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1.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, awful edition, 27 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Once Upon a Time in the West -- Special Collector's Edition (2 discs) [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
The greatest western movie ever..or a good candidate anyway: it gives epic and credibility, and you feel history in its making...
But how can Amazon dare sell an edition with only English language??? No Italian language (wasn't it shot in Italian?), not even subtitles: it's chauvinism at its most. Like many other Amazon titles (see f.i. the Leone cycle of 'Spaghetti western').
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2009 16:17:40 BDT
Paul Vernon says:
This has nothing to do with Amazon or the quality of the film. It's ridiculous to give this 5 stars, at face value it looks like you hate the film. tut tut

Posted on 8 Sep 2009 19:31:23 BDT
G. W. Mclean says:
It wasnt shot in Italian so back in your box, the films awesome

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2009 18:21:07 BDT
JR says:
It was first made in Italian.

And this bothers me too. Most Italian movies are extremely hard to find in Italian, especially spaghetti westerns

Posted on 23 Apr 2010 14:32:19 BDT
Paolo;

So you're looking for the Italian version. If you find it (have you tried Italy?), check the lip-synchronization; and you will find that everyone including the Extras are speaking English.

I prefer that the sounds coming out of actors mouths are in sync with their lips. So when watching foreign films I chose to have the English sub-titles turned on, rather than listen to a dubbed soundtrack. However,this film was definitely shot in English.

To give a film 1 star because of a misconception is ridiculous.

Posted on 24 Apr 2010 00:37:54 BDT
The film was shot without sound, as the documentary reveals. The voices were added afterwards. In English.

Posted on 27 Mar 2011 18:27:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Mar 2011 18:31:59 BDT
D. Milne says:
Standard practice on a Leone set was for every actor to speak his/her own language. It was all overdubbed anyway in post - that may sound odd, but sound was exactly the reason: this way they didn't need to care about extraneous noise on set, and the lack of microphone booms allowed the camera a sweeping freedom that has made Leone movies famous. In this case many of leads were English speakers, so naturally their (overdubbed) English matches the lips quite well. It is wrong however to say that "the movie was shot in English", it is also wrong to say that it was shot in Italian. It was shot in a mixture of languages, but the temp sound on set was not used for any release.

I agree however that it is ridiculous to give a movie or a DVD one star because it lacks a feature it didn't claim to have. Frankly, if you come shopping on a UK shopping site you should expect the English language market to be the main one served. It would be just as ridiculous for me to visit an Italian shop and complain because the movies were all in Italian (even the English made ones!).

Posted on 18 Jul 2011 17:07:02 BDT
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Posted on 9 Oct 2011 17:25:27 BDT
how the hell can you give a movie like this 1 star for a silly reason?

Posted on 5 Sep 2012 06:58:16 BDT
S J Buck says:
This is the UK Amazon site. Not the Italian, French, or Spanish site. Amazon certainly have a French site.
Amazon do not produce the DVDs, they merely sell them. Complain to the production/film company, they are responsible NOT Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 20:02:17 BDT
S J Buck says:
and having only just read D Milne's comment I suggest you also read it as well. I should have remembered the facts about Leone's movies. Please remove your inaccurate and misleading review.
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