My 88Films blu copy of Django Kill arrived today and, as mentioned earlier, the transfer is identical to the Blue Underground region-free blu. The eighteen-minute Django Kill and the Evolution of Tomas Milian feature is light and fun - a bit YouTube-like, really - and it’s quite informative to relative genre newcomers but it won’t offer any new information to any of you gentlemen here. Feature presenter Eric Zaldivar only appears to like Django Kill up to roughly the forty-minute mark, past which he thinks it gets weird for weird’s sake, and I guess that’s a fairly unique approach for 88Films to take, but he doesn’t dwell on it.
Now I’ve got them both I’ll probably keep them both but, ultimately, there’s really no need to double-dip here. If any of you don’t own Django Kill on blu yet but intend to do so (and you’re in a region “B” area), I reckon you should let price and availability decide for you since the extras are minimal and the movie itself is identical in each instance (it should be noted though that the 88Films copy divides the movie up into 8 chapters whereas the Blue Underground disc divides the movie into 21 chapters. Also, there is a Chapter Select option in the pop-up menu on the Blue Underground version but not on the 88Films version.Indeed, the Blue Underground pop-up menu will actually “pop-up” as the movie plays on whereas pressing the pop-up menu button will cause the 88Films version to return to its main menu, and it won’t remember where you were in the movie, it’ll just start it again from the beginning. Very DVD-like). If price and availability are more-or-less identical for both copies then IMHO you should probably plump for the Blue Underground disc, simply because of the chapter select/pop-up menu navigation mentioned above and because the Milian, Lovelock and Questi interview segments probably represent a slightly better extra than the Eric Zaldivar essay on spaghetti westerns and Milian’s career. Also, Blue Underground offer subtitles for their English dub as well as English subs for the Italian audio.
The 88Films’ sleeve is a bit crap tbh too, but it does have a nice alternate “reverse” sleeve, acknowledging the movie by its original name.