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Title: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 15 Aug 2008 - 21:10
Either i am blind or i can't find a thread for this great film, i trawled through the spaghetti threads twice!

Got the Japanese 3-disc special edition arrive today.

Beautifully packaged, you have to really see it in the flesh to fully appreciate it.

Basically disc 1 & 2 are the same as the 2-disc editions, disc 3 is a documentary but it is in French with only Japanese subtitles.

(http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/3313/dsc01023tm7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)
(http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/3313/dsc01023tm7.441dbd2ae1.jpg) (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=530&i=dsc01023tm7.jpg)
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Andrew Monroe on 15 Aug 2008 - 21:49
Damn, that looks gorgeous! Since it`s Japanese I`m guessing it was outrageously expensive? Well worth whatever you paid though.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 15 Aug 2008 - 22:23
Damn, that looks gorgeous! Since it`s Japanese I`m guessing it was outrageously expensive? Well worth whatever you paid though.
A sake of purchase i know, but i just couldn't resist, your right, it cost nearly £40 but i'm happy :-\
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Jonny on 10 Nov 2008 - 10:53
Italy seems to be the first to get the Blu-ray of this film, at least I can't see it listed anywhere else.

(http://img357.imageshack.us/img357/3466/dollarshl7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us)

Specs include English and Italian audio and subtitles

Dolby Digital 5.1 Pcm , Dolby Truehd
2.35:1 Anamorphic, 1080p High Definition

Videociak - LINK to product (http://www.videociak.net/customer/product.php?productid=20248&cat=&page=)

There's also some info on the way this was mastered to HD HERE (http://digitalcontentproducer.com/mil/features/restoration_bluray/)

Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 10 Nov 2008 - 11:19
Italy seems to be the first to get the Blu-ray of this film, at least I can't see it listed anywhere else.
Fantastic news ::)
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Jonny on 31 Mar 2009 - 18:18
Did anyone buy the Blu-ray?
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 31 Mar 2009 - 18:20
Did anyone buy the Blu-ray?
I want to but the £ - Euro exchange rate is diabolical at the moment.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 31 Mar 2009 - 19:40
I have the German DVD box set of this (with For a Few Dollars More)
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/Mainwaring/stuff164WinCE.jpg)
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b193/Mainwaring/stuff162WinCE.jpg)

I think I'll wait for a better price before splashing out on the Blu-Ray.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 31 Mar 2009 - 19:59
I've got that, beautiful release, i've also got the German box of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST with the Harmonica.

I was hoping after these releases the Germans would do nice box editions of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY and FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE!....

...I can dream you know  :D
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Mark (UK) on 31 Mar 2009 - 20:17
FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE!....

...I can dream you know  :D

With a free stick of Dynamite I suppose?  :-\
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: demented_uk on 31 Mar 2009 - 20:25
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Did anyone buy the Blu-ray?

I had it for Christmas.  Next to the Dirty Harry Collection it is probably my favourite Blu-Ray disc.  The film has never looked better and there are some nice lobby card reproductions in the case.  I cannot recommend highly enough for fans of the film. 

I have THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY on Blu-Ray pre-ordered over at PlayUSA for £12.99.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 31 Mar 2009 - 20:33
Christ,that German boxset looks magnificent. :'(
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 20 Jun 2013 - 23:35
In the early 1960's, Ennio Morricone did the musical arrangements for American folk singer Peter Tevis. Among their collaborations was the old Woody Guthrie song "Pastures of Plenty" which Morricone later turned into the theme for "Fistful of Dollars"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAE9tFd6WkQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAE9tFd6WkQ)
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Vizzini on 10 May 2014 - 08:21
As a Cineteca di Bologna supporter, I have mixed feelings about the new Leone restorations scheduled for Cannes. The 2009 Cineteca di Bologna restoration of The Good, the Bad, the Ugly had major issues concerning the soundtrack (Morricone's score was also inadvertedly altered (http://www.gentedirispetto.com/forum/showthread.php?5785-Il-buono-il-brutto-il-cattivo&p=297255&viewfull=1#post297255)), and I wonder if this new resto is going to fix this (Bologna never acknowledged the problems existed). Moreover, in 2007 Cineteca Nazionale already did a beautiful restoration of A Fistful of Dollars, using 2k resolution and Fuji 8511RDI film stock (budget: 300.000 €). Since the film was shot in low resolution Techniscope, I am not sure the new 4k format will actually improve the picture quality. Also, since legal issues prevented access to the 2007 restoration, I am also concerned about the soundtrack: in 2007, Morricone and his personal sound designer reconstructed the 1964 mono mix working on the original sound elements, but who is doing the new Bologna restoration?
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Vizzini on 16 May 2014 - 13:23
A Fistful of Dollars will be screened at Cannes 67, but the new so-called "restoration" has given rise to some controversy, since this masterpiece had already been properly restored in 2007. Here a press release by Ripley's Film:
http://www.facebook.com/notes/ripleys-home-video/a-fistful-of-dollars-re-restored/10152425272305056 (http://www.facebook.com/notes/ripleys-home-video/a-fistful-of-dollars-re-restored/10152425272305056)

It’s not enough to present a masterpiece from the past -- not in the society of the “event.” Some piece of news has to be built around it. A film, at least, needs to have been just restored. What if it didn’t need to be restored? If it has already been restored? That’s no big thing. The frenzy of the scoop has no memory. As often happens, A Fistful of Dollars has now been “re-restored” by the CINETECA DI BOLOGNA for a presentation at the Festival de Cannes.
There are some obvious second thoughts about the use of public funds to “save” films whose safety has been already guaranteed for a long time rather than to save others that would arouse less media attention. Beyond these thoughts, it remains to be said that Sergio Leone’s masterpiece, restored years ago by RIPLEY’S FILM and CENTRO SPERIMENTALE DI CINEMATOGRAFIA - CINETECA NAZIONALE, was already presented at the opening of the 64th Venice Film Festival in 2007, playing to broad media coverage. The difference is that then the restoration was done on the film philologically – i.e. respecting not only the content of the work but also the support that it was put on originally, as must be done for a work of art.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 16 May 2014 - 21:53
Time will tell, I've already got the Italian Ripley's Blu Ray and that looks lovely (much better looking than the MGM releases) so would want to know if there was a vast improvement really.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Aug 2014 - 00:18
Japanese 50th anniversary edition, out October.

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/61HmmcQqeBL_SL1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Nuno on 27 Aug 2014 - 21:05
Japanese 50th anniversary edition, out October.

([url]http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq98/spara73/61HmmcQqeBL_SL1500_.jpg[/url])


Nice one Aarron  ;)
Do you know where we can do pre-order?
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 27 Aug 2014 - 21:12
Nice one Aarron ;)
Do you know where we can do pre-order?
I saw it at amazon Japan. Probably best to wait as sometimes it's cheaper there and sometimes cheaper at yesasia.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Nuno on 27 Aug 2014 - 21:13
Nice one Aarron ;)
Do you know where we can do pre-order?
I saw it at amazon Japan. Probably best to wait as sometimes it's cheaper there and sometimes cheaper at yesasia.
::)
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Vizzini on 15 Dec 2014 - 19:34
Before and after the new 2014 restoration  :o

Cineteca Nazionale / Ripley's Film 2007 restoration
(http://i62.tinypic.com/htdavo.png)

Cineteca di Bologna 2014 restoration (look at the two guys on the right!)
(http://i58.tinypic.com/29o6440.png)
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Hellochas on 16 Dec 2014 - 20:48
That doesn't look good.  :-[
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 16 Dec 2014 - 22:17
I'll stick to my Ripley's one.

Does the Japanese one have that new transfer?
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Vizzini on 23 Dec 2014 - 07:39
The Japanese box features the 2007 restoration by Ripley's.
Title: Re: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)
Post by: Koukol on 03 Apr 2015 - 06:09
I don't get it...what was wrong with the 2007 restoration?
That Italian Limited Edition BD is my most prized BD.
I wish Leone's other films were given the same treatment.