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Saturday, December 26, 2020

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Coming to 4K UHD in April

Here we go!  The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly is coming to 4k UHD in April by Kino Lorber.  Their 50th anniversary blu-ray was controversial with it wonky colors.  It all comes down to the source material they were provided.  If it is the yellow scan from MGM, I'm not sure how much they can fix it with their "Over 30 Hours of Extensive Shot-by-Shot Color Grading", but we will wait and see!

Press release below-


Coming April 27th on 4KUHD!

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1967)

• Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase (5000)

• Reversible Art

 

4KUHD DISC 1:

• 179-Minute Extended Cut (Over 30 Hours of Extensive Shot-by-Shot Color Grading)

• Audio Commentary by Noted Cultural Historian Sir Christopher Frayling

• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Schickel

• English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround / 2.0 Stereo / 2.0 Mono

• Dual-Layered UHD100 Disc

• Optional English Subtitles

 

BLU-RAY DISC 2:

• 162-Minute Theatrical Cut (2017 Color Correction)

• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas

• Leone's West: Making of Documentary

• Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone and GBU Featurette Part 1

• Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone and GBU Featurette Part 2

• The Leone Style: On Sergio Leone Featurette

• The Man Who Lost the Civil War: Civil War Documentary

• Reconstruction GBU

• Deleted Scene 1: Extended Tuco Torture scene

• Deleted Scene 2: The Socorro Sequence - A Reconstruction

• Deleted Scene 3: Skeletons in the Desert

• Deleted Scene 4: Extended Torture Scene

• Vignette 1: Uno, Due, Tre

• Vignette 2: Italian Lunch

• Vignette 3: New York Accent

• Vignette 4: Gun in Holster

• Alternate Scene: The Optical Flip

• TRAILERS FROM HELL with Ernest Dickerson

• GBU on the Set – Image Gallery

• Promoting GBU – Image Gallery

• Original U.S. Theatrical Trailer

• Original French Theatrical Trailer

• A Fistful of Dollars – Trailer

• For a Few Dollars More – Trailer 1

• For a Few Dollars More – Trailer 2

• A Fistful of Dollars / For a Few Dollars More – Burning at Both Ends Trailer

• A Fistful of Dollars / For a Few Dollars More – Burning at Both Ends Radio Spot

• English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround | 2.0 Mono

• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc

• Optional English Subtitles

 

Color 179 Minutes 2.35:1 Rated R

For three men the Civil War wasn’t hell… it was practice! By far the most ambitious, unflinchingly graphic and stylistically influential western ever made, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a classic actioner shot through with a volatile mix of myth and realism. Screen legend Clint Eastwood (A Fistful of Dollars) returns as “The Man with No Name,” this time teaming with two gunslingers to pursue a cache of $200,000 and letting no one, not even warring factions in a civil war, stand in their way. From sun-drenched panoramas to bold hard close-ups, exceptional camerawork captures the beauty and cruelty of the barren landscape and the hardened characters who stride unwaveringly through it. Hailed as “the best directed movie of all time” by Quentin Tarantino, this epic masterpiece was directed by the great Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in the West) and co-stars Lee Van Cleef (For a Few Dollars More) as Angel Eyes and Eli Wallach (The Magnificent Seven) in the role of Tuco. Music by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Death Rides a Horse).


 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Podcast: Fred Williamson on Take a Hard Ride

Jim Conlan speaks to iconic actor Fred Williamson to relieve his role as Tyree in the 1975 cult classic western movie "Take a Hard Ride" Jim Conlan hears Fred's memories of the movie and working alongside Jim Brown (Pike), Lee Van Cleef (Kiefer), Catherine Spaak (Catherine), Jim Kelly (Kashtok), and Barry Sullivan (Kane) while filming the movie in Spain.

Fred addresses LVC around the 8 minute mark.




Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Expanded 3 Disc Soundtrack Available

Quartet Records is releasing a 3 disc expanded edition of Ennio Morricone's legendary soundtrack to The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly!  Description and track list from their website below-


Quartet Records, in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises, is proud to present a mammoth 3-CD expanded edition of Ennio Morricone’s iconic score for the no-less iconic 1966 epic western by Sergio Leone: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY features what is probably the most instantly recognizable and famous of Morricone’s themes. But there is much more to admire in this score, such as the inventive motifs, formation of thematic material and adroit orchestrations (which the Maestro considered possibly even more important than the act of composition). The composer created his own genre and utilized the recording studio as an instrument in achieving his vision by layering trumpets and varying echo to create a sense of depth.

This score is a kaleidoscope of nature call-and-response symbols, agonized shouts, grunting male chorus, epic wordless female voice, haunting harmonica, spiritual bugling trumpets, tolling chimes, vivid surf-rock Fender guitar, and sounds imitating gunfire. It is stylized yet cinematic. It is avant-garde yet embraces traditional film scoring—with some cues scored reverently for trumpet, harmonica, strings and chorus.

The original 34-minute album has seen countless releases on LP and CD since 1966. An expanded 55-minute CD edition was released in 2001, but it was still far from including all the material that Morricone had conceived for the film. For this new Quartet release we have included all this material thanks to newly discovered original recording sessions vaulted in mono at MGM, which also include a large number of alternates, revised cues and music that was ultimately not included in the film. The original album has been included on Disc 3 for its historical value, although it has been remastered for the first time from the first-generation stereo master tapes.

The entire collection has been painstakingly restored and mastered by Chris Malone. The package includes a richly illustrated 24-page booklet with liner notes by Tim Greiving, who offers a detailed analysis of the film and score, including quotes from an exclusive interview with Clint Eastwood given especially for this release. This album is a loving tribute to the memory and impressive legacy of one of the greatest geniuses in film music history: Maestro Ennio Morricone.


DISC 1. The Film Score

1. Prologo / Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (titoli) (2:47)

2. Il brutto / Il tramonto (1:21)

3. Morte di Stevens (0:55)

4. Morte di Baker / Il cattivo (0:27)

5. Una taglia sulla testa / Un angelo biondo (0:52)

6. Fuga a cavallo (0:45)

7. Il buono / Il biondo abbandona Tuco nel deserto (0:37)

8. La confessione di Maria (1:14)

9. Il ponte di corde (0:50)

10. Tuco fa la colletta (1:05)

11. Suspense (1:14)

12. I tre desperados / Una cannonata provvindenziale (1:10)

13. Il forte (2:21)

14. All’inseguimento del biondo (2:25)

15. Il deserto (5:16)

16. Il deserto secondo (2:39)

17. Lo stivale (0:59)

18. La carrozza dei fantasmi (2:07)

19. Biondo… non morire! (0:56)

20. La missione di San Antonio / Il mio miglior nemico veglia su di me (2:23)

21. Incontro con Padre Ramirez / Perdonami fratello / Ti aiuterà a difenderti (2:38)

22. Il Canyon dei Morti / Dio è con noi (0:26)

23. Marcetta prima / Marcetta seconda (2:45)

24. Il campo di prigionia di Betterville (1:25)

25. La storia di un soldato (5:34)

26. Un treno per la forca / Partenza del treno militare (1:56)

27. Tuco e Wallace (La storia di un soldato) (3:52)

28. Tuco scappa / Arrivo nella cittadina / Fine di una spia (1:16)

29. Il bandito monco (2:52)

30. Inseguilo! (0:56)

31. Il bagnoschiuma di Tuco (0:46)

32. Due contro cinque / Verso duecentomilla dollari (4:06)


DISC 2. The Film Score (Cont.)

1. Il capitano nordista (3:12)

2. Due assalti al giorno (2:08)

3. Il capitano e’ ferito (1:20)

4. Marcetta senza speranza (1:51)

5. L’ esplosione del ponte (0:48)

6. Morte di un soldato (3:17)

7. L’estasi dell’oro (3:23)

8. In due scaverete più presto! / Il triello (2:50)

9. Il triello seconda parte (2:20)

10. Non e’ uno scherzo, e’una corda / Nella linea del mirino / Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (0:56)

11. Finale (2:01)

Bonus Tracks

12. Titoli (Versione film con cannonata) (2:46)

13. La storia di un soldato (Orchestral Version) (2:54)

14. Il tramonto (Alternate) (0:58)

15. Morte di Stevens (Alternate) (0:54)

16. Fuga a cavallo (Film Version) (0:45)

17. Intermezzo musicale (0:23)

18. Il forte (Alternate) (0:56)

19. Marcetta (Alternate) (2:44)

20. Organo (0:16)

21. Organo secondo (1:33)

22. L’estasi dell’oro (Mono Album Mix) (3:23)

23. Il triello (Alternate) (3:15)

24. Il triello / Il triello seconda parte (Extended Version) (7:13)

25. La storia di un soldato (Alternate) (3:56)

26. Lo stivale (Extended Sustain) (2:17)

27. Uahuah & effetti (2:04)

28. La storia di un soldato (Extended Stereo Version) (7:29)

29. Il triello (Alternate – Stereo Mix) (3:15)

30. La storia di un soldato (Extended Version) (3:55)

31. Titoli (Versione film con cannonata – Stereo Mix) (2:47)


DISC 3. Original Soundtrack Album

1. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (2:42)

2. Il tramonto (1:16)

3. Il forte (2:23)

4. Il deserto (5:18)

5. La carrozza dei fantasmi (2:08)

6. Marcetta (2:50)

7. La storia di un soldato (3:54)

8. Marcetta senza speranza (1:52)

9. Morte di un soldato (3:10)

10. L’estasi dell’oro (3:24)

11. Il triello (4:57)


https://quartetrecords.com/product/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-3-cd/


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Podcast: Once Upon a Time in Spaghetti Westerns #25 - A Tribute To Lee Van Cleef

Jay Jennings, Tom Betts, and LVC biographer Mike Malloy, take a look back at the career of LVC.  Clocking in at almost 2 hours!  Enjoy!