Tuesday, February 20, 2024

New British Blu-ray release of “The Big Gundown”


The Big Gundown



Director: Sergio Sollima

Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes


Country: U.K.

Label: Powerhouse Films / Lime Wood Media

Blu-ray, PAL


Region: B, 2-Disc Limited Edition (5000 copies, numbered)

Contains 3 versions of the film: US theatrical cut (90mins, Disc 2); extended US cut (95mins, with scenes that were added for TV broadcast); original 110-minute Italian version (Italian and English audio).

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Languages English, Italian (mono)

Subtitles: New and improved English subs, incl. for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (US cut only) and for scenes of the uncut version never dubbed into English

Running time: 110 minutes

Extras: Audio commentary with writers and film experts Barry Forshaw and Kim Newman on the Italian theatrical version (2022); Audio commentary with film historians C Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke on the extended US cut (2013); Spaghetti Western Memories (2012): documentary with Sergio Sollima and Tomas Milian revisiting the film; Tomas Milian: Acting on Instinct (2013): the star revisits The Big Gundown and reveals some of his acting secrets; Prelude to a Gundown (9min) and Heroes and Villians (29min) - Stephen Thrower on ‘The Big Gundown’ (2022): the author and musician on the unique qualities of the film; A Settling of Accounts - Austin Fisher on ‘The Big Gundown’ (2022): the author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western situates the film in the wider context of the genre; two US theatrical trailers; Original Italian theatrical trailer; 5 TV spots; image galleries: production stills and promotional material.

Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Italian cinema expert Roberto Curti, archival interviews with Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, and Sergio Sollima, extracts from the film’s promotional materials, an examination of the work of co-screenwriter Franco Solinas, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and full film credits; Limited edition exclusive poster


Available: February 13, 2024

A 2-Disc Blu-ray Standard Edition was released on February 19, 2024

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