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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Blu-Ray Review: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - Kino 50th Anniversay Edition


Kino Lorber's much anticipated The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly 50th Anniversary blu-ray has finally arrived.  This 2 disc set includes the longer version that we have become accustomed to for nearly the past 15 years, as well as a reconstruction of the US theatrical version (never before released on blu-ray).

Kino itself has an excellent track record for releasing Lee Van Cleef titles on blu-ray.  Like this title, the bulk of their releases have been licensed from MGM; including Sabata, Barquero, Return of Sabata, with Death Rides a Horse coming out in October, and For A Few Dollars More next year.  Additionally they have also released Captain Apache and Bad Man's River.  All of those releases are pretty much bare bones (movie only) releases, with at best a trailer as an extra.  The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly 50th Anniversary blu-ray marks a step up to enter the "special edition" market.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly has had numerous releases on blu-ray.  MGM issued their first disc in 2009.  MGM went overboard on digital noise reduction (presumably to reduce film grain), giving the film an overall soft and waxy appearance.  Around the same time in Italy, Mondo Home Video released their own print on blu-ray which was vastly superior in picture, however did not contain the English soundtrack (the Italian cut is slightly different so it does not align to the English soundtrack).  The differences between those two versions can be found here.  Finally in 2014 MGM released the controversial "yellow" remastered disc.

When news of the 50th anniversary became known, many fans hoped that we would finally get an English version of the film that measured up to the Italian Mondo disc, as well as be faithful to the original theatrical presentation.

Unfortunately, Kino did not get a new scan of the film,  They received the same "yellow" master that was released by MGM in 2014.  Wanting to address the fans concerns regarding the yellow color grading, Kino decided they would color correct the digital master they received.  Unfortunately, as they were not dealing with an actual film print, the problems with the 2014 disc were "baked in" to the transfer, meaning any color change would result in the other colors being affected too.  Also any information that was lost to the black crush (overly dark parts of the image), could not be recovered from the digital image.

As they only had the 2014 master, and not a separate print of the shorter US theatrical version, Kino created what would be best called a hybrid version of the US theatrical by simply cutting out the extended scenes that were put back into the film 15 years ago.  However for purists, there are many differences and sequencing within the US theatrical version that cannot be recovered from the extended cut.

Video

Basically everything that was wrong with the MGM 2014 disc is presented here again in a slightly bastardized version.  Yellow is now teal.  Crushed blacks are now murky grays.  Skies are green.  The adjustments Kino made, while made with good intentions, cannot restore the original look of the film.  The film needs a new raw scan done.





Audio

Included is the 5.1 mix created for the 2004 rerelease, as well as the 1967 mono track, and Italian mono track.  A new audio commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas is also included on the shorted cut.

Extras

There are a few new extras on this release including; "Trailers From Hell" with Ernest Dickerson
a short deleted scene of Blondie in the desert finding skeletons, trailers for Sergio Leone westerns, and animated image galleries.  Most of the previous extras from the MGM releases have been ported over HOWEVER those extras as well as the Leone trailers are all presented at the wrong frame rate giving them a very choppy feel.

In Conclusion

It does not measure up to the Italian Mondo blu-ray.  The release is "The Ugly"

I love this movie.  It is one of (if not THE) greatest movies ever made.  It has a solid reputation in the film community and in pop culture.  Yet how many more years are we going to have to wait to get this film released properly? 

We need accurate color timing/grading.  We need the original mono.  We need the original US theatrical cut (this is the international cut plus the Tuco chicken scene that Leone himself didn't want in the picture), not a thrown together hybrid.

We live in a world where Bad Man's River looks better on blu-ray than The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.  How did this happen?

For comparison of color see below.  Note the images are compressed, so this is not a comparison of detail or sharpness, but of color and contrast.

The Good - 2009 Italian Mondo

The Bad - 2014 MGM

The Ugly - 2017 Kino






Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

French Magazine Promotional Poster

Promotional Posters from the French magazine Lucky Luke. Reverse side of each poster has illustrations and info about the actor's career.  Artwork is by Flambard.

Click to enlarge!

 

 
 
 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Accused of Murder - Poster and Press Photos

Vintage Van Cleef!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Van Cleef Meets Van Gogh


I found this while doing an image search.  A very cool mash up of Vincent Van Gogh and Lee Van Cleef.  The artwork was done by Luigi Tarini, a graphic artist, and this original artwork is part of the series of collages he dedicated to Hollywood Classic Stars and Art Masterpieces.

Best of all it can be purchased in various sizes as a poster or canvas print.

https://www.luigitarini.com/listing/532389597/van-goghs-self-portrait-lee-van-cleef


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bad Man's River - Black and White Press Photos (part 2)

A continuation from a previous post

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blu-ray Update: Kino The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Release


Update regarding the new blu-ray release of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, to be released August 15th.

The below update covers extras as well what they are doing to make the US theatrical version more faithful to how it was presented originally (they are creating the 161 minute version from the 179 minute master)


Coming August 15th on DVD and Blu-ray!
Note: We're hoping to add one or two more extras
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (50th Anniversary Edition) - with reversible art

Special Features (Disc 1)
  • 4K transfer of the Original "161 minute" Theatrical Cut
  • New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • "Trailers From Hell" with Ernest Dickerson
  • M.O.S. Deleted Scene of Blondie in the desert finding skeletons
  • Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
  • Trailers for Sergio Leone Westerns
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
  • Animated Image Galleries

Special Features (Disc 2)
  • 4K transfer of the "179 Minute" Extended Cut
  • Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
  • Audio Commentary By Acclaimed Film Historian Richard Schickel
  • Audio Commentary By Noted Cultural Historian Christopher Frayling
  • Leone's West: Making Of Documentary
  • The Leone Style: On Sergio Leone Featurette
  • The Man Who Lost The Civil War: Civil War Documentary
  • Reconstruction The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  • II Maestro: Ennio Morricone and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • Original French Theatrical Trailer
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
  • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
  • with optional English subtitles

Besides the color correction (removing the yellowishness) we also made the following corrections and adjustments to create our 161 Minute cut of the Theatrical version:
  • The “flip cut” transition/optical wipe from "Tuco talking to Blondie and taking a bite of his cigar to being hung" was restored to its original version 
  • The fadeout to black of the "gun shop owner with the sign in his mouth" scene is now a cut to exodus scene. 
  • The fadeout of the "Blondie passing out as Tuco is bringing him water" scene happens exactly 1 second later than how it was on old MGM DVD release of the Theatrical Cut. 
  • The dissolve from "night" scene to "coach arriving at the mission" scene now fades up from black 
  • The shot of the train leaving the station (with Tuco and Wallace on it) was supposedly longer in the US theatrical cut, before cutting directly to Tuco in the train and not dissolving out earlier to the early morning camp scene - Our 4K of the 161 minute cut matches the old MGM DVD of the theatrical cut exactly.


The blu-ray will also feature reversible artwork modified from original theatrical posters.  See below-






Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sad Hill Unearthed - Trailer

The trailer for Sad Hill Unearthed, a documentary on the cemetery film location from The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly has just been released.  It looks fantastic!
 
 
    
It looks like there are some great perks available to crowdfund this film to completion!

Read all about it at the link below-

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sad-hill-unearthed-the-documentary-film--2#/
 
 


Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Blu-ray Release Announcement - For A Few Dollars More


Kino Lorber just announce via Facebook that For a Few Dollars More will be rereleased and remastered from a 4k scan next year.

The release is a ways off, sometime in 2018 as the film elements are in Italy, and it will take a long time to remaster (per Kino)

Kino Lorber, has also put out Sabata, Return of Sabata, Barquero, Captain Apache, and Bad Man's River on blu here in the US.  Future releases include Death Rides a Horse, Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

No word yet on any details or extras.

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017