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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

review by David G.


Studio: MGM

Running Time: 162 Minutes

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach

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 Spanish.

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!

(5/5, NOT included in final score)




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