OKGazette.com - Western http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-139-1-western.html <![CDATA[The Big Gundown - A spaghetti feast]]> Italian-made yet America-set, The Big Gundown is the second spaghetti Western in a row I've seen in which a man is silenced by having a soapy shaving brush shoved into his mouth. For the record, the first was the recently re-released My Name Is Nobody, a 1973 film as fine as this 1966 one.]]> <![CDATA[My Name Is Nobody - All good, no bad, no ugly.]]> Thanks to his Academy Award-winning swan song of On Golden Pond, we don't automatically associate Henry Fonda with Westerns, but the legendary actor made nearly two dozen of them, perhaps none more more memorable than Sergio Leone's 1968 epic, Once Upon the Time in the West.]]> <![CDATA[Gallowwalkers - Like ‘Blade’ with a badge.]]> One of the most fun movies of the summers isn’t even in theaters. It’s Gallowwalkers, a weird, wild Western starring Wesley Snipes, freshly sprung from prison after serving three years for failure to file income tax returns. The lesson: Even Blade can’t mess with the IRS!]]> <![CDATA[Grand Duel - To catch a Cleef.]]> Lee Van Cleef enjoyed a secondary career in Italy cranking out spaghetti Westerns, with little regard to quality. However, 1972’s Grand Duel — aka The Big Showdown — is deserving of its Grand label. No wonder Quentin Tarantino borrowed its sweeping theme song by Luis Bacalov for Kill Bill; you'll recognize it in two notes.]]> <![CDATA[Dollar for the Dead - Once upon a time on TNT.]]> Perhaps to horn in on the expected Django Unchained action, Warner Archive has dug into its vaults to give a spaghetti Western a second helping of viewers. It found a unlikely offering in Dollar for the Dead, a 1988, made-for-cable effort starring Emilio Estevez. You could look at it like a Young Guns spin-off if you wish.]]> <![CDATA[A Man Called Django! / Django and Sartana's Showdown in the West / Django Kills Silently / Django's Cut Price Corpses - Double up on your Django! (And remember: The 'D' is silent.)]]> Before Django gets Unchanged this Christmas via Quentin Tarantino, get schooled on the spaghetti-Western bounty hunter through a pair of double-feature discs from Timeless Media Group. (Spoiler: He's neither a slave nor African-American.) That's four films total for those of you who can't do math, and all but one are hitting DVD officially for the first time. ]]> <![CDATA[The Wrath of God - Thou shalt not screw with Robert Mitchum.]]> What a kick it is to see Robert Mitchum biting into a stogie and laying waste to a room with a machine gun. Because, really, how often does a man of the cloth do that? No wonder the 1972 quasi-Western is titled The Wrath of God. The film takes place in a South American town so brutal and dismal that, as one character reasons, "If God had wanted to give the world an enema, he'd've stuck the nozzle in here."]]> <![CDATA[The Five Man Army - Take 'Five.']]> Before he became Itay’s master of horror, Dario Argento knocked out a few screenplays, including one of Sergio Leone's legendary Western epics, Once Upon a Time in the West. Lesser-known is 1969's The Five Man Army. That's too bad, because it brings an “international all-star team” approach to the spaghetti Western, and doesn’t forget the all-aces Ennio Morricone score! ]]> <![CDATA[Ten Thousand More Ways to Die: Spaghetti Western Collection - Saddle up ... for, oh, about 18 hours.]]> Anyone who believes public-domain DVD box sets don't contain any good movies, take note: You're dead wrong.]]> <![CDATA[The Last Challenge / The Hanging Tree - Fairly nice shootin', Tex.]]> Two Westerns from the days when Hollywood relied on them pull into the DVD-R outpost from Warner Archive. Neither is essential, but its wide landscapes and reliable tropes make for comfortable-enough watching.]]> <![CDATA[Django, Kill! (If You Live Shoot!) - Viewer, watch!]]> Is there a title more intriguing yet baffling than the punctuation-heavy Django, Kill! (If You Live Shoot!)? Don't answer that. The important thing is just that the 1967 Italian cult favorite now has been unleashed uncensored on Blu-ray from Blue Underground.]]> <![CDATA[Grand Duel / Keoma - Two helpings of spaghetti, please! ]]> Mill Creek Entertainment offers another "Spaghetti Western Double Feature" by pairing 1972's Grand Duel and 1976's Keoma on one Blu-ray. Although both already are available on the company's Ten Thousand Ways to Die: The Spaghetti Western Collection on DVD — not to mention a dozen other labels' public-domain discs — the prints here are so clear that fans of the genre should consider the small investment.
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<![CDATA[A Bullet for the General - ¡Viva la revolucion!]]> Set right smack in the Mexican Revolution, A Bullet for the General unloads roughly several thousand rounds of ammo for one explosive epic of a spaghetti Western starring two of the genre's faves, Gian Maria Volonté and Klaus Kinski, both graduates of Sergio Leone's classic For a Few Dollars More.
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<![CDATA[Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938 - Saddle up for a 10-hour trip way back in time. ]]> Say “Western” in terms of movies, and one of three subgenres come to mind:]]> <![CDATA[Heroes of the Old West - How’s 22 hours suit you, pardner?]]> Not a fan of Westerns? Or are you just not sure? ]]> <![CDATA[A Fistful of Dollars / For a Few Dollars More - Now there's no excuse not to own the Man with No Name.]]> Sergio Leone's groundbreaking trilogy that made an international star of Clint Eastwood — 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars," 1965's "For a Few Dollars More" and 1966's true epic "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" — are the films by which all other spaghetti Westerns are measured, if not all Westerns in general. ]]> <![CDATA[Rio Conchos / Take a Hard Ride - Saddle up for two Westerns for the price of one]]> Two otherwise unrelated Westerns from 20th Century Fox bump spurs on a two-for-one entry in Shout! Factory’s new “Wild West Collection.”
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<![CDATA[The Last Gun / 4 Dollars of Revenge - Old-fashioned and American-seeming Westerns]]> Spaghetti Western fans are bound to be disappointed by this double feature, no matter how appealing the packaging for the Mill Creek Entertainment Blu-ray is, which is a lot.
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<![CDATA[El Topo - One of cinema's most peculiar <em>peliculas</em>]]> David Lynch has made a few masterpieces, but "Eraserhead" isn't one of them.
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