Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)


(Bill san Antonio) #181

Is there any difference between Koch and US dvd releases in picture quality/audio?


(El Topo) #182

Have the DVD for so long but only watched this week, like I’ve seen it before there were other priorities.
Not the best Corbucci, but a pretty nice straightforward type of film. Just in a sudden Reynolds besides Eastwood must have been the most successful actor that made SW, well one the most for sure. By that time I guess i was used to be a Indian, I think he’s perfect for the part. Not much political stuff going around here (apart for the prejudice agaisnt Indians or Native American issues), just normal western stuff with some extra violence in the mix, being a Dino de Laurentiis prodution must have helped.
I liked Sambrell and Reynolds they do a very good job, the diference to other films and were we can see that Corbucci wasn’t just another one on the job, it’s the way the final showdown it’s filmed.
The film goes so fast that seems it’s shorter than it is, also one of the best use of the filming locations I’ve seen in a SW, other thing I only recognized Fernando Rey in this view, no moustache (and read te credits this time ).
Well entertaining stuff and a good job from Reynolds.

The main theme it’s very cool, I went the all day after seing it NAVAVAJO, JOE NAVAJO JOE still doing it NAVAJO JOE NAVAJO JOE


(Hey Stranger) #183

I don’t understand why Burt hates this movie; I thought it was action packed.


(DollarsDollarsBills) #184

I think his hate for the movie comes more from the way he was treated during filming, rather than the actual quality of the movie.

I agree though, it is very action-packed and features some of Morricone’s best work, and in my opinion, it’s up there with Corbucci’s other westerns. In fact I prefer it to Django and The Great Silence, which I’m sure places me in the minority.


(Novecento) #185

Not sure about quality as haven’t directly compared the two (can’t say I noticed anything on independent viewings), however Koch have fixed the audio gaffe with the music in the introductory scene.


(Stalagmite) #186

Haha Navajo Joe. I like to call him the mascot of Spaghetti movies.


(sartana1968) #187

easy one of the best spaghettis and the best role for aldo sambrell!!


(DollarsDollarsBills) #188

Agreed. It certainly is one of the more underrated spaghettis and I love Sambrell as Duncan. Although his acting was a little much at times – he really wanted to know where that money was – he did a great job as the ruthless bandit.


(Stalagmite) #189

What is Burt Reynolds so ashamed about? This movie rocks.


(ENNIOO) #190

Is he not more chilled about the film these days ?


(Stalagmite) #191

I have no idea all I know is that he mentioned that he regrets doing the film at some point. I never really cared for Burt Reynolds and I’m not surprised that he’s bashing his arguably best role but WHY?


(Col. Douglas Mortimer) #192

Yeah its strange. Like why is Jennifer Connelly so ashamed of Phenomena? Its one of her best films in my not so humble opinion.


(chuck connors brother) #193

She probably saw the US version when it was released, unbelievable that they cut out 30 minutes.


(Stalagmite) #194

Christ I can’t blame her if that’s the case. I only saw the uncut version and I thought it was paced beautifully. 30 minutes shorter? Damn.


(JonathanCorbett) #195

A first-class SW with an absolutely exceptional first part and a memorable villain!


(TetsuPhoenix) #196

Navajo Joe’s making wasn’t exactly a very fun experience, neither for Burt, Corbucci and others involved. Burt had the idea that he was going to work for Leone, not Corbucci. This one was also expecting a different actor, you also have to remember that Corbucci was seen as a cheap b-movie director in his own country, and until some recent years many of his movies were still consider rather low quality products. For many the only SW worth talking about are the ones Leone made, and that’s it. Most hollywood critics at the time saw SW as some form of invasion, and bashed many now-classics, including Leone flicks.

Last thing i read was that Burt wasn’t so bitter about this one anymore. Considering some truly unspeakable bad movies he has done in his career, Navajo Joe stands way above many of those flicks.


(AngelFace) #197

Surprisingly it has taken me ten years of SW fandom to actually watch this movie and as I had reasonably high expectations, I was disappointed. Technically the film is well put together, well directed, nicely photographed, great locations (Corbucci always seems to find the best locations) but nothing special. I found the film never really took off, the subversive idea of a town who paid for Indian scalps now paying an Indian for white scalps wasn’t developed at all. Burt Reynolds moves great, clearly doing his own stunts (was he perviously a stuntman?) but otherwise he does very little, he just looks smug and isn’t very engaging.

I also was a little underwhlemed with Aldo Sambrell’s turn as Duncan but I think the part was badly written and dubbed. Great music and theme song though!

Corbucci, as usual, plays on his particular set of tropes so all of his movies can seem a little derivative of each other but he did come up with one or two very nice moments amongst all of the generally under-powered scenes (I’m thinking of the axe throwing moment and the last shots of the pony).

The KOCH Blu-Ray is nice but unspectacular looking, the source print looks to have the red-degrading problem common to Eastmancolor. The extra menus are mis-authored so you get the opposite featurette to the one you select and Nora Corbucci is identified as the wife of the film’s director, Bruno Corbucci! No English subtitles on the extras unfortunately.


(tomas) #198

love that axe/shooting scene in the end - great editing and camera angles


(Jude) #199

Navajo Joe was one of those Corbucci movies which I hadn’t seen before so I watched this couple days ago. I liked Morricone’s brilliant soundtrack and visually this looks great too. The plot isn’t actually very surprising but I liked the fact that there’s an indian main character. One thing that I didn’t like was Burt Reynold’s acting on this one. It just felt like Reynolds wasn’t the right choice for the main role and it shows on some scenes. All in all it’s quite easy to see why this isn’t usually rated higher than Corbucci’s classics like Companeros, Django or The Great Silence but that doesn’t mean Navajo Joe is just an average SW because this movie definitely has it’s moments.

3,5/5 stars from me.


(sartana1968) #200

[quote=“Jude, post:199, topic:74”]Navajo Joe was one of those Corbucci movies which I hadn’t seen before so I watched this couple days ago. I liked Morricone’s brilliant soundtrack and visually this looks great too. The plot isn’t actually very surprising but I liked the fact that there’s an indian main character. One thing that I didn’t like was Burt Reynold’s acting on this one. It just felt like Reynolds wasn’t the right choice for the main role and it shows on some scenes. All in all it’s quite easy to see why this isn’t usually rated higher than Corbucci’s classics like Companeros, Django or The Great Silence but that doesn’t mean Navajo Joe is just an average SW because this movie definitely has it’s moments.

3,5/5 stars from me.[/quote]
a had seen this film one 1000 times and go on
4 stars from me