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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 Award® 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Britt Ekland is one of a kind Oct. 3 2010
By Imi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First, I got this blu ray for Britt Ekland. I have never seen a more beautiful model or actress. Believe me, I've looked. When I see the quality of this transfer on a 60 inch 1080p screen, it's hard to believe that this movie was made in the 1960s. The work met my highest hopes. If you have this movie on VHS, or standard def on your DVR, then expect to be impressed by the image quality. One complaint is that the extras are almost non-existant.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good looking and stylish but not much else Oct. 30 2012
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
John Cassavettes, Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands co-star in another of their lacerating studies of the everyday despair at the heart of the American dream in Machine Gun McCain... Nah, just kidding. Giuliano Montaldo's relentlessly nihilistic thriller sees Cassavettes sprung from jail by the son he's only seen twice in his life and holds in contempt as a small timer to pull a Vegas casino heist which has really been masterminded by Peter Falk's rising mobster. Unfortunately Falk, who does a neat line in channelling early Bogart here, finds out that the casino in question is owned by his mob bosses and tries to call off the heist, but McCain has ideas of his own...

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.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If You Like Spaghetti Westerns, 60's-70's Italian Pieces, Gangster or Heist Films this Gem is For You Sept. 8 2010
By I. Chieko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Short'n sweet; Film 5 Stars//BD 4.

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.

Highly recommended.
Hanzo
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Euro-American Crime Movie Aug. 25 2010
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Blue Underground has done it again with this visually stunning transfer of Italian Director Giuliano Montaldo's crime epic 'MACHINE GUN MCCAIN'. I first saw this movie about 15 years ago on Cinemax with a pan and scan OK print which I taped. I loved the feel and grittiness of the subject matter and was really anticipating this release. It was worth the wait. The widescreen negative looks brand spanking new with bright colors showing off the technicolor image and the sound is aurally magnificent. Montaldo shot this film in the US with both Euro and American actors as he did his other great heist movie from 1967 'GRAND SLAM'. John Cassavetes is excellent as the title character lured into another job after being released from prison. The cast is awesome: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Britt Ekland at her most beautiful, Euro stars Florinda Bolkan, Luigi Pistilli from 'THE GOOD, THE BAD ,& THE UGLY' ,Gabriele Ferzetti who also worked with Sergio Leone and played Diana Riggs father in the best of the non Connery Bonds 'ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE' 'and Tony Kendall from countless Euro Spy movies just to name a few. The film is like a cross between the Mafia crime dramas and poliziotteschi films which cropped up in the early seventies. Montaldo weaves his story creating a work of mythic porportions around Mccain's character with an ethereal music score by maestro Ennio Morricone. It also harkens back to the gangster films of director Raoul Walsh such as 'HIGH SIERRA' and 'WHITE HEAT' with the anti hero moving through one crisis after another till his inevitable demise. It also contains a great interview with the director which makes Blue Underground one of the best companies in preserving these underrated Euro artists for future generations. Don't think about it, just press the add to cart button on this DVD which along with Olive Films flawless transfer of 'HANNIE CAULDER' emerges as the best and most important film archived from the sixties released this year. Bravo, Blue Underground.
Hugely enjoyable Blu-Ray outing Sept. 30 2014
By mojo_navigator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I owned this DVD (Italian version) for a short while and was blown over by this movie. The premise/plot was fairly basic - lone hood hits a casino owned by the wrong cats - but the style of cinematography and the quality of both the acting and editing made it (IMO) an outstanding example of stylish late `60s/'70s cinema.

The Blue Underground blu-ray expands this experience significantly. Instantly, you're hit by an avalanche of authentic film grain that adds texture and mood to the location scenes of LA, `Frisco and especially Vegas. Dig those gritty neon lights!

At times the picture, especially facial features, look a tad soft but that's probably reflective of the source and doesn't really detract from the enjoyment. It's a gritty urban late `60s picture - and this transfer captures that perfectly.

Also, the acting quality is very high - Cassavettes, Falk, Eckland...OK she wasn't much of an actress but as an icon/sex symbol, they sure don't make glamour gals like her anymore. Beats Christina Hendricks any day of the week.

Bottom line: this is another Blu-Ray winner that illustrates the format's massive superiority over DVD. I recommend this to any fan of movies of that era who want to see it done authentically. Watching this was a really satisfying experience - looking forward to checking it out many more times


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