Reviewer's Rating 5 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly DVD (1966)

A classic spaghetti western and a milestone in Sergio Leone's career, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly is as thrilling as it was upon the film's original 1966 release. Back then, the film was missing over 16 minutes of footage and it's only because of this unusually dedicated DVD release that we can now see the movie as never before.

Missing, Nearly Destroyed

The importance of DVD to old films is already proven with many fine restorations of previously crumbling movies, bringing classics back to life for a new generation to enjoy. None though has had to go quite as far as this two-disc release. On disc two you can see the fascinating restoration of the film from sourcing lost footage through to the inserting of a scene not available in any previous cut. The problem with doing all of this was that the fresh material had never been dubbed. This required Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach to come back and record new dialogue 38 years after they made the movie.

Revived, Up To A Point

Some material was beyond restoration, but has been made available on this DVD as best as possible - including an extended torture sequence, and a reconstruction from stills. You'll also find French trailer footage of The Socorro sequence. The skill and attention that has been put into this disc sets the benchmark for the restoration of movies for DVD.

Il Maestro

What has all this work done for the film? We now have a transfer that is crystal clear and colour-rich. The 5.1 sound mix is a detailed effort, which uses newly recorded sound effects to enhance things like gun and cannon fire with impressive clarity. Indeed such is the work that has been lavished upon the film that it's guaranteed to look better than when it did upon original cinema release. That alone makes this DVD release something special.

EXTRA FEATURES

  • Audio commentary with historian Richard Schickel
  • Leone's West documentary
  • The Leone Style documentary
  • The Man Who Lost The Civil War featurette
  • Restoring The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  • The Socorro Sequence: A Reconstruction
  • Extended Tucco Torture Sequence
  • Il Maestro featurete
  • Il Maestro audio featurette
  • Poster Gallery
  • This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.

    Technical Information

    REGION SOUND MENUS RATIO
    2 Dolby Digital 5.1 Animated, with music 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
    CHAPTERS SUBTITLES AUDIO TRACKS
    32 English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovene, Swedish, Turkish English, French, German
    CAPTIONS EXTRAS SUBTITLES CERTIFICATE
    English, German All of the special features come with subtitles 18

    End Credits

    Director: Sergio Leone

    Writer: Sergio Leone, Luciano Vincenzoni

    Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov

    Genre: Classic, Western

    Length: 171 minutes

    Cinema: 1966

    DVD: 26 April 2004

    Country: Italy/Spain