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(aka "Kill Them All and Come Back Alone")

 

Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Italy / Spain 1968

 

From Enzo G. Castellari, the legendary director of Eagles Over London, Cold Eyes of Fear, Keoma and The Inglorious Bastards comes this action-packed spaghetti western starring screen and television great Chuck Connors (The Big Country, TV’s The Rifleman and Branded). In 1864, mercenary Clyde McKay (Connors) leads a squad of tough-as-nails cutthroats on a mission for the Confederate high command to infiltrate an enemy fortress and steal millions in gold from the Union Army. Unfortunately, the crew he has assembled to pull off the heist is even less trustworthy than he is—and they all end up double-crossing each other. Frank Wolff (The Great Silence, Once Upon a Time in the West) and Franco Citti (Accattone, The Decameron) co-star in this fully restored, first-rate tale of betrayal and revenge.

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In this spaghetti western, the head of a band of desperadoes steals the gold from a Union fort and hides it before the leader is captured by Yankee soldiers. In captivity, the outlaw is tortured by a sadistic Army officer, formerly the trader who conned him into the heist. The torture will not stop until the thief reveals the location of the gold.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: December 31st, 1968

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime Italian version: 1:40:32.401 / English version: 1:39:19.620        
Video

Italian version:

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,420,441,788 bytes

Feature: 21,932,353,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

English version:

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,420,441,788 bytes

Feature: 20,633,346,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Italian Blu-ray:

Bitrate English Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Commentary:

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

Subtitles English (only for Italian version), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

Italian version:

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,420,441,788 bytes

Feature: 21,932,353,536 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

English version:

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,420,441,788 bytes

Feature: 20,633,346,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.44 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox (on English cut)
• Includes Both the English and Italian Cuts
• Theatrical Trailer (1:59)


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 7th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9 X 2

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (December 2019): Kino have transferred Enzo G. Castellari's Kill Them All and Come Back Alone to Blu-ray. with separate transfers of both the Italian and, slightly shorter, English cuts of the pasta western. It is on a dual-layered disc with supportive bitrates and is advertised as being from a "Brand New 4K Restoration". Both versions have the same image quality and look stupendous. I can't recall the last Spaghetti western that looked this strong in 1080P. It has tight lines, rich colors supporting the impressive cinematography by Alejandro Ulloa and the excellent art direction by Enzo Bulgarelli and Jaime Pérez Cubero. The film's many close-ups show fabulous detail from sweat to skin pores. Overall this presentation is both consistent and stellar.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel tracks (16-bit) for both the Italian and English language versions. It is another advancement in the film's western effects (guns and horses) and genre-related score by Francesco De Masi (Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin, The Murder Clinic, Private Vices, Public Virtues, The Hanging Woman, The New York Ripper). Kino offer optional English subtitles for the Italian version only on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by director/writer Alex Cox (author of 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director's Take on the Spaghetti Western) and he is great (as always) discussing how Chuck Connors 'acts with his teeth' how Enzo G. Castellari's Kill Them All and Come Back Alone is not so much interested in gunfights as manly tension, the film's sub-genre labeling as an 'acrobatic western' or 'circus western', how the characters are basically defined by their costumes and the film's technical virtues - cinematography and art direction. Plus much more - he is wonderful to listen to referencing other pasta western director and films as he comments on specific scenes. There is a weak SD trailer and trailers for other genre films.

Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (what a great title!) is an above-average Spaghetti western and has Chuck Connors in a great role. I was very keen on Cox's insights into director Castellari in the commentary. Part of the appeal here is the gorgeous appearance in 1080P (both cuts) and the inclusion of Italian and English versions. Tons of value here for fans of this western genre.  It's a film I look forward to revisiting on Blu-ray for a 'Double Feature' night with something like Keoma. This certainly has our recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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