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Get Mean (1975/Blue Underground Blu-ray/DVD Set)

Picture: B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C+

Ferdinando Baldi's 1975 film Get Mean is not your typical western, in more ways then one it is a great comedy as the Stranger series would down and the Spaghetti Western genre was also in its last years. Starring Tony Anthony, Lloyd Battista, Raf Baldassarrem and Diana Lorys, the film is now available in this highly collectible release by Blue Underground with new extras never seen in The States. Watching this film reminded me a little bit of the Tarantino style western mixed with a little Lone Wolf and Cub (the hero protecting an innocent) along with a grindhouse-style, completely off kilter vibe with some of the characters.

When an American cowboy known as The Stranger (Anthony) stumbles upon a gypsy family in a wind-swept ghost town, they offer him a fortune to escort a princess back to her home in Spain. But this silent Stranger finds himself in over his head (and strung up by his feet) when he gets caught in the middle of an epic battle involving Vikings, the Moors, brutal barbarians, evil spirits, a raging bull, and a diabolical Shakespeare-quoting hunchback. Tired of their never-ending attempts to kill him, the cowboy arms himself to the teeth with guns, dynamite and a special surprise. Now, it's the Stranger's turn to GET MEAN!

Presented in perfect 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (shot in Techniscope and originally issued in dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor overseas) and a DTS-HD 1.0 lossless Mono and lossy Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono Audio (both tracks are English dubs), the film looks and sounds better than ever (save the color not quite achieving the Technicolor level in all scenes). Also on the disc are audio tracks in English SDH, Spanish, and French Subtitles. The second disc in the set is a DVD, which presents the film in standard definition with a lossy Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono track that sounds fine, but doesn't live up to the Blu-ray.

Extras include...

Audio Commentary with Producer/Star Tony Anthony, Co-Writer/Star Lloyd Battista, and Executive Producer Ronald J. Schneider

The Story Of The Stranger - Interview with Producer/Star Tony Anthony

Looking For Richard - Interview with Co-Writer/Star Lloyd Battista

Beating A Dead Horse - Interview with Executive Producer Ronald J. Schneider

Tony & I - Interview with Director Ferdinando Baldi

Deleted Scenes

Theatrical Trailer

French Trailer

Radio Spots

Poster & Still Gallery

Collectable Booklet featuring new writing by Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes

If you're a spaghetti western fan then this is one you won't want to miss!

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