When the Devil Holds a Gun / Una colt in mano al diavolo (Gianfranco Baldanello, 1973)


(Stanton) #1

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Colt_in_mano_del_diavolo%2C_Un

You know that you are a SW junkie when you start to watch them in a language you don’t understand, in a full frame copy of what should be in 2,35:1 and in a picture quality that would make bricks whine.

This rare film, a copy of the English version hasn’t surfaced yet (and in Germany it wasn’t released), is nothing special, only a routine outing.
Compared to Black Jack, Baldanello’s and Wood’s earlier collaboration, it’s much simpler stuff, but at least it’s better directed than other Baldanello westerns like Kill Johnny Ringo or the amateurish 10 White Victims of the Little Indian.


(Rififii) #2

Wow Stanton howda get a chance to see that?


(Paco Roman) #3

Sounds interesting. In which language have you watched it?


(Stanton) #4

Italian.

I mostly was able to follow the story, but in between I had a glimpse or two in Kessler’s synopsis. When the basic plot is clear, you can understand what happens. There was only one scene in which Woods surprisingly slaps a girl in the dark, and then even more surprisingly kisses her …

But the video quality is really awful. Like a 3rd generation VHS copy from an already weak picture source.


(carlos) #5

Colt in the Hand of the Devilhttp://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Colt%2C_in_pugno_al_diavolo%2C_Una
Wow! Two films with the same US title, both with George Wang as the heavy, both with a director with a long last name starting with ‘B’ :slight_smile:
Could be confusing


(Stanton) #6

Yeah, confusing.

The Bergonzelli one should more accurately have been called Colt in the Fist of the Devil. Or am I wrong with “mano” and “pugno”?


(Starblack) #7

Well done finding a copy of this one in any language or quality.

It’s not quite a Holy Grail title but rare enough. I’d like to see it for Woods and Berger, and because I’ve always liked the main theme.


(Stanton) #8

Yes, the main theme is a real good one. Was it probably also used in another film? It seemed so familiar to my ears.

Berger looks old and isn’t very impressive, but I’m not a particular fan of him to say the truth.

He he, in a German book he is described as being in his Buffalo Bill look-alike phase.


(p.pereira) #9

[quote=“Stanton, post:6, topic:1902”]Yeah, confusing.

The Bergonzelli one should more accurately have been called Colt in the Fist of the Devil. Or am I wrong with “mano” and “pugno”?[/quote]

Yap.

mano >> hand
pugno >> fist


(Silence) #10

Stanton, you still haven’t told us where you found this one!


(Stanton) #11

I thought that was clear. Like every other SW on DVD-R I have, I got it also in a trade. I think this one was not from a forumite, but I’m sure I’m not the only one to have a copy.


(Silver) #12

Nope…i have one. Traded it from a forum member and traded one on with another… Is it supposed to be rare or something?


(Stanton) #13

Rare, because it’s not in English, it’s in bad quality, and it’s not exactly a film every one wants to see in the first place.

For these reasons not too much people will have it. Or want it.


(JonathanCorbett) #14

A good 15 minutes are missing from the new DVD release: run time is only 71m PAL! ::slight_smile:


(Italo-West-Fan) #15

[quote=“JonathanCorbett, post:14, topic:1902”]A good 15 minutes are missing from the new DVD release: run time is only 71m PAL! ::slight_smile:

Thats is only an info from amazon.it ! Sometimes the runtime informations from amazon are wrong (I hope) :slight_smile:
I want to see that film in a nice quality. And UNCUT !


(JonathanCorbett) #16

The user who posted the screenshot says he has the disc and that run time is exactly that…


(ENNIOO) #17

Pretty much a waste of time when their is this amount missing from a dvd for me.


(p.pereira) #18

I bought the slashed DVD… :stuck_out_tongue:


(Durango) #19

I bought the DVD too. It’s missing a lot, mostly small snippets of dialogue around scene changes, plus a few longer parts of about 90 seconds (more talk). The cuts are all over the place, it’s not like they missed one entire reel or something. Some of the cuts are very obvious, but most of the time you wouldn’t notice.

Image quality is really good though, and I have the feeling nothing really important is missing. I found this movie to be surprisingly talkative. And thank goodness, the gunfight at the end seems to be completely intact!


(p.pereira) #20

[quote=“Durango, post:19, topic:1902”]I bought the DVD too. It’s missing a lot, mostly small snippets of dialogue around scene changes, plus a few longer parts of about 90 seconds (more talk). The cuts are all over the place, it’s not like they missed one entire reel or something. Some of the cuts are very obvious, but most of the time you wouldn’t notice.

Image quality is really good though, and I have the feeling nothing really important is missing. I found this movie to be surprisingly talkative. And thank goodness, the gunfight at the end seems to be completely intact![/quote]

Well I noticed that a VHS version is available at CG but the image is so awful that I prefered to stick with the italian DVD. I’m just glad that a decent reel was found.
This is how it looks the VHS rip: