Just received the Man With No Name trilogy Blu-Ray boxset that was released in Hong Kong 13th of May. The boxsets to be released in other countries in June should be the same as far as image goes. Below are few comparisons of the A Fistful of Dollars disc with the Italian disc by RHV. I will add some more images later here http://www.spaghettiwesterndvds.com/movies/a-fistful-of-dollars-per-un-pugno-di-dollari/screenshots/ but these three will do for now. ;)
MGM (HK disc) left, RHV Italy right (if in doubt check the filename):
As far as the colors go, the poncho was originally green/olive green according to Eastwood.
Notice the cropping on the MGM disc. Quite a lot of the image is missing from the sides and top and bottom depending on the scene.
The MGM disc of A Fistful of Dollars is available separately from Hong Kong as well as the “sequel” For a Few Dollars More.
Also remember the previous post about the For a Few Dollars More Blu-Ray discs.
eric.exe over at the avs forum has posted some screenshots from the MGM’s For a Few Dollars More Blu-Ray (not sure what release but I think they should all be the same as far as image quality goes).
I took some screenshots from my Italian disc for comparison (see below), and will do some more (plus DVD screenshots) once my own copy of the MGM Leone box arrives (from Hong Kong where it has already been released).
Here are five screenshots from the MGM disc as taken by eric.exe:
And here the same ones from the Italian disc with MPC (at least one isn’t an exact same frame):
Italian disc is cropped from the sides and top/bottom.
Don’t know for sure yet, but since the MGM transfer is different than the Italian one, I’d expect it to have all the usual cuts and other problem(s) as all the MGM DVDs do.
Sergio Corbucci’s Il grande silenzio aka the Great Silence seems to be coming to Blu-Ray (from German company Kinowelt) as it is now available for pre-order at Amazon.de under the title Leichen pflastern seinen Weg. Release date is 21st of October 2010.
Kinowelt’s earlier DVD releases of the Great Silence don’t have English audio or subtitles, but hopefully they can include them with the Blu-Ray.
EDIT: It seems the release date has been pushed back into February 2011. No idea why.
EDIT: And now the disc has no release date listed at Amazon.de. :s