The Man With No Name Trilogy (Blu-Ray)
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“This short cigar belongs to a man with no name. This long gun belongs to a man with no name. This poncho belongs to a man with no name. He’s going to trigger a whole new style in adventure.”
This was a tagline created by some uncredited advertiser for FISTFUL OF DOLLARS after it had already been wrapped. Thus starting a legendary character and bringing attention to a great filmmaker in Italian Director Sergio Leone and his infamous Spaghetti Westerns.
Ironically, The Man With No Name actually has a few names. In FISTFUL OF DOLLARS he is referred to as “Joe” however, it was never stated officially. In FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE his name is “Monco,” which is deleted out in the American cut to uphold the mystery. And in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY he is referred to as “Blondie” throughout the picture. All three films combined are hugely successful for three powerful reasons: Actor Clint Eastwood, Composer Ennio Morricone and Director Sergio Leone
I’m gonna start with “The Man” himself, Clint Eastwood, who took the job strictly for a free trip to Italy and Spain. The film had hardly any budget so Clint brought his own costume for his character, which was used for all three films. He took his wardrobe to his motel in the evening because there were no duplicates. If one ever went missing there would be one major continuity problem. Clint also fought to have lines taken away to make his character more mysterious. His wise instinct at an early age into filmmaking and likeable quiet strength as the least bad guy in a bad guy world, helped propel him to stardom and his character into one of the most iconic of all time.
Ennio Morricone’s music in all three films is exquisite. Each film has it’s own anthem that I challenge you not to hum after watching any of them. They are fun and catchy while pushing the gunslinging action and intensity. The upgrade in audio brings the gun fights and music to life. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY still has one of the most recognizable scores in the history of film.
Sergio Leone is definitely one of the most influential directors. He was very creative and deliberate with every shot and angle. His style, while may not be loved by everyone, can be used as a valuable learning tool. Any aspiring filmmaker would be wise to pick up this set and watch the features. The use of camera and editing with minimal dialogue and heavy score is undeniably unique. It is no wonder that many directors today respect and cherish many scenes from these pictures.
The Blu-Ray transfer is simply amazing. The low budget pictures only got bigger and better with each one due to the originality and talent in Sergio Leone and the charismatic tough man in Clint Eastwood. This is one of the most complete compilations that have graced Blu-Ray. If you are not familiar with the movies you’re introduction to them should be here. The new format vastly improves the film from its original poor production quality. If you are a fan of these films in any way you will immediately want to purchase this set. There is not a single item missing and every feature adds insight that is worthwhile. THE MAN WITH NO NAME TRILOGY goes beyond anything you could possibly want to know about the film.