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A traditional Western, but this time with Eastwood.
on 8 March 2016
I bought this DVD in 2006 to be part of my Eastwood collection, and it is really a traditional western in the style as they used to be made with stars such as Gary Cooper or Audie Murphy, before the spaghetti revolution swept all away, and in many ways it feels a bit dated because it actually has a plot and more than one character and spends more time on these than flashy gunfights and moody close-ups.
Most of us now know the general theme of this movie; a classic western plot of someone wrongly accused but then being given a chance to right some wrongs and incidentally achieve a measure of revenge or justice against those who wronged him in the first place. But of course it is not as simple as that and the acting is excellent, drawing us into the characters and the story.
This was made after Eastwood's three 'Dollars' movies, but has a totally different flavour, showing how different ways of making the films can have different results even if the character types might initially appear to be the same. Definitely one for the collection even if it is not in the class of the all time greats.
The DVD is a straight copy of the colour print, optimised for 16:9 with minimal hop and weave, and although there is quite a lot of grain visible at the beginning of the film it improves as the film progresses. The sound is only mono in each of the various languages, and the only extras are scene selections and the original theatrical trailer.