Collectors had been clamoring for “Murieta” for years. Naushad at Southern for some reason just retitled their print of “Murieta”. They knew the name Sartana sold. This deceptive move worked in two ways. It kept WB unaware, and gave Southern a new title to sell. At the time, 2010, on John Nudge’s Spaghetti Western Forum Board, which the owner of Southern was a casual member. There he reasoned that it was a good marketing move. Some agreed, others grumbled. Yes members wanted to see “Murieta”, but not under these circumstances. Southern's thinking was why not hustle a couple of extra copies on to unsuspecting viewers, and no one would be the wiser. Not WB in the least.
Now, back to the Deutsche Austrophon GmbH "Sartana Collection". Most of the German collectors that purchased this item would have realized that the final two titles were not in fact Sartana films. The listed titles were a dead giveaway: “Find a Place To Die” & “Aquasanta Joe”. Purchasers may have owned previous DVD releases of some of the real Sartana films, as these things warrant, and would have been on the lookout for ones they didn't have. They would have been happy to add these new releases to their growing DVD library, and replace their old VHS copies. Which we would and did. But, couldn't Deutsche Austrophon have done a better job of gathering together a group of actual Sartana films, or reduced the disk amount, and not been so sneaky. But then the most collectors were happy to have a new "Sartana Collection" to watch.
By Michael Ferguson