Probably won’t be much news anymore to most but the Spaghetti Western Collection Blu-Ray featuring Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and the Good, the Bad and the Ugly is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk with a release date of 7th June 2010.
No details yet on the contents of the release (or perhaps I just didn’t find any), except for the movies included, or possible quality of the transfers but…
A Fistful of Dollars has already been released on region free Blu-Ray in Italy in late 2008. The disc features a superb picture quality with both Italian and English audio and English subtitles. Unless Fox/MGM buys the rights for the Italian print, I doubt their upcoming release will be nearly as good as the Italian disc by Ripley’s Home Video (RHV). I already have a big comparison between lots of DVD releases and the Italian Blu-ray with screenshots. I will of course update the page with the UK Blu-Ray as soon as I get my hands on it.
Let’s hope for the best and fear for the worst. Although I suppose as an owner of the Italian disc, it doesn’t really matter to me how this one will look like. :p
For a Few Dollars More is also already available in Italy (locked to region B) but unfortunately only with Italian audio and subtitles. The print quality is quite good and the film is presented uncut unlike almost all the DVDs (except few Italian ones) available. I guess we will have to wait until the first (knowledgeable) reviews to know if Fox/MGM will finally use the uncut print instead of the cut ones (and how about syncing that thunder sound, eh?).
As for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the disc on this Spaghetti Western Collection will very likely be almost exactly like the ones released a year ago in at least France, Germany, USA and Japan. Meaning, it will look like crap compared to the much better (but not perfect) Italian release by Mondo Home Entertainment. Unfortunately the Italian Blu-Ray (which is locked to region B) does not have English audio or subtitles.
I do not know if these new UK discs will be region locked to region B or if they will be free, but it would be weird if the Spaghetti Western Collection Blu-Ray wouldn’t be available quite soon in other countries as well. No word on separate releases of the movies, but they’ll probably be available some day.
As mentioned in the beginning, those brave enough can now pre-order the UK set from Amazon.co.uk. I know I will, even though For a Few Dollars More is the only one I need. :p