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.