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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Return of Sabata Coming to Blu-ray! (Germany)

Explosive Media, who brought us FANTASTIC blu-ray releases of The Big Gundown, Death Rides a Horse, and Sabata, are now releasing another LVC classic in HD, The Return of Sabata

Yes, they are a non-US distributer, but their previous releases have all been compatible with US players.  While it does not appear to be an expansive 3 disc release like their previous sets, in addition to the film, the following extras will be included-
  • Booklet with rare artwork
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original radio spots
  • Extensive image gallery (total duration approx. 45 min.)
  • Additional alternative cover motif
Release date will me March 20th!

And if that was not enough, Adios Sabata is coming out as well on the same day!  Extras are as follows-
  • Booklet
  • Original theatrical trailer for all 3 Sabata films
  • Location comparisons then and now
  • Extensive image gallery (total duration approx. 45 min.)

Amazon.de link

For all the latest blu-ray release news I have created a page on the blog, that I will maintain as updates come in-

2015 Blu-ray Updates

Saturday, January 17, 2015

More 2015 Blu-ray Updates!

Updates on the Day of Anger, and Barquero releases, and the announcement of the Escape From New York remaster!
Press Release Below-
When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more spaghetti westerns, including this one from Leone's former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst the best ever made.

Giuliano Gemma plays street cleaner Scott Mary, relentlessly bullied by the people of the small town of Clifton. When legendarily ruthless master gunfighter Frank Talby (Van Cleef) rides into town, Scott seizes the opportunity to lift himself out of the gutter, and possibly even surpass Talby's own skills. But what is Talby doing in Clifton in the first place?

This lively, intelligent western, notable for the chemistry between its charismatic leads, some memorable action set-pieces (including a rifle duel on horseback that has to be seen to be believed), and a jazzy Riz Ortolani score, is presented here in an exclusive high-definition restoration from the original Techniscope negative.

Special Features:
  • Brand new restoration of the original 35mm Techniscope camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both the Italian and International versions of the film
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for English audio
  • Brand new interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • An interview programme featuring archival interviews with director Tonino Valerii and a newly recorded interview with his biographer, Roberto Curti
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by spaghetti western expert Howard Hughes, illustrated with original archive stills

Amazon.com - Day Of Anger Blu-ray/DVD



Press Release Below-

A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and the mind-blowing vision of lone warrior Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) battling his way out of a post-apocalyptic Manhattan!

In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. But when the US president (Donald Pleasence) crash-lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw and former Special Forces war hero Snake Plissken (Russell). But time is short. In 24 hours, an explosive device implanted in his neck will end Snake's mission – and his life – unless he succeeds!

Extras (new & existing) are still in progress and will be announced in full details sometime in Feb. This is a 2-disc blu-ray set and will exceed the previous DVD special edition.

Last and not least (and which will be good news to fans hoping this would happen): We have created a brand new 2K High Definition scan of the inter-positive, struck from the original negative.

Order this title from ShoutFactory.com and get it shipped TWO WEEKS EARLY, plus receive an exclusive 18"x24" poster featuring our newly commissioned artwork! Available while supplies last.

Shoutfactory.com - Escape From New York Collector's Edition



A ruthless gang of thuggish outlaws butcher the settlers of a small Colorado town taking with them anything they can get their hands on. Leaving a bloody trail of death behind them, they head for the Mexican Border. Their only obstacles are a notoriously lethal river and mysterious, hard as nails, shotgun wielding boat owner called Travis Barquero (Lee Van Cleef), and he ain't going nowhere. A Sergio Leone-inspired western from legendary director Gordon Douglas (In Like Flint, Stagecoach), starring cult seventies icons Lee Van Cleef (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly), Warren Oats (The Wild Bunch), Forrest Tucker (The Night They Raided Minsky's) and Kerwin Mathews (Battle Beneath The Sea).   
Independent distributors Kino Lorber have confirmed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray director Gordon Douglas' western Barquero (1970), starring Lee Van Cleef, Warren Oates, Forrest Tucker, Mariette Hartley, and Kerwin Mathews. The release is scheduled to arrive on the U.S. market in April.

Extras not yet announced.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Stranger and Gunfighter Coming to Blu-Ray! (Spain)

Technically, it came out on Jan 7th, but I cannot find any reviews or any information at all!  Based on the specs I have seen, it is Region B locked, and that's all I know. This is put out by the same company that released Bad Man's River last September.

I am very interested in seeing the quality of the print, as there is only a so-so widescreen DVD released. I know the Blood Money version of the film was recently screened in HD.  I've ordered my copy, so a review will be forthcoming!

amazon.es order link

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year, and a Look Ahead at 2015!

Happy New Year!

The LVC Blog will continue with weekly Saturday updates throughout the year.  Truth be told there are already enough entries written for the entire year, but I am sure there will be new things to report as the year progresses!

Here is a tease on what is to come in 2015....

More Locations!

I have a couple weeks booked for Spain in April, so you can expect more than a fistful of location reports in the spring and summer.  It won't just be Spanish locations, expect some from the US as well.  Check out the Barquero location below!

Brush Hollow Reservoir in Colorado

More Pressbooks!

At the time of this writing I have 26 books scanned and ready to go.  Many interesting pictures and articles!

A small sample of some upcoming books!

More Surprises!

Happy New Year!