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Mannaja: A Man Called Blade [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Maurizio Merli , John Steiner , Sergio Martino    DVD
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  • Actors: Maurizio Merli, John Steiner, Sonja Jeannine, Donald O'Brien, Salvatore Puntillo
  • Directors: Sergio Martino
  • Writers: Sergio Martino, Sauro Scavolini
  • Producers: Luciano Martino
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KUE7I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,219 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mannaja: A Man Called Blade 9 April 2011
Blade (Maurizio Merli) captures the outlaw Burt Craven (Donaled O'Brian) and heads towards Suttonville only to discover when he gets there it's run by an old religious cripple McGowan (Philippe Leroy), who he has a personal vendetta against and his psychotic Henchman Voller (John Stiener). So he decides to stay and put an end to their cruel control of the town.

I am a big Spaghetti Western fan and this is a great film, it may be similar to Keoma which I think is a good film but to this to me is better. They have a similar Gothic atmosphere, a score by the De Angelis Brothers and the Sam Peckinpah slow motion action scenes, which you could argue that Director Sergio Martino has blatantly copied but I don't mind as this is a fast paced film that never gets boring.

The score by the Angelis brothers is very similar to Keoma so if you liked that then you will love this one, I wasn't to impressed by the groaning songs but they didn't annoy me but there was one piece however that is played around the romantic scenes, I though was great.

Maurizio Merli is great in the lead role as Blade who gets his name for carrying around hatchet as his weapon of choice. There's a two great villains in McGowan, who has banned all of the whores and whisky from the town calling them the sins of Babylon and his right hand man Voller who has two massive black Great Danes for protection are some of the best bad guys in Spaghetti Western history.

Overall a fine film that i'd rank in my top Spaghetti Westerns of all time.

DVD: very good quality and English and Italian Audio
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Mannaja: A Man Called Blade was one of the last worthwhile Spaghetti Westerns made(Lucio Fulci chimed in a year later with the violent but unoriginal The Silver Saddle) with the Italian filmakers tuning more to horror and post apocalyptic style movies that were obviously more of a draw in changing cinematic times. The 1970s were an odd time for the spaghetti western. There were the occasional flourishes of greatness with the likes of Keoma and Fulci's other 70s western Four Of The Apocalypse but unfortunatly the genre had backed itself into a corner with far to many self parodies and so called comedy westerns. Thankfully Mannaja avoids this cliche and reverts back to what made spaghetti westerns so interesting back in the early years of the genre. Tough, gritty and action packed Mannaja was directed by popular Italian director Sergio Martino who was probably better known for his giallo films and euro crime oaters. Star of the show Blade played perfectly by Maurizio Merli was also a blast back to the heros of the old style spaghetti westerns albeit with a new weapon of choice which in this case turns out to be a hatchet(the source of his name).
Though simple and hardly that original Mannaja has some wonderful touches to hold the interest of avid spaghetti western fans. Made in the wake of many American westerns, Mannaja isnt avert to the use of stylish slow motion phototgraphy in the same vein as Sam Peckinpah. Martino handles these scenes well especially at one point which flashes between a vicious attack on stage coach passengers and a troup of brightly dressed showgirls with the music from the dancing playing throughout. The various gunfights and fistycuffs are also decently staged and occasionally violent and brutal with good use of blood squibs to heighten the realism.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Want an entertaining Italian Western...look no further! 1 Mar 2006
By Lunar Strain - Published on
A man is running through swampy land through mist and trees. Behind him, riding in slow motion comes our "iconic" anti-hero. The man keeps slipping but eventually turns to shoot at the slow motion hero on a horse. He barley raises his hand when our hero throws a hatchet that in turns slices the mans arm right off.

Yes, that is the opening of Mannaja (aka A Man Called Blade), and from that violent opening sequence, you know the film could only come from Italy. Oh Spaghetti films hold a special place in my heart. No other country is this no-holds-barred when it comes to violence and Mannaja is just plum full of Italian film clichés. We get an unlikable anti-hero, bad dubbing, extreme violence, a plot holed story, and a surreal atmosphere. Everything we Italian film fanatics love!

Mannaja, one of the very last Spaghetti Westerns, is actually one of the more entertaining of the genre I have encountered. It actually makes more sense than other films from the Country. Our anti-hero who is known as Blade...yes a man called Blade...travels to a small western town where he gets on the bad side of the towns crooked ruler after betting him in a bet. It ends up this guy tries to kill our antihero.....a bad mistake. Sure it's predictable but what Spaghetti Western isn't other than Leone's? This is just plain and simple Spaghetti Western fun and nothing more. If you like the genre, then you deserve to have Mannaja in your collection.

The major thing is what does the title Mannaja have to do with the movie? The word or name "Mannaja" is never mentioned in the film. How do you even pronounce it? I feel like a fool every time I try to say the name. Also, make sure and check out the theme song to the movie....ifs just hilarious.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mannaja Trois! 30 Oct 2004
By Stanley Runk - Published on
"Blade" is a hatchet wielding badazz mofo bounty hunter who prances into a town run by a rich tyrant who has the entire town working in his silver mine. Blade's an all around do-gooder but is also looking to settle a score with this tyrant. Blade manages to piss of the villians about two seconds after setting foot in town, and the showdown begins. Needless to say this film is hardly original. When viewing this film I can't stress enough to NOT expect anything remotely like Leone. I think that's where alot of the negative reviews come from-high expectations. I went into this film with the same mindset I'd use going into Death Wish 4: The Crackdown. I expected it to be silly, violent, and most of all, fun. And it is fun! Is this soundtrack as dreadful as the reviews below say? You bet it is! It's terrible! But in my eyes that only added more laughs to the film, and I'm glad the soundtrack is as bad as it is. These lesser Italian westerns have a thing with anachronistic music. Remember Django's Tom Jones-esque theme? Mannaja's might even be funnier than that. And I can't forget mentioning a great performance by Italian film regular John Steiner(my homie Longinus from Caligula) as the villian. Don't expect grade-A entertainment and you'll have a winner with Mannaja. Think of it this way: If The Good, Bad and The Ugly is the Gremlins of westerns, then Mannaja is the Munchies of westerns. Check it out and enjoy those tunes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like they used to be 12 May 2003
By Gary Cross - Published on
This one came well after the Spaghetti Western had rode off into the sunset (in fact, I think it was the last one ever made). And it's a doozy - probably because it's a throw-back to all those silly, action-packed spaghetti westerns of the sixties. Gunfights and brutal fistfights punctuate the tried and true tale of revenge every five minutes, so you can forgive the trite dialogue and the occassional sequence that doesn't make any sense. The hero, who comes across as a nastier version of Patrick Wayne, is perfectly balanced by gaunt-faced John Steiner as the villainous foreman who is not adverse the wiping out the hired help and even bumping off his boss in his quest to become the big cheese. The film is similar in look to Keoma (the Franco Ndero western that is a must-have for Spaghetti enthusiasts) - the same sets are used and it sounds like they've brought in the same singer for the "you've got to hear it to believe it" soundtrack. The only drawback is the obvious lack of budget in some of the bigger set-pieces and a climactic gunfight that falls strnegly flat (in fact, in several of the shootouts, the director simply has the bad guys all standing still in the same place and being picked off one by one by the hero - but what the hell, they did the same thing in Road to Perdition didn't they?). This is consistently rated among the top 10 spaghetti westerns ever made so it's worth a place in your collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Italian Western 5 Mar 2008
By Snake Plissken - Published on
"A Man Called Blade" is probably the most perfect, textbook western film of the 70s. It has a "good" soundtrack, beautiful settings, smart and stupid bad guys, and a great protagonist. Merli is different from most western heroes, he seems like a nice fur trapper or mountain man, but he is very good at what he does,killing people. There is not much to criticize here. This is a fun, action packed, traditional Italian western
R.I.P Mr Merli
4.0 out of 5 stars late in the genre's cycle; shows more craft than earlier films 3 Mar 2010
By William T. Wiggins - Published on
Made in '77, this Spaghetti was late in the genre's cycle and shows much more craft than earlier films which were cranked right out of the assembly line. It's still a bloody exploitation pic, but with just a touch of Leone style here and there. Maurizio Merli, looking like a Barry Gibb-type of cowboy with flowing blond locks, brilliant white teeth, and piercing blue eyes, is your hero. He is an effective if not riveting presence. "Blade" (never referred to as Mannaja) is a loner/bounty hunter back in his old hometown to settle an old score with an evil developer and his goons. Perfunctory story is made interesting with numerous flashbacks, and with gruesome elements frequently intercut amongst lighter, colorful scenes. Photography is lovely, even (actually *especially*)in scenes caked with mud and rain. Score is very unusual, done by the same team as KEOMA. A ridiculously deep baritone sings songs which sort of narrate the action onscreen---unique but a little offputting. Actually the film as a whole reminded me of a more action-oriented, less dreamy version of KEOMA. Generally very good of its type. The disc includes a great making-of featurette (12min) featuring an interview with director Sergio Martino.
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