A Fistful Of Dollars  [DVD] 
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Sergio Leone's spaghetti western is a remake of the Kurosawa classic 'Yojimbo' and features Clint Eastwood in his first big-screen starring role. Laconic gunslinger the Man With No Name (Eastwood) makes a financial killing by playing two feuding families off each other in a small Southwestern town.
A Fistful of Dollars launched the spaghetti Western and catapulted Clint Eastwood to stardom. Based on Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai picture Yojimbo, it scored a resounding success (in Italy in 1964 and the U.S. in 1967), as did its sequels, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The advertising campaign promoted Eastwood's character--laconic, amoral, dangerous--as the Man with No Name (though in the film he's clearly referred to as Joe), and audiences loved the movie's refreshing new take on the Western genre. Gone are the pieties about making the streets safe for women and children. Instead it's every man for himself. Striking, too, was a new emphasis on violence, with stylized, almost balletic gunfights and baroque touches such as Eastwood's armoured breastplate. The Dollars films had a marked influence on the Hollywood Western--for example, Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch--but their most enduring legacy is Clint Eastwood himself. --Edward Buscombe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Based on Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), this is the film that changed Eastwood from a little known American TV star of the early 60's into a movie Icon. Eastwood wasn't the first choice for the part, there were 4 or 5 preferred actors in front of him. But Eastwood was prepared to work considerably cheaper than these people and made the movie for $15,000.
All of this and more is revealed in the excellent commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling on disc 1. Having the commentary makes this version essential as Sir Christopher is THE expert on Leone and Eastwood.
I haven't even mentioned disc 2, well this contains documentaries and the usual stuff you associate with special editions. However there are two reasons to buy this version of the DVD. 1. The Film. 2. The Commentary.
All the principals contribute to the film and if I had not seen the even better sequel 'For a Few Dollars More' I would have been well content with this one. The final part of the trilogy 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' is possibly the weakest, but still an outstanding part of the set.
Having been remastered, this Special Edition is a great improvement on the earlier releases, with a much clearer and more steady (2.35:1 in 16:9 format) print and much better 5.1 sound. The second disc is a welcome addition with the special features, and well worth a view.
I bought all three of these at the same time as DVD special editions, and we watched the sequence one wet Sunday with breaks for Tea and Dinner. Excellent. Ten years later we still occasionally dip into these and they seem just as fresh as first time around, even though we know what is coming next.
This type of presentation is not really suitable in this time when more and more people have a widescreen television. Amazon should do a much better job at showing this within the product details section.
Film 4 stars. DVD 0 stars.
Despite the 'spaghetti' label there is nothing cheap about the drama. Gripping and entertaining throughout.
Quality of DVD excellent, as ever.
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Flawless Western and Clint's true debut. He is the Roger Moore to John Wayne's Connery!Published 3 months ago by E C LANE