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Westerns - For A Few Dollars More Blu-ray

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For A Few Dollars More
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte
Directed by Sergio Leone
Widescreen 2:35:1
MGM Fox Home Entertainment 2011
132 minutes

The Blu-ray version of For A Few Dollars More does look much better than the DVD, especially in night scenes, but the print has not been fully restored. For example, the opening sequence strobes a bit and in the train scene right after a strange dust pattern flickers in the window. Generally though, this second installment in the Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood Man With No Name trilogy is crisp and worth the Blu-ray investment. For A Few Dollars More Blu-ray is presented in with a stereo and artificial Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. The special features are those that were available on the 2 DVD Collector’s Edition

In A Fistful of Dollars Clint Eastwood plays a bounty hunter named Manco. He is in competition with an older bounty hunter named Colonel Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef) Gian Maria Volonte is back as a baddie. Volonte is a bit over the top in this one and the whole wacky tobaccy stoned bit really does not work.

This Leone western Blu-ray certainly has its moments. One is when Manco talks to the old man in the cabin near the railway. Another is the showdown between Manco and Mortimer which now looks great in high def.

To make a long story short, Manco and Mortimer team up to get Indio and his gang. This involves getting a man on the inside, a clever bank robbery, and both bounty hunters, the young gun and the veteran, trusting each other.

A few plot twists keeps thing very interesting towards the final showdown and the reveal of the meaning of the watch.

Special Features on For A Few Dollars More Blu-ray are quite interesting: Commentary track with Christopher Frayling, western expert; A New Standard (Frayling on For a Few Dollars More); Back for More (Clint Eastwood remembers For a Few Dollars More); Featurette- Tre Voci (Three friends remember Sergio Leone); Featurette- For a Few Dollars More: The Original American Release Version (focuses on alternate scenes/alternate releases); Featurette- Location Comparisons - intercutting film clips with current footage of locations used; Radio Spots

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