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(aka "Django il bastardo" or "Django the Bastard" or "Strangers Gundown" or "Django the Avenger")

 

Directed by Sergio Garrone
Italy 1969

 

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 hes 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?

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A mysterious, vengeful stranger rides into town and creates all sorts of havoc in this spaghetti western. It seems there are a number of people on his list and the day before he kills each one, he places a cross with that person's name on it in the middle of the street. It is a rough town, and many people die from the stranger's bullets. After exacting his final revenge, the stranger leaves the town as mysteriously as he came.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 8th, 1969

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Review: Synapse Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Synapse Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:01.518        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Sing.-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,399,128,384 bytes

Feature: 23,918,577,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DUB: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1478 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1478 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Synapse Films

 

2.35:1 1080P Sing.-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,399,128,384 bytes

Feature: 23,918,577,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Commentary by Troy Howarth


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 20th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Synapse Films Blu-ray (August 2019): Synapse Films have transferred Sergio Garrone's 'pasta western' Django the Bastard aka "The Strangers Gundown" to Blu-ray. It looks very strong - a high-ish bitrate and the image is full of texture, depth and a high level of detail in the film's many close-ups. Gino Santini's, occasionally, inventive cinematography (through objects, shadows, overhead shots etc.) is exported well in 1080P. Colors seem true, unembellished and the image in-motion is very decent without damage or marks.

On their Blu-ray, Synapse Films use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel mono track (24-bit) in an English DUB. It is authentically flat with a, typically, tight higher-end, but westerns effects (gunfire) carry some plausible depth. No fatal sync issues. The score is by Vasili Kojucharov (as Vasco - I am Sartana, Your Angel of Death,) and Elsio Mancuso (as Mancuso - Burial Ground) and while not the most memorable, does support the film reasonably well. Synapse Films offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

I enjoyed the audio commentary by Troy Howarth included as an option on the Blu-ray. He admits to not knowing many of the cast, as there was not a lot published on some of them. He references some Giallo films and westerns by those directors doing an ad-hoc rating at one stage. It's interesting and his relaxed, humorous tone help appreciation of the film by this reviewer. I think I liked Django the Bastard more than he did - although he related many positives. There are no other supplements.

I'm no expert but I enjoyed the 'is he a real man or apparition' sub-theme promoted by Garrone for Django the Bastard. The commentary gives another solid reason why fans of the spaghetti western genre would want to indulge in this reasonably priced (like $16 on Amazon Pre-order) Blu-ray. Sure, this had many of the attributes we love about the genre, on this lesser-seen flic. Go for it... 

Gary Tooze

 


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