Decided to give to movie a second spin last night since i’ve recently purchased the blu ray. And i have to say i enjoyed it even more the second time around. The opening scene of Django dragging his coffin through the mud accompanied by the memorable soundtrack is such an iconic moment in spaghetti western history, it’s just instantly burned into your mind.
Of course a large part of the success can be attributed to Franco Nero who makes an excellent spaghetti western hero with his rough looking babyface. In some way i even find his character (and face) more iconic then Eastwood in the Leone pictures. Corbucci keeps the plot simple and plain which allows for plenty of great action sequences, especially the machine gun massacre of Jackson’s troops is pretty spectacular as well as the nail biting finale in the graveyard. I also prefer the cold, muddy an dirty look of the movie, something which became sort of Corbucci’s trademark along the way. To be honest i couldn’t find any real faults while watching the movie last night.
It’s fast paced, has great action sequences, iconic characters and a killer soundtrack. For me this movie ranks up there with the great like “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”. Unlike most i also have a soft spot for it’s rambo rip-off sequel which came along years later. But that’s a whole other story.