A Fistful of Dollars and comparisons…

By , November 17, 2009 8:00 pm

I have added some disc infos and screenshots in the last couple of months without mentioning them.

First one is a comparison between several DVDs and one Blu-Ray for the A Fistful of Dollars. As excepted the Blu-Ray is obviously superior to everything else as far as image quality goes. The UK and German DVDs discs look surprisingly bad to my eyes when compared with the older Italian DVD. I don’t (yet) have the newer Italian DVD but I except it will be better than all the rest (as it was made from the same material as the Blu-Ray).
A Fistful of Dollars screenshot comparison.

(Note that the Italian discs of A Fistful of Dollars, DVDs and Blu-Ray, do have English audio)

I have also added screenshots from Dorado Films’ Gatling Gun and The Three Musketeers of the West, SNC/M6’s French discs (only Italian & French audio) George Hilton Sartana, Night of the Serpent (comparison with the Global Video release) and Durango Is Coming, Pay or Die, and a comparison between the two unimpressive DVDs of the Moment to Kill. There might be some more but I honestly can’t remember for sure either way. :P

One Response to “A Fistful of Dollars and comparisons…”

  1. Tim Smith says:

    Reviews: Reverb Central

    Phil Dirt – Reverb Central – PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
    Primal Sky “Caballero Del Mar” ****

    Imagine Charles Lloyd in a psychedelic surfband with a post-spaghetti Ennio Morreconi, and you might get a hint of what Primal Sky is about – a hint because this is much more haunting and adventurous than that. It’s not surf per say, but there are lots of very nice guitar lines suggesting surf, and the artistry here is just too good to pass up. Recommended for that rainy afternoon when gently flowing sensual art is needed, but you don’t want to stray too far from the brine.

    Picks: Sensual Dream, Curandero, Son Of The Sea (Hijo Del Mar), Caballero, Flamenco Beach, The Light (Acid Surf Mix), El Presidente

    Track by Track Review

    Sensual Dream ****Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    “Sensual Dream” is a slow moving, sensual number with a gloomy beat and ominous chord structure. The sax and flute suggest detectives, spies, and foreign intrigue. Stylistically outside my normal taste, but I found the way that the hypnotic rhythm track contrasts against sax and flute to be haunting and compelling.

    Curandero *****Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    Saucy trumpet and gentle violin, along with haunted chorus and whispers, create a foggy view of dreams and danger. Superbly visual!

    Son Of The Sea (Hijo Del Mar) ****Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    Sounding very South of the border, “Son Of The Sea (Hijo Del Mar)” is an vacation in Mexico on a tropical coast where only the white sands are there to greet you. There is one female vocal verse.

    Caballero Del Mar ****Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
    Latin Surf Jazz ((Instrumental)

    Salsa and tremolo blend for a delightfully fun afternoon within sight of a pinata. All fun, no pain. The narratives add a fiesta flavor.

    Flamenco Beach *****
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    Shimmering tremolo, earthy narratives, and castanets create a fanciful track that requires your focused effort to dislike – in other words – go with the flow, this is just too cool!

    The Light (Acid Surf Mix) *****Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    You know something cool is about to happen just from the title. Then as it hauntingly rises from a soft beginning, and the tremolo shimmer evolves, you know why you would like this. It’s ethereal, sensually rhythmic, haunting, and very endearing. The bass is so soothing and smooth that you may not notice at first, but suddenly you realize its primal role in this splendid composition. Hypnotic, psychedelic, evolutionary, and imaginative. Too cool!

    El Presidente****Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    “El Presidente ” is an easy song with smooth tone and haunted female voices. It’s very pretty and spacious. Bullfight crowds suggest a less romantic and gentle song, yet somehow fit very well. Even the chorus seems just right.

    Waves Beneath the Rain ***
    Latin Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

    Bongos, throbbing tremolo, charming tone, and spooky moodiness ooze from this slowly evolving progression. Stereo whistles give it disquieting edge, but never does it disturb.
    “Waves Beneath The Rain” pours slowly out, like a lazy river after a gentle spring rain.

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