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Once Upon a Time in the West [Blu-ray]
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Item Type: BLU-RAY DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 05/31/11
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: no
Full Frame: no
Packaging: Sleeve Please note: This supplier will be closed on 11/24, 11/25, 12/26, 1/2 for the holidays. The shipping cut off is 12/10 to try and have the products delivered by Christmas.
The Blu-ray edition of Sergio Leone's Once upon a Time in the West is not only a vast improvement over the 2003 DVD release, but the lavish tribute a classic of its stature has long deserved. The much-discussed inclusion of both the American theatrical version and the restored Italian cut will undoubtedly be the chief attraction for fans, though it should be noted that the differences between the two amount to less than a minute of footage involving Jason Robards's Cheyenne. However, a three-part, hour-long series of new documentaries features interviews with the film's surviving participants--actors Claudia Cardinale and Gabriele Ferzetti, cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, and in particular, co-screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci. It offers fascinating perspective on Leone and his epic, as well as homage from genre experts and famous fans, including directors John Carpenter (whose no-nonsense approach is refreshing), Walter Hill, and Alex Cox (Repo Man), who are appropriately respectful and informative. Most of the aforementioned people are also featured on a commentary track led by author and film historian Sir Christopher Frayling; their contributions range from the didactic to (in the case of Cox) the truly offbeat. Less intriguing is The Railroad: Revolutionizing the West, which awkwardly blends clips from the interviews with historical text and photos. But the original trailer, now presented in high-def, is stunning, as are galleries of production photos and location footage, the latter shown in the present as well as during filming. Audiophiles will also appreciate the wide range of audio options, including English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (as well as English mono, for those wishing to emulate the original TV broadcasts), and the attention paid to composer Ennio Morricone's score, which sounds extraordinarily lush and grand. Purists and obsessives will undoubtedly find some fault with the presentation, most notably in regard to the varying lengths (since rumors of a longer European cut abound), but for now, this is the version of Once upon a Time in the West that Leone fans have been waiting for. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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This is a very well made film, nothing like is has been made in years. Every scene takes its time to build up the right mood. This is a movie to watch when you have alot of time and nobody is around to bother you. The DVD transfer is nothing short of amazing, the color and quality of this 35 year old film will leave you speechless.
Claudia Cardinale is an absolutely stunning beauty, Charles Bronson is perfect as the vengeful quiet loner. I didnt expect Jason Robards to work well but he is very effective.
Definitly a movie to buy, not just rent. Something to give to someone who really appreciates epic movies the way they used to make them.
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Superb, suspenseful western. Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson are excellent in bringing this excellent western to Classic Distinction.Published 3 days ago by Fred Conrad
Too slow: events not move along to create suspense. The Clint Eastward pictures with Sergio L. much better.Published 1 month ago by fred
Enjoyed movie. Henry Fondas role in this story just did not do him justice Quality of picture was greatPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sergio pulls out all the stops with this jaw dropping western. To this day I have never seen a western film shot with such pure genius, with such perfect writing, and perfect... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miracle Max
This movie doesn't need a review it's like reviewing Elvis LOL it's a classic it's the king of western moviesPublished 4 months ago by Kobalt