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(aka "Django Part 2" or "The Violent Breed" or "Keoma: The Avenger" or "Django Rides Again" or "Django's Great Return" or "Desperado" or "Coolman Keoma")

 

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Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Italy 1976

 

A strikingly original spaghetti western with a unique elegiac tone, Keoma truly is a one-of-a-kind classic of its genre...

The legendary Franco Nero (Django, The Fifth Cord) stars in the titular role as a half-breed gunfighter who returns from the killing fields of the civil war to find his hometown riddled with the plague, its inhabitants terrorized (with the help of Keoma's own estranged half-brothers) by tyrannical gang leader Caldwell (Donald O'Brien, Zombie Holocaust). Keoma's father (William Berger, Sartana in the Valley of Death) welcomes his prodigal son s return, but when Keoma saves a vulnerable pregnant woman (Olga Karlatos, Zombie Flesh Eaters) from Caldwell's thugs, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. With the help of his father and his friend, the 'A'd slave George (Woody Strode, Spartacus), Keoma prepares to take a savage revenge on Caldwell and his gang.

Directed with immense flair and virtuosity by veteran Enzo G. Castellari (who channels Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone in equal measure), Keoma is an epic film of Shakespearean and biblical proportions, which boasts compelling performances and thrilling violent action. Truly epic in scope, Keoma is considered by many to be one of the greatest spaghetti westerns. The film is presented here in a stunning new restoration with a wealth of informative and entertaining new extras.

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Half-breed Keoma (Franco Nero) returns to his border hometown after service in the Civil War and finds it under the control of Caldwell (Donald O'Brien), an ex-Confederate raider, and his vicious gang of thugs. To make matters worse, Keoma's three half-brothers have joined forces with Caldwell, and make it painfully clear that his return is an unwelcome one. Determined to break Caldwell and his brothers' grip on the town, Keoma partners with his father's former ranch hand (Woody Strode) to exact violent revenge.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 25th, 1976

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Distribution Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Arrow - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:40:47.332         1:40:51.376      
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,394,753,488 bytes

Feature: 21,409,241,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,738,463,111 bytes

Feature: 23,199,168,378 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Millcreek Blu-ray:

Bitrate Arrow Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1816 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1816 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

LPCM Audio Italian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles None English, English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Millcreek

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,394,753,488 bytes

Feature: 21,409,241,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Shares disc with The Grand Duel

Trailer (Keoma) (3:44)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 15th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 15

Release Information:
Studio:
Arrow

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,738,463,111 bytes

Feature: 23,199,168,378 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

New audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
The Ballad of Keoma, a new interview with the legendary star Franco Nero (21:41)
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, a new interview with director Enzo G. Castellari (28:53)
Writing Keoma, a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman (16:14)
Parallel Actions, a new interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci (22:18)
The Flying Thug, a new interview with actor Massimo Vanni (24:03)
Play as an Actor, a new interview with actor Volfango Soldati (30:02)
Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher (18:43)
An Introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director (5:03)
Original Italian (3:43) and international theatrical (3:47) trailers
Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams and Howard Hughes


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 16th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow Blu-ray (May 2019): The new Arrow Blu-ray transfer of Keoma is described as from a 'new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative'. It has many superiorities over the Millcreek BD from 2012. Both are 1080P, but the Arrow has richer colors and black levels, it offers both Italian and English versions (despite the slight disparities - titles and credits), show more information in the frame, and it offers a plethora of new supplements. 

It appears to be from different sources (judging my the above title capture). The Arrow's skin-tones warm and it looks far more stable in-motion with tighter lines but I'd say the richness and depth of the contrast and colors are the most notable difference on initial inspection. The Arrow more suits the film's tone with a darker look.

On their Blu-ray, Arrow use a linear PCM mono tracks (24-bit) in the Italian or English language. Even though the Millcreek is also 24-bit (via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono) the Arrow is another advancement - notable in the film's western-related effects (horses, gun etc.) and pasta-esque score by Guido and Maurizio de Angelis (Torso, A Blade in the Dark, 2019 After the Fall of New York, The Mountain of the Cannibal God) -  - this includes the Keoma 'theme' and In Front of My Desperation - both performed by 'Sibyl Amarilli Mostert' and Cesare De Natale (as Sybil & Guy) - which is suitable to the genre and sounds clean in the uncompressed carrying some depth. The Arrow BD offers optional English or English (SDH) from different translations (see below) subtitles on their Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

Phew! - Arrow load this excellent western up with a mass of new extras. Included is a new audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke who work wel together in exporting details of Franco Nero, the director, genre, it's initial theatrical reaction and much more. It is fairly casual but engaging. There are five new interviews; The Ballad of Keoma spends 22-minutes with legendary star Franco Nero who starts my stating that Keoma is his favorite western. Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust is a new 1/2 hour interview with director Enzo G. Castellari - and his remembrances on the production. Writing Keoma is a new interview with actor and writer Luigi Montefiori AKA George Eastman who shares the evolution of the story for over 1/4 hour. Parallel Actions is a new 22-minute interview with editor Gianfranco Amicucci ('politische' - Italian crime films on his resume). The Flying Thug is a new 24-minute interview with actor Massimo Vanni (in many of Castellari's other genre films.) Play as an Actor is a new 1/2 interview with actor Volfango Soldati (Keoma his first acting credit), I thoroughly enjoyed Keoma and the Twilight of the Spaghetti Western, a newly filmed 19-minute video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher (author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western : Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema). There is a 5-minute archival introduction to Keoma by Alex Cox who extols it. We also have original Italian and international theatrical trailers and four galleries including original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips and a collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Simon Abrams and Howard Hughes.

Keoma is one of the best of the 'Spaghetti western' genre. The Arrow is, obviously, the finer presentation and their multitude of supplements, including commentary, interviews and video appreciation, only enhance it further as a classic. Just to see it - I would even recommend the Millcreek (presently less than $5) but I would suggest after you see the film - you want it in the best Blu-ray edition possible - that is the Arrow. Don't miss this film!

Gary Tooze

 


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