Django il bastardo / The Stranger's Gundown --- which DVD have you seen?

(Mortimer) #1

When DJANGO IL BASTARDO was released in the US the title was changed to THE STRANGER’S GUNDOWN.

At the time many newspapers would not run an ad for a movie with a bad word like “bastard” in the title (especially in the south where SWs were popular). Of course “bastard” isn’t even considered an expletive anymore. It hardly was back then. That’s change number one.

The VCI Region 1 DVD of STRANGER’S GUNDOWN is quite odd. It’s clear from watching it that it has been cut. But I’ve read that not only is it cut but it has been re-edited so the scenes don’t run in the same order as the original Italian film.

Can anyone verify if this is true? Has anyone seen the German DVD and the US DVD?

It seems very unlikely that a US distributor in the 1960s would go to the extreme cost of re-editing a movie. It’s not likely they would make any additional money on it. But why would VCI re-edit the movie?

Also is the widescreen VCI in the correct aspect ratio, or is it partially matted to make it make it look like a proper widescreen print. It certainly looks odd. Also the print is shit anyway with incorrect contrast, hue and saturation.

I hate budget DVD labels. As far as I’m concerned they are thieves who don’t care how dissatisfied you are with their crappy product. US budget DVD labels don’t pay for rights to these films because of weird copyright laws.

As long as budget labels put out crappy cut full screen versions of film like DEATH RIDES A HORSE and A BULLET FOR SANDOVAL for $3 (USD) companies are not going to spend money to put out high quality DVD versions which will sell for full price. The fans are the ones who get cheated.

(Sebastian) #2

I have the German DVD which features the alternate cut and wrong picture format, but acceptable quality.

(Lode) #3

Yeah, me too!

(Cian) #4

Did anyone with the VCI version notice a strange green tint during a lot of the film?

(Mortimer) #5

Yes, I do.

The skin tones are clearly note correct and there is a tendency towards green in the overall picture. Also too dark. If this were a $3 DVD it would be acceptable, but at $10 it’s costs as much as an MGM disc.

If you look at the site they claim the VCI is the best version available at present. And they also answer one of my questions, yes the US distributor re-edited the film. Odd. I still suspect cuts in the VCI DVD.

Here’s their comparison:

Also, on their site they have reviews of most (if not all) of the Koch SW DVDs and compare the Japanese versions to the German versions. Seems many of the Japanese versions feature cuts compared to the German DVDs. Well written reviews you might enjoy reading.

You can find their reviews on this list (which also has links to the DVD comparisons):

(paperbag) #6

I got the uk vhs which has the massacre in the middle instead of the beginning, its a beautiful widescreen picture for a vhs

(Yodlaf Peterson) #7

i also had the U.K vhs but foolishly sold it when i bought the VCI dvd.