Feature 8.0
Video 7.5
Audio 5.9
Special Features 4.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Big Sky Video
Running Time:
87 minutes
Classification:
MA15+
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.0


Django

What a great ride this one was! For those who do not know Django is one of the ďgreatĒ spaghetti westerns of our time and truly raised the bar for those movies that came after. Telling the tale of a gunman who travels the land dragging a coffin behind him, this is a tale fueled by a thirst for vengeance that is pretty damn full on for a flick that was made way back in 1966. 

Interestingly this flick takes place during the winter as opposed to your usual dusty and dry tales in the Wild West and the scenes of Django dragging the coffin through the mud are simply stunning. 

There is shooting a plenty on this one with Franco Nero playing the lead role of Django armed and ready to take out all the bad guys.  

One of the things to remember is that this film was shot in 1966 and that it is a spaghetti western. I think that the title is going to lose a lot of younger viewers who are not going to forgive the technical inconsistencies in the title and also the sometimes crappy acting. 

The quality of the video is pretty good considering the age of the movie and how long it was left untouched. Of particular interest is that on this version you can hear Franco Nero recite his own lines instead of being overdubbed. It was a transitional point of this actorís career and for fans it is great to hear how it actually sounded at the time. 

Whilst itís all there, there are some moments that are left wanting in the audio department with some sloppy dub work and also audio clipping. It doesnít happen all the time but enough to be a nuisance. The mix is in Dolby 2.0 so donít go hitting your surround speakers when they donít kick in. 

The extras on the disc are neat but not enough to warrant a higher score. It was great to see the trailer and also the filmographies on the disc, not to forget the featurette but I somehow think that there could have been more, especially since this has been released as a 2 disc edition elsewhere in the world. 

If you are a fan of westerns, this is a great one and is well worth the purchase. Itís cheap as chips to buy and you will get to witness some fantastic early work from Sergio Corbucci who was masterful at showing how to make great movies on the cheap. 

Recommended.






 
 



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