June 2024 recap

Welcome to the June 2024 :incoming_envelope: newsletter from the Spaghetti Western Database, your regular newsletter of what happened last month in the world of European westerns.

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:newspaper: NEW STUFF IN AND AROUND THE SWDB IN :spiral_calendar: JUNE 2024:

:rotating_light: WANTED:

We’re still trying to get in touch with the person who ran the Altervista website as well as our friend from Finland who went by the name of Shobary (with the popular SW website with that title). If anyone has reliable contact information, please send us a message. We want to rescue and preserve the remnants of these two websites, like we’ve done with A Fistful of Pasta.

:film_strip: New around the SWDb:

  • Let us know if you want to help with :calendar: our new master calendar https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Calendar and :bank: company directory Company directory - The Spaghetti Western Database. These are just slowly progressing but are meant to be mostly companions to ongoing efforts to improve release date information in the database, as well as biographical information. Please contact us at any time with any info you have that is missing in the database, it’s all highly appreciated.
  • A steadily rising number of film pages in the database now have picture-powered dedicated credits pages. These are incredibly valuable in a lot of peoples’ quests to identify actors and characters. More are added every week.
  • :clipboard: … as always: join the SWDb, help out, it will make it better :slight_smile: You don’t have to become a full time editor or official staff to contribute. Anything from being active in the forum to correcting mistakes to joining entire improvement projects is more than welcome. From all over the world, in all languages, we welcome help!

:boom: Emerging, ongoing and future improvement projects

  • Improving locations information with the locations project
  • Cataloging home video special features with the featurettes project
  • Improving and expanding information about VHS releases in the database (these aren’t nearly as reliable and complete as we have it for DVD and BluRay). We are starting to include more Super8 information, starting with cover images.
  • Improving soundtrack pages (not started, volunteers welcome)
  • Adding more company, production and box office data
  • technical improvements for the SWDb, including a better search, which will require time, expertise and likely money, all of which aren’t plentiful. Donations welcome, maybe at some point I could hire someone to do it.
  • We are also working on making actor pages and categories tidied, including overview pages such as “actors by picture” and so forth, a new project led by @ItalianStranger
  • Lastly, more outreach is in order to reach into the far corners of the internet, and beyond the English-speaking spots.

SWDb :heart: Letterboxd

If you’re a Letterboxd user, we hope you follow the official SWDb Letterboxd HQ account. Click here to learn more about that. For the new year we’ll finally bring more exclusive content to that channel as well. And your reminder: all the revised film pages in the SWDb have a direct link to their respective LB entry and the bottom.

:world_map: Locations

The reconstruction of the Betterville POW camp has begun in Spain. Follow the activities on Facebook here.

:dvd: Home video news:

In June we saw two 4K releases in Spain, the overdue release of Ennio in the US, the HD premiere of Lanky in France and two Bud Spencer films on HD in Germany, a non-English-friendly so-so release and a really solid English friendly release from Plaion. There are some other re-releases, minor releases, soundtracks and books.

July will be a quiet summer month, if no surprises hit us. One Germany BluRay and a re-issue in the UK, so far that is all, can you believe it…
Stay tuned and keep sending us rumors and inside info! Don’t forget to use our Amazon links if you can.
:calendar: Visit the SWDb home video release calendar

:church: Obituaries

Our head of obits, the spaghettiologist @Tom_B had to update the boot hill cemetery with an unfortunate 8 new obituaries over the course of the last four weeks.
:arrow_right: Check out “Cemetery with crosses”

:balance_scale: Reviews:

Please contact us if you want your reviews published. We are especially looking for reviews of movies that have no, or very few, reviews in the SWDb. We publish them in all languages, and you don’t need to be a professional writer!
:arrow_right: Nevada Clint DVD Kritik - The Spaghetti Western Database
:arrow_right: Retrospective: The Colizzi Trilogy

:moneybag: :dollar: Those of you who feel inclined to donate a dollar or euro or yen or real or whatever, head here. PayPal has improved the donation experience, check it out - and you don’t even need a PayPal account to donate. Also, whenever you shop at Amazon, click on one of the SWDb’s Amazon links first, it doesn’t matter which one and what you buy.

See you next month!

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