The Mercenary / A Professional Gun / Il mercenario (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)


(Chris_Casey) #141

One would think so, Phil. :wink:
But, honestly…it has just as much to do with Nero’s light-weight performance and Corbucci’s uneven direction as it does with the “Milian Factor”.

To me, COMPANEROS just can’t make up its mind if it is going to be over-the-top funny…or serious…or what. Frequently, Spaghetti Westerns are successful at mixing humorous and non-humorous elements; but, I find the humorous bits in VAMOS A MATAR COMPANEROS to be jarring (for the most part).
Having said all that, though, I really do like the film (COMPANEROS).
However, I love THE MERCENARY.


(Novecento) #142

[quote=“Chris_Casey, post:141, topic:177”]One would think so, Phil. :wink:
But, honestly…it has just as much to do with Nero’s light-weight performance and Corbucci’s uneven direction as it does with the “Milian Factor”.

To me, COMPANEROS just can’t make up its mind if it is going to be over-the-top funny…or serious…or what. Frequently, Spaghetti Westerns are successful at mixing humorous and non-humorous elements; but, I find the humorous bits in VAMOS A MATAR COMPANEROS to be jarring (for the most part).
Having said all that, though, I really do like the film (COMPANEROS).
However, I love THE MERCENARY.[/quote]

Well, I think Milian is great, but I’m with Chris on easily preferring The Mercenary over Companeros. However, I still think Comapneros is great and especially like the introduction to Companeros which I still can’t believe was cut in the original English language release.

[quote=“autephex, post:139, topic:177”]bought a bootleg copy of the japanese disc off ebay a long time ago, one of the first spaghettis I bought… have loved it ever since.

its long overdue for a rewatch, but waiting for the Koch release[/quote]

I have an original copy of the Japanese disc which has always been one of the gems in my DVD collection. This new Koch disc had better be something special for me to consider casting this one aside…


(Dillinger) #143

Because one of the first things you see is the young Iris Berben?


(Stanton) #144

I love Companeros too, because it has so many brilliant scenes. But it’s no match for The Mercenary.

Companeros has also a lot of weaker scenes, and some lousy ones too. And it’s less well structured. Less intelligent. It’s simply a lesser film. And it would be a lesser film even if Corbucci had directed the whole film flawlessly.

But I prefer Companeros for its great parts to several better films. In the Zapata business Quien sabe! and DYS are maybe the better films, but if I had to choose between these 3, I would choose Companeros.


(Chris_Casey) #145

[quote=“Stanton, post:144, topic:177”]I love Companeros too, because it has so many brilliant scenes. But it’s no match for The Mercenary.

Companeros has also a lot of weaker scenes, and some lousy ones too. And it’s less well structured. Less intelligent. It’s simply a lesser film. And it would be a lesser film even if Corbucci had directed the whole film flawlessly.

But I prefer Companeros for its great parts to several better films. In the Zapata business Quien sabe! and DYS are maybe the better films, but if I had to choose between these 3, I would choose Companeros.[/quote]

I pretty much agree with all of your points here, Stanton. Well stated, amigo!
The only thing is I don’t know that I, personally, would be able to choose COMPANEROS over QUIEN SABE or DUCK YOU SUCKER; but, I do understand how one could.
Just a matter of personal preference, once again.

You are right, COMPANEROS does have a great opening scene (as well as a great final scene, in my opinion).
But, like Stanton has said these great scenes that are sprinkled throughout the film can’t raise it to the same plane as THE MERCENARY…in my humble estimation.


(Stanton) #146

But some of these scenes in Companeros are on par with the best scenes of TM.
The opening tele lens shots of the running Berben in her bride clothes is absolutely wonderful. And Nero arriving at the railway station, the final mass shoot-out, in fact all of the shoot-outs are very well done. Not to forget the score.


(Silence) #147

I think Compañeros is over all very well done.


(Novecento) #148

Indeed ;D , and for all the reasons Stanton pointed out:

[quote=“Stanton, post:146, topic:177”]But some of these scenes in Companeros are on par with the best scenes of TM.
The opening tele lens shots of the running Berben in her bride clothes is absolutely wonderful. And Nero arriving at the railway station, the final mass shoot-out, in fact all of the shoot-outs are very well done. Not to forget the score.[/quote]


(retask) #149

When is the Koch-disk being released?


(Phil H) #150

All details are here I believe

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Mercenario,_Il/DVD_Release_Special


(Yodlaf Peterson) #151

I’m glad this is being released ;D

But on the downside my Japanese one won’t feel as important now :’(


(Chris_Casey) #152

Thanks to a very dear friend, I now have the Koch Media DVD on pre-order with Amazon.de!
Can’t wait to get it!


(Novecento) #153

[quote=“Yodlaf Peterson, post:151, topic:177”]I’m glad this is being released ;D

But on the downside my Japanese one won’t feel as important now :’([/quote]

My feelings exactly.


(ENNIOO) #154

An original Japanese disc sold for very little recently on E Bay. Not a copy as I have purchased from the seller before.


(John Welles) #155

Does anyone know how many DVDs of this are going to be given away in the prize draw (the more, the better, because I’ll have more chance of winning one :slight_smile: )? Also, does anyone know when it’s going to take place?


(Silence) #156

Will be nice with the Koch DVD, I watched it at YouTube so not great quality.


(John Welles) #157

Cool. Could you give me the link to the guy’s channel who put it up, please?


(Silence) #158

I don’t find it, someone has started to upload it here but only to part 5:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Dudec13

There are other SWs on YouTube too, Keoma and Pistol For Ringo. Django used to be there too but it’s deleted. There’s a guy who uploaded some SWs at google video:

http://www.classiccinemaonline.com/1/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=106&Itemid=109

There are some classics like Great Silence, My Name Is Nobody and the Trinity films there.


(John Welles) #159

Thanks Silence.


(Silence) #160

No problem. Watch The Great Silence right NOW if you haven’t seen it ;D!