Arrow has a trailer for the Ringo double feature on youtube, and it previews a little bit of one of the commentaries …
And it’s disappointing, at least to me. I did not much enjoy the other commentaries those fellows have done on other italian westerns, but what gets me this time is that in the clip you can hear them pronouncing ‘Gemma’ with the hard ‘g’ sound. I’ve never heard it that way, and I double checked italian language interviews and news reports on his death, and sure enough, it’s not with the hard ‘g’, which makes sense in my limited understanding of italian with it’s rules regarding vowel placement.
It’s nitpicking, I understand. But it’s going to drive me nuts all commentary long, I’m sure, times two. And I have nothing against the two guys, I’m sure they did their best. But as I understand it they are general western experts, american western experts, not euro-western guys. I do look forward to commentaries, I just don’t expect to enjoy these. But hopefully I’m wrong.
One of the things I’ve observed with Italo-westerns and euro-westerns is the lack of qualified ‘experts’ or even enthusiasts for commentary tracks. Compared to other genre movies like the giallo or the hong kong kung fu film, there seems to be a lack of depth there that’s disappointing. There’s no equivalent to a Bey Logan, Troy Howarth, Alan Jones, Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, etc.