Grand Duel / Keoma (Spaghetti Western Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
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KEOMA - Runtime:101 min - Franco Nero is KEOMA, a half-breed gunfighter weary of killing as a way of life. But when he returns to his troubled childhood home, Keoma is caught in a savage battle between innocent settlers, sadistic bandits and his vengeful half-brothers. In a wasteland gone mad with rage and pain, can one man massacre his way to redemption? Woody Strode (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST), William Berger (DJANGO STRIKES AGAIN) and Olga Karlatos (ZOMBIE) co-star in this one-of-a-kind classic that fans and critics consider to be one of the greatest Spaghetti Westerns of all time.
THE GRAND DUEL (AKA THE BIG SHOWDOWN) - Runtime: 94 min - Also known as Il Grande Duello, this classic Spaghetti Western features Lee Van Cleef in the role of a tough, gun-slinging sheriff out to defend a young cowboy accused of murder. Dressed in characteristic all-black, he must fend off the avenging Saxon brothers (who, naturally, drape themselves entirely in white). Action-packed with wild shoot-outs, riotous chase scenes and a fantastic score by composer Luis Enrique Bacalov (who would later be enlisted by longtime fan Quentin Tarantino to create film music for his work), this gritty gem remains a favorite among fans of the genre.
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- The Spaghetti Western genre has tremendous cult following was resurrected by Quentin Tarantino s KILL BILL films.
- The film Grand Duel is on Quentin Tarantino s TOP 20 SPAGHETTI WESTERN list and included in this collection!
- The recent animated film RANGO is inspired by the Spaghetti Western films even one of the characters, Rattlesnake Jake, is modeled after Lee Van Cleef!
Top Customer Reviews
This version is longer than the previously released Wild East DVD. While I have not done a complete side by side comparison, I did notice a scene on the blu-ray that I have often seen in the trailer, but never in the actual film on DVD; the scene where the dying old man wipes his bloody hand on Adam Saxon. I am sure there are many more.
The presentation on this blu-ray far exceeded my expectations. Admittedly I was worried at first as the background for the blu-ray menu showed an intentionally scratchy washed out print.
The print is pristine and blemish free. It looks to be pulled from the original negative and not a interpositive based version as there are subtle jumps occasionally in between cuts. As an original negative is literally glued together between cuts, over time the print will reveal these "bumps". Not a huge deal.
Color is solid throughout, and film grain is well defined without being distracting. Details are are very sharp on the extreme close ups.
The audio is nothing spectacular, but is clear. There are some serious sync issues. For example in the scene where LVC spins around and says "I never kill for money", was out of sync, which was not a problem in the Wild East version. These type of sync issues are probably in 50% of the movie, and seem to occur in large chunks of run time. I know Spaghetti Westerns are known for their dubbing, but the English should match! Bummer.
Aside from the audio sync issues, I feel it is a great disc. I popped in the Wild East DVD afterwards and found it to be unwatchable (but I am a Blu-ray snob).
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Mostly I wanted to inform the curious that this budget priced twofer is solid.
The Grand Duel is a great spaghetti western giving Lee Van Cleef the chance to play the good guy, which he excels at. It also feature a pretty good mystery as the background plot of the movie which is predictable but still very fun.
Keoma is a very different kind of western. The film is far more Italian, in that it stay on track with a narrative, but is consistently entering dreamlike sequences where you don't know what is actually happening. The imagery in the film is also clearly quasi religious for almost no real reason. It is a real fun film, where the only problem is that Franco Nero is supposed to be part native american and that is just truly hard to buy.
In his customary black attire, Van Cleef's bastard with a star on his chest is the kind of unflappable laidback anti-hero who just hangs his travelling bag on a bounty hunter's gun when facing him down. By contrast Dentice is the more athletic and occasionally intense of the two, who only have their apparent incorruptibility in common - one is too old to sell himself, the other is too young.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I have seen better quality blu-rays, I've certainly never seen better quality prints of either of these two films. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Surprisingly solid video quality. Wonderful restorations of both films.Published 3 months ago by Horatio Ramses Taylor
I'll be honest, I got this strictly for Lee Van Cleef; and as I expected, he turned in a great performance. If Keoma was good then that would be a bonus. It wasn't a bonus. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MJG
Un film sortant du thème ressassé de la chasse au trésor part une poignée de salopards qui s'entretuent pour sa possession ! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Claude Mercutio
Two great Spaghetti western movies Of this general No need to say more either you understand and love this style of westerns or you don't.Published 11 months ago by DeathSSpell
The Grand Duel and Keoma are a pair of odd movies.
The Grand Duel - throughout the whole movie, it is very unclear what exactly is going on, and even after watching the... Read more