My two cents on Tony’s westerns. Just take it easy. I’ve been already told on facebook, that Silent Stranger is a hunk of crap and Get Mean even worse, so feel free to express yourself in any way you want.
Tony Anthony’s spaghetti westerns. I’ve rewatched almost all of them recently and in a better video quality than last time, so let’s have a look at them. Are they still that good or did I like them so much back then, because my crave for the genre wasn’t fulfilled and I would celebrate any garbage as masterpiece? Yes, these are the questions that bothers seasoned spaghetti western masochist as myself.
A Stranger In Town - Minimalist spagh introducing Tony’s coolnes and establishing my favorite spaghetti western character of all time. Suck on that Django and Man With No Name. I still love it for what it is, but slower and repetitive middle part, although featuring Gia Sandri as dominatrix, is a bit of a bumper, but really only slightly. Also the score is weakest of the Stranger series, but the main theme is still very listenable. Final showdown is one of the best I’ve seen in SWs. Rating: 80%
The Stranger Returns - Director Luigi Vanzi delivers a sequel which is even better than his first effort, without any bumper areas and accompanied by highly listenable soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani. Final showdown is undertaken with the help of a four-barreled shotgun and although I can imagine they could do more with it during the combat, it still features one of the most funny takedowns of all time. The theme playing during the duel between Stranger and Dan Vadis wasn’t on a soundtrack, what a shame, because it’s pretty cool. Rating: 90%
The Silent Stranger - Third and last Vanzi’s entry into the spaghetti realm of The Stranger. It actually starts off with a weird scene in a shack in Klondike. If I was the director, I would do an outdoor scene in a snow (not a problem, I think, since we see Tony running across the snowy lanscape at the very beginning), and without that silly hanging scene. But after that everything’s great. A scene after scene is one marvel after another stuffed with many inventive ideas, engaging story, funny dialogues and an original surroundings, which you probably haven’t seen in any other western. Well, almost whole film was shot in Japan and The Stranger is battling samurais with katanas. Once again, The Stranger gets his revenge in the end with the help of a weapon of mass destruction , but since we are far away from his homeland and shotguns are not available, he has to come out with something else. Oh, and Stelvio Cipriani once again delivers superb soundtrack. For me, this spagh is TOP 5 material. Rating: 100%
Get Mean - Ferdinando Baldi’s installment in The Stranger series. Hated by many, loved by very few. Well, maybe not, I didn’t do statistics, but it is less favourited than its predecessors. Anyway, I belong to the latter group. I love it for what is, and if you have no idea what it is, go and watch it and be amazed or offended. Great track by Bixio and Co. Rating: 90%
Blindman - Haven’t seen this one in a long time, but i remember it was amazing and I don’t think I would change my mind on it, so very much recommended. Baldi at its finest. Rating: 100%
Comin’ At Ya - Again Baldi. Made as a 3D movie, yes, they had something like that back then too, with a lot of spectacular looking scenes, nevertheless, this is the only instance I didn’t like a western Tony starred in. It is not a part of Stranger series, but quite similar and it also repeats the theme from Blindman (women trafficking), but it doesn’t work for me. Also, the final showdown is laughable and quite silly when compared to the final combats in the previous movies. Rating: 50%