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He Sells Death to the Highest Bidder! Sergei The Polish Kowalski (Franco Nero, Django, Companeros), a mercenary who's only out for himself and a few dollars, joins up with a Mexican peasant-turned-revolutionary, Paco Roman (Tony Musante, The Grissom Gang) to rob a silver mine in Texas. No longer content to toil for the rich and powerful, Roman plans to bring a new order to Mexico by force with his small ragtag gang. While Roman and Kowalski are outnumbered facing the Mexican army, they also have to contend with Curly (Jack Palance, Ten Seconds to Hell), a vengeful killer out for blood. Top-notch direction by Sergio Corbucci (Navajo Joe) and score by the great Ennio Morricone (For a Few Dollars More) helped make The Mercenary one the best spaghetti westerns ever made. Co-starring the beautiful Giovanna Ralli (Cannon for Cordoba).
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-Mercenario in Pictures: Animated Image Gallery 6:00
-Promoting Mercenario: Animated Image Gallery 10:00
-Original Theatrical Trailer
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The movie itself has a few continuity problems, especially at the beginning. The plot jumps from one plot point to the next in rapid succession leaving the viewer to fill in the gaps with what might have happened in between but the main narrative is always there. It's also made clear at the beginning that the movie is told as a flashback , up until the pivotal showdown anyway. It's a great showdown too. Absolutely unique! Surreal and intense with a rodeo clown in pancake VS a dandified psychopath watched over by an ambivalent referee. A great Ennio Morricone soundtrack plays as the clock ticks away. Really unforgettable. Violent and comical. Pure genius.
The film looks great in Blu. The packaging is original theatrical release art which, as a collector, I am a sucker for. ( when will these movies get steelbooks?) The extras are mostly trailers along with some interesting MERCENARY production pictures. There is a quite good audio commentary by Alex Cox as well. Top notch all the way around !