The print used for the transfer is titled “The Big Showdown”. Like many spaghetti westerns The Grand Duel has many titles. I think the first time I saw it on VHS it was called “Storm Rider”.
This version is longer than the previously released Wild East DVD. While I have not done a complete side by side comparison, I did notice a scene on the blu-ray that I have often seen in the trailer, but never in the actual film on DVD; the scene where the dying old man wipes his bloody hand on Adam Saxon. I am sure there are many more.
The presentation on this blu-ray far exceeded my expectations. Admittedly I was worried at first as the background for the blu-ray menu showed an intentionally scratchy washed out print.
The print is pristine and blemish free. It looks to be pulled from the original negative and not a interpositive based version as there are subtle jumps occasionally in between cuts. As an original negative is literally glued together between cuts, over time the print will reveal these “bumps”. Not a huge deal.
Color is solid throughout, and film grain is well defined without being distracting. Details are are very sharp on the extreme close ups.
The audio is nothing spectacular, but is clear. There are some serious sync issues. For example in the scene where LVC spins around and says “I never kill for money”, was out of sync, which was not a problem in the Wild East version. These type of sync issues are probably in 50% of the movie, and seem to occur in large chunks of run time. I know Spaghetti Westerns are known for their dubbing, but the English should match! Bummer.
Aside from the audio sync issues, I feel it is a great disc. I popped in the Wild East DVD afterwards and found it to be unwatchable (but I am a Blu-ray snob).
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