.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on September 24, 2014
GREAT MOB MOVIE FROM THE SIXTIES.THANK'S BLUE UNDERGROUND,FOR BRINGING THIS MOVIE OUT ON DVD
[BLUE RAY]! EXCELLENT QUALITY,CRISP AND CLEAR AND THE AUDIO AND SOUNDTRACK IS WELL DONE.
GIULIANO MONTALDO'S MASTER PIECE,(ALSO KNOWN AS AKA-CANDY LEG'S FROM THE BOOK) AS FAR AS I'M CONCER'D.JOHN CASSAVETES WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS CAREER WHEN HE MADE THIS MOVIE,TOUGH GUY
STYLE AS ALWAY'S.THE GREATIOUS GENA ROWLANDS(JOHN'S WIFE)EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD A SMALL ROLE
GAVE AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE FOR HER PART.BRITT EKLAND,THE HOTTIE FROM THE SIXTIES GAVE
A GODD PERFORMANCE AS WELL.PETER FALK(COLUMBO)WAS SUPERB! ROUNDING OUT THE CAST FROM THE
SIXTIES SPAGHETTI WESTERN ERA,LUIGI PISTILLI(FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE,THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY,
AND THE GREAT SILENCE) TONY KENDALL FROM COUNTLESS SPW'S.THEN,THERE IS GABRIELE FERZETTI(HEY,MR.
CHOO-CHOO,ONCE A UPON A TIME IN THE WEST)AS THE UNDER BOSS FROM THE EAST COAST MOB.ENNIO
MORRICONNE'S THEME WELL STICK IN YOUR HEAD FOR DAY'S.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 16, 2016
GREAT DVD, picture is clear and because it's been digitally remastered.
It is unlike some DVDs of old movies that the pictures were blurry, grainy and fading and seems to be produced by Desert Island videos and Mr fat-W videos. I now avoid these two productions like I avoiding defects because they were defects indeed.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on April 29, 2016
its okay.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on June 22, 2012
I want to love this film, but I can't. There are no bigger fans of Cassavetes, Falk, and Rowlands than me. And to see any one of them, I would enthusiastically buy any movie whatsoever, and here you have all three of them. The rest of the casting also is quite good. The problem is the story. It's very trite, very thin, and leaves the finest actors of their generation with very little to work with. It's full of cliches, not necessarily a bad thing, but cliches that are so very badly executed. After about a hundred years of filming bank robberies and getaways, it's not easy to make them look this silly and unbelievable. If you want to see the same story done and done right, watch Steve McQueen's The Getaway. I don't regret buying it, but it is as if the director stopped filming, not when the movie was over, but because he had no more film. If it was 60 minutes longer, it would have been a much better movie. And how many movies can you say that about?
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 2, 2012
Blue Underground ought to be lauded for bringing this B-Movie classic back to life. It stars Peter Falk as an intractable and power-hungry mobster, Cassavetes as an unstoppable gun-for-hire and Gena Rowlands as his long-lost moll. With a story and cast like this, it's one of the undiscovered treasures of low-rent Hollywood from the 70's. It also stars Britt Ekland, but, only in the sense that she's on camera for a good part of the film, she brings almost nothing to the role other than her stunning good looks. This would have been a much better film if Rowlands has taken her role, but, that's part of the charm of this film, it's untapped potential.

On another note, the transfer of this is solid. Not amazing, a little washed out in some places, but clearly a labor of love. This is also reflected in the menu itself where...well, I don't want to spoil it. Suffice it to say it brought a huge smile to my face. Pick this movie up if any of the above strike your interest, you'll be glad you did.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on August 25, 2010
Blue Underground has done it again with this visually stunning transfer of Italian Director Giuliano Montaldo's crime epic 'MACHINE GUN MCCAIN'. I first saw this movie about 15 years ago on Cinemax with a pan and scan OK print which I taped. I loved the feel and grittiness of the subject matter and was really anticipating this release. It was worth the wait. The widescreen negative looks brand spanking new with bright colors showing off the technicolor image and the sound is aurally magnificent. Montaldo shot this film in the US with both Euro and American actors as he did his other great heist movie from 1967 'GRAND SLAM'. John Cassavetes is excellent as the title character lured into another job after being released from prison. The cast is awesome: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Britt Ekland at her most beautiful, Euro stars Florinda Bolkan, Luigi Pistilli from 'THE GOOD, THE BAD ,& THE UGLY' ,Gabriele Ferzetti who also worked with Sergio Leone and played Diana Riggs father in the best of the non Connery Bonds 'ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE' 'and Tony Kendall from countless Euro Spy movies just to name a few. The film is like a cross between the Mafia crime dramas and poliziotteschi films which cropped up in the early seventies. Montaldo weaves his story creating a work of mythic porportions around Mccain's character with an ethereal music score by maestro Ennio Morricone. It also harkens back to the gangster films of director Raoul Walsh such as 'HIGH SIERRA' and 'WHITE HEAT' with the anti hero moving through one crisis after another till his inevitable demise. It also contains a great interview with the director which makes Blue Underground one of the best companies in preserving these underrated Euro artists for future generations. Don't think about it, just press the add to cart button on this DVD which along with Olive Films flawless transfer of 'HANNIE CAULDER' emerges as the best and most important film archived from the sixties released this year. Bravo, Blue Underground.
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on September 8, 2010
Short'n sweet; Film 5 Stars//BD 4.

What a fantastic find. Blue Underground is fastly becomming my fav studio for Blu-rays. I have been watching films for a long time, but still can find hidden gems like Giuliano Montaldo's: Machine Gun McCain thanks to them.

If you want the film's synopsis, please read Amazon's, cause it hits the mark. Be warned, though, this film comes with a tonne of style, an amazing score (Ennio Morricone!!!) and a BIG punch. Hank McCain is the main character played by John Cassavetes who is just brillient. Nobody F___s with McCain!

The Blu-ray itself is very high quality with great picture and sound (DTS HD mono) for a movie that is 41 years old. Be warned, there is some excess grain in the wide open shots (not so many), but for the most the picture is clear and colourful. Extras are tight with just the 23 min Interview with Director Giuliano Montaldo and 2 trailers.

Highly recommended.
Hanzo
0Comment| 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on December 1, 2010
"Machine Gun McCain" is the thinking person's gangster movie. Perhaps it is John Cassavetes' brooding performance that brings this edge to director Giuliano Mondaldo's thrilling film. Peter Falk is no sympathetic Columbo here and it's great to see Gena Rowlands in a cameo that is the best performance in the film. You will remember Gena long after the closing credits. Montaldo knows how to make films like this and this is one of his best. The climax is a bottler. Ennio Morricone's score is a major asset, as always.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on May 7, 2015
I'm a Peter Falk fan. He plays a great gangster.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse