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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Micro Review: Once Upon a Time in the West DVD
Whenever someone tells me they don't like musicals, I tell them to watch Singin' in the Rain. If someone says they don't like westerns, I tell them to watch this. Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West is as grand as a John Ford film and as cool as a Quentin Tarantino movie.

And the DVD is simply incredible for the price (less than 12 bucks at Amazon). The transfer is wonderful and the extras as as good as those on discs costing three times as much. On two discs, you get three documentaries (really one split in three parts), a short featurette on railroads and the west, and a commentary featuring John Carpenter, Alex Cox, Leone biographer Christopher Frayling, and others. There's lots of Criterion discs that aren't nearly as good as this.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 3:53 PM Comments (1)
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At 11:52 PM, Shelby said...

You are so correct in that OUATITW DVD is a tremendous bargain and a MUST HAVE for anyone who appreciates the best of the best. The audio and visual are simply stunning on a state-of-the-art home theater system, a tremendous effort with virtually no loss of quality from the original film. While most DVD 'extras' only give you crumbs, OUATITW is rich with substance and insight of the genius who orchestrated this masterpiece. Once Upon--- is not only the greatest Western ever made, but is one of the greatest movies ever produced and a bold expression of pure style, an operatic madness that has never been duplicated. Gosh...I love this movie!


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