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(aka "E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico " or "A Man From the East")

 

Directed by Enzo Barboni (as E.B. Clucher)
Italy / France 1972

 

From Enzo Barboni (under pseudonym E.B. Clucher), the acclaimed director of The Unholy Four, They Call Me Trinity, Trinity Is Still My Name and Crime Busters, comes this classic western-comedy starring screen icon Terence Hill (My Name Is Nobody). To claim his father’s ranch, Sir Thomas Fitzpatrick Phillip Moore (Hill) has come to the west. Unbeknownst to him, his father’s dying wish was that his friends and fellow highwaymen teach the lad how to be a real man. Abiding by his last request, the three remaining members of his troupe, Bull (Gregory Walcott, The Eiger Sanction), Monkey (Dominic Barto, Charleston) and Holy Joe (Harry Carey Jr., Cherry 2000), are set for a lofty challenge. Thomas is as green as they come and prefers bicycles and poetry over horses and guns. Ill-equipped to deal with his new surroundings, he finally knuckles down when a whirlwind romance forces him to take action against a jealous town marshal.

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By his dying father's last wish Joe is sent to the Wild West to become a real guy. The dreamy young man despises guns and fights likes poems and prefers bicycles to horses. Now his three teachers footpads all of them shall teach him otherwise. This doesn't work until Joe has to defend himself against gunman Morton who's jealous of Joe's love to rancher Ohlsen's beautiful daughter.

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Theatrical Release: September 9th, 1972

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:05:22.473        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,145,311,442 bytes

Feature: 39,317,710,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 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, None
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,145,311,442 bytes

Feature: 39,317,710,848 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
Theatrical Trailer (02:07)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 9th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (February 2021): Kino Lorber brings Enzo Barboni's "Man of the East" to Blu-ray, on a new dual-layered disc. The 2.35:1 HD image boasts a maxed out bitrate to boot. There are the occasional instances of frame-specific damage (a tiny white fleck here or there), though nothing to worry about. The level of detail is decent, given the film's rather thick grain and somewhat 'soft' look. Colors don't seem to be too accentuated, which could very well be due to the intended look of the film. As noted in the credits, the film was shot completely in the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Yugoslavia (now Croatia), an interesting stand-in for the United States if I've ever seen one.

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Blu-ray of "Man of the East" is given the DTS-HD Master Audio treatment, here in 16-bit 2.0 The rather forgettable score (even acknowledged as mediocre in Alex Cox's must-listen commentary) is thanks to Guido and Maurizio De Angelis (under the pseudonym Oliver Onions). Though the overall sound design is somewhat flat, dialogue is audible and intelligible. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

Alex Cox (author of the indispensable '10,000 Ways to Die: A Director's Take on the Spaghetti Western' provides another fabulous commentary. Cox talks of how this movie was to have been the third in the Trinity series of films, starring Hill and Spencer, with Spencer not really keen on being in a film with multiple henchmen, thus allowing Harry Carey Jr. to step in, playing against type. Cox is brutally honest about his feelings for the film, at once declaring that the "film moves at a pace that makes one think they have all the time in the world". Later when discussing the rather dull look of the film, Cox states "Enzo Barboni never went out of his way to secure a great or striking location, and indeed the visual aspect of the film doesn't seem to be a priority. Yet, Barboni had been the Cinematographer of several visually striking westerns including "Django'' and "Hellbenders" for Corbucci, "Texas, Adios", Texas Goodbye". Cox goes on to discuss Barboni's use of the pseudonym E.B. Clucher for this later period of his filmmaking. Later on in a boring exposition scene, Cox mentions that even this film's use of the 'Jake the explainer' trope is abandoned part way through the scene. The director/author goes on to recount a common saying at the time, "after the success of Django in 1966, if you couldn't get Franco Nero, you could always get Terrence Hill''. Perhaps what best sums up the commentary is during a silly, broad comedy scene involving a bicycle, Cox notes that when compared to the 65-69 Italian Westerns, "The great Italian Westerns were violent, shocking... peopled with maniacs... visually and musically extraordinary, with great bravura performances. how the genre has changed in 4 or 5 years''. It's a brilliant commentary for a mediocre film. The only other feature is the film's trailer (and a handful of other trailers).

Kino's
Blu-ray of "Man of the East" is a fine presentation of what is, in my mind, a forgettable film. There may be fans out there though, perhaps those that enjoyed the first two Trinity films will want to seek this out. I found the comedy much too broad and safe, and not much tension to the plot. That said, Alex Cox's commentary is worth listening to, hopefully many will take the opportunity to do so.

Colin Zavitz

 


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