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Hanging For Django aka Una lunga fila di croci [Blu-ray]
(Sergio Garrone, 1969)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Junior Film
Video: Raro Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 18,164,483,309 bytes
Feature Size: 17,461,444,608 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.37 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case (see picture below) inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: October 29th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution:1080i / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
•Video Documentary: Two Bounty Killers for a Massacre (14:33 in Italian with optional English subtitles - 480i)
• A fully illustrated booklet (8-pages)
Description: In this classic spaghetti western from Sergio Garrone (Django the Bastard, Three Crosses Not To Die) making its home video debut, an evangelical bounty hunter teams up with another to bring an outlaw gang that has been sneaking illegal immigrants over the border to sell as slaves to justice.
Desperately sought after and never before released worldwide on Blu-ray Raro video is proud to be releasing the action packed film, Hanging for Django. In this spaghetti western, an evangelical bounty hunter teams up with another to bring an outlaw gang that has been sneaking illegal immigrants over the border to sell as slaves to justice.Excerpt from TCM located HERE
An entertaining, though somewhat standard-issue Italian western, this is
well-made and fairly atmospheric, with a neat final gun-down. Steffen
and especially Berger are pretty cool too, as is big Mario Brega (of
Leone's Dollars trilogy among other films) finally getting to play one
of the good guys!
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
While the print used for Hanging for Django seems in good shape with few blemishes or even speckles, unfortunately the Raro Blu-ray is rendered in a 1080i (interlaced) transfer. The interlacing creates a trailing effect in motion or horizontal pans. I wouldn't say it was overwhelming but picky fans may find it noticeable and distracting. This is only single-layered with a modest bitrate but I suspect minor DNR as there is an unusual softness in the visuals - more prominent in the beginning 1/3rd of the film. Characters, in the many close-ups, can appear a bit waxy. This combined with the interlacing may be enough of a game-breaker for some to dismiss the release. I wasn't in a picky mood and kinda had fun watching the film - with its typical pasta-western conventions. This Blu-ray has weakness but many systems (and eyes) may not pick up on the deficiencies. The film is clean and contrast and colors seem supported. There is plenty of darkness, but no noise.
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Audio is offered in both Italian or English tracks unfortunately not taking advantage of the higher-end lossless capabilities of the new format. There are both in simply Dolby 2.0 channel tracks. It sounded okay but the gun-play lacked the depth that might have further intensified the scenes. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Nice to see Raro attempt some supplements. We get a 15-minute video documentary entitled Two Bounty Killers for a Massacre aka due Bounty Killer per un Massacre (in Italian with optional English subtitles - 480i). It has Manlio Gomarasca discussing the film, and other spaghetti westerns, with some salient points. There is also an 8-page liner notes booklet included.
October 10th, 2013
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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