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A Fistful of Dollars (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1964]

Clint Eastwood , Marianne Koch , Sergio Leone    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, S. Rupp, Mario Brega
  • Directors: Sergio Leone
  • Producers: Giorgio Papi, Arrigo Colombo
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL, Special Edition, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007IK5WI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,315 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A Fistful of Dollars is the western taken to the extreme, with unremitting violence, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek humour starring Clint Eastwood\


A Fistful of Dollars launched the spaghetti Western and catapulted Clint Eastwood to stardom. Based on Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai picture Yojimbo, it scored a resounding success (in Italy in 1964 and the U.S. in 1967), as did its sequels, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The advertising campaign promoted Eastwood's character--laconic, amoral, dangerous--as the Man with No Name (though in the film he's clearly referred to as Joe), and audiences loved the movie's refreshing new take on the Western genre. Gone are the pieties about making the streets safe for women and children. Instead it's every man for himself. Striking, too, was a new emphasis on violence, with stylized, almost balletic gunfights and baroque touches such as Eastwood's armoured breastplate. The Dollars films had a marked influence on the Hollywood Western--for example, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch--but their most enduring legacy is Clint Eastwood himself. --Edward Buscombe

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Fistful of Dollars was made on a shoestring budget of $200,000. Clint Eastwood even bought his own black jeans and poncho and brought them over from the US to the filmset in Almeria, Spain.

Clint rides into a dusty frontier town, San Miguel, where life is cheap. Situated just over the border inside Mexico, the town is a focus for smuggling and is run by 2 families - the Rojos (Mexicans) and the Baxters (Americans).

When a gold heist takes place at the expense of regular US and Mexican soldiers, the softly spoken gunfighter succeeds in playing each family against each other - while at the same time building up his finances in return for information.

This movie is a dark, minimalist film. Everything from the decor to the stoney desert is bleak and spartan. There's also little interaction with others apart from the feuding families, the owner of the empty bar and the (permanently busy) undertaker.

A Fistful of dollars is not particularly violent. Clint guns downs 13 bad guys in total but there's no blood and the violence is actually cartoonesque at times.

Overall, great music, a good concept and lots of action crammed into what is actually a rather short film (96 minutes).

The twin-pack DVD contains a raft of great extras if you're an enthusiast of the Sergio Leone films and this genre.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fist full of Talent 13 Nov 2006
This two DVD set is the best version to buy of this film. The remastering/restoration is excellent, so the picture quality is superb. The film itself needs little introduction, it wasn't the first Italian/European western, but it was the first that tried to be different from the standard US western.

Based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), this is the film that changed Eastwood from a little known American TV star of the early 60's into a movie Icon. Eastwood wasn't the first choice for the part, there were 4 or 5 preferred actors in front of him. But Eastwood was prepared to work considerably cheaper than these people and made the movie for $15,000.

All of this and more is revealed in the excellent commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling on disc 1. Having the commentary makes this version essential as Sir Christopher is THE expert on Leone and Eastwood.

I haven't even mentioned disc 2, well this contains documentaries and the usual stuff you associate with special editions. However there are two reasons to buy this version of the DVD. 1. The Film. 2. The Commentary.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The film that started it all... 25 Jun 2007
Fistfull of Dollars, introduced us to Sergio Leone's masterpiece that were Spaghetti Westerns. It also made clint Eastwood a star, and would lead to two extremely successful follow ups, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

It introduced the world to Sergio Leone's sharp directing and fondness for extreme close ups, often copied since, but never really bettered.

Clint Eastwood stars as the man with no name, a remake of an old japaneese film called Yojimbo. Clint is perfectly cast as the clever gunslinger as a man of actions rather than words. Here, he plays two gangs off against each other, which all climaxes in a wonderfully memorable scene which reveals the full extent of Clint's cunning.

Deliciously topped off with Ennino Morricone's haunting score, Fistfull of Dollars is a wonderful film, bettered only slightly by its sequal and the third film, the sprawling epic which was The Good the Bad and the Ugly.

If you've seen the other films, it is well worth adding these to your collection, as its Clint in one of his best loved roles, and certainly his most iconic. (Only Dirty Harry would prove to be as equally iconic as the spaghetti western trilogy.)

So add to your collection and relive the golden era of spaghetti westerns at their finest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was the first in the Dollars trilogy that rewrote the Western genre, made a star out of Clint Eastwood and booked director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone's places as legends in film making history.

Eastwood plays a drifter who blows into a border town at war with itself. Two families, each with major criminal interests control of the town and their rivalry has spilt a lot of blood. Eastwood's man with no name sets himself up in the middle, playing the families off against each other and managing to make a profit from the chaos. He's got more of a motive than money though, and along the way helps a young family terrorised by one of the family's.

Eastwood played a new type of hero - cunning, fast on the draw and on the lookout for number one. Along with Leone's gritty and realistic direction, showing the West for the brutal and grimy place it really was this must have been a shock to cinema goers of the mid sixties. Added into the mix is Morricone's innovative and catching score. Nothing like it had been heard before, and it is essential to the film setting the mood and punctuating the action.

This special edition is a real treat. The picture has been lovingly restored and is presented in the correct widescreen format. The colours shine through gloriously. The soundtrack has had similar treatment and is here in 5.1 surround. It sounds superb. There is a whole host of extras, a fascinating commentary by Christopher Frayling, documentaries about the film and restoration, and a short `introduction' filmed for the TV transmission so as to give Eastwood's character a moral motive for his actions. The presentation really does the film justice and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A great film and a great presentation. 5 stars with no hesitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Kanehira Maruo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fistful of Dollars [Blu-ray] [1964]
The film that started of the man with no name trilogy Clint Eastwood as the man with no name rides into a sleepy Mexican town ruled by two rival families. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. G. Slade
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Fabulous film, with a charismatic performance by Clint Eastwood, great direction by Sergio Leone and a timeless score by Ennio Morricone; 3 legends producing a legendary film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R Hession
5.0 out of 5 stars He was highly delighted with it
I bought this film for a friend. He was highly delighted with it.
Published 2 months ago by Brian Wales
2.0 out of 5 stars Clint's Big Intro
This film launched the film career of Clint Eastwood fresh from his American ‘Rawhide’ TV series and using the chance to play the anti-hero, the grizzled, silent type with a quick... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Gelderd
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
No better, no worse than expected.
Published 2 months ago by Tom.
5.0 out of 5 stars great western
one of the classic spaghetti westerns , bought all three
Published 2 months ago by John R. Gidley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy with dvd film
Published 2 months ago by bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray version
I love this film and have it on dvd already. This is the blu-ray version that I have bought and the quality comes through better than ever, it has been all cleaned up and improved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
One of my favourite westerns featuring Clint Eastwood, bought for a present for my Mom but I ended up lending it more than she owned it!
Published 4 months ago by x wing flyboy
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