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Grand Duel [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Lee Van Cleef , Horst Frank    DVD
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  • Actors: Lee Van Cleef, Horst Frank, Jess Hahn
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BI3XZ2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Duel 26 Nov 2013
Philip Vermeer has been found guilty of murdering a local patriarch, but has escaped and is now on the run. He is persecuted by both a group of bounty hunters, paid by the patriarch's sons, the Saxons, and Clayton a ex-sheriff who says that Vermeer is innocent and claims to know the man who actually killed the patriarch and will put his life on the life to keep him safe.

This was Lee Van Cleefs last worth while Spaghetti Western and it is one of the more impressive entries in the genre. The reoccurring narrative in Spaghetti Westerns, about the relationship between an older gunfighter and a younger protagonist is used here to great effect. Which also served Van Cleef well in previous Spaghetti Westerns such as Death Rides a Horse, Big Gundown and Day of Anger.

The director was Giancarlo Santi who had worked as a assistant on some of Sergio Leone's Westerns such as The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West. He was originally offered the chance to direct A Fistful of Dynamite but when he was fired from that he went onto direct this which is almost as good in my opinion. His directorial style is impressive and its clear he learnt something from working with Leone.

The opening scene is brilliant, we have Philip Vermeer (played by the unknown Peter O'Brien) surrounded by bounty-hunters in a near deserted town and Lee Van Cleef walks straight through, revealing each killers hiding place as he walks past them before eventually getting to the saloon. Giancarlo Santi is also able to create some really cool flashback sequences, which all build up to who actually killed the patriarch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the version of the grand duel to get. 24 Sep 2013
Great dvd release for this lee van cleef classic. Fully restored, anamorphic widescreen and region free. Don't buy any other version like stormrider, this blue underground release is the one to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad guys wear white 1 Jun 2014
A young gun slinger accused of murder, is picked up by a tough sheriff and taken back to the town he hails from in order to face the kangaroo court that awaits. Along the way they play cat and mouse with one another as a team of bounty killers also follow their trail.
Once at the town it soon becomes apparent that the place is run by a family of brothers, who're as benevolent as cancer, and that justice is one of their least likely motives for getting the gun slinger back. But wait, because the sheriff isn't quite all he seems either...

This is a very respectable spaghetti western starring Van Cleef. There's a decent amount of intrigue, invention and brutality offered by the plot, with just enough humour to keep it entertaining. There's one or two really good set pieces and a few characters (most of em bad guys) to distinguish it from the pack. As usual Lee Van Cleef gives us a cool, beady eyed hero, who is endlessly watchable, all dressed in black. Eventually coming up against the corrupt family of brothers who own the town and all wear white.
There are several nice gun play touches here (the opening gun battle is really very good) and although this maybe wouldn't get into say your top 20 spaghetti westerns of all time, it's certainly worth a look and wont be far outside, with definite similarities to top westerns such as Keoma [DVD],Dead men dont count / kill and Pray..Spaghetti western double feature.. (Requiescant Kill and Pray) and The Great Silence [DVD] [1968].
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lee Van Cleef Spaghetti Western 3 Sep 2013
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This is not the best Lee Van Cleef Italian western you are going to see - in fact most of the best bits are in the trailer. (I am waiting for The Big Gundown to come out on dvd -never seen it and hear it is very good.) Lee Van Cleef is quite good in the role but the film seems to go slowly to the climax and then it's all over. Worth a watch but do not think it is a film I shall watch repeatedly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Remastered DVD Release 20 May 2013
By RueBourbon - Published on
Please disregard the negative reviews about the picture quality placed prior to May 2013 as it does not pertain to this particular release by BU. The Blue Underground edition is remastered from the original film negatives and also features a commentary. The film itself is a slightly above average Italian Western released at a time in the early seventies when the genre was succumbing to parody. It doesn't quite reach the heights of films like 'For A Few Dollars More' or 'The Big Gundown' but it is a decent enough entry in the genre itself. Recommended to fans of Lee Van Cleef and Spaghetti Westerns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Blue Underground DVD is Remastered! 4 Jun 2013
By Gregory Chick - Published on
Most of these reviews pertain to illegal bootlegs of GRAND DUEL (aka THE BIG SHOWDOWN). This new Blue Underground DVD is officially licensed, and has been fully restored and remastered from the original negative. It is presented fully uncut, in the original widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio. As far as Extras, the DVD includes a very informative Audio Commentary with Journalists C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke, as well as the Theatrical Trailer and a Spaghetti Western Trailer Reel. GRAND DUEL has never looked or sounded better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Duel The Real Deal 4 Jun 2013
By philbobaggins - Published on
Fans of spaghetti Westerns should be very happy GRAND DUEL has been officialy licenced and re-mastered by BLUE UNDERGROUND. BU takes great pride in their releases and gives every one of them the royal treatment. This DVD is the Real Deal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Leone Imitation 13 April 2014
By Julian Pope - Published on
The director of this film, Giancarlo Santi, was an assistant director on both The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, so he obviously knows what it takes to make a good Spaghetti Western. When he ventured out on his own he took For a Few Dollars More and Good, Bad, Ugly co-star Lee Van Cleef with him. While it isn't on the level with Leone (but really what is?) the result is a solid 90 minute Spaghetti Western with an unforgettable score (which you may recognize from Kill Bill vol 1). If you are a fan of the sub-genre definitely check this one out, to me the music alone makes the viewing worth it.
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was terrible, Lee Van Cleef was the only redeeming feature ... 1 July 2014
By Daulman - Published on
This movie was terrible, Lee Van Cleef was the only redeeming feature but he couldn't save it. The circus acrobatics were funny though, the hero shooting villains off roofs then using their falling bodies falling on teter-totters in catapulting escapes. The Grand Duel at the end was a Grand Dud.
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