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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
review by David G.
Running Time: 162 Minutes
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli
Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci , Furio Scarpelli,
Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone
Directed by Sergio Leone
Retail Price: $24.99
Features: 14 Minutes Of Never Before Seen Footage,
Theatrical Trailer, Production Notes
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital
English Mono, Dolby Digital French Mono, Dolby Digital
Spanish Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish
Subtitles, Chapter Search
During the Civil War, three men ride across the country
in order to find a treasure. Tuco (The ugly (Eli Wallach)) a
stupid brigand without dimension wanted for several crimes,
teams up with Blondie (The good (Clint Eastwood)) a
mysterious, clever cow-boy, to swindle the rewards given in
exchange of the capture of Tuco. After several deals,
Blondie decide to give Tuco up. But he is finally found
again by Tuco who decide to force him to take a walk in the
desert in order to torture him. Whereas all seem desperate
for Blondie they meet a horse-drawn in which they find
several dead peoples and one dying, before his death, he's
able to talk about $200,000 hidden in a cemetery, he gives
the cemetery's name to Tuco and the grave's name to Blondie.
From this moment, they are the "best" friends in the world
and start to cross the country devastated by the civil war.
They are soon joined by the cruel hitman Angel Eye Santanza
(The bad (Lee Van Cleef)) who propose to Blondie an alliance
but as he can not be trusted, The good prefers to deal with
Tuco and they finally meet at the cemetery.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, is one of those monuments
of the 7th art. Sergio Leone give us here the last chapter
of The Man With No Name trilogy (completed by A Fistful Of
Dollars and For a Few Dollars More) and, for the occasion,
the most ambitious. This movie tells a page of history
through the destiny of 3 characters, like the greatest films
generally do. It's a movie with full of action, humour,
extras, great characters (they are all perfects in their
role especially Eli Wallach, maybe the real hero of the
movie), a bridge to blow up, betrayals, a great and
unforgettable music by Ennio Morricone, a brilliant editing
(see the wonderful final "duel": during five minutes, no
dialogue but multiple close-up on eyes, guns, hands,
faces.without be boring: that's a real filmmaker work.
The film is presented in a widescreen format. The picture
is slightly fuzzy and there are some artifacts visible from
time to time. But as the movie is 34 years old, they did a
great work and it is, by far, the best version I've ever
seen of this movie.
No artificial mixing here but the originals mono tracks:
English, French and Spanish. The voices and the effects are
well detached and this time I prefer the French track than
the English one. The subtitles are English, French and
This DVD gives us 14 minutes of footage never-before-seen
in the U.S. and contrary to many others deleted scenes, this
ones are greats. You can also see some production notes and
the original theatrical trailer, by the way, if you take
care you will see a mistake in it...
No long speech. Run out and buy it!
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