Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Arrow Video's Blu-ray Collection Of Blood Money: Four Western Classics Volume 2 Ready For Spaghetti Western Fans On July 25

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has a Spaghetti Western collection to die for on July 25.

Titled Blood Money: Four Western Classics, Volume 2, the collection includes four new 2K film restorations — from the original 35mm camera negatives — of $10,000 Blood Money, Vengeance is Mine, Find a Place to Die and Matalo!

So let’s get to it, beginning with director Romolo Guerrieri's 1967 film release of $10,000 Blood Money gem, starring Gianna Garko (aka: Gary Hudson — Vengeance is Mine, I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death) as Django, who is on a mission for hire to track down the ruthless Vasquez (Claudio Camaso), but with double-cross after double-cross the quest soon turns very personal.

Bonus goodies include commentary by author and film historian Lee Broughton, plus three featurettes — “Tears of Django,” “The Producer Who Didn’t Like Western Movies” and “How the West was Won.”

We next shift our focus to director Giovanni Fago’s 1967 man-on-a-mission tale, Vengeance is Mine, once again starring Gianni Garko, only this time as Johnny Forest, who has made a promise to his dying mother … bring home, ALIVE, your outlaw brother, Clint Forest (played by Claudio Camaso, who played Vasquez in $10,000 Blood Money).

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

There’s just one little problem.   Clint has double-crossed the treacherous Jurago (Piero Lulli) and is now being hunted by both the law and Jurago … it may take a while to fulfill his promise!!

Bonus nuggets here include commentary by film critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint, plus a trio of featurettes — “Cain and Abel,” “In Conversation with Nora Orlandi” and “Movie After Movie.”

It’s now 1968 and Italian filmmaker Giuliano Carnimeo’s Find a Place to Die opens in the European market, but it will be three long years before the English-dubbed presentation reaches theatres in the United States.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey

American actor Jeffrey Hunter (The Great Locomotive Chase, Sergeant Rutledge, The Searchers, Hell to Eternity, King of Kings) did the “Rick Dalton” thing and went to Europe to make a series of films including the Spaghetti Western Find a Place to Die (and Super Colt 38) and would be seriously injured on the set of Viva América, which would lead to his untimely death a few months later.

Bonus features here include a new commentary by author and Western expert Howard Hughes, plus two featurettes — “Sons of Leone” and “Traditional Figure.”

Rounding out the Blood Money: Four Western Classics, Volume 2 Blu-ray collection from Arrow Video on July 25 is Cesare Canevari’s 1970 film release of Matalo!, starring Lou Castel (A Bullet for the General, Paranoia), who arrives well into the film, where an outlaw gang has taken refuge in a ghost town.   He is handy with — are you ready for this — a boomerang!

Bonus treasures here include commentary by film critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson and two featurettes — “A Milanese Story” and “Untold Icon.”

All four films in this Spaghetti Western collection from Arro are presented in Italian with English subtitles.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey



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