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A Fistful Of Dynamite (Special Edition) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Rod Steiger, James Coburn, Romolo Valli, Maria Monti, Rik Battaglia
  • Directors: Sergio Leone
  • Producers: Fulvio Morsella
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Colour, Dubbed, PAL, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007IK5WS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Smith [SHELF HEROES] on 23 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Sergio Leone's often overlooked western set in the heart of the 1913 Mexican revolution. John `Sean' Mallory (James Coburn), an IRA bomber, has fled from the British authorities only to find himself embroiled in another political uprising. He reluctantly gains a travelling companion in Juan (Rod Steiger), a jovial but ruthless Mexican outlaw accompanied by his family of bandits, who tirelessly attempts to convince John to use his remarkable skills with explosives to aid him in robbing the bank of his dreams in Mesa Verde. The two men unwittingly become deeply involved in the revolution and, despite initial suspicions and rivalry, find they share more in common than they might expect.

Incredibly relaxed pacing allows the scorching days and hardened characters to pass before us and become truly absorbed, capturing an amazing sense of time and place - you can feel the sweat and dirt on the back of your neck. There isn't really a strong central narrative - instead flitting between a few different stories that don't necessarily meld together - but this is of little consequence as the Mexican wilderness is so immersive. This is achieved with a trademark mix of panoramic landscapes, extreme close ups and fantastically well cast support actors with haggard weather-beaten faces that possess as many stories as the desert. It's a thing of gritty, sweat-stained beauty that holds the captivating magic of classic Western cinema. Ennio Morricone's exceptional score does much to capture this mood, and is capable of arousing the sensation of trekking across dusty plains even with your eyes closed.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Ward Davies on 14 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
the reputation of this film seems to have suffered rather unfairly compared with leone's previous western "once upon a time in the west."

"a fistful of dynamite" is an overlooked minor classic that has plenty going for it; good acting from rod steiger and james coburn, especially steiger; plenty of gunfights, more great music and a dose of humour now and again. the plot is sometimes difficult to follow, but that doesn't really matter.

it is interesting that the film is based circa 1913 when the old west was just about over. seeing primitive motorcars alongside horses is rather a strange sight to behold.

this isn't called a "special edition" for nothing. the film has finally been restored to its full length of 150 minutes. the original big box video edition from 1982, had the running time of 132 minutes. then in 2003, a d.v.d edition was released that ran for 147 minutes. it's all rather confusing as the film was released in cinemas around the world under different titles with various editing having been done.now, the film is all the better for its proper running time.

there's a short but informative documentary on the making of the film but also an interesting featurette about the different versions that were shown on the original release.

i suppose there is a note of disappointment that "a fistful of dynamite" marked one of the last, or possibly the last spaghetti western directed by the late, great sergio leone. a brilliant way to finish.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Gore on 12 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
'A fistfull of Dynamite', or 'Duck You Sucker!' as it may be better known as elsewhere ranks among one of Sergio Leone's best pieces of filmaking and as one of the best spaghetti westerns of all time!!!
James Coburn and Rod Steiger provide great onscreen characters whos personalities and backgrounds are beautifully explored in detail set in the backdrop of the Mexican revolution and in particular Coburn's character is explored deeply, enhanced by Leone's supurb use of flashbacks to tell us his story!
With enhanced picture and sound, which is fantastic with explosions abound, this DVD as with Leone's other westerns are worth their weight in gold!
Another great score by Morricone as usual, tops the film off as fantastic!!!
Highly recommended to Spaghetti western and Leone fans!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gerrard on 9 Oct 2012
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Where to start? the 5.1 audio mix on the 2disc special edition of this dvd is a total mess with bad sync and the wrong score used for certain scenes.the picture has also been censored for some f-words and horse cruelty.In it's favour it does include the final flashback scene and has the always interesting and informative Christopher Frayling on optional commentary track and an extra disc of documentaries the one with screenwriter Sergio Donati is particularly good.The MGM 2003 dvd with the cartoon poster cover has mono audio with the correct score in the correct place, is uncensored for bad language or horse cruelty but is missing the flashback sequence at the end.if you love this film then it's worth buying both versions but if i had to choose just one it would be the single disc 2003 M.G.M U.K. version.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Budge on 3 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
Each of the four Sergio Leone films I have seen so far are all fantastic and have great depth yet are all drastically different.
Fistful Of Dollars bacause of the stirring soundtrack and opening sequence, strong use of colours, cast and non-stop excitment from beginning to middle to end (plus heaps more!)
For A Few Dollars More incorperates all of these things and yet is extremly atmospheric in all it's scenes in a way that differs from it's predeccesor in a way hard to explain but is very apparent; noteable, to me in a majority for it's set design.
Once Upon A Time In The West has four superb performancs from each of it's main pro/antagonists and is notorious for it's slow paced run time that holds the viewer through out, therefore the viewer endures the movie along with the characters. It also has a beautiful and moving score.
A Fistful Of Dynamite (or Duck You Sucker or Once Upon A Time...The Revolution-it's most fitting title) is by far the most quirky, innovative, political and is very extrovertly idiosyncratic.
The performances by the two main leads are fantastic, sympathy switching from one to the other as you learn more about their characters (The DVD "origional" version helps with this, and the story) and there are definitly some controversial touches throughout.
Rife with comedy, pathos and action and quite a bit different to the Dollars, foremost because of the time it is set: 1913 (even a primitive motorbike turns up) so no tumbleweed settings and lonley terraced sallon border-towns with ten-pace shoot outs.
But definitly explosive and realistic with a great sense of fantasy as a foyle for the realism.
I could write for ages about Leone's movies and have a lot more to say about this one.
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