Once Upon A Time In The West (DVD)

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Once Upon A Time In The West (DVD)

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Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti), the power-hungry owner of a railroad company, hires Frank (Henry Fonda, playing against type), a gunfighter without a cons...

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Excellent

“Something to do With Death”

published 28/07/2011

ProStirring, unusual, novel, superb score

ConsVery long and at times slow

At the end of 1966, after the release of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', the final film of his so-called 'Dollars' trilogy, Italian film director Sergio Leone was looking forward to taking a break from westerns. In fact he had in mind a project that had been simmering for a while, an American...

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Excellent

ProStunning scenery, stars Henry Fonda, clipped dialo...

ConsLong, lack of dialogue may not appeal to everyone,

Reviewing one's favourite film is always a bit risky: you risk it being biased and forget that it may well have negative points which will not appeal to all viewers; I hope this will not be the case with this review. Released in 1969 and with an all-star cast, "Once Upon a Time in the West" has...

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Excellent

ProToo Many To Mention!!

ConsBeware of shorter prints, go for the full 165min v...

Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In the West", flopped at the boxoffice when it was originally released back in 68/69. One reason was the length of the movie, a bum-numbing 165 minutes! Another reason was the slow pace and breadth of the film along with the complexity & mult-level storyline that...

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Excellent

ProRiveting, four main stars, the score, the directio...

ConsNone for me, although it's long and slow, which ma...

A film only review: Every now and then, along comes a film to make you stop and think. One that makes you wish you had been there. One that reminds you of things you have seen in different snippets of films and books more recently. Essentially, one that is so good that it inspires others and...

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Excellent

“La Nouvelle Westerne.”

published 12/10/2001

ProWaaay to many.

ConsNada.

Oh how I wish I could begin this opinion with the soulful blow of a harmonica. Second best the hop-along character theme of Mister Cheyenne. Thirdly the lilting loveliness of Claudia Cardinale's tune (along with her heaving breasts). Damnations; I can do none of the above, so it's back to the...

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Excellent

“Long but well worth it”

published 25/04/2011

ProAwesome story, great characters, a few hillarious ...

ConsBorrows heavily from other Westerns

As you may already know if you've been reading my recent reviews, I've been watching a lot of Spaghetti Westerns recently, having finished the Clint Eastwood starring trilogy by Sergio Leone, I decided to move on to another of his films - released in 1968 with a rather more complex plot and...

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Excellent

ProToo many to list.

ConsOne or 2 scenes are a little long.

***BACKGROUND*** When Sergio Leone launched his now famous 'Dollars' trilogy in 1964 with 'A Fist Full of Dollars' he started a cult which spawned over 200 of the so called Spaghetti Westerns. However, Leone remained the man and, in most critics eyes, remained the master of the genre. The first...

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Excellent

“The Last Great Western.....”

published 19/01/2006

ProDigitally Remastered with Widescreen version enhan...

ConsNot for those with short attention spans

THIS HAS BEEN UP-DATED AS IT WAS ONE OF MY "POOR" FIRST REVIEWS.... "Once Upon A Time In The West" - Collectors Edition DVD During my time at High School and at University, I seemed to blank out from my memory that I thoroughly enjoyed Westerns as a young child, until I re-discovered some culture...

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Excellent

ProSergio Leone style, pace and excellence!

ConsVery long.

****Contains Spoilers*** Right, where do I start? On the back of the DVD case is written 'From start to finish, a dance of death'. That's exactly where we will begin. The whole movie is similar to one big Mexican standoff. From the tension, to the quick and brutal violence that the director...

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Excellent

“Epic poem of the wild west”

published 14/07/2000

ProOutstanding photography, tremendous score, Henry F...

ConsA bit overlong

Sergio Leones' Greatest film conveys all the viciousness, and harsh reality of the old west but still manages to be an almost ghostly poem. The story of a hired assassin (Henry Fonda) targeting a beautiful landowner (Claudia Cardinale) is as simple as his previous Dollars trilogy yet has much...

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Excellent

“Haunting Masterpiece”

published 20/07/2000

ProRivetting stuff!

ConsThe plot meanders (as ever with Leone!)

If you are a lover of Spaghetti Westerns you cannot help but be impressed by this film. Sergo Leone's first part of an incomplete trilogy (the third was to be on the Russian Revolution but sadly he died before it could be completed) encompasses all that we know and love in his films. This film...

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Excellent

“Westerns galore”

published 05/06/2001

ProEasy to navigate and very informative

ConsWill take weeks to get through it all

Having a disabled wife who is a western film fanatic as kept me busy surfing for suitable sites to fuel her interest. I have now found a site which has hundreds of western films listed and reviewed. The site, www.us.imdb.com/sections/genre/western features just about every western film ever made...

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Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti), the power-hungry owner of a railroad company, hires Frank (Henry Fonda, playing against type), a gunfighter without a conscience, to kill anyone who stands in the way of the completion of the railroad. After Frank murders land owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff), McBain's widow (Claudia Cardinale) hires two killers of her own to protect her and gain revenge: a mysterious, harmonica-playing desperado (Charles Bronson) and his rogue sidekick (Jason Robards). Using techniques previously unseen in the genre, Sergio Leone utilizes close-ups, color, and Ennio Morricone's trademark score to create a tense and somber meditation on death which is widely considered to be one of the best westerns in cinematic history. Soon-to-be legendary Italian directors Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) and Bernardo Bertolucci (THE LAST EMPEROR) collaborated with Leone on the screenplay.

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