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Spaghetti Western Collection: Special Edition Box Set (5.1/DTS)

Released on 03 October 2005

Featuring: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch & Gian Maria Volonte

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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A Fistful Of Dollars (1964): (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 ; DTS / Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic / English for the hearing impaired)

In his own way he is perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived!

The first of the "spaghetti westerns", A Fistful Of Dollars became an instant cult hit. It also launched the film careers of Italian Writer-Director Sergio Leone, and a little known American television actor named Clint Eastwood. As the lean, cold-eye cobra-quick gunfighter - Clint became the first of the "anti-heroes". The cynical, enigmatic loner with a clouded past is the same character Eastwood fans have been savouring ever since. A Fistful Of Dollars is the western taken to the extreme - with unremitting violence, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek humour. Leone's direction is taut and stylish, and the visuals are striking - from the breathtaking panoramas (in Spain) to the extreme close-ups of quivering lips and darting eyes before the shoot-out begins. And all are accented by renowned film composer Ennio Morricone's quirky, haunting score.

For A Few Dollars More (1965): (English ; French - Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS / Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic / Subtitles - English ; French ; Dutch ; Swedish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Danish)

The man with no name is back... The man in black is waiting... a walking arsenal - he uncoils, strikes and kills!

Clint Eastwood had proven so successful in his first foray into European Westerns with A Fistful Of Dollars that a follow up sequel was inevitable. Superbly scripted by Luciano Vincenzoni, featuring an unforgettable alliance between ruthless gun-slingers Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef.

For A Few Dollars More tells the tale of a ruthless quest to track down the notorious bandit El Indio played by Gian Maria Volonte. The film is also noted for its array of weaponry, a veritable arsenal of rifles that became so operatic and Ennio Morricone's atmospheric score keeps the tension taut as the action moves from Jail breaks and hold-ups to spectacular gun battles.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966): (English ; French ; German - Dolby Digital 5.1 / Widescreen 2.35:1 / Subtitles - Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; French ; German for the hearing impaired ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Romanian ; Slovenian ; Swedish ; Turkish)

For three men the civil war wasn't hell. It was practice!

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, written by Age Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni and Sergio Leone is the third and last western in Clint Eastwood's spaghetti trilogy. Director Sergio Leone substitutes for the upright puritan Protestant ethos, so familiar in Hollywood westerns, a seedy cynical standpoint towards death and mortality, as a team of brutal bandits battle to unearth a fortune buried beneath an unmarked grave. Joining Clint, clearly "The Good", is the irredeemably "Bad" Lee and the resolutely "Ugly" Eli Wallach. The complete plot of bloodshed and betrayal winds its way through the American Civil War, filmed to resemble the French battlefields of World War One, to end in the climatic Dance Of Death. Arguably the quintessential Italian Western, this 1966 film boasts a fine Ennio Morricone score featuring a main theme that reached No. 1 in the world's pop charts. This special edition DVD has been restored to its full length with the addition of three missing scenes from the original Italian version.
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A Fistful Of Dollars:

  • Fully restored with extended footage
  • Audio commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling
  • 'A New Kind Of Hero' - documentary about Sergio Leone
  • 'A Few Weeks Off In Spain' - Interview with Clint Eastwood
  • 'Cinque Voci' - featurette
  • 'Not Ready For Primetime' - Monye Hellman discusses the prologue
  • Additional scene - 'The Network Prologue'
  • 'Restoration, Italian Style' - featurette
  • 'Location comparisons' - featurette
  • Rare double-bill trailer of A Fistful Of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More
  • Radio spots
  • 'The Lost Prologue' - prologue shot in the 1970's with Harry Dean Stanton
  • Collector's gallery
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection

For A Few Dollars More:

  • Fully restored with extended footage
  • Audio commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling
  • 'A New Standard' - Sir Christopher Frayling on Sergio Leone
  • 'Back For More' - Interviews with Clint Eastwood
  • 'Tre Voci' - Interviews on Sergio Leone
  • 'For A Few Dollars More: The Original American Release Version' - featurette on alternative versions
  • 'Restoration notebook'
  • 'Location comparisons'
  • Rare Double-bill trailer
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Collector's gallery
  • Radio spots

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly:

  • 'Leone's West' documentary on the making of the film with Eastwood and Wallach, and producer Alberto Grimaldi
  • 'Leone's Style' documentary on the impact of Leone's Spaghetti Western phenomenon with Eastwood, Wallach, Grimaldi and genre expert and historian Richard Schickel
  • 'The Man Who Lost the Civil War' documentary into the background of the setting of the film
  • An audio commentary with genre expert and film historian Richard Schickel
  • 'Restoring The Good The Bad and The Ugly' featurette on reconstruction and re-recording of audio tracks
  • 'The Secorro Sequence: A Reconstruction', an animated gallery of missing sequences with stills and footage
  • Never-before-scene extended Tuco Torture scene, which was dropped from all theatrical versions
  • 'Il Maetsro' featurette featuring Variety music critic on the creation of Ennio Morricone's unforgettable score
  • 'Il Maestro Part 2' audio featurette offering an extended insight into Morricone's music
  • French trailer which includes clips deleted from the final version
  • 4 Easter Eggs

customer Reviews

 Average rating (5 reviews)

 These Spaghetti Westerns films really pushed the boundaries.

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The Dollars trilogy are as important to the western genre as the Star Wars films are to si-fi and the Godfather films are for the gangster genre. Sergio Leone made westerns like nobody had ever seen befor with his extreme close ups and violence. He really was a visionary director and Clint Eastwood played the man with no name to perfection. I have always found Clint Eastwood one of the most enjoyable actors to watch over the years and if you want to see the films which make westerns what they are today then these are the ones that set the standard. All three films deserve 5 stars and in my opinion each film just got better and better as they went along.

 Amongst The Best Films Ever Made.

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I'm just wondering as to how much detail I should provide about these classic films, because chances are that anyone looking to purchase this box set will have already seen them in their original format. The films speak for themselves, and so you'll just have to watch them to appreciate them, because frankly, no review can epitomize the quintessential quality of film-making within this trilogy. I've read elsewhere that some people thought the restoration process desecrated the quality and enjoyment of the originals. I own both the original and remastered sets, and I think that they did a good job revamping the picture, sound, and implementing the new footage and voice overs. Ultimately, the new footage corrects a couple of continuity problems endemic to the original versions, particularly for The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Well worth buying, you shan't be disappointed.

 The Spaghetti West is the Best!!

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This boxset contains three of the best westerns ever made- A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad and The Ugly!
Each film has been remastered and each is a 2dvd Special Edition with all the extras, there's loads & loads, that's right 3 films=6dvd's!
These films came about with the pairing of Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone in 1964. Packed with action, great stories, brilliant music and jaw dropping sceneary they are worth every Dollar!!
I paid just £13.99 for mine but at any price this is a must have for any western collection! If you haven't seen the films or if you don't own a copy of them then get this boxset, you won't be dissappointed!!

 Re-Defining a Genre

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In 1964 a little known Italian director, Sergio Leone, did the unthinkable and not only re-defined but mastered the American western. Audiences had grown tired of the morality themes of Hollywood westerns and the 60's were a free spirit and free thinking era.

Sergio Leone then gave us A Fistful of Dollars. The gritty, authentic look and feel of the set design, sepia tone camera work, the introduction of a new anti-hero, newcomer Clint Eastwood and attention to detail helped make this film become a huge hit and the first of this magnificent trilogy. A Few Dollars More allowed us to enjoy the now established Man With No Name character played by Clint Eastwood and the trilogy ended with the operatic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and all scored by the exceptionally talented Ennio Morricone, the theme to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly was a number 1 hit.

Sergio Leone was a true visionary and his ability to choose the right actors, Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and Gian Maria Volente, the right locations, costumes and score made these films successful with a fraction of a Hollywood budget. You get to watch movie history being made.

 The Only Boxset You'll Ever Need!!

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This trilogy needs no introduction as everyone whose anyone knows about it. Three of the best spaghetti westerns ever made by one of they best directors of the 20th century. A must buy for anybody who likes spaghetti. 5 stars

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ActorsClint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volonte, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto, Jose Calvo, Mario Brega, Lee Van Cleef, Mara Krup, Klaus Kinski & Eli Wallach
DirectorSergio Leone
Certificate18 years and over
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LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1) and DTS
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SubtitlesSee Review
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.