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(aka 'Ehi amico... c' Sabata, hai chiuso! ')

Directed by Gianfranco Parolini
Italy 19
69

 

Who he is and where he came from, no one knows. But the leading citizens of the Western town of Daugherty think he knows too much. And they want to silence him forever. Get ready for the fast-paced, explosive action as Lee Van Cleef (For A Few Dollars More) stars as Sabata, the mysterious, steely-eyed gunslinger who, after he discovers Daugherty s elite are the masterminds behind the elaborate bank heist, imposes his bullet-laced brand of justice on the town. Bribes, bullets and even his turncoat best friend can t stop Sabata as he guns and gallops to a final spectacular shootout that s one of the biggest gunfights ever seen in the movies. Filmed in Spain and Italy, Sabata is another of producer Alberto Grimaldi s (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) hard-hitting western, a series that began as an imitation of the Hollywood genre but resulted in the creation of a new screen star the Western anti-hero.

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This flamboyant spaghetti Western comes with acrobats, bearded knife-wielding drunks, a strolling minstrel with a banjo which doubles as a gun, pantomime villains and standard virtuoso gunplay. Van Cleef, all in black, looks mean and surly, but this doesn't stop him from standing up for the Texas small folk whose livelihoods are threatened by rapacious railroad tycoons. The sound editing is ludicrous, the costumes are absurdly gaudy, performances come close to caricature and the dubbing is always noticeable, but that doesn't lessen the entertainment value one jot.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: August 1969

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Comparison:

MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Kino / Lorber - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Also available in Germany on Blu-ray:

Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Kino / Lorber

Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:46:00 1:46:22.042
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,881,392,673 bytes

Feature: 21,547,210,752 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)   DTS-HD Master Audio English 1585 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1585 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None (advertised on the menus but I could not get them to function) None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: MGM Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Previews

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2007

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,881,392,673 bytes

Feature: 21,547,210,752 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:37) 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 8

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (July 2014): Kino appear to be going the "Olive Films" route - bare-bones, but competent, single-layered Blu-rays. This is quite a handsome step above the hazier 2007 MGM, interlaced, DVD. The image crisps-up significantly, colors are tighter, contrast more layered - the 1080P provides a solid presentation of this 'Pasta' western.

No subtitles and only a trailer as an extra, but fans of this 'top shelf' Spaghetti genre effort will be very pleased with this HD presentation. This is a good one - recommended!

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ON THE DVD: I suspect that these new editions are the same transfers as the 2005 The Sabata Trilogy Boxset from MGM (Sabata / Adios, Sabata / Return of Sabata) available HERE.

The stingy MGM DVD shows weaknesses - it is anamorphic (2.35:1) but is interlaced - see last screen capture for  visible combing in horizontal pans - and takes up only around 3.75 Gig of a single-layered DVD. I also have issues with the optional subtitles. I couldn't get them to work on my system. Luckily the film is in English (with obvious DUBs). The image is moderately hazy in spots - but looks fairly respectable on a tv tube system. Audio is unremarkable but clear and consistent - and there is a French DUB available.

There are no extras, aside from some previews, and although this is no film masterpiece - the DVD inferiorities don't take away from the charm of its spaghetti western genre appeal. Van Cleef is great and the film is a ton of fun - much better than the sequels. If you do order, at least you know what you are getting into in regards to the DVD. 

Gary W. Tooze


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Interlaced transfer on DVD.

 

 

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Also available in Germany on Blu-ray:

Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC

Kino / Lorber

Region 'A' - Blu-ray




 

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