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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 November 2006
This two DVD set is the best version to buy of this film. The remastering/restoration is excellent, so the picture quality is superb. The film itself needs little introduction, it wasn't the first Italian/European western, but it was the first that tried to be different from the standard US western.

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.

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A Fistful of Dollars was the 'spaghetti western' that broke through and made Eastwood and Leone into box-office successes and changed the way that the public regarded Westerns. This is moody, laconic, blood thirsty and has a dead-pan laconic humour to leaven the mixture.

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.
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on 13 April 2005
This film was Leone's first big film, and Clint Eastwood's first big screen appearance. To a fan of either this is essential: there is a proper 16:9 widescreen version (unlike the single disc versions) and has had the similarly excellent remastering that The Good, the Bad and the Ugly got. The extras are as good in quality as the latter's, but what this film is really about is the taut tension, the despicable villains and of course the legendary Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name. Great dialogue that is often darkly humorous (the mule shootout for example) and all backed up by a great score from the legendary Ennio Morricone. To Western fans this is one of the pioneers of the genre. To movie fans in general, if you've ever seen a heavily built up gunfight (Dirty Harry, any John Woo film, and especially any Tarantino film) chances are the director has been heavily influenced by Leone's legacy to movies. Every red-blooded male NEEDS this film in their collection along with the other Dollar films that were undoubtedly Leone and arguably Eastwood's best work.
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on 17 July 2014
I love this film and have it on dvd already. This is the blu-ray version that I have bought and the quality comes through better than ever, it has been all cleaned up and improved. I love it even more now, superb.
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on 19 August 2014
Fabulous film, with a charismatic performance by Clint Eastwood, great direction by Sergio Leone and a timeless score by Ennio Morricone; 3 legends producing a legendary film. The Blu-ray is great, with fascinating extras, and it looks wonderful for what, at the time, was a very low-budget film.
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on 25 July 2011
Not a review of the film, more of a review of the DVD. My major gripe with this disk is that it is non anamorphic. Despite being described as 2.35 Widescreen and being a release from as late as 2005 the picture is presented within a 4*3 frame. This means that if you have your DVD or BluRay player connected by an HDMI it's probably going to have borders top and bottom, left and right. If you can watch it "zoomed in" you suffer a loss in picture quality.

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.
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on 24 January 2015
A story about a wanderer who pits two rival gangs against each other to his own profit. Based on a Japanese drama, Yojimbo, which was also adapted less successfully into a Bruce Willis vehicle - Last man standing.

Despite the 'spaghetti' label there is nothing cheap about the drama. Gripping and entertaining throughout.
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on 1 February 2015
This is one of the famous Westerns ever shot and made Clint a superstar, quite rightly so. No one in their right mind would ever wish to live in that town.

Quality of DVD excellent, as ever.
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on 21 January 2004
If you like westerns then there is only one message I need to give you about this film. BUY IT NOW. This film, along with the others in the series ('For a Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'), created a new level of western which has only been matched by a few other classics. Sergio Leone (director) creates a drifter who is one of the most charismatic characters I have ever seen and has selected a perfect cast to compliment an incredible script.
Anyone who sees 'For a Fistful of Dollars' will be unable to deny that Clint Eastwood was born to star in this film. He makes the entire film become not only believable but alive with pure style. The dialogue is excellent and well presented throughout erasing any doubt that this is one of the great westerns of all time. From the moment this film begins till the time the final showdown takes place you won't be able to look away making this film a very worthy buy on DVD.
In conclusion there can only be two reasons to not buy this product. Either you already own the DVD or you intend to buy the box set of the entire series. If neither of these apply then but this film now.
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VINE VOICEon 25 June 2007
Fistfull of Dollars, introduced us to Sergio Leone's masterpiece that were Spaghetti Westerns. It also made clint Eastwood a star, and would lead to two extremely successful follow ups, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

It introduced the world to Sergio Leone's sharp directing and fondness for extreme close ups, often copied since, but never really bettered.

Clint Eastwood stars as the man with no name, a remake of an old japaneese film called Yojimbo. Clint is perfectly cast as the clever gunslinger as a man of actions rather than words. Here, he plays two gangs off against each other, which all climaxes in a wonderfully memorable scene which reveals the full extent of Clint's cunning.

Deliciously topped off with Ennino Morricone's haunting score, Fistfull of Dollars is a wonderful film, bettered only slightly by its sequal and the third film, the sprawling epic which was The Good the Bad and the Ugly.

If you've seen the other films, it is well worth adding these to your collection, as its Clint in one of his best loved roles, and certainly his most iconic. (Only Dirty Harry would prove to be as equally iconic as the spaghetti western trilogy.)

So add to your collection and relive the golden era of spaghetti westerns at their finest!
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