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Navajo Joe aka "Un dollaro a testa" [Blu-ray]
(Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,139,964,120 bytes
Feature Size: 18,926,094,336 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.95 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 18th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1600 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1600 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Gary Palmucci
• Trailer (1:51) - trailers for Gator, White Lightning and Malone
Description:Relentless In His Vengeance! Deadly In His Violence! Burt Reynolds (White Lightning) stars in this lusty, gutsy action western about a fearless Indian with a relentless vendetta. A band of outlaws, headed by a sullen leader named Duncan (Aldo Sambrell, The Man with No Name Trilogy), sweeps across the country like the plague, destroying everything in its path, including an entire Indian village. The outlaws arrive in the town of Esperanza, where they are hired by a crooked doctor to hijack a bank train and share in the wealth. But the sole survivor from the Indian village, a renegade Navajo named Joe (Reynolds), foils the plan by relocating the money. An irate Duncan holds an innocent Indian girl hostage until Joe surrenders… Joe once again must take on Duncan and his ruthless comrades with unforgettable vengeance. Top-notch direction by Spaghetti Western legend Sergio Corbucci (Django, The Great Silence) with a rousing and now classic score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (Face to Face).
Navajo Joe, the lone survivor of a massacre,
promises payback for the outlaw gang that slaughtered
his Indian tribe. He soon gets to avenge his people when
the citizens of a small Western community appeal to him
for protection from the same marauding gang. Joe quickly
accepts their offer of one dollar for each outlaw scalp
delivered and goes to work eliminating his enemies one
by one, saving the outlaw leader until last.
The plot starts with an unscrupulous doctor (Pierre Cressoy), who has
married into wealth and status and has grown tired of it. He teams up
with a band of robbers to steal a huge pile of money so that he can skip
town. Three dance hall girls and their goofy bandleader are witnesses to
the dirty deal, and they are chased out of town. Navajo Joe saves them,
and goes on to waylay the money. Thus begins a huge standoff between the
bandits, Navajo Joe, and a town full of unarmed innocents. Of course,
Joe isn't made of stone; he has his own agenda here.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Navajo Joe has some softness and has a few inconsistent sequences. I can only expect the source wasn't in premium condition. There is some heaviness and thickness to the visuals. I don't suspect digital manipulation and put it solely down to the print. Colors aren't vibrant but the entire overall visual presentation seems to improve as the film runs along. The many outdoor sequences look the best but there are no crisp visuals excepting an occasional close-up. This Blu-ray gave me a watchable, but unremarkable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.
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Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 track at 1600 kbps in English (majority DUB). The sound quality reflects a Spaghetti-western of the 60's with the effects (gunfire kick) being a bit hollow but impacting. The impressive score is by Ennio Morricone (A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) and is one of the highlights supporting the film with many vocals and the typical pasta-western-vibes. It sounds excellent in the lossless. There are no subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.
Kino include a new audio commentary by film historian Gary Palmucci (Vice President of Theatrical Distribution at Kino Lorber). He does a good job with focus on Ennio Morricone's intense score but a lot of 'selling' of the blossoming Kino library with similar titles released or as upcoming releases. It's still quite good with gaps but worth the listen, I think. There is also a trailer for Navajo Joe and trailers for Gator, White Lightning and Malone.
August 3rd, 2015
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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Gary W. Tooze
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