The Grand Duel (1972) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Grand Duel (1972) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Grand Duel (1972) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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The Grand Duel (1972) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Giancarlo Santi
Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Horst Frank, Jess Hahn, Alberto Dentice
RATED: R/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

Philipp Wermeer has been framed for the murder of a powerful figure known as The Patriarch. Wermeer escapes, but the three Saxon brothers, sons of The Patriarch, have arranged for a large bounty on Wermeer’s head. Clayton is a grizzled ex-sheriff stripped of his office in Jefferson after refusing to acknowledge Wermeer’s guilt. During a series of fire-fights, Clayton contrives to help Wermeer escape from attacks of bounty-hunters. Together, the two make their way to Jefferson, where they can confront the three powerful Saxon brothers, and reveal the surprising truth about who killed The Patriarch.

Arrow Video has taken it upon themselves to re-release another classic spaghetti Western and do so by totally topping every release of the movie that had come before it. So, if you have the old Blue Underground DVD or the other Mill Creek Blu-ray, this is what you need to have if you are a fan of this one. This movie also has the title “The Big Showdown” and that title comes with very good reason. We have a film with classic characters and a classic theme that we heard in the more recent Kill Bill films. Of course, this one of the more stylish western films you will find as it mixes both style and violence to make what I feel is the blueprint for Spaghetti Western films. This film gives great performances and some very cool action that should make it a joy for anyone. I think if anyone who has ever seen this film goes on to make a list of their favorite westerns that this movie would be surely be ranked high on their list. From the vibe of the film to the cast to the plot, this one is just awesome.

This is a film that is owned by Lee Van Cleef. I’m not saying this wouldn’t have been a good movie with someone else in his role, but I’m certain it wouldn’t have been as good of a film without him here. There are are few iconic names that come to mind when thinking of iconic western movie characters and I do think Sheriff Clayton is one of the better ones. If you haven’t seen this standout film from 1972, then, by all means, give this release by Arrow Video a watch. As you can see from the list below, this one comes loaded with lots of new extras and if you are a fan of this one like I am you’ll be happy to see all of that stuff here. The transfer on this one also looks way better than any other version we’ve seen, but I don’t think you guys will be too shocked to hear that coming from who put this one out.

Extras

– New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
– Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
– Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles, and credits
– Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
– An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
– The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
– Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
– The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
– Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
– Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
– Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards, and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
– First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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