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Author Topic: Fistful of dollars / Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone,1964)  (Read 5367 times)

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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.


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Damn, that looks gorgeous! Since it`s Japanese I`m guessing it was outrageously expensive? Well worth whatever you paid though.
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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 :-\
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Italy seems to be the first to get the Blu-ray of this film, at least I can't see it listed anywhere else.



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

There's also some info on the way this was mastered to HD HERE

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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 ::)
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Did anyone buy the Blu-ray?
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Did anyone buy the Blu-ray?
I want to but the £ - Euro exchange rate is diabolical at the moment.
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I have the German DVD box set of this (with For a Few Dollars More)



I think I'll wait for a better price before splashing out on the Blu-Ray.
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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
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FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE!....

...I can dream you know  :D

With a free stick of Dynamite I suppose?  :-\
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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.
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Christ,that German boxset looks magnificent. :'(
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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
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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), 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?
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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

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.
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