Welcome to October 2023 newsletter from the Spaghetti Western Database, your regular newsletter of what happened last month in the world of European westerns. Today is also the first day of #Spagvemberfest!
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NEW STUFF IN AND AROUND THE SWDB IN OCTOBER 2023:
It’s that time of the year again! Spagvemberfest is here!
To learn all about this month of joy and cinematic comraderie: The What? Why? and How? of SpagvemberFest!
Enter our Spagvemberfest 2023 discussion topic to share your adventures of this month.
If you share and discuss your spaghetti western activities elsewhere, try using the hashtag #spagvemberfest to designate your participation in the festivities (e.g. on Letterboxd or Facebook).
- We’re still trying to get in touch with the person who ran the Altervista website SPAGHETTI WESTERN DATABASE if anyone knows, please send us a message.
- We’re also trying to locate our friend from Finland who went by the name of Shobary (with the popular SW website with that title).
Why? We want to rescue and preserve the remnants of these two websites, like we’re currently doing with A Fistful of Pasta (still a work in progress).
- Let us know if you want to help with our new master calendar Calendar - The Spaghetti Western Database and company directory Company directory - The Spaghetti Western Database. We still need help to fill those with information, please get in touch!
- … as always: join the SWDb, help out, it will make it better You don’t have to become a full time editor or official staff member to contribute. Anything from being active in the forum over correcting spelling mistakes to joining entire improvement projects is more than welcome. From all over the world, in all languages, we welcome help!
The major overhaul of the SWDb is nearing completion. We continue work on the improvements of the SWDb, notably the film pages (these are almost done), and we’re now touching up other parts of the database (for example check out the new “Browse all” page Browse all - The Spaghetti Western Database). Also almost complete are shopping guides and home video label overviews, the new pages for our editors and a million new pictures, for example uploaded by @Mickey13 . If you’re interested in seeing what we’re doing or if you want to join and help, click here to read about it: SWDb 3.0 (our massive 2022/2023 project)
If you’re a Letterboxd user, we hope you’re as excited as we are about the official SWDb Letterboxd HQ account. Click here to learn more about that (long story short: follow us on LB).
Also: all the revised film pages in the SWDb have a direct link to their respective LB entry. Starting end of this year, we’ll again bring more LB exclusive content, so make sure you follow us there.
In October it turned out The Road to Fort Alamo did not see a release, wo we will move this to November. Sando Kid came out in Germany, and Four Bullets for Joe in the USA. The rest are mostly low budget or re-releases.
In November we are most excited about the new A Bullet for Sandoval relasee in the USA, the 4K for a Fistful of Dollars in Italy, and the Professionals for a Massacre in Germany. However, Death Rides a Horse will in fact finally arrive in France as well, but the label’s other spaghetti releases are completely pushed to 2024.
And the rest of the year is taking shape, as you can see from the calendar. The biggest announcement so far was the upcoming box set by Arrow Video that includes the long-awaited El Puro.
All in all, our calendar is slowly extending into winter now. There are always surprises and there will likely be a few more we suspect. Stay tuned for some more news and check our calendar daily!
Visit the SWDb home video release calendar
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!
Sando Kid spricht das letzte Halleluja BluRay Besprechung - The Spaghetti Western Database
Man of the East review - The Spaghetti Western Database
Der Einsame aus dem Westen / Sledge / A Man Called Sledge - Nischenkino.de
Eine Kugel für MacGregor / Sette donne per i MacGregor / Seven Women for the MacGregors - Nischenkino.de
Those of you who feel inclined to donate a dollar or euro or two, head here. Payplal has improved the donation experience, check it out. Also, whenever you shop at Amazon, click on one of the SWDb’s Amazon links first, it doesn’t matter which one.
At the Rome Film Festival a new documentary made its premiere. It is called “LUI ERA TRINITÀ” and puts producer Italo Zingarelli front and center. Click here to learn more about it >> Lui Era Trinità - The Spaghetti Western Database
On a more personal note, I got invited to do an introduction to a screening of Death Rides a Horse at the Cinema Sangue Festival in Berlin. That was great fun, thanks to the Filmrausch Palast for the initiative, we hope it will take place again next year.
See you next month! **And don’t forget to get SAVAGE GUNS - if you follow the link below you’ll learn more about this release, including all the Amazon etc. links (if you use those it supports the SWDb):
SAVAGE GUNS details: Lo voglio morto/BluRay - The Spaghetti Western Database