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Author Topic: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)  (Read 25172 times)

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I did a search here at LLL and couldn't find a thread for this Corbucci film, starring Franco Nero and Jack Palance.  It will be showing on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 11:00 PM PST USA.  I don't believe I've ever seen it before, but I'll definitely be watching it tonight.  :-X
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Re: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
« Reply #1 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 10:32 »

I did a search here at LLL and couldn't find a thread for this Corbucci film, starring Franco Nero and Jack Palance.  It will be showing on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 11:00 PM PST USA.  I don't believe I've ever seen it before, but I'll definitely be watching it tonight.  :-X

It's a great film, Michael. Very similar to Corbucci's COMPANEROS which he made a couple of years later. There's a letterboxed Japanese DVD that is sadly out of print now. Beware of all US releases under the PROFESSIONAL GUN label. They're all horribly panned and scanned transfers.
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Re: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
« Reply #2 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 10:42 »

Beware of all US releases under the PROFESSIONAL GUN label. They're all horribly panned and scanned transfers.
BBC2 broadcast it under this title back in the early 90's,think it might also have been shown as part of a Spaghetti Western season they were involved with hosted by Alex Cox.Anyone remember this?
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« Reply #3 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 12:14 »

Was it MOVIEDROME?  I can't remember because I was too young but a mate of the SWWB knocked togheter a compilation of most of his intros he did for the westerns they showed on BBC2.  Cool stuff.  :-X
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« Reply #4 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 12:22 »

Was it MOVIEDROME? 
That's the one  :P
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Re: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
« Reply #5 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 12:24 »

Beware of all US releases under the PROFESSIONAL GUN label. They're all horribly panned and scanned transfers.
BBC2 broadcast under this title back in the early 90's,think it might also have been shown as part of a Spaghetti Western season they were involved with hosted by Alex Cox.Anyone remember this?

I know that Tanzi taped this when it was on back then, Stephen. I think Cox showed a then longer version of DJANGO KILL too.
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« Reply #6 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 12:37 »


I know that Tanzi taped this when it was on back then, Stephen. I think Cox showed a then longer version of DJANGO KILL too.
Cheers Paul,yeah i remember reading a few fanzine articles back then about that longer version of DJANGO KILL they showed.
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« Reply #7 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 13:34 »

TCM previously ran it several years ago during their spaghetti western marathon, a nice-looking letterboxed print. Looks like this time will also be letterboxed, unlike the HATE FOR HATE fiasco. I really like this one too, more than COMPANEROS actually. One of my favorite Morricone sw scores.
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« Reply #8 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 15:27 »

Beware of all US releases under the PROFESSIONAL GUN label. They're all horribly panned and scanned transfers.
BBC2 broadcast under this title back in the early 90's,think it might also have been shown as part of a Spaghetti Western season they were involved with hosted by Alex Cox.Anyone remember this?

I know that Tanzi taped this when it was on back then, Stephen. I think Cox showed a then longer version of DJANGO KILL too.
Good memory mate, i did tape it at the time, if i remember rightly it was 1.85:1 ish, it's a scope film but better that than f/s.

DJANGO KILL was a cut version but Alex Cox had a 10-15 minute thing after the film was shown and showed the digging out the bullets scenes etc. there.
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Re: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
« Reply #9 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 15:35 »

I did a search here at LLL and couldn't find a thread for this Corbucci film, starring Franco Nero and Jack Palance.  It will be showing on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 11:00 PM PST USA. 

By the way Michael, are you recording any of the other Palance offerings today? There`s some good and sometimes rare stuff like TEN SECONDS TO HELL, THE MAN INSIDE, THE BIG KNIFE, MONTE WALSH (shown a couple weeks ago but it froze and pixilated a lot on my cable), and ONCE A THIEF. My recorder is gonna be smoking...
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Re: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
« Reply #10 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 15:49 »

I did a search here at LLL and couldn't find a thread for this Corbucci film, starring Franco Nero and Jack Palance.  It will be showing on Turner Classic Movies tonight at 11:00 PM PST USA. 

By the way Michael, are you recording any of the other Palance offerings today? There`s some good and sometimes rare stuff like TEN SECONDS TO HELL, THE MAN INSIDE, THE BIG KNIFE, MONTE WALSH (shown a couple weeks ago but it froze and pixilated a lot on my cable), and ONCE A THIEF. My recorder is gonna be smoking...

Andrew, my DVR was already 98% full, so I deleted a couple of films like Hitchcock's REBECCA - which shows all the time - and am going to record THE MAN INSIDE, SECOND CHANCE and IL MERCENARIO.  I've already got THE BIG KNIFE on DVD and have taped the others, except for MONTE WALSH, off of TCM in the past.

Great schedule on TCM today!  ::)
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Re: The Mercenary / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
« Reply #11 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 15:55 »

I taped this off sbs Australia a few years ago widescreen in italian with english subtitles but the english track is so good I prefer watching the full screen professional gun release. The movie is amazing but I don't need to tell you.
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« Reply #12 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 16:01 »

I'm sure this was shown on UK tv in the early 1980's alongside several other sw's though i couldn't tell you under which title. :(
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« Reply #13 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 16:27 »

I prefer watching the full screen professional gun release.
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« Reply #14 on: 18 Aug 2008 - 16:30 »

I prefer watching the full screen professional gun release.
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Yeah the dvd is horrible, but I prefer the english track for this particular movie, even though I usually prefer italian over english. the widescreen looks stunning probably Corbuccis best looking film, can't wait for the mgm release.
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