Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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Per qualche dollaro in più

For A Few Dollars More represents one of those annoying areas of collecting. While A Fistful of Dollars was essentially a bold remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, For A Few Dollars More combines the Western genre with the tension of the crime genre, and the results are arresting. It has some of the most dangerous situations as Joe Monco (or whatever you want to call him as I refuse to refer to him as "The Man With No Name" when he's clearly named in the damn films) finds himself in over his head. The undercurrent of Omerta somehow manages to work in this new context, and the brilliant camerawork and performances (Lee Van Cleef is perfect) signal a new maturity in Leone's work that would be followed through with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon A Time in the West.



There is a DVD of this entertaining and artistically satisfying film, but it is a spotty transfer that is not anamorphically enhanced, so I won't purchase it (that's why I rented it). There has been talk of a remaster of A Fistful of Dollars and this film similar to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but so far no such DVD has appeared.

Similarly, the original LP of the brilliant Ennio Morricone score ran under twenty minutes. There is an expanded CD of it, but the additional tracks are sourced from the film itself and contain dialogue and effects. I could do that myself. Apparently the masters are lost, which is a damn shame, as the music is one of the best aspects of the film (that's quite a bit of praise for the music coming from me).
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