Inside the collectible packaging of this DVD boxed set are five international theatrical mini-posters (very good), an eight-page booklet, and two discs. The only complaint is that the box closes quite snug and is a bit difficult to open, but it is neither bad nor ugly. Disc One includes audio commentary by film historian Richard Schickel. Disc Two adds the 20-minute "Leone
In this, the third and last in the series of Man With No Name sagas (even though he had a name!), "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly," Clint Eastwood reluctantly teams up with not one, but two bounty hunters (Van Cleef and Wallach) to claim a cache of $200,000 in stolen gold. The film is presented here in its original 179-minute version. (Gary Reber)
This new anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture looks a bit better than the previously released DVD (reviewed in Issue 31), with some improvements in contrast and color balance. Though dated, color fidelity is generally natural with brownish fleshtones, this new version offers a more refined color palette. There is a certain softness to the picture, with details and textures lacking definition. Still, those pivotal close-up shots of a scowling cowboy detail every pore and whisker. The source element is revealing of some dirt and scratches that can be distracting at times (like in Chapter 13), as well as some film grain. Edge enhancement and pixelization are evident at times. (Suzanne Hodges)
The remastered Dolby
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