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Spaghetti Western Double Feature The Last Gun & 4 Dollars Of Revenge (1964/65//Mill Creek Blu-ray Double Feature)

 

Picture: C- Sound: C Extras: D Films: C-/C+

 

 

Mill Creek has been putting out a variety of Blu-ray double features recently, and among them were to have been two sets featuring spaghetti westerns. The Spaghetti Western Double Feature covered here was to have been the second of the two, but with the first indefinitely on hold due to issues concerning distribution rights, its unclear if any more volumes are to follow. Both films in this set were released as part of an earlier collection called 10,000 Ways To Die, which crammed twelve lesser known westerns onto 3 DVDs.

 

The Last Gun was made pre-Leone, and it shows. It lacks most of the traits that the genre is known for and instead plays like a low class rip-off of American-made westerns from a decade prior. 4 Dollars of Revenge is the movie that I suspect most people to buy this set for, and more than makes up for the shortcomings of the prior title. Its main credential is the fact that it was written by Bruno Corbucci, who's responsible for penning such classic westerns as Django and The Great Silence both directed by his brother Sergio Corbucci. It fulfilled my expectations and is good enough if you're itching for a fix, but still falls short of being some kind of lost classic.

 

While the films do benefit from the high definition presentation, the prints used are not without problems there are plenty of scratches, color dropouts and audio issues for viewers to contend with. These problems are more noticeable on The Last Gun, but 4 Dollars of Revenge suffers many of them as well. The movies are both presented in 1080p and are anamorphically enhanced, with The Last Gun shown with an aspect ratio of 1.96:1 and 4 Dollars of Revenge in 2.46:1. Audio is presented in an English dub, with available formats being a 2.0 DTS-HD track, 2.0 Dolby Digital and PCM mono.

 

Special features are completely absent from this disc, with not so much as a trailer to be seen.

 

Overall, I did find the quality of these releases to be acceptable when considering the low price of the Blu-ray, but I don't believe that everyone is going to share that sentiment. This disc is still worth picking up for fans of the spaghetti western genre, but anyone expecting films on the level of A Fistful of Dollars or even Django will be setting themselves up for disappointment.

 

 

- David Milchick


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