Django the Bastard (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

Django the Bastard (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

Django the Bastard (1969) (Blu-ray Review)

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Django the Bastard (1969) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sergio Garrone
Starring: Anthony Steffen, Paolo Gozlino, Luciano Rossi
Rated: UR/Region A/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Synapse Films

Anthony Steffen (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE, KILLER FISH) stars as the mysterious stranger named Django, a ghost-like figure who walks into a dusty western town with vengeance on his mind. As he finds the men he’s looking for, he places a cross with the person’s name and death date in the middle of the street before enacting violent revenge! Is Django truly an unstoppable human army-of-one, or an avenging immortal angel of death? An intriguing spaghetti western with gothic horror genre elements, DJANGO THE BASTARD bears striking similarities to Clint Eastwood’s film HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, released four years later. This version of DJANGO THE BASTARD is the alternate English language U.S. version titled THE STRANGERS GUNDOWN, remastered in high-definition widescreen from a beautiful original 35mm negative element.

Django The Bastard isn’t a Franco Nero Django movie but it isn’t too bad either. Coming from Synapse films on a nice looking Blu-ray disc, this movie tells the story of a Django that was a soldier until a group of turncoats stabbed his group in the back and left him and literally everyone else for dead. In what you could call a Spaghetti Western with a bit of horror dashed on it, Django is now here and almost ghost-like as he searches out everyone who did him wrong, gets theirs names on a tombstone with that day’s date on it, and then tries to make sure he kills them on that very day. While you could say some of what you get is a bit anti-climatic in spots, you at least get an Italian Western that seems to be filled with what everyone who sees these movies loves (or dislikes) about them in a large quantity. And at times the movie takes an almost slasher path as Django kills the bad guys. You get some pretty clever stuff there.

Anthony Steffen isn’t Franco Nero but he isn’t the world’s worst “Django”. Him being tolerable and director Sergio Garrone being Sergio Garrone is what makes this movie what it ends up being and that’s a pretty tolerable and watchable western. I saw this originally on a double feature DVD with Boot Hill and needless to say Synapse has this movie looking amazing to what it looked like before on that DVD. You only get an audio commentary as an extra here but that commentary is a good one and at least it is something on the disc. It equals an amazing upgrade over any other version and it also is a pretty cool movie if you’ve never seen it before. This is a movie with such elements in it that even a horror fan can appreciate it for what it is.


– Audio Commentary with Film Historian and Author, Troy Howarth

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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