A Fistful of Dollars

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The first of Clint Eastwood's turns as Sergio Leone's laconic, manipulative, wandering gunslinger has not been served too well by MGM/UA's DVD release. Both widescreen and full-frame versions of the movie are presented. The widescreen transfer is non-anamorphic and letterboxed to 2.35:1, preserving the original film's aspect ratio. The source print seems to be fairly recent, but still shows some signs of wear, with periodic blemishes showing up, though there is overall no color fading. The transfer, however, has ...
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The first of Clint Eastwood's turns as Sergio Leone's laconic, manipulative, wandering gunslinger has not been served too well by MGM/UA's DVD release. Both widescreen and full-frame versions of the movie are presented. The widescreen transfer is non-anamorphic and letterboxed to 2.35:1, preserving the original film's aspect ratio. The source print seems to be fairly recent, but still shows some signs of wear, with periodic blemishes showing up, though there is overall no color fading. The transfer, however, has a slightly soft look to it, with a fair bit of grain and some visible compression artifacts. In addition, noise reduction seems to have been used and the image compressed in such a way that solid blacks have lightened and taken on a slightly greenish cast. The video gain also appears to have been unhinged for this transfer, as the brightness levels keep flickering in a number of sequences -- a noticeable and annoying problem. The audio is presented in mono and is essentially untouched -- no attempts at equalization, maximizing, or noise reduction seem to have been made, so that viewers will find themselves lowering the gain for the MGM/UA DVD logo and the main menu, then having to raise it again for the movie itself. There are also places on the soundtrack that crackle, pop, hiss, and hum, another annoyance for viewers in general -- fans of the Man With No Name films are likely to feel insulted. The sole extra on the disc is the U.S. trailer, which shows some damage, but is in generally good shape. It would have been nice to see an effort to include other materials as well.
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes booklet; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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The hugely influential A Fistful of Dollars launched the careers of star Clint Eastwood, director Sergio Leone, and composer Ennio Morricone. Essentially a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, the film was one of the first low-budget, Italian-made "spaghetti westerns" to reap a significant amount of money and develop a cult following in the U.S. marketplace. Though John Ford's 1956 film The Searchers marked the of end the traditional western, Leone's "Man with No Name" trilogy ushered in a new, highly stylized version of the genre, revitalizing it in the late 1960s. Dollars and its companions, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, are raw portrayals of suffering and violence which blur the lines of good-versus-bad. Eastwood's cold, squinting, anti-hero is at the heart of the new amorality; it would be a role that would influence the rest of his career. For Leone, the trilogy would be a training ground for his masterpiece, the big-budgeted Once Upon a Time in the West. Morricone went on to become one of the most prolific, instantly recognizable composers in movie history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • UPC: 027616785824
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood The Man with No Name
Marianne Koch Marisol
Gian Maria Volonté Ramon Rojo
Wolfgang Lukschy John Baxter
Mario Brega Chico
Carol Brown Antonia Baxter
Antonio Prieto Benito Rojo
Josef Egger Piripero
Benny Reeves Rubio
Pepe Calvo Silvanito
Margarita Lozano Consuela Baxter
Raf Baldassarre
Carla Calo
José Calvo Silvanito
Bruno Carotenuto Antonio Baxter
Sieghardt Rupp Esteban Rojo
Daniel Martin Julian
Richard Stuyvesant Chico
Aldo Sambrell
Benito Stefanelli Rubio
Technical Credits
Sergio Leone Director, Screenwriter
Victor A. Catena Screenwriter
Roberto Cinquini Editor
Arrigo Colombo Producer
Massimo Dallamano Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Giorgio Papi Producer
G. Schock Screenwriter
Carlo Simi Costumes/Costume Designer
Duccio Tessari Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [2:35]
2. Chasing El Niño [2:23]
3. Adios Amigo [2:33]
4. "The Wrong Town" [3:23]
5. "Two Bosses" [2:05]
6. "Get 3 Coffins Ready" [1:07]
7. The Sensitive Mule [2:29]
8. Hired & Accommodated [2:42]
9. Trouble Between Bros. [2:04]
10. The Stagecoach [3:13]
11. Gun Trade [3:18]
12. Ramon [4:00]
13. "Leave Here" [1:20]
14. "We'll Go Along" [3:51]
15. Playing Informant [2:44]
16. A Man With Money [1:55]
17. K.o.'ed [5:07]
18. Marisol-napping [2:23]
19. The Men Money Can Buy [1:26]
20. "Jesus!" [5:47]
21. Marisol's Story [:58]
22. Rojo Revelry [2:46]
23. Stealing Away [1:37]
24. Setting Things Right [3:08]
25. Horse Chase [2:30]
26. Tortured [3:12]
27. The Barrel Bomb [4:11]
28. The Americano's Friends [3:33]
29. Shooting Survivors [6:29]
30. Regaining His Aim [4:02]
31. Target Practice [5:32]
32. Joe Vs. Ramon [5:20]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Main Title [2:35]
2. Chasing El Niño [2:23]
3. Adios Amigo [2:33]
4. "The Wrong Town" [3:23]
5. "Two Bosses" [2:05]
6. "Get 3 Coffins Ready" [1:07]
7. The Sensitive Mule [2:29]
8. Hired & Accommodated [2:42]
9. Trouble Between Bros. [2:04]
10. The Stagecoach [3:13]
11. Gun Trade [3:18]
12. Ramon [4:00]
13. "Leave Here" [1:20]
14. "We'll Go Along" [3:51]
15. Playing Informant [2:44]
16. A Man With Money [1:55]
17. K.o.'ed [5:07]
18. Marisol-napping [2:23]
19. The Men Money Can Buy [1:26]
20. "Jesus!" [5:47]
21. Marisol's Story [:58]
22. Rojo Revelry [2:46]
23. Stealing Away [1:37]
24. Setting Things Right [3:08]
25. Horse Chase [2:30]
26. Tortured [3:12]
27. The Barrel Bomb [4:11]
28. The Americano's Friends [3:33]
29. Shooting Survivors [6:29]
30. Regaining His Aim [4:02]
31. Target Practice [5:32]
32. Joe Vs. Ramon [5:20]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fistful of Pleasure

    This movie is a pleasure to the senses. Visually, it is both beautiful and hard, capturing the complexity of the ''Hero''--who, from the first instant, we know will be unlike what we have come to expect from heroes. To the sense of sound, this movie is equally satisfying, with a soundtrack that nearly sends shivers up the spine. But it doesn't stop there. No, the filming and pacing is so tight, so cool, that at times you can feel the night wind on your skin, taste the tequila on your tongue, and smell the Hero's blood as it dries, all the while knowing that when the blood dries, the spurs will click again and the guns will resume their fire.

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