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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [VHS]

Clint Eastwood , Eli Wallach , Sergio Leone    VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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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
  • Language: German
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RSW9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 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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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genre-defining masterpiece 11 Dec 2000
By Dave
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW - Pin sharp. And Yellow. 11 Jun 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
OK you may have read about the transfer. I watched this on my Samsung 1080P projector and the image was 14ft diagonal. As such the screen blisters with detail you have never seen on previous releases. There has been much debate about the new grade. Although an assistant on the film was involved I think that the colour is off as the sky looks green not blue in certain shots and the white on the titles is yellowed. However, I was able to pay with the colour values on the projector and return the image to something I would approximate as "natural". I admit this is "My" interpretation and it worked for me - you may like the new colour palette.

Once this is done, the film looks AMAZING. Its a great movie anyway and seeing it so crystal and sharp - far better definition on detail than the previous release - really made the screen come alive

The extras and menu are just lazy. They are ported over from the original version and I would have hoped that Clint and Eli could have been coaxed to record a commentary even if it were separately and edited as a single track As they are both alive and very lucid its a massive opportunity wasted and probably the last time they will be able to get them. I saw Eli at a screening of the film in 2006 and he stated "I have never been asked to do a commentary - I don't know why?" 8 year son and he still hasn't apparently?

If you don't own the movie in HD buy it NOW. If you do its worth a double dip if you can live with the new colouring or change your display manually. All of this is from my point of view if you disagree fair enough I will accept your opinion. Please accept mine as mine.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Better and The Best 1 Jun 2004
This is definately my favourite film that I have seen in a long time. Leone at his absolute finest TG TB TU is the epitome of the spagheti western. Once Upon A Time in the West comes close but Morricones score settles it for me. The oft reused cyote howl and the mariachi theme a the end make the music the best I've ever heard in a film. The film itself is a little long however my interest was held throughout. The acting is superb and the additional scenes while not greatly adding to the film do not detract from it. An absolute classic that has been desecrated by TV editors at Christmas time, this film deserves to be seen in full.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I personally think that this version is the best I ever seen
Despite that some pundits have to say concerning the re-mastering & colour timing of this release, I personally think that this version is the best I ever seen. Read more
Published 8 days ago by E. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but collectors edition incomplete
Bought all 3 of Sergio Leone's classic westerns, and I love them all. Clint Eastwood is so gritty and stylish, the West really suits him. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mr. C. P. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My Uncle loves it!
Published 16 days ago by Daffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best ever
Published 23 days ago by mr john tompsett
5.0 out of 5 stars This Epic never looked better
Superb restoration from the 4K remastered. A quantum leap on anything we've had before. It's the fist time I've really noticed a massive leap in quality from other editions.
Published 26 days ago by R. Shore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and exceptional quality!
Great Western film. We bought the Steelbook blu-ray (2014), and the quality is amazing. We had not watched the film in Blu-ray before, but we were certainly impressed with the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kayleigh Tipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Superb film and really look forward to the remastered version although to my eyes the existing bluray is really good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gareth W. Francis
I join the others who give high ratings of this western surely worthy of the term outstanding whether by "spaghetti" standards or more generally within the entire realm of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Bayer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a blast from my past
The Good, the bad and the Ugly hasn't even dated. Still the funny film it always was. Arrived promptly and in new condition
Published 4 months ago by marilyn matthieson
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it.
The film speaks for itself, well worth the purchase. Clint Eastwood works his own magic in any film he chooses to make.
Published 4 months ago by smith
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