Despite watching Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy countless times over the years I never considered giving any of the other spahghetti westerns out there a go until now. And after being a little disappointed with the "Sabata" movies I almost stopped right there, but a friend mentioned that this was worth a look, and they weren't wrong!
A Buller For The General definitely has the same "spirit" as Leone's work, and you'll recognise quite a few of the extra's in it too! Including a cameo by the same kid who helped Clint Eastwood in "For A Few Dollars More".
Gian Maria Volente shares the lead with Lou Castel and both have good presence and form an unlikely duo. Volente is at his cackling best, but plays a more sympathetic character than usual. It's a shame Klaus Kinski doesn't get more of a chance to develop his character and isn't on screen enough at all.
The plot takes a little while to get going, drifting from one gunfight to another for a while, and the encounter at the General's camp could have more of an impact, but overall it's a decent story.
As for the DVD itself, the quality of the picture is pretty good given the age of the source material and I didn't notice any problems there - likewise the soundtrack is decent enough.
Overall I'd give this 8/10 - If you like spaghetti westerns then I reckon this is a must!