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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Blu-ray Review: Stranger & Gunfighter (Germany)

 


The Stranger and The Gunfighter, aka Blood Money, or in this case In meiner Wut wieg‘ ich vier Zentner was recently released on Blu-ray in Germany by Explosive Media.  Don't let the black case fool you, this is not a 4k disc.  

This is the second blu-ray of this film released, with the first being a sub-par Spanish disc put out in 2015.
 
Main Menu
 
 
VIDEO:

Advertised as coming from a brand new 2k master, the overall image has a lot to be desired.  Likely this is due to the print used.  Color is somewhat faded, with an overall sepia tone.  Have you ever watched a DVD or Blu-ray where the movie looks great, and when you go to watch the trailer on the disc, the image looks muddy, washed out?  The opposite is true on this disc... the trailer (part of the extras) looks better than the actual movie.  This might be the same print used from the 2015 disc, just rescanned.

Overall it is a disappointing transfer, although it is better than the 2015 blu-ray that Divisa put out in Spain.  I hope Kino Lorber may get this one in the US, and get a nice print.
 
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Below is a comparison between this blu-ray, the Spanish 2015 blu-ray, and a DVD version (La Brute, Le Colt, Et Le Karate). 

Explosive Media Blu-ray (Germany)

Divisa Blu-ray (Spain)
 
DVD
 
 
AUDIO:
 
The audio is available in German, Italian, and English.
 
 
EXTRAS:

  • Audio commentary with film historian Lee Broughton (in English)
  • Slideshow of posters and promotional stills
  • Missing scenes from Italian version (the disc feature is from a Spanish print)
  • Trailer of The Stranger and The Gunfighter
  • Trailer reel of other Explosive Media releases
 
I am still hopeful this film one day gets a better release, but it can fill a hole in your LVC blu-ray collection.
THE GOOD:
  • English language
  • Decent extras
THE BAD:
  • Poor overall image
  • Expensive
 
Full stats and ordering info- 
 
  • Language: German, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Explosive Media
  • Run Time: 100 minutes

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