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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Location: Tabernas - "Mexico"

While the desert of Tabernas has been featured in multiple LVC westerns, the actual real town of Tabernas is rarely seen.  It is featured in The Big Gundown as a stand in for Mexico in the latter half of the film.

Exteriors prominently shown include the city streets as well as the town church.

Corbet departs jail

locals approach the chruch

Brockston arrives

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Location: Tabernas - Shark Fin

Day of Anger had very little shooting in the actual desert, but there were a few key shots filmed in Tabernas.

One of the more distinctive peaks in the desert resembling a shark fin, appeared several times in the film, notably before Talby taught Scott his first lesson. 

I've visited this location twice, once in 2015 and once in 2018, and neither time could I get a decent match of the surrounding landscape.  It would appear the area has change greatly over the last 50 years from rain, wind, and whatever else!

 wide shot

 Talby spots Scott following him

After the lesson Talby rides off.  This location was not too far away from the shark fin, and is pretty much identical to it's appearance in 1967.

Talby rides off

Wider shot below.  Click to enlarge

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Location: Daganzo - Estudios Madrid 70

The western town of Daganzo de Arriba was built in 1970 by the producer Phillip Yordan and the company Mole Richardson. These studios were named Estudios Madrid 70. The set consisted of a main street with several buildings on the sides and a Mexican fortress.

Three 3 LVC movies were shot here; Captain Apache, Bad Man's River, and The Stranger & The Gunfighter

In 1979, when the spaghetti western already had disappeared, the producer and director Juan Piquer Simón purchased the studies are renamed them as Estudios Daganzo. The set was used in the filming of seven other films of different genres. The town remained standing until 1985 year that it was destroyed by fire.

I visited this location in 2015, and there is very little left that is recognizable.  Still existing is part of the fortress wall, the main church wall, and a water trough.

First here are some pictures of the location as it existed in the the 1970's...

and today...

and a few comparisons...

Captain Apache

Stranger & Gunfighter

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Escape From New York Coming to 4k UHD in UK

Coming November 26, 2018!

This 4 disc limited Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s classic Escape from New York has been stunningly restored in 4K. This release is beautifully packaged with a stylish, newly commissioned illustration on the cover. It contains a UHD of the feature as well as a Blu-ray feature disc, extra features disc and the original soundtrack on CD. It also contains 5 artcards, a newly illustrated theatrical poster and booklet containing behind the scenes stills, articles and an essay from celebrated film journalist Kim Newman. The year is 1997 and in a police state future the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you’re in, you don’t come out. But when the President of the United States (Donald Pleasance) crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden (Lee Van Cleef) bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke (Isaac Hayes) in John Carpenter’s cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular.

4 discs (1 UHD, 1 Blu-ray feature, 1 Blu-ray extras, 1 CD Soundtrack)
1 poster
5 artcards
48 page book

  • Purgatory: Entering John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: A brand new feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Writer Nick Castle, cinematographer Dean Cundey, composer Alan Howarth, production designer Joe Alves, special visual effects artist/model maker Gene Rizzardi, production assistant David De Coteau, photographer Kim Gottleib-Walker, Carpenter biographer John Muir, visual effects historian Justin Humphreys, and music historian Daniel Schweiger.
  • Snake Plissen: Man of Honor – featurette from 2005 featuring interviews with John Carpenter and Debra Hill
  • Intro by John Carpenter - an interview with director John Carpenter originally recorded for a French DVD release in 2003
  • Deleted Opening Sequence “Snake’s Crime” with Optional Audio Commentary
  • Photo gallery incl. Behind the Scenes
  • Original Trailers
  • Audio Commentary with actor Kurt Russell & director John Carpenter
  • Audio Commentary with Producer Debra Hill and production designer Joe Alves
  • Big Challenges in Little Manhatten: Visual effects featurette – from 2015, features interviews with both Dennis Skotak, Director of Photography of Special VFX, and Robert Skotak, Unit Supervisor and Matte Artist
  • I am Taylor - Interview with actor Joe Unger – from 2015
  • Audio Commentary with actress Adrienne Barbeau & DOP Dean Cundey


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Location: La Sartenilla - Big Punchout

Near Tabernas, Spain, there is a location known as La Sartenilla. This was the desolate area famously used in the opening of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly. In the film Sabata, this area served as the location of the film's finale

In The Big Gundown, it briefly serves as the location where Corbett is rescued after a walk through the desert, only to steal his rescuer's horse to continue is pursuit of Cuchillo.  Comparison sequence below-

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Publicity Photos from "The American Civil War" 1985

Never publicly released publicity photos of Lee Van Cleef as the host/narrator of the documentary, "The American Civil War". They were shot on location at The Banning Residence Museum in Southern California in 1985. The program aired several time in 1986 and 1987 on KABC-TV

Click to enlarge!





Saturday, August 25, 2018

Location: Tabernas - Ryan's Rocks

Once released from Prison in Death Rides a Horse, Ryan must get rid of the two men following him.  Instead of shooting them (in typical LVC fashion), he opts to trick them into thinking he is camped out at the rocks of this location (smoke!), and when they get off their horses to investigate, he loosens their saddles so they slide right off the horse.  Tricky stuff!  

This sequence was shot in one of the many ramblas of the Tabernas desert.

Ryan lures the men in with his campfire

These gigantic rocks are gone!

Ryan approaches the horses to loosen the saddles

Ryan rides off as the men discover him

Also shot in this location, Chato's Land starring Charles Bronson and Jack Palance.

Jack Palance

Charles Bronson

Saturday, August 18, 2018

eBay Watch: Commandos Original VHS Artwork

From time to time I will post interesting items that I see on eBay that would be of interest to a LVC fan. These are not endorsements of the sellers, just merely my observations of interesting or rare items.

This week there is an original piece of LVC artwork commissioned in 1987 for a VHS release of Commandos for Heritage Entertainment.  I cannot find any evidence thus far that this tape with this artwork was ever released.

Item has a "Buy it Now" of $349.00, and also an option for "Make Offer"


Item Description-

The dimensions are approximately 20" by 30" and signed by Greg Winters. The painting is on premium art board and overall is in great condition aside from some wear around the edges and old tape residue.  
Greg Winters has been a freelance illustrator since graduating from UC Berkeley and then Art Center College in 1982.  
He has done the movie posters and product art for numerous movies including Gremlins 1 & 2, Witches, The Goonies, Hook, Back to the Future and many others.