California (Michele Lupo, 1977)

(Stanton) #171


(kung fu gunman) #172

4/5. Very different from most of the SWs I’ve seen. The hero of the movie is not the fastest gun in the west, but he’s a very likeable guy. I like downbeat movies like this where tragedies happen in the blink of an eye, everybody is always hungry, always dirty. William Berger is brilliant in his small role. It turns into more of a traditional SW at the end with the hero taking revenge. The furious final fight reminded me of JCVD vs Dolph in Universal Soldier Regeneration.

I need to watch this one again soon. I might have missed something. At the start of the movie California seemed like he was going somewhere before he met his new friend. Where was he going?


I’ve seen the trailer for this and it looks great, but is their a region free dvd or blu ray with english audio or english subtitles?

(Asa) #174

I won’t pretend that the picture quality is pristine,but it’s 25 spags (one of which - Execution - comes with neither English audio OR subs) crammed on a single blu-ray disc for under $10. Looked at for what it is, it’s a decent enough little purchase, and California’s on there somewhere, in English. It’s an excellent spag, fwiw.


Thanks. just ordered it. Can’t wait.I see Adios Gringo, My name is Peco’s, May God Forgive you, and Twice a Judas are also in this set were on my upcoming watch list anyway. If nothing else California for 10$ is well worth it since I’ve paid around 90.00 for the dirty outlaws, around 60 or so for day of anger (wild east) and quite a lot for ben and charlie ( wild east). I have never been able to find Johnny Yuma ( wild east) but the copy I have is viewable, I just find wild east to be of above average quality.

(Søren) #176

I would (and I have actually done that) invest in the Italowestern Enzyklopädie No.2 from Koch Media:

Got California, God Forgives… His Life Is Mine, Kill the Wicked! and Those Dirty Dogs all with English dub. Usual great Koch Media-quality. Non-region free dvds really shouldn’t be a problem.

(chuck connors brother) #177

I don’t know about the 2nd but the first Italowestern - Enzyklopädie is region free

(Søren) #178

Oh it might very well be. They all specify region 2 on the box but that doesn’t really mean anything. But again isn’t dvd region freedomness something that was an issue 15 years ago? All the dvd players I ever bought was region free out of the box or could be made region free by a couple of clicks on the remote. Blu-ray region free players are a totally different animal.


After viewing this, I find it to be my favorite of the “twlight” spaghetti westerns. This entire film is depressing as hell, violent, bleak and downright dim. Guilano Gemma is brillant as Michael Random/California. (Gemma’s most serious role, and my favorite spaghetti western of his) At the end of the civil war, California is released from prison camp and must start a new life with no family, no home, and few supplies. California does gain one friend, named Willie Preston, Preston offers California to come and stay with him, but not all goes according to plan. Willie is killed, and California takes it upon himself to go to Wilie’s ranch to deliver the bad news. California gets work from Willie’s father, and falls in love with Willie’s sister, who is eventually kidnapped. This forces California to become the cold killer he was in the war. So glad I got to see this. worth every minute, and is one of my top ten favorite sapghetti westerns. This is no “Ben and Charlie” film thats for sure.


Yes, California is my second favorite spaghetti western of the 1970’s ( not far behind Shoot the Living… Pray for the dead 1971) Unlike the other “twlight” spaghetti westerns, this one seems very authentic. I can imagine a man coming home from the civil war in a situation nearly identical California’s. Gemma’s best performance, by far.

(The Man With a Name) #181

I was disappointed the first time I watched this one as I felt that the film was uneven. After watching it a second time, I’m glad they decided to go for action instead of drama. My rating has gone up from 3 to 4 stars. It’ll probably end up being in my alternative top 20. Still undecided. This is definitely Gemma’s best spaghetti from the 70s. I like it a lot more than Silver Saddle.


Nearly a year to the date of my first viewing, I want to mention somethings I noticed after my first viewing of the wild east disc/ version. First off, the audio is pretty crisp, the picture beautiful and the bonus features make this package one of my favorites from wild east yet. Every time I see “California” fist fighting I cant help but cheer him on! Since The last twenty minutes are as memorable as any film I’ve seen ( yes any film), and the moment the film ends and the credits start coming up from the bottom I found myself clapping! Just a terrific film. I cant recommend this enough! Thank you Wild East!


Anyone else get the wild east disc?


I love the part where he’s asking Gary Luke where the girl is, but he’s punching him so much he doesn’t give him a chance to answer. It’s rather cathartic to watch!


I’ve just ordered it along with Adios Gringo/Blood for a Silver Dollar. I’m not one of those film fans who collects everything for completion purposes but I love Gemma and this and BFASD two of my favourites of his so I couldn’t pass them up.


I love it too, never saw Gemma get so emotionally involved into a role. This is definitely his best performance if you ask me.


I started watching my 20 favourite spaghetti westerns in chronological order of when they were set the other night (I do this to kill time in the evenings every couple of years) and watched the Wild East disc for the first time last night. I wasn’t quite as good as I was expecting but a still a good print and (from what i can remember) a good improvement over the German NEW disc I already had. Recommended if your a fan.


The Koch print will probably never be beaten, unless it hits blu-ray. Anyway I’m planning a re-watch of this film very soon, I’m craving some mud, blood, rain and ghost towns.


I haven’t seen the koch version yet, I didn’t think it was worth buying a box set for the one film. How does it compare to the the NEW and WE versions?

(Søren) #190

The NEW-version looks like shit, the WE is probably just a PAL->NTSC transfer of the Koch Media one, but hang on you would be buying the box set for all 4 movies surely? All 4 movies are most certainly in a better transfer than any other releases of the same movies currently out there. Buying all three box sets should really be mandatory for any sw fan :slight_smile: