[quote=“RamonRed, post:198, topic:786”]I finally found the info for the 20 film Spaghetti Western pack due October 16th that’s on Amazon.
Looks like it has the 8 films from their earlier release, and some interesting new films. I might pick it up just for the films I haven’t seen yet
SOME DOLLARS FOR DJANGO
SANTANA KILLED THEM ALL
DIG YOUR GRAVE, SABATA IS COMING
HOLY WATER JOE
Echo Bridge doesn’t seem to be nearly as canny about advertising and promotion as (for example) Mill Creek - I wouldn’t have found this set at all if I hadn’t read about it here! I picked it up after already getting the 4 pack titled “Some Dollars For Django” and after my initial grumbling over Echo Bridge’s endless recycling and repackaging, I was really impressed. For one thing, the case actually lists which films are widescreen, and their running times, which so far have been accurate (except for Buddy Goes West, which isn’t labeled as such but turned out to be some kind of cropped widescreen). Out of 20 films included, 14 are widescreen. Some great titles I hadn’t seen before, like Sartana Kills Them All, Little Rita of the West, and Tomas Milian’s Life is Tough, Eh Providence? I’m still making my way through the genre and it’s great to stumble across these films in a low cost budget pack, especially in presentable condition.
In a nice surprise I wasn’t expecting, the print used for Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid is under the original Italian title Vivi, o, preferibilmente, morti and even though it’s cropped to 4:3 the picture quality is a vast improvement over the other version I have on the Mill Creek 44 pack - image is sharper, colors are much nicer/not washed out. It runs 97 minutes to the Mill Creek version’s 93. There are some minor compression artifacts every so often. Bear in mind I’m not watching these on a high def setup, so your mileage may vary as far as picture quality goes, but I definitely feel like this set is a fantastic value overall.
Aside from bundling together Echo Bridge’s previous spaghetti packs, there’s a fifth disc with 4 of the usual Lee Van Cleef cheap box set westerns - Kid Vengeance, The Grand Duel, Death Rides a Horse, and God’s Gun. The Grand Duel is widescreen, from a shaky, crackling VHS with faded colors, with the insert title card during the opening credits. The others are the typical 4:3 crap quality public domain filler. So far these are the only films in the set that look so bad, thank god. All the other titles on the set are licensed from “Golden Star Films” so I figure this last disc was thrown in to round the set up to 20. Some guy on amazon has the same idea.
The biggest issue with this set is the disc storage: all 5 discs are just stacked on top of each other on a big spindle. Mill Creek pulled a similar stunt with their latest Kung Fu 12 packs, and I’m not a fan. It just seems like a recipe for scratches, especially since the discs aren’t numbered or in any particular order and you have to dig all of them out every time you want to find a title. I moved mine into a better 5 disc case with flipper trays. I may be neurotic about disc storage. :o