Oddly enough one of the most respected and well-known Italian directors was famous for his Westerns. Actually Italians were so enamored by the whole Western genre that they created their own sub-category. Along with the unknown (at the time) American actor Clint Eastwood, Sergio Leone created the Spaghetti Western. Like many great artists, Leone's film were poo pooed by the critics when they came out, but later on they were given the praise they were due. Unfortunately for Leone much of the praise came after he had already died. But for the rest of us, we get to see these once under-appreciated classic Westerns now all in one DVD collection.
A Fistful of Dollars:
The first true Spaghetti Western made is a story about a cowboy named Joe (Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Babies, Sudden Impact) – even though the character became known as 'the man with no name' – and is a barely-there in regards to budget remake of the classic Japanese samurai film, "Yojimbo".
Joe enters a town in which two families, the Baxter's and the Rojo's, are warring against one another. Having no desire to leave or get killed, Joe comes up with a plan to play one side against the other and making himself rich in the meantime. We, the viewers, learn much about what it was like to live on the disputed Texas/Mexican border at this time.
-A New Kind of Hero
-A Few Weeks in Spain
-Not Ready For Prime Time
-Fistful of Dollars prologue
-Original theatrical trailer
For A Few Dollars More:
In this sequel to 'A Fistful of Dollars' that is not really a sequel, two bounty hunters, Monco (Clint Eastwood) and Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef – Escape From New York, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), realize that they are both after a man named Indio (Gian Maria Volonte – Fistful of Dollars). After trying originally independently to capture him they soon join forces. We begin to wonder if they are after Indio for the same reasons.
-A New Standard
-Back For More
-The Original American Release Version
-Original theatrical trailer
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:
Blondie (Clint Eastwood) – aka as The Good – is a gun for hire who is always looking to make some cash. Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef – The Magnificent Seven Ride, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence) – aka as The Bad – is a killer for hire who, as long as he is paid, will always deliver a body. Tuco (Eli Wallach – The Godfather: Part III, Nuts) – aka as The Ugly – is a wanted man who is desperate not to be captured. Blondie and Tuco find a way to make money off of the bounty on Tuco's head. It all goes bad when Blondie decides to dissolve the partnership and Tuco hunts down Blondie. In the meantime they come across a horse carriage with only one survivor, Bill Carson (Antonio Casale – Duck, You Sucker). Bill reveals that he and several other men buried some gold in a cemetery. He dies and has revealed the cemetery name to Tuco and the grave stone to Blondie. Now they have to work together again in order to find the gold. Angel Eyes has been following Bill and now decides to follow Blondie and Tuco in the hopes of them leading him to the gold.
-The Leone Style
-The Man Who Lost the Civil War