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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Armed Response - Candids from American Film Market Party (part 2)

Below are some candids of LVC from the American Film Market party on February 23, 1986 taken in Beverly Hills.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sabata - Rodolfo Gasparri Movie Poster Painting Original Art

From Heritage Auctions, May 1, 2016.

Rodolfo Gasparri Sabata Movie Poster Painting Original Art (United Artists, 1969). Perennial villain Lee Van Cleef had a rare opportunity to portray a good guy in the Sabata movie series. This fantastic painting by Rodolfo Gasparri captures him completely. Gasparri painted many movie posters for Italian produced movies in the 1960-70s. This one is gouache on illustration board with an image area of 12" x 18". The fake $100 bills are paste-up. It is signed in the top edge of the image area. There is slight handling and tanning; however, it is otherwise in Excellent condition.

Sold for $1,135.25

Original Italian poster below-

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Armed Response - Candids from American Film Market Party

Below are some candids of LVC from the American Film Market party on February 23, 1986 taken in Beverly Hills.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Blu-ray Compare - Sabata

Currently there are two Sabata blu-rays on the market that play on US players.  One put out domestically by Kino Lorber Studios, and a second put out for international markets by Swiss label, Explosive Media.  Both are roughly the same price (around $20-$25).

I have previously reviewed the Explosive Media version here.  This blog entry while serving as a comparison between the two, will also serve as my review of the Kino version as there is little to report on as far as a difference to the overall presentation of the film 

The most important aspect of any comparison is the image quality.  I am pleased to say that both labels showcase a very nice print.  In fact it is the same print as it shows the exact same print damage on both discs.  Color is a bit different however, with the Explosive version being a bit darker and the Kino version running brighter with slightly more noticeable grain.

Below are some screen grabs showcasing the difference in the color timing between the two transfers.

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Kino transfer

Explosive Media transfer

Kino transfer
Explosive Media transfer

While both discs have a main feature that looks great, the main difference between the two is that the Kino version is a bare bones release, only including a trailer, while Explosive Media's is a special feature extravaganza!
  • Lee Van Cleef Westerns - a large collection of original trailers from LVC's spaghetti western career.
  • Original English-language trailer for Sabata
  • Trailers for other Explosive Media releases.
  • Documentary - His Name is Sabata - Italian film historian Fabio Melelli and Director Gianfranco Parolini discuss the making of the film.
  • Promotional Materials / Various lobby cards, posters, etc... set to the soundtrack of the film

Below is a overview of the comparison.

Studio: Kino Lober
Language: English
Subtitles: None
Region: A
Number of discs: 1

Amazon.com link

Great image quality
Better availability in the US

No subtitles.  English only language
Only extra is a trailer

Studio: Explosive Media
Language: English, Italian, German
Subtitles: Italian
Region: A/B/C disc 1 (feature), Region 2 PAL disc 2 (feature) and 3 (extras)
Number of discs: 3

Amazon.de link

Great image quality
Many extras!

Extras are on region 2 DVDs, not compatible with most US players.
To sum up both discs are great, but the Explosive Media edition is nicer package with it's many extras, provided you have a region free dvd player for them.  Both are highly recommended for LVC fans!