I think Italo Wests version will have better quality for the inserts than the version I got about a year ago… though they are still shitty because of the horrible quality of the old Italian TV recording. German VHS is the only fair/good quality print, but it’s cut. Italian TV print was also cut, but at different places. The fansubs only fit the first composite version (unless corrected to fit). I believe Italo Wests version is a German fandub? That would also be a difference, first composite is based on the Italian audio. With any luck it will be available before the end of the year.
It’s not a complete version, by the way (talking about the Italian fandub composite). With both prints as heavily cut up as they are, that would be many hours of extra work. The idea that a proper, remastered uncut print could turn up a year or a day later, after a painstakingly long (but still amateur) ‘restoration’ job, also weighs in on the decision to limit the amount of work put in, for sure.
I used to try these things myself, but after a while it wears you down. Think about it, it takes
-searching out and acquiring prints
-comparing for differences and writing them down
-inserting missing scenes
-adding and resyncing prefered audio track
-making fansubs yourself, or finding some talented chap with lots of spare time and dedication to do them
-checking and finetuning
-(making a custom dvd with menus and all - I never got to this final stage).
We’re talking days of work here. Granted, a simple fandub job can be done in a few hours, and a simple subtitle job in a full day or so. But more often than not these projects turn out to be rather tricky.
And yes, this oddball spaghetti western deserves a wider audience.