Reviews and Problems with Once Upon A Time In The West
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Phenomenal Picture quality on 'West' Blu
John Brune, Warner Bros
12 January 2014
Summary: Can't go wrong with the Bluray for Once Upon A Time in the West! Superb picture quality and sound remastering. Experience this film like never before! No digital softening. It looks like FILM and the movie is as strong and as bombastic as it ever was. Brilliant filmmaking and a wonderful HD presentation!
Pros: Engaging Characters, Entertaining, Great Cinematography, HD, High Production Value, Original
Summary: One of the all-time iconic westerns; this rivals The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as Leone's best film. The characters are brilliantly realized - full of living and breathing eccentric people that don't feel like they are part of the cliche cast of typical Western characters. The cinematography is vintage Leone and is among some of the most beautiful ever shot. There's a weight to this film that makes it more than just popcorn entertainment.
Excerpt: Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti) requests to scare McBain. A hired gun Frank (Fonda) murders McBain and his three children. Cheyenne (Jason Robards) borrows Harmonica’s (Charles Bronson) gun to shoot his handcuffs. Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) unfortunately sees her dead family upon arriving at their home. Cheyenne and Harmonica visit Jill in her place. Both men go after the person responsible for the killings.
Excerpt: A newlywed arrives to find her adoptive family murdered and makes an alliance with a bandit and a mysterious drifter to unite against their killer. Sergio Leone's "dance of death" is probably his most artistic film; what doesn't happen on screen is just as important as what does. It is almost an examination of a difference in the mindset of the sexes.
Excerpt: Oct 12,2009.....I saw this movie for the first time last night on TCM. I had no idea what it was about, just liked the name on the TVG channel. I missed the first half hour of it, but watched it anyways. This movie was incredible. I read the movie review created by someone else, and they claimed it had the best opening sequence ever,,now I have to go back and watch the half hour I missed. I had no idea that Robards, Bronson were in.
Summary: Technically better than GBU. The music it's great as always where says "Morricone". What I really enjoyed about this one is how friendship is treated by Leone. Actually, he always told us about it, but, in this movie is an aspect that you really see. It's considered to have probably the best opening scene ever.