BLU RELEASES: Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western classic A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
Here at Furious Cinema we love westerns, especially the spaghetti westerns of the 60s and 70s. They were a unique stylized European reinvention of the genre. They took the Wild West stories of yesteryear and turned them right on their ear. The most famous director to make these movies was of course the legendary Sergio Leone. His Dollars Trilogy was a groundbreaking and thrilling spin on all the Western films he grew up watching and revered. The first in the series was A Fistful of Dollars, which was essentially a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai film Yojimbo but set against a Western backdrop. But that simple description definitely doesn’t cover just how iconic and influential it would become in pop culture and on filmmakers all over the world. They’ve become a historic part of the fabric of international cinema and continue to resonate with audiences all these years later.
If you love Leone’s films like we do you’ll be happy to know that Kino Classics will be releasing a brand new 4K restored edition of the film that made Clint Eastwood a household name. The upcoming BluRay is jammed with extras too, so make sure to pick up a copy. BUY FROM AMAZON
Synopsis: Clint Eastwood’s legendary “Man With No Name” makes his powerful debut in this thrilling, action-packed “new breed of western” (Motion Picture Herald) from the acclaimed director of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and For A Few Dollars More. Exploding with blistering shoot-outs, dynamic performances and atmospheric cinematography, it’s an undisputed classic of the genre.
A mysterious gunman has just arrived in San Miguel, a grim, dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers are terrorizing the impoverished citizens. A master of the “quick-draw,” the stranger soon receives offers of employment from each gang. But his loyalty cannot be bought; he accepts both jobs…and sets in motion a plan to destroy both jobs…and sets in motion a plan to destroy both groups of criminals, pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated set-ups, showdowns and deadly confrontations.
Special Features and Technical Specs: 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas • NEW Interview with Actress Marianne Koch • NEW “Trailers From Hell” with John Badham • NEW Original Outtakes, Re-takes & Hidden Gems • NEW A FISTFUL in Pictures – Animated Image Gallery (14:52) • NEW Promoting A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS – Animated Image Gallery (15:48) • NEW A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS – On the Set – Animated Image Gallery (3:57) • NEW Restored Opening UA Logo • Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling • The Christopher Frayling Archives: A Fistful of Dollars • A New Kind of Hero: Featurette • A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film • Tre Voci: Three Friends Remember Sergio Leone • Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned Filmmaker Monte Hellman Discusses the Television Broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars • The Network Prologue with Harry Dean Stanton • Location Comparisons: Then to Now • 10 Radio Spots • Double Bill Trailer (w/ For a Few Dollars More) • English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround | English 2.0 Lossless Mono • Reversible Art • Trailers for A Fistful of Dollars | For a Few Dollars More | The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Once Upon a Time in the West | A Fistful of Dynamite (Duck, You Sucker) • Optional English subtitles for the main feature