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Death Rides a Horse [DVD] [1968] [US Import] [NTSC]

Lee Van Cleef , John Phillip Law , Giulio Petroni    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli, Anthony Dawson
  • Directors: Giulio Petroni
  • Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Producers: Alfonso Sansone, Henryk Chrosicki
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Direct Source Label
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630572282X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good Spaghetti Western 15 Mar 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am no expert in the genre, but lets tick off the boxes here – Ennio Morricone score, morally dubious heroes, revenge driven story, nasty Mexican bandit baddies who laugh at anything remotely unpleasant, terrible dubbing –yep, must be a Spaghetti Western!
If you are a fan of Spaghetti Westerns, this is among the best, and if you have just been tempted by the Clint Eastwood / Sergio Leone, then I thoroughly recommend this as the next step (right after ‘My Name is Nobody’, the next best thing to a Leone Western).
This is a fast moving revenge Western with an apparently simple plot filled out with memorable characters and situations, and a genually satisfying conclusion. Sure, it does not have the style or panache of Leone, and Morricone’s score is not his best – but a less than perfect score from Morricone is still better than most others, and it is a memorable distinctive musical treat. The alternating themes of strumming guitar and choral voices bring his usual uniqueness to the movie, and the movie benefits greatly from it.
The story follows a young boy who witnesses the brutal rape and murder of his mother and sister, and murder of his father. He grows up as a respectable community member (John Phillip Law), but shuns responsibility while he harbours one thing in mind – revenge. This lies latent until he crosses paths with Ryan (Lee van Cleef), an ex con whose similar drive of revenge seems to coincide with Ryans goal. They form an uneasy alliance which teeters between help and competition to be the one who kills the bad guys.. mostly competing to make sure they get there first.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo MGM-UK! 30 Aug 2005
At last! we have this great widescreen-version of this great movie, one of the best italian-western revenge stories!
Great quality, picture and sound and a very good soundtrack by maestro Ennio Morricone.
THIS is the version to buy, forget about the other versions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This world is full of nervous characters. 22 Sep 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Death Rides a Horse (AKA: Da uomo a uomo/As Man to Man) is directed by Giulio Petroni and written by Luciano Vincenzoni. It stars Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law, Carlo Pisacane, Luigi Pistilli, Anthony Dawson, Jose Torres and Carla Cassola. A Technicolor/Techniscope production, music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Carlo Carlini.

As a young boy Bill Meceita (Law), hidden away and cowering, was witness to the rape and murder of his family. 15 years later he is out for revenge against the gang who committed the crimes. Also after the same gang is Ryan (Cleef), fresh out of prison and with his own reasons for vengeance. Two men with the same objective, but not "exactly" working together even as they keep crossing each others paths...

Highly regarded by staunch Spaghetti Western fans, Death Rides a Horse has all the staple requirements in place to understand why that is the case. However, and it is a fun, violent and technically smart picture, it still comes across as a little jaded, even unadventurous. Certainly as an appetiser to the more well known Spaghetti's from the houses of Leone, Corbucci et al, it's filling for sure, a good starting point in fact for those exploring the sub-genre for the first time. But it hardly transcends Spaghetti Western World.

It's ripe with scope landscapes, sweaty close ups of hard bastard anti-heroes and low life villains, violence that grabs the senses as Morricone whirls his musical baton of sublime distortional sounds, and of course there's Van Cleef doing what he does best, acting with a visual skill that says so much whilst actually doing very little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 12 Dec 2009
this film is one of lee van cleefs best westerns with some of the supporting cast from his westerns with sergio leone like mario brega and luigi pistili and also veteran british actor anthony dawson . the film opens with a massacre at a homestead wich is very violent and disturbing and boarders on the horrific the only survivor is a young boy who grows up to be john philip law then the film shows van cleef being released from prison and teaming up with philip law playing a cat and mouse game pursuing the villans. well theres plenty of action and a stirring score from ennio morricone its also written by luciano vincensioni who wrote the good the bad and the ugly and well directed by gulio petroni this is a must by for fans of the genre its a pity that they have not released a special edition of this classic.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great,Van Cleef 30 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fine Euro-Western from Giulio Petroni, Van Cleef is great in this
as usual, John Phillip Law is fine though his performance is a little like that of a robot at times.This Pan & Scan version is not bad,picture a bit grainy at times, Would be better in it's original 2:35:1 Techniscope ratio
This Film derserves a much better widescreen print.
So if you are reading this MGM/Home Entertainment,get cracking.
If you are a fan of the Euro-Spaghetti Western genre, then this is certainly one of the best post Leone westerns around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death rides a horse dvd
I am happy with dvd I can't wait to watch this dvd death rides a horse I would recommend this site to friend and family
Published 5 months ago by bev
4.0 out of 5 stars Leone lite
I saw this film at the Coronet theatre [formerly the Atlas] in Victoria when it was first released. I remember enjoying it,however at the time I was a teenager and perhaps easier... Read more
Published 6 months ago by zotox
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sergio leone kind of Film
one of the best spaghetti westerns,the dvd video was ok,but extras were missing,overall a good movie must see for spaghetti western fans
Published 12 months ago by Arvinder
5.0 out of 5 stars I CAN'T BLIVE
Published 13 months ago by Poria
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish through and through
Save your money, get out out there and buy the old Clint Eastwoods, even Bonanza stories are better than this, couldn't wait for this to finish
Published 18 months ago by LOTTO WIZARD
3.0 out of 5 stars HOPE
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by greylady
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee Van Cleef delivers
Enjoyable spaghetti western with Lee Van Cleef leading the way in the action and acting. Conversion to DVD is fine. Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by Thirty five
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
Others have said, and I'll freely agree that this movie does not have the flair of a Sergio Leone piece, but it's still a perfectly acceptable action western with a Morricone score... Read more
Published on 8 April 2011 by D. Milne
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Rides A Horse
This film is great Ive seen a lot of westerns but I must say this stands along side with the all time greats. If you like a western that has it all this is the one for you. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by batman
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Rides A Horse
This MGM remastering - with 2.35:1 aspect ratio - finally does the movie justice. Lee Van Cleef is fantastic as Ryan. Read more
Published on 4 April 2010 by kandy
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