Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Ferdinando Baldi
Starring: Terence Hill, Horst Frank, George Eastman
Rated: UR/Region A/1:77/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Arrow Video
A mysterious gunfighter named Django is employed by a local crooked political boss as a hangman to execute innocent locals framed by the boss, who wants their land. What the boss doesn’t know is that Django isn’t hanging the men at all, just making it look like he is, and using the men he saves from the gallows to build up his own “gang” in order to take revenge on the boss, who, with Django’s former best friend, caused the death of his wife years before.
It’s another day, another Django movie! This time comes from the always awesome folks over at Arrow Video and it is Django Prepare a Coffin! If you’ve seen most of these knock-offs Django films from Italy from back in the day before, then I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of what is coming in this one. Here we have Terence Hill who I know you’ve seen if you are a fan of these types of movies before in the role of Djago. A role he has played in other movies. He’s double crossed like always here and left for dead, but he then rounds up some other baddies that he saves from hangings and decides to go after the people who did him wrong. Along the way other things pop up, he has to kill people before the big gun down happens, and he finds himself being a pretty cool character altogether. If you like Spaghetti Westerns you’ll enjoy this one. I did but I didn’t love it. So don’t expect to matchup as well some of the more well-known ones from the genre out there that everyone talks about. I know some may argue with that statement but that’s how I feel.
The movie is still good. I did enjoy the plot and you do want to see Django give the bad guys what is coming to them. I think that is a pretty solid film there if you managed to at least hit those two things and do them right. I don’t think Terence Hill is anywhere near Franco Nero who is really the only true Django from these Italian movies in my book but he isn’t awful by any means either. As is the case with most Arrow Video Blu-rays you get these days the movie looks very good in HD. Not only that but you get a nice extra on here even if it isn’t anywhere near as packed as we’ve come to expect with Arrow releases. The disc has 2.0 Mono sound with an English or Italian audio option to pick from. I think Django Prepare a Coffin is about as solid as you can come but like most Django movies still isn’t on par with the real one.
– New High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio
– Optional English and Italian audio tracks
– Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing on the English audio
– Django Explained – A new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant
– Original Trailer
– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet by critic and Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes
Quality of Transfer: 88%