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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Eli Wallach , Sergio Leone    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè, Luigi Pistilli
  • Directors: Sergio Leone
  • Writers: Sergio Leone, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni, Mickey Knox
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001EYT2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,860 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western forms the final part of the trilogy that brought Clint Eastwood to Hollywood's attention. During the American Civil War, the paths of three loners - Joe (Eastwood), Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Setenza (Lee Van Cleef) - cross as they search for the grave of Bill Carson, home to a hidden fortune. As the war intensifies, the treasure seekers become drawn into a battle that dwarfs their own mercenary pursuits.

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This two-disc Special Edition presents the restored, extended English-language version of Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, now clocking in at almost three hours (actually 171 minutes on this Region 2 DVD as a result of the faster frames-per-second ratio of the PAL format). It includes some 14 minutes of previously cut scenes, with both Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach returning to the editing suite in 2003 to add their voices to scenes that had never before been dubbed into English (Wallach's voice is noticeably that of a much older man in these additional sequences). The extra material contains nothing of vital importance, but it's good to have the movie returned to pretty much the way Leone originally wanted it. The anamorphic widescreen picture is now also accompanied by a handsome Dolby 5.1 soundtrack, making this the most complete and satisfactory version so far released.

Film historian Richard Schickel provides an authoritative and engaging commentary on Disc 1. On the second disc there are featurettes on Leone's West (20 mins), The Leone Style (24 mins), Reconstructing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (11 mins) and a documentary about the historical background of the Sibley campaign, The Man Who Lost the Civil War (15 mins). In addition, there's a two-part appreciation of composer Ennio Morricone, Il Maestro, by film-music expert John Burlinghame. Tuco's extended torture scene can be found here, along with a reconstruction of the fragmentary "Socorro Sequence". In short, exemplary bonus features that will satisfy every Leone aficionado. --Mark Walker


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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
As well reported, the 2009 Blu-Ray release of TGBU was marred by some PQ issues, namely DNR was liberally used throughout the film, to wipe away some (but not all) of the grain inherent with the film stock TGBU was shot in. However, I did not find the DNR to be nowhere near as bad as some other infamous Blu-Ray titles, such as 'Predator: Ultimate Edition', 'Gladiator' and 'Patton'; for instance, actors did not appear waxy in the 2009 TGBU release, as was the case in those other aforementioned Blu-Ray releases. Overall, while far from perfect, I found the picture to be reasonably good-looking for a film of its age, film stock and budget. That being said, a film of this caliber cries out for an extensive remastering, à la Lowry Digital.

Sans Lowry, the new 2014 Blu-Ray remaster of TGBU has, for the most part, rectified the DNR issue, with DNR being used far more discreetly this go-around. Overall, the 2014 release has a nice, crisp look; whether this is attributable to the 4K scan or the lack of DNR, I can only guess. Is it sharper than the 2009 release? At times, it is indeed ... but not always. This is not surprising to me, given the film's age and the film stock it was shot on. Still, sharpness looks very good ... the best it has ever looked on any version of home video.

That was the good news. The bad news? Unfortunately, the remastering has also given TGBU a different color timing scheme. Now, the film's cinematography has a yellow and teal tint, with orange overtones for the actors, giving the film a more modern look, at the expense of changing the distinctive look of the original film. In general, the colors are punchier in the 2014 release when compared to the 2009 release; too bad the punchier colors are all tinted in yellow, orange and teal.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre-defining masterpiece 11 Dec. 2000
By Dave
Format:DVD
This masterpiece is the film which defines the Spaghetti Western. Clint Eastwood is good guy Blondie and the other two main characters, Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) veer between bad and ugly over the two and half hour duration of this film. The plot is long and winding, but is essentially fairly simple - three guys who don't trust each other trying to get their hands on a consigment of gold. We all know about the music - and Morricone's soundtrack is an undisputed masterpiece. If there is a better marriage of sound and vision in cinema than the last 15 minutes of this film, I have yet to see it. But it's more than just a music video - the direction from the legendary Sergio Leone is out of this world. This is an epic in every sense of the word - the battle against good and bad, a cast of hundreds in the Civil War scenes and camera work which makes no concessions to TV and uses the entire length of the screen. The DVD is good, too. The picture and sound quality are out of this world. The 15 minutes of deleted scenes add nothing, but are a nice curio. You also get the original theatrical trailer. So this isn't a DVD to buy for fancy bells and whistles, but it delivers in spades on the top-quality basics - ie perfect sound and vision. A masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT HAS IT ALL..... 28 Jan. 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film without doubt is one of the best westerns ever made. Clint,lee, eli give masterfull yet humorous performances. The music on it's own is great to listen to. I have seen this film, more than 10 times and haven't tired of it and never will....BUY IT
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This was the third 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.

Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach star as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly respectively. A motley trio of drifters, bandits and bounty hunters they are all on the trail of a fortune in stolen gold. Around this simple premise is woven a stunning and complex tale as alliances a formed and broken and the three endure many adventures on their way to the gold and the final thrilling showdown.

Eastwood is well settled into his man with no name persona, a man full of confidence in his abilities. Lee Van Cleef excels as the evil Angel Eyes, a man totally driven by his gold lust, a ruthless killer who will do whatever is necessary to get his goal. Cleef is quite chilling in the role. The scene stealer is Eli Wallach as the ugly Tuco, a bandit with no morals, but Wallach plays him in such a way that we have a real sympathy for the character. Tuco is given the most character development as his past and reasons for being who he is are explored, and Wallach grasps this with both hands to portray a very memorable character.

Leone had a greater budget to work with then the previous two films, and it shows. Whereas the first two were limited in scope, portraying a story within a limited set of locations and characters, this is epic in its scope. We are taken on a journey through the West riven by the American civil war, which gives Leone scope to direct some classic big battle sequences and to use an eye for scenery to impress the viewer.
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