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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Texas, Adios' or 'Goodbye Texas' or 'Adiós, Texas' or 'The Avenger')

directed by Ferdinando Baldi
Italy / Spain 1966

Following on from the enormous success of his breakthrough film Django, Franco Nero returned to the Wild West (Almería, Spain) to star in the same year's Texas Adios, which was released as Django 2 in some countries.

Here he plays tough gunslinger Burt Sullivan, a sheriff who, along with his younger brother (Alberto Dell'Acqua, Endgame), journeys to Mexico to hunt down the sadistic bandit Cisco Delgado and avenge his father s murder. When Burt and his brother fall in with a group of Mexican revolutionaries, the stage is set for a violent climatic confrontation...

Directed by veteran helmsman Ferdinado Baldi, best known for the cult Western Blindman (starring Beatles tub-thumper Ringo Starr) and the 3D extravaganza Comin' at Ya!, Texas Adios is a lesser-known Spaghetti Western gem, which boasts rapid-fire action scenes, stunning locations and stylish cinematography courtesy of Enzo Barboni (Django, Nightmare Castle). The film is presented here in an exclusive new restoration, with a wealth of extras which allow this film to be enjoyed as never before.

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Ultrascope spaghetti Western in which Texas sheriff Burt Sullivan (Nero, standard issue laconic) crosses the border with kid brother Jim (Kitosch) to square matters with Cisco Delgado (Suarez), the outlaw who murdered their father.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film guide located HERE

 

Posters

Theatrical Release: 1966 - Italy

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Comparison:

Blue Underground - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Anchor Bay - Region 0 - NTSC vs.  - Carat - Region 2 (DK) - PAL vs. Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

Big thanks to Ole of DVD-Basen for the DVD Screen Caps!

 

Blue underground - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

Anchor Bay - Region All - NTSC - SECOND

Carat - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

Box Covers

 

 

 

In the US it is available in a two-pack, from Arrow, on Blu-ray with Django:

 

  

Distribution

Blue Underground

Region All  - NTSC

Anchor Bay

Region All  - NTSC

Carat
Region 2 (DK) - PAL
Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:09 1:32:09 1:28:48 1:32:04.268
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

2.13:1 Widescreen
Average Bitrate: 5.29
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,451,892,276 bytes

Feature: 39,394,577,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate: Blue underground

Bitrate:

Anchor Bay

 

Bitrate:

Carat

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono). English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono).

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono).

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1035 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1035 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1032 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1032 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English and none. English and none. Danish, Swedish , Norwegian and none. English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack or English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2:35:1


Edition Details:

• Interview with Franco Nero (5:35)
• US Theatrical Trailer (2:43)
• Franco Nero bio


DVD Release Date:
March 27th, 2007
Keep Case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2:35:1


Edition Details:

• Interview with Franco Nero (5:35)
• US Theatrical Trailer (2:43)
• Franco Nero bio


DVD Release Date: July 24th, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Carat
 

Aspect Ratio:
Non-anamorphic Widescreen - 2.13:1

Edition Details:

DVD Release Date: 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow Video

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,451,892,276 bytes

Feature: 39,394,577,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.95 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary for by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
Newly filmed interview with star Franco Nero (20:19)
Newly filmed interview with co-star Alberto Dell'Acqua (33:46)
Newly filmed interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti (9:19)
Hello Texas!, newly filmed appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher (16:24)
Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
Original trailer (with optional English subtitles - 2:42)
Double-sided fold-out poster
Limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Roberto Curti, and original reviews
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 26th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

Arrow have transferred the exciting Spaghetti western, Texas Adios to Blu-ray in a "New restoration from a 2K scan from the original camera negative by Arrow Film". The image has inconsistencies - more a function of the poor condition, but as evidenced by the matched screen captures this is an obvious leap beyond the SD editions. It is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. There is damage (see last three captures) and some waxy softness in spots that I don't like (could be digitization) but the overall image is quite pleasing in-motion and without a film-level restoration this is probably the best the film will look on digital. It's in a sharp 2.35:1 widescreen and shows significantly more information in the frame than the DVDs.

The audio gives the option of DTS-HD Master mono (24-bit) tracks - in English or Italian. The sound is flat and has some hollowness (that we often note in Italian productions of this era,) The DUB is, as usual, a bit awkward but the dialogue is clear and there is a score by Antón García Abril (The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman, The Loreley's Grasp) that isn't Morricone but fits the western genre well running beside the film. Arrow offer optional English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack or English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack (samples of both below) on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

I enjoyed the educational audio commentary for by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke as they discuss many facts of the film including Nero's lawful character, his stunts and Texas Adios representation as one of the best 'American-imitators' of the genre. There is a newly filmed 20-minute interview with star Franco Nero who always looks great as well as new interviews with co-star Alberto Dell'Acqua, for 1/2 hour, and co-writer Franco Rossetti who is not in premium health. Hello Texas! is new 16-minute appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher (author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema) and the supplements include a gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive, an original trailer (with optional English subtitles) and the package with Django has a double-sided fold-out poster, a limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Roberto Curti, and original reviews and has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips.

Genre fans should be happy that Arrow have given fans a Blu-ray of this Spaghetti western classic. Franco Nero is in peak charismatic form and the Arrow - in this imperfect video, with valued commentary, should be strongly considered. Don't hesitate - I envy those who get to see Texas, Adios, for the first time.

Gary Tooze

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ADDITION: Blue Underground - March 07': This 'new' issue by Blue Underground is EXACTLY the same (from image to extras to menus) as the Anchor Bay but about $7 cheaper - that is, of course, what we recommend!

NOTE: We expect Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976) and Bullet for the General (Damiano Damiani, 1966) also released by Blue Underground on the same day to be less expensive duplicates of the older Anchor Bay editions as well. If we can compare though we will.

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The Anchor Bay is much sharper and appears to adhere to the widescreen integrity much more fully than the Carat edition which is cropped noticeably on the right edge as well as the top. The sound is occ on the Carat version - very poor while the Anchor Bay's is quite strong and also have the original Italian. The Extras also go in Anchor Bay's favor and for true spaghetti western fans there is only one choice for this DVD and that is the Region 0 NTSC.   

- Ole Kofoed


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Subtitle Samples - Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

 

Blue Underground - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

Anchor Bay - Region All - NTSC - SECOND

Carat - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Blue underground - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

Anchor Bay - Region All - NTSC - SECOND

Carat - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Blue underground - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

Anchor Bay - Region All - NTSC - SECOND

Carat - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

Blue underground - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

Anchor Bay - Region All - NTSC - SECOND

Carat - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


Blue underground - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

Anchor Bay - Region All - NTSC - SECOND

Carat - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

Arrow Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Box Covers

 

 

 

In the US it is available in a two-pack, from Arrow, on Blu-ray with Django:

 

  


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