BLU RELEASES: Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti western classic THE GREAT SILENCE
This summer the home video label Film Movement will be releasing a newly remastered 50th anniversary BluRay edition of Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti western masterpiece THE GREAT SILENCE.
What made this film different from the majority of movies in the genre was its setting: a bleak, snowy mountain range. Add to that a gunslinging hero who doesn’t speak (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and the late Klaus Kinski (Grand Slam) at his diabolical best and you’ve got one very intriguing Euro-Western adventure. The supporting cast includes Blaxploitation star Vonetta McGee (Blacula) and Frank Wolff (Once Upon a Time in the West). With a sparkling 2K restoration and a beautiful score by Il Maestro Ennio Morricone, The Great Silence is a gem that we highly recommend to Western aficionados.
Synopsis: On an unforgiving, snow-swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski, Nosferatu) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) stands between the innocent refugees and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren’t always clear and good doesn’t always triumph.
Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci’s (Django) bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.
SPECIAL FEATURES: NEW 2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM • Cox on Corbucci – filmmaker and author Alex Cox (Repo Man) surveys Sergio Corbucci’s career and how The Great Silence fits within the maestro’s oeuvre • Western, Italian Style – This 1968 documentary on Italian westerns includes prime behind the scenes footage of The Great Silence • Two never-before-seen alternate endings, including the option to play one of the alternate endings with Alex Cox commentary • The Great Silence original theatrical trailer • The Great Silence 2018 theatrical trailer. • Italian and English language versions • Ending the Silence – a new essay about The Great Silence by film critic Simon Abrams