Welcome back for the May 2021 newsletter from in and around the Spaghetti Western Database world this year, giving you and overview of what happened last month.
Background: For those who missed the announcement, we now post these recaps in the Newsletter category of our forums, which is set up so that everyone is watching that category for new topics by default (you can opt out of this using the “bell” icon at the top right corner of that category). So you should have been notified of this very announcement with the little notification dot in the forums itself - or via email , if you weren’t currently logged in. This is our new newsletter that ties more neatly into our community. Our separate purely email-based mailing list which we rarely make use of has been phased out.
NEW STUFF IN AND AROUND THE SWDB IN MAY 2021:
The SWDb needs YOU!
As always: Please get in touch with us if you have better versions of posters, lobby cards, still images or other pictures material that we currently only offer in very small or bad quality. We are also always looking for reviews of films not reviewed yet, missing information, corrections to wrong information, director, writer or producer spotlight articles, information on soundtrack releases and so much more. The SWDb is what you make of it, please help us improve it, every bit helps!
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Ways to contribute
Fun fact: Because RUN MAN, RUN lost points, all of the current 20 best spaghetti westerns as judged by the SWDb community are available on BluRay. We hope, someday Run Man Run will as well (it still isn’t)
New and upcoming discs: May saw a handful of new releases, please regularly consult our release calendar to stay abreast with upcoming releases. We do update it regularly, sometimes several times a day! We always appreciate feedback and tips, so we can keep that list as up to date as possible. Please also check what’s coming in May and beyond, some very interesting titles hiding there that are worth pre-ordering, more are added whenever we hear rumors.
Highlight for May is of course the 4K UltraHD release of Django from Arrow Video with HDR and a bonus movie on regular BluRay: Texas, Adios. The label has announced regular edition releases of it for August, so if your wallet say “no” to this edition, stay tuned for later this summer. Also, down under there was a release of Kill them All and Come back alone, and in France, a release of Taste of Violence was also eagerly awaited (althought too bad it is not English-friendly, as often is the case with French releases).
Next month will see some the first of some eagerly awaited Explosive Media discs plus a new Warner Archive release of Guns of San Sebastian.
July of course will knock our socks off with both the Vengeance Trailers box set from Arrow as well as the Viva Django release from Explosive Media.
Visit the SWDb home video release calendar
The shownotes for the great podcast that @Tom_B and @spaghetti_westerns were churning out every Friday 12pm PST are now updated. The podcast is slightly changing its title and will resume after a short summer break (stay tuned for air times and dates). Now is a great time to catch up on the episodes of this great podcast in its archive on Facebook and Youtube, you’ll find the links and much more in our shownotes:
Click here to check out the show archive and show notes
Just one new review was published. Please contact us: we are always looking for more reviews, especially of those spaghetti westerns where the SWDb doesn’t have them yet. And we welcome reviews of all lengths and in all languages!
Day of Anger
We keep adding some books to the database, please help us fill the gaps and email us with info about books on spaghetti westerns in all languages.
Enter our books pages
Tech! Early this year we told you that we did some upgrades. Unfortunately the issue of embedding YouTube videos has STILL not been resolved yet. We rely on whoever came up with the idea to get it fixed. Hopefully soon. We will keep you posted.
Next up on our list of technical improvements for the SWDb is a better search experience. As always, we welcome any feedback, help and… donations.
Forum news and important note: Regularly update you with the under-the-hood updates to the software that powers this forum. It gets better every few months, it works great on mobile, and we hope you enjoy using it. What has also gotten a lot easier that is of interest: to merge accounts and retrieve access to old accounts. Regularly, users sign up under new name because they can’t access their old one anymore (change of email, etc). No problem! Please get in touch, we can fix all of that!
Many thanks to all and everyone who contributed this month, in the SWDb proper, here in the forums, everyone who has emailed us, shared our posts on social media, listened in on the podcast or donated a few bucks our way. See you next month with a roundup of updates. We wish you the happiest new year and hope you check in regularly, discuss, spread the word and contribute.
P.S. KILL THE WICKED will be the SWDb movie of the month for June. More news to follow.