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Directed by Don Siegel
USA 1970

 

From Don Siegel, the legendary director of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Coogan’s Bluff, Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick, The Shootist and Escape from Alcatraz, comes this classic western starring screen legends Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, High Plains Drifter) and Shirley MacLaine (Sweet Charity, Irma La Douce). Eastwood is a hard-hitting drifter who rides into town and single-handedly rescues a local nun (MacLaine) from a gang of bandits. After meeting a band of Mexican revolutionaries bent on resisting the French occupation of Mexico, the cowboy and Sister Sara decide to join forces with the freedom fighters and set off on a deadly mission to capture the enemy’s garrison. But along the way, a steamy romance develops between them when the soft-spoken hero discovers the nun is not what she seems. Ending with a violent climax at the well-protected fort, this action-packed western classic cemented Eastwood’s status as a true cinematic superstar. Featuring a masterful score by the great Ennio Morricone (A Fistful of Dollars). This 2-disc special edition includes 4K restorations of both the international and domestic cuts.

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Hogan, on his way to do some reconnaissance for a future mission to capture a French fort, encounters Sister Sara, a nun in trouble. Before he knows it, Hogan is accompanying Sister Sara in the dangerous frontier while she seeks to achieve a hidden goal.

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Theatrical Release: March 13th, 1970

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Review: Kino (Special Edition) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino (Special Edition) - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime

Domestic Cut 1:45:02.296

International Cut: 1:53:55.829

Video

Domestic Cut

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,334,421,826 bytes

Feature: 32,730,531,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

International Cut

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,109,564,216 bytes

Feature: 35,709,388,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Domestic Blu-ray:

Bitrate International Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary (on
International Cut):

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

Domestic Cut

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,334,421,826 bytes

Feature: 32,730,531,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.92 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

International Cut

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,109,564,216 bytes

Feature: 35,709,388,800 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox (International Cut)
• At Home with Clint: Vintage Candid Interview with Clint Eastwood (7:53)
• Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase
• Poster and Image Gallery
• Reversible Art
• Theatrical Trailer (New HD Transfer) (2:36)
• 2 TV Spots (1:21)
• 4 Radio Spots (1:48)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 27th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case inside O-Card Slipcase

Chapters 9 / 10

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (October 2020): Kino have transferred both domestic and international versions of Don Siegel's Two Mules for Sister Sara to separate dual-layered Blu-rays. Both film version are cited as being from a "Brand New 4K Restorations". Both version's 1080P presentations looks about the same (International may be slightly darker) - with the same max'ed out bitrate. There is only one anomaly weakness I noticed in the International cut (see HERE.) It was only briefly and in one scene that I noted and a few times the edge of the frame has some imperceptible artifacts - the beginning of the film is decidedly green. This is not as strong as Kino's new Blu-ray of High Plains Drifter - but it is nonetheless visually impressive.

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On their Blu-rays, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel - both 16-bit in the original English language. There are western genre effects including gunfire and explosions. There is another excellent score by Ennio Morricone (Who Saw Her Die?, The Black Belly of the Tarantula, The Fifth Cord, Luna, Danger Diabolik, 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.)  sounding strong adding his own unique flavor to the film. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary on the International version by filmmaker/writer Alex Cox (author of 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director's Take on the Spaghetti Western). He offers such an excellent perspective talking about director Siegel ('on very good form here'), Eastwood, MacLaine, shooting in Mexico, writer Budd Boetticher and the iconic westerns he directed, plus other unique details of the production. He's always great for western commentaries. Also included is an 8-minute vintage black and white "At Home with Clint: Vintage Candid Interview with Clint Eastwood" which I don't recall seeing before. Kinda neat. There is an extensive Poster and Image Gallery, theatrical trailer (New HD Transfer), 2 TV Spots and 4 Radio Spots. The package is offered with a limited edition O-Card slipcase and reversible art (see bottom of review.)  

Don Siegel's Two Mules for Sister Sara is upper tier Clint. It's a very good western adventure with minor war overtones and even less romance/comedy. The Kino Special Edition Blu-ray is another of their complete package with two versions of the film, an Alex Cox commentary and highly pleasing a/v presentation. Absolutely recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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