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Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! aka "Se sei vivo spara" [Blu-ray]

 

(Giulio Questi, 1967)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: GIA SocietÓ Cinematografica

Video: Blue Underground / 88 Films

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! / Region 'B' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:56:41.452 / 1:56:41.411

Disc Size: 35,977,441,781 bytes / 37,799,484,019 bytes

Feature Size: 33,869,045,760 bytes / 33,680,609,280 bytes

Video Bitrate: 32.99 Mbps / 32.89 Mbps

Chapters: 22 / 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case  / Transparent case - with reversible sleeve with alternative artwork - in cardboard slipcase

Release date: July 3rd, 2012 / September 25th, 2017

 

Video (same):

Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1712 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1712 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1730 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1730 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1712 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1712 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1730 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1730 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

 

Subtitles (same):

English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none

 

English, none

 

Extras:

• Django, Tell! - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Guilio Questi, Stars Tomas Milian and Ray Lovelock (20:37 in 480i)
Theatrical Trailer (2:16 in 1080P)
Poster & Still Gallery

 

Django Kill and the evolution of Tomas Milian (18:14)
Original Se Sei Vivo Spara Trailer (2:14)
Reversible Sleeve with alternative artwork

 

Bitrate:

 

1) Blue Underground - Region FREE  - Blu-ray TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B'  - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Description: Tomas Milian stars as a half-breed bandit double-crossed and left for dead who rises from the grave to seek his revenge. But when his quest leads to a bizarre town called 'The Unhappy Place,' he is plunged into an odyssey of gruesome torture, graphic violence and relentless sexual depravity. This is the landmark movie that fans and critics still consider to be the strangest - and most controversial - 'Spaghetti Western' ever made.

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In this spaghetti western, a cowboy rides into a town that two gangs have taken over. One of the gangs wears black leather... and rides white horses. The other gang belongs to a storekeeper. The stranger and the two Indians who assist him manage to survive a massacre between the two rival gangs.

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Director Giulio Questi (DEATH LAID AN EGG) and Co-Writer/Editor Franco Arcalli (co-writer of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA and LAST TANGO IN PARIS) shocked the world with this hallucinatory tale of greed, corruption, perversion and beyond. Also known as SE SEI VIVO SPARA (IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT!), this definitive presentation of DJANGO KILL! has been created from the original Italian negative with all its infamous scenes of savagery and slaughter now fully restored in stunning High Definition!

 

 

The Film:

At first this feels like sub-standard spaghetti. Gritty action sequences are mixed with carefully framed close-ups and tense, if predictably far-fetched, showdowns. Sometimes the action is sloppily staged: for example, one of the Stranger's Mexican helpers flees for his life in a moment which has two clear goofs - the blood appears on his shirt a few seconds before he is actually shot, and once hit by a bullet he falls to his death clutching his stomach, which is strange, seeing as he was shot from behind.

Excerpt from Kamera.co.UK Film Salon located HERE

Giulio Questi (a former associate of Fellini) and Franco Arcalli (later Bertolucci's regular writing partner) devised this dour, notoriously excessive spaghetti Western, which pushes the brutality of the genre to almost surreal ends. Milian's the double-crossed Mexican gang leader out for revenge on his former partner (Lulli). The film begins promisingly but then loses its way in a succession of melodramatic grotesqueries, including suffocation by molten gold, roastings on a spit, and the killing of children. The Italian version runs two hours - 19 minutes longer than the original international release print. Not for the squeamish.

Excerpt from Timeout Film Guide located HERE

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

Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! looks very positive on Blu-ray from Blue Underground. The image quality shows some grit and minor grain. Detail is quite impressive.  This is dual-layered with a high bitrate and the visuals benefit from the robust 1080P transfer. There is a touch of gloss and contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark with no intrusive noise. This Blu-ray handles the many close-ups well looking excellent throughout with a minor waxy look occasionally and I would have liked more grain. Even if there is some minor tinkering - the overall image is rendered at a high level producing a better-than-expected presentation. Thumbs up!

 

The 88 Films transfer is exactly the same (see bitrate graphs) - both audio and video - as the Blue Underground from over 5 years ago. Same source - same dual-layering and high bitrate. No differences.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

1) Blue Underground (English for English subtitle translation) - Region FREE  - Blu-ray TOP

2) Blue Underground (English for Italian subtitle translation) - Region FREE  - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region 'B'  - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Blue Underground - Region FREE  - Blu-ray TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B'  - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Blue Underground - Region FREE  - Blu-ray TOP

2) 88 Films - Region 'B'  - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

We get the option of both the English and Italian tracks rendered in DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1712 kbps (with optional subtitles provided for both - see sample). The Italian definitely sounds the rougher. Effects, like gunfire, are pretty crisp and punchy exporting some depth. The DUB issues naturally exist but I think the lossless track does its job authentically as can be expected. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

The exact same technical transfer - linear PCM - for both Italian and English tracks. The 88 Films doesn't subtitle the English version and the Italian version on the 88 Films release appears to have the same translation as the Blue Undergound but in a white font. The 88 Films Blu-ray is Region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Supplements include a 20-minute piece entitled Django, Tell! which has interviews with co-writer/director Guilio Questi and stars Tomas Milian and Ray Lovelock. This was ported over from the 2004 DVD and still has some value. There is an HD theatrical trailer and a Poster & Stills Gallery.

 

88 Films include an 18-minute video featurette entitled Django Kill and the evolution of Tomas Milian with Eric Zaldivar. It shows some of the locations of the shoot, and discusses the production. There is also the original Se Sei Vivo Spara trailer (with the titles in English) and the package has a reversible sleeve with alternative artwork.

 

Blue Underground - Region FREE  - Blu-ray

 

 

88 Films - Region 'B'  - Blu-ray

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! has plenty of the Spaghetti western genre appeal. There is some pretty crude violence - and I'm unsure that this adds to the story. I wouldn't say this is a classic but it certainly has entertainment value. The Blu-ray i
s another example of Blue Underground's fine production and for those keen enough - we can recommend!

 

Extremely similar Blu-rays with the duplicate presentation with minor variances (Blue Underground has optional subtitles for the English version and 88 Films uses a white font) and different, but mostly equal, extras although the US may win with the video supplement but the UK wins with the physical packaging. It looks like the, upcoming, 88 Films package is a bit cheaper at the writing of this comparison. No need to double dip but still a cracker of a pasta-western with a gang of homosexual cowboys, a priest and a half-breed bandit fighting over stolen gold. Cool!

Gary Tooze

June 23rd, 2012

August 18th, 2017

 

 


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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