Just finished watching the new Dorado DVD of this one, last night.
To be honest, I was just slightly disappointed with their release. I will explain why in a few seconds…
Visually the release is quite good! As has been stated there are only a few scratches visible on the source print–otherwise it is very fine, indeed.
I have never seen this film looking so good!
My only real quibble with this release is the English audio track. To me, it sounds a little distorted and thin (especially compared to the clearer, more robust Italian audio track which this disc also contains).
There is a “disclaimer” that shows up just before the beginning of the movie telling the viewer that certain scenes will be shown only in Italian with English subtitles as these scenes were never dubbed into English.
Well, these scenes were dubbed into English as I have a DVD-R of an old, fullscreen, VHS release which contains most, if not all, of these scenes with English audio! Hence, my very slight disappointment with this release.
It would have also been nice if they had offered English subtitles for the entire film, allowing the non-Italian speaking viewer to watch the entire film with the superior Italian audio track.
But, I am probably being overly picky!
The film itself is, in my opinion, very enjoyable though definitely uneven. All the action sequences are incredibly well done; so, that counts for a lot!
I think I know why Quentin Tarantino likes this one so well, folks. There are a couple of scenes that sort of play into QT’s apparent foot fetish! For one, John Ireland throws a knife and kills a guy with his foot. And in another, a lovely lady in bed with our hero, draws said hero’s pistol from its holster with her foot…and said hero ends up kissing her foot, too. That’s right up our man Quentin’s alley! ha ha!
Overall, the fine folks at Dorado Films have given us Spaghetti Western fans another great disc for our collections…and I recommend it!