The Great Silence / Il grande silenzio (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)


#463

It would be wonderful to have this on blu ray ( English friendly, uncut of course). Had a moment to re-watch this and I could recall nearly every scene. I have to say that one of my favorite scene’s is the scene where Silence throws a match into Loco’s whiskey glass, ( then throws his cigar into it) which leads to an awesome fight sequence. Remarkable work here by Corbucci, but something I noticed the second time, is that Frank Wolff’s character has a bit of a “humorous” ,“know it all” kind of persona to him, and I was a bit annoyed by that. Usually my attention is on the gun fights, snowy landscapes, obviously Silence, who is a wonderful character, very original, and very dark, and of course I couldn’t take my eyes away from Vonetta McGee who is simply gorgeous, that I rarely noticed Frank Wolff’s role, but last night it seemed to me that he was sort of a"know it all" about laws and who can be hung and for what reason and so forth, and I don’t know, it almost seemed it was trying to be “humorous” about the whole thing. I also didn’t care for the scene where Wolf’s character is on the “ice” ( while Kinski is shooting) as I found it suffered from poor editing, and looked sloppy, however I must say Corbucci’s Great Silence shine’s as bright as any of his other westerns. The combination of the wintery landscape, mute gunslinger ( who is dressed in an excellent costume and even displays a certain type of sadness and anger on his face for most of the film) and haunting musical score are worthy of a quality blu ray release.


(Sebastian) #464

I know they have been flooded with emails, but I sent them another long email. I think they aware what is at stake releasing this movie…


(captainquirk) #465

Here’s a couple of screenshots that supposedly identify the actors in the film: http://theamazingmefi.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/il-grande-silenzio.html


(captainquirk) #466

If you guys manage to identify more actors, feel free to edit the IMDB page: https://contribute.imdb.com/updates?edit=tt0063032/fullcredits&ref_=ttfc_fc_edt


(carlos) #467

Interesting. Thanks for the link captain. I appreciate the screens to support his identifications and speculations (the ones with question marks).


(Casey) #468

Is there any word on a possible blu-ray release of this? I know it was restored this year and I heard some chatter it was getting a new release on video.


(Sebastian) #469

yes scrolling up helps :slight_smile: and already listed in the SWDb


(Sebastian) #470

This could be interesting


(Gritz) #471

This is fantastic news!!!


(Mark) #472

That’s exciting to hear. I’m a longtime subscriber to FM. A few DVD releases may not have been of the highest picture quality but overall I’ve been quite satisfied. Their blu-rays look great IMO. Looking forward to it.


#473

Very heavy snowfall here right now. The only reason I leave the house is to listen to this soundtrack on my iPod while walking through the snow.


#474

Thanks to the recent US theatrical run, this film finally has a score on Rotten Tomatoes (100% so far). They also finally changed the fucking poster, as they were using the Into Great Silence (2005) one for years.


(Sebastian) #475

My review (English) should be finished and published tonight or sometime tomorrow in time for the Bluray release date


(Sebastian) #476

Here it is, the English text of my review of The Great Silence and the US BluRay:

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/The_Great_Silence_BluRay_review

Already shipping, so get it!


#477

Mine’s just shipped :slightly_smiling_face:

Also, I’m glad the video of Alex Cox is new and not just the old one from the DVD releases.


(James Flessas ) #478

A cornerstone in my collection , I absolutely love this movie , Carbucci’s masterpiece in my humble opinion . Happy ending aside


(Nick) #479

Just bought it! Looking forward to watching after reading the nice review! Thanks man!


#480

I’ve watched mine twice already, once In Italian and once in English.


(Nick) #481

I’m looking forward to seeing it in Italian. I’ve only ever watched the English dub that was on the Fantoma release so it’ll be interesting to see the little changes in character names and script.

Also here’s some screen caps from the blu ray.

Looks like that fucking cheese cloth is still in the movie:

Sebastian, I just wanted to make sure, Cinematheque is the French company that did the 4k restoration correct? And both Film Movement and Cinematheque are utilizing the same film negatives right?


(Sebastian) #482

Cinemateque is not a company it’s… The cinemateque… :wink:

To quote my own review:

Now the Film Movement disc is also not 4K material, but it is based on the Compass Film (Movietime) 2K restoration. It is entirely possible that the Cinematheque did a 4K scan but all subsequent restoration work for further use happened in 2K. The Cinematheque did the restoration based on the negatives provided by Movietime, so this is probably as close as it’ll get.

Not sure why the Cinemateque was talking about 4k in their press release…