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Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969]

Henry Fonda , Claudia Cardinale , Sergio Leone    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti
  • Directors: Sergio Leone
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A5BSZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,274 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sergio Leone had to be persuaded to return to the Western for Once Upon a Time in the West after the success of his "Dollars" trilogy. The result is a masterpiece that expands the vision of the earlier movies in every way. It could as easily have been called The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Blonde as Charles Bronson steps into the No-Name role as the harmonica-playing vengeance seeker, Henry Fonda trashes his Wyatt Earp image as a dead-faced, blue-eyed killer who has sold out to the rapacious railroad; Jason Robards provides humanitarian footnotes as a life-loving but doomed bandit and the astonishingly beautiful Claudia Cardinale shows that all these grown-up little boys are less fit to make a country than one determined widow-mother-whore-angel-everywoman. The opening sequence--Woody Strode, Al Mulock and Jack Elam waiting for a train and bothered by a fly and dripping water--is masterful bravura, homing in on tiny details for a fascinating but eventless length of time before Bronson arrives for the lightning-fast shoot-out. With striking widescreen compositions and epic running time, this picture truly wins points for length and width.

On the DVD: Once Upon a Time in the West on disc is the transfer fans have been waiting for: the longest available version of the film in shimmering widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TVs) which lends full impact to Leone's long shots of Monument Valley scenery or bustling crowds of activity, but also highlights his ultra-close images as Bronson's beady eyes or Cardinale's luscious pout fill the entire screen. A commentary track is mostly by expert Sir Christopher Frayling, with input from other academics, participants and enthusiasts--it's good on the detail, and Alex Cox winningly points out that one scene bizarrely can't be reconciled with what happens before or after it.

Disc 2 has four featurettes which, taken together, add up to a feature-length documentary on the film, and though overlapping the commentary slightly offer a wealth of further good stuff, plus the elegant Cardinale's undiminished smile. Also included is the trailer, notes on the cast, menu screens with generous selections from Ennio Morricone's score, stills gallery, comparison shots from the film and contemporary snapshots of the locations. --Kim Newman

Product Description

A mysterious woman in the Old West is in danger from a band of ruthless gunmen.


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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a Time in the West (Blu-ray version) 4 Aug 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Serigo Leone epic picture "Once upon a Time in the West", is presented in a new meticulously restored version for its Blu-ray release which looks and sounds stunning along with the restored version which is now a "Unrated" cut the disc also has the "Theatrical version" as well which is still rated PG-13, along with similar special features that the region 2 double DVD released in 1999 that version of the film running time was 159 minutes, this time the restored version has a running time of 166 minutes which is closer to the Italian version which had a running time of 175 minutes.

This disc is region-free,the signal type is MPEG4 in full 1080p resolution which shows the features beautiful range colours and the now the greater range of blacks, the actors sun-baked skin now look even more stubbly and sweaty, the sound which is now up-graded to 5.1 DTS Master Audio this jumps out of the speakers, the first gun fight at the railway station which has very little dialogue, is now even more impressive as the sound effects sound like they have been on steroids the gunfire now rattles across your living room, the dripping water and squeaking water wheel create the atmosphere as never before bringing the viewer even closer to the action.
This Blu-ray also has Dolby mono in English as well as dubbed French and Spanish; there are subs in English for the hard of hearing, subtitles in French, Spanish and Portuguese with commentary contributions from Directors John Carpenter, John Milius and Alex Cox and Film Historians Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr Sheldon Hall as well as cast and crew.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a Time in the West 28 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The best spaghetti western ever made, arguably the best western and one of the most glaring omissions from Channel 4's recent 100 best films.
From the wonderful crescendo of the opening scenes (the longest start to a movie without a word of dialogue?) to the eerie, bewitching harmonica strains of Charles Bronson, this is a piece of film-making you will remember for a long time.
Henry Fonda was famously cast against type - since Twelve Angry Men in '57 he had played numerous whiter-than-white roles - and the American cinema-going public were shocked at the cold and vicious Frank...
Jason Robards is great as the laconic, amused middleman, Charles Bronson dark and quiet doing what he does best, the impenetrable, mysterious, native-American stranger.
Anyway, what with Leone's lingering, photographic landscape shots, the fact that the score was played on set so that the actors and cameras could move with the music and the choreographed, dance-like gunfight scene at the end (Fonda, filmed from behind at foot level, taking off his black jacket, dropping it to his right and slowly stepping to his left - a movie moment!), this really is an all-time classic.
A film for Friday night, a few Mexican beers, darkened room and preferably a big wide-screen TV...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic leone 6 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I am writing this review on the strength of the american release, which being impatient I own. In my opinion the upgrade is worth it, the colours are vibrant, the picture strong, the sound is a marked improvement over the two disc special edition...........but will not blow you away.

I love this movie and rate is as highly as For a few dollars more and the good the bad and the ugly, I was glad I upgraded and was not disappointed at all, the extras are the same as the previous edition but the major selling point is they have included the theatrical version alongside the restored version something I wish they had done with the good the bad and the ugly ok it is only an added 60 seconds but you do have the choice.

I will not review the movie mainly because a film this old will not be new to the majority, but those who love this movie will want to know if they should upgrade, I did and I am not sorry.
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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leone's Greatest Achievement "Frank sent us" 11 Sep 2003
Format:DVD
In Sergio Leone's epic Western, shot partly in Monument Valley, a revenge story becomes an epic contemplation of the Western past. To get his hands on prime railroad land in Sweetwater, crippled railroad baron Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) hires killers, led by blue-eyed sadist Frank (Henry Fonda), who wipe out property owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff) and his family. McBain's newly arrived bride, Jill (Claudia Cardinale), however, inherits it instead. Both outlaw Cheyenne (Jason Robards) and lethally mysterious Harmonica (Charles Bronson) take it upon themselves to look after Jill and thwart Frank's plans to seize her land. As alliances and betrayals mutate, it soon becomes clear that Harmonica wants to get Frank for another reason -- it has "something to do with death." As in his "Dollars" trilogy, Leone transforms the standard Western plot through the visual impact of widescreen landscapes and the figures who populate them, as Harmonica appears out of nowhere and Frank chillingly commands the center of the frame. The opening credit sequence of three Western toughs (including Woody Strode and Jack Elam) preparing to kill someone at a train station wittily yet artfully plays off Leone's fixation with faces and locales and the epic effect of his meticulous narrative pace. The sense of suspended time speaks to the concerns with past, future, and history that drive the plot; Jill oversees the literal tracks of "Progress," while Frank is undone by the past he shares with memory-driven Harmonica. Fonda's presence and the Monument Valley location further point to the Western movie past of John Ford, as Leone "quotes" Ford's signature buttes and exposes the dark reverse of Fonda's staunch Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time In The West - BluRay
This is a remarkable movie. Its so different than your typical Western movie. The opening 10 minutes is gripping stuff with very little dialogue but some incredible scenes of 3... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time, came a perfect Blu-ray
Absolute perfection! This region free reference quaity Blu-ray is the full uncut version with fabulous extras. Studios please take note on how it should be done! Read more
Published 3 days ago by H. Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its has grain but behind the grain its a good transfer
Published 4 days ago by Nissan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 7 days ago by K. Lijkendijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant.
Published 10 days ago by swifty
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of the Spaghetti Westerns.
Bought this for my son he is a big fan of the Spaghetti Westerns. It was a very reasonable price for (2 discs) and in good condition. Read more
Published 20 days ago by jane gabrielli
5.0 out of 5 stars Belonging to an ancient race...
One of the most beautiful of all westerns, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" finally looks the part. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shazzerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely satisfied.
This is not a movie on one DVD. It's a special collector's edition with two DVDs! The set is as good as new - well looked after. The price was very low. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheba2 - 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars The ugly, the ugly & ugly
I love spaghetii westerns & this is a classic of the genre. Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinalle & Woody strode turn this into a film almost as good as The Good, The... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liam Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's The Blu-Ray Look?
I love this western but there's no Blu-ray look in it. When I bought this movie on Blu-ray, it looks and sounds the same as my DVD copy.
Published 2 months ago by Darren Fuge
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