I have a copy of Cine City's DVD-R, fullscreen, no subtitles, normal 80s VHS quality. Not bad, not great.
This is one of the best SWs ever, "unknown" or otherwise, clearly "inspired" by The Great Silence, as it even has this Tigrero-type character played by the guy who was supposed to be "Italian answer to Klaus Kinski." Both movies have similar snowy landscapes and sad atmosphere. Stories, however, are quite different. (Note: POSSIBLE SPOILERS ahead!) The Great Silence is about few just men fighting for "the underdogs" against enemies who are clearly superior in numbers and, in the end, the heroes fail. The Taste of Death has somewhat similar storyline about people being enslaved by few strong (and violent) men but this time the few heroes who oppose the enslavers understand that they can't win alone so they urge the normal townsfolk to "do their own rise" (as De Masi's beautiful theme song puts it) whic leads to very different (yet still very tragic in a way) outcome. Thematically this films is quite a departure from the usual far-left ideology of SWs where "the people", as good, collective entity, fight against the strong leaders who are always portrayed as enemies of the average folk. The Taste of Death shows "the people" as conformists and cowards, realizing that they are being enslaved but very unwilling to do anything for "the good of the people" if it endangers their own lives. They find their (collective) strength only when some lonely hero, who is clearly more brave and ideological, "inspires" those inferior to him. I don't know if scriptwriter wanted this film to have such bleak view on "average people" but still, it's very different from the revolutionary westerns where the people are almost a godlike collective power, always brave and right. Anyway, I like this film almost as much as I like The Great Silence and they are both in my top 20 SWs. Great actors, shooting locations, music and interesting storyline alone would make it a classic. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5