Sergio Leone is one of the directors which I class as an artist first and filmmaker second. His movies are filled with truly masterful shots, every inch of the frame is utilised from foreground to back. No space is ever wasted.
He has his audience in the palm of his hand, you are gripped with what appears to be very little until you stop to appreciate the artistry on display.
I personally rank "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" as his best movie but this is his directorial pinnacle. This is his Mona Lisa. The opening credit sequence ranks as one of the greatest ever committed to celluloid and the film never stops providing you with some of the best, most sumptuous tracking shots you will ever see. Tonino Delli Colli's cinematography deserves 10 Oscars.
Leone has always enjoyed juxtaposing extreme close-ups with gorgeous long shots and he utilises this preference to incredible effect. The soundtrack is crisp and clean. Ennio Morricone's score is one of his best also, everyone involved is on top form and the end result is nothing short of staggering.
Arguably the greatest western ever made. 5/5.
Paramount have granted this fim with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 2.35:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of exquisite quality. Yeeee hawwww!!
With a film this beautiful it would have been a complete travesty if the transfer had let it down. Thankfully this hasn't happened.
The image is near perfection. Detail is very strong with every wrinkle and bead of sweat clearly visible on each cast members sun drenched face. Skin tones are very lifelike and natural. Object detail is incredibly strong with well saturated colouring.
The long shots are a true wonder in the HD format.
Film grain is perfectly in-tact with an extremely fine layer visible, this is never obtrusive and provides us with a very natural filmic look and guarantees the amazing detail and sharpness.
Gold's and brown's fill the colour palette throughout and provide us with a very warm feel to the proceedings. The darks are also impressive, they are inky and we do not lose objects in the shadows to crushing or delineation issues.
No edge enhancement techniques or DNR appear to of been used either.
Bravo Paramount and Thank You very much.
This is a massive leap from DVD releases and is a must buy.
Movie 5/5 - Transfer 5/5
THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY.