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Brilliant and compelling,
This review is from: For A Few Dollars More (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
The 2nd film in the Dollars trilogy is a better film than the first. With the addition of Lee Van Cleef as Col Douglas Mortimer the film moves up another notch. Mortimer is another bounty hunter who is trying to capture the leader of a group bandits Indio (Gian Maria Volonte). Initially this sets up a marvellous confrontation between Eastwood's Monco and Mortimer during which Monco gets to display his skills with a Pistol and then Mortimer with a Rifle. Sergio Leone directs this scene (and the rest of the film) brilliantly, making the characters behaviour seem almost child-like.
This film also benefits from having a Klaus Kinski as 'Wild', who is a member of Indio's gang. The best scene in the film occurs when Col Mortimer strikes a match on Wild's stubble. Klaus Kinski's look of utter disbelief, not to mention irritation, has to be seen to be believed.
From beginning to end this movie is a masterpiece. However in case that isn't enough this new special edition DVD contains a commentary by Sir Christopher Fraying. He is THE expert on Sergio Leone and to a lesser extent Clint Eastwood. His commentary contains a mine of wonderful stories about the film, the director and the actors involved. If you find this commentry interesting then get his brilliant biography of Sergio Leone "Something to do with Death".