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Westerns - A Fistful Of Dollars - Blu-ray

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A Fistful of Dollars Blu-ray
Clint Eeastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Jose Calvo
Directed by Sergio Leone
Widescreen 2:35:1
MGM 2011

A Fistful of Dollars is the opening movie in the Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood Man With No Name trilogy. The Blu-ray version of this western features a beautifully crisp picture  with some dust specs sometimes visible. The Dolby 5.1 is decent enough but the original stereo is also available for purists. There are loads of special features for A Fistful of Dollars Blu-ray; these were available on the two DVD special edition.

Joe (the Man With No Name was a Hollywood construct), rides into a small Mexican village and immediately notices something wrong with a young boy and his father are mistreated. He befriends the innkeeper who tells him the backstory: the village is caught in a power struggle between two families vying to control it: the Baxters and the Rojos. The innkeeper immediately clues in that Joe is going to do something about it.

The fun in A Fistful of Dollars aside from the innkeeper is how the man with no name pits the two clans together. This of course leads to lots of shootings and showdowns.

Saying this is senseless violence is missing the point clearly made by the Marisol story that bookends the movie.

Special features for A Fistful of Dollars Blu-ray are: Featurette- A New Kind of Hero; A Few Weeks in Spain (Clint Eastwood on the experience of making this film); Tre Voci (Three friends remember Sergio Leone); Not Ready for Primetime (Monte Hellman discussion on The Prologue Shot for the first TV release to legitimize The Man with No Name's amoral killing); Additional Scene- The Network Prologue - with Harry Dean Stanton; Location Comparisons - intercutting film clips with current footage of locations used; Radio Spots - 10 Radio spots

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