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.
Just a quick message concerning Sergio Leone Blu-Rays. Amazon.com is now listing a Clint Eastwood: The Man With No Name Trilogy Blu-Ray boxset for pre-order with a release date of 1st of June 2010. Movies include A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Click on the cover image to go to Amazon.com and pre-order your copy now!
I’d expect the transfer qualities to be the same as to what is being released in the UK in June… (About which I wrote earlier here http://www.spaghettiwesterndvds.com/2010/03/21/spaghetti-western-collection-blu-ray-available-for-pre-order/)
Extra material very likely as well. Audio and subtitle options might vary a bit (but I’d be surprised if the English options were not the same on both sets).
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…
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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.
The Italian company MHE has just released The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on both DVD and Blu-Ray. The DVD is a special edition with small book/let included while that is missing from the Blu-Ray edition. MHE has released the movie previously couple of years ago as a very simple edition which left hoping for more. As far as I can tell this is from a new restoration of some sort… at least I hope so. The MGM Blu-Rays aren’t as good as I hoped they would be, so I’m really hoping this will be better.
Unfortunately according to Kultmedia and Videociak the discs have only one Italian track and nothing more. I realize DVD.it claims the Blu-Ray to have English audio but they also claim the aspect ratio to be 1.78:1 which can’t be correct so…
Anyways, I should have the discs (yes, both…) early next week and hopefully can put up some kind of comparison soon after that.
Sergio Leone’s Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo aka The Good, the Bad and the Ugly has finally been released on Blu-Ray. French disc has been available for over a week now and the German disc has just been released. I suspect they are both exactly the same and the US disc which will be released on 12th of May will most likely be the same. DVDBeaver has screenshots from the French disc and unfortunately it doesn’t look as good as I hoped it would be. Still captures won’t tell everything, but…
I hope this will get a release in Italy with a different transfer (other countries will probably use this same MGM transfer?).
And where are mono soundtracks?
Anyways, you can buy the disc from either Amazon.fr or Amazon.de. Or pre-order it from Amazon.com