I remember watching this movie when I was very young. I loved it to bits and now I still consider it to be my all-time favourite movie. Sergio Leone is just a master of the western. He focuses in on the characters, and their expressions, and builds up to the best climaxes.
The film has some great acting. Eastwood is cool as Blondie a.k.a. 'The Man with No Name', Lee Van Cleef is the brutal Angel Eyes, and my favourite character of them all, Tuco, played by Eli Wallach. This version has some restored scenes, so you can consider this the definitive cut of the movie.
Granted it is a long film which some people can get put off by, but for me it's Leone's way of getting the film set up. Leone was never a man to quickly rush his movies, he took his time and precision and it shows here. The film plays through until that wonderful showdown at the end which is so iconic. The close ups and quick cuts to the majestic soundtrack by Ennio Morricone makes it something to always remember.
I highly recommend the movie and the special features that come with this special edition. There are some really interesting documentaries which feature Wallach and Eastwood. For 5 pounds this really is the perfect way to be introduced to the spaghetti western genre, and in my opinion, the best movie ever made...