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Machine Gun McCain [Blu-ray]
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1969 Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award Nominee!
After serving 12 years behind bars for armed robbery, tough guy Hank McCain finds himself the pawn of a ruthless mob runt's rebellion against a high level don. When McCain discovers that he's been betrayed and abandoned by his new employer, he retaliates with a high stakes Las Vegas casino heist that erupts into all-out war on the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Not blood, nor lust, nor wedding vows can come between McCain and his money...or his machine gun.
This long-unavailable gangster classic explodes on the screen with spectacular scenes of shocking violence, an unforgettable score by Ennio Morricone (THE UNTOUCHABLES), and an all-star cast featuring Academy AwardÂ® nominees John Cassavetes (THE DIRTY DOZEN), Peter Falk (COLUMBO), and Gena Rowlands (THE NOTEBOOK). Co-starring beautiful Bond girl Britt Ekland (THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN) and cult fave Florinda Bolkan (DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING), Blue Underground is proud to present MACHINE GUN McCAIN in a gorgeous new High Definition transfer for the first time ever on home video!
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It's a good looking and stylish film, but that isn't enough to compensate for the absence of anyone to root for: everyone here is a self-centred bastard callously using everyone and anyone else. Unfortunately, McCain, played with a typical bad-taste-in-his-mouth sneer and smoke-in-his-eyes half-squint by Cassavettes, simply isn't an interesting enough bastard to overcome his callous indifference to violence - he's the kind of man who'll smile at a hatcheck girl while planting a diversionary bomb that could kill her and who registers no emotion when those supposedly closest to him are killed until the unconvincing ending. Like all the characters, he exists in a world outside the law and morality, where it's the mob who have their own covert police force and hold their own trials and executions: the sole representative of the forces of law and order is a Vegas sheriff who is easily dissuaded from investigating a series of bombings and leave it to the gangsters to sort out among themselves.
While you certainly can't accuse it of glamorising criminals despite its passive acceptance of their sociopathic amorality, it does make it hard to care, especially since the action scenes are more efficient than inspired and the writing is pretty perfunctory. Still, it benefits from a good cast - aside from Rowlands decent cameo near the end, Florinda Bolkan, Gabriele Ferzetti, Luigi Pistilli and Britt Ekland are in there as well, the latter in a particularly thankless role - and Ennio Morricone comes up with a memorable but rarely used theme for its anti-hero. Blue Underground's 2.35:1 widescreen Blu-ray is an excellent transfer with English and Italian soundtracks, with US and Italian trailers and an interview with the director as extras. Two-an-a-half stars.
What a fantastic find. Blue Underground is fastly becomming my fav studio for Blu-rays. I have been watching films for a long time, but still can find hidden gems like Giuliano Montaldo's: Machine Gun McCain thanks to them.
If you want the film's synopsis, please read Amazon's, cause it hits the mark. Be warned, though, this film comes with a tonne of style, an amazing score (Ennio Morricone!!!) and a BIG punch. Hank McCain is the main character played by John Cassavetes who is just brillient. Nobody F___s with McCain!
The Blu-ray itself is very high quality with great picture and sound (DTS HD mono) for a movie that is 41 years old. Be warned, there is some excess grain in the wide open shots (not so many), but for the most the picture is clear and colourful. Extras are tight with just the 23 min Interview with Director Giuliano Montaldo and 2 trailers.
The movie is pretty good if you like that type of thing. I must warn some viewers that Britt Ekland is not treated the way any woman deserves. The sex scene is creepy because of this, but I don't want to give away any more of the movie. This is a must have for any Britt Ekland fan.
[BLUE RAY]! EXCELLENT QUALITY,CRISP AND CLEAR AND THE AUDIO AND SOUNDTRACK IS WELL DONE.
GIULIANO MONTALDO'S MASTER PIECE,(ALSO KNOWN AS AKA-CANDY LEG'S FROM THE BOOK) AS FAR AS I'M CONCER'D.JOHN CASSAVETES WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS CAREER WHEN HE MADE THIS MOVIE,TOUGH GUY
STYLE AS ALWAY'S.THE GREATIOUS GENA ROWLANDS(JOHN'S WIFE)EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD A SMALL ROLE
GAVE AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE FOR HER PART.BRITT EKLAND,THE HOTTIE FROM THE SIXTIES GAVE
A GODD PERFORMANCE AS WELL.PETER FALK(COLUMBO)WAS SUPERB! ROUNDING OUT THE CAST FROM THE
SIXTIES SPAGHETTI WESTERN ERA,LUIGI PISTILLI(FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE,THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY,
AND THE GREAT SILENCE) TONY KENDALL FROM COUNTLESS SPW'S.THEN,THERE IS GABRIELE FERZETTI(HEY,MR.
CHOO-CHOO,ONCE A UPON A TIME IN THE WEST)AS THE UNDER BOSS FROM THE EAST COAST MOB.ENNIO
MORRICONNE'S THEME WELL STICK IN YOUR HEAD FOR DAY'S.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.