Blu-ray of the Day: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach.
Director: Sergio Leone.
Screenplay: Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone.
Score: Ennio Morricone.
Cinematography: Tonino Delli Colli.
The spaghetti western that completed Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy with epic panache has Clint Eastwood’s enigmatic gunslinger on the trail of buried Civil War booty. All three movies have just been released on Blu-ray and soon will be available in a box set. But Ugly is the best of the bunch, and this is the three-hour restoration that includes the 18 minutes of footage United Artists demanded Leone cut for theatrical distribution. Time movie critic and Eastwood buff Richard Schickel provides one of two movie-length commentaries – the other, by Leone scholar Christopher Frayling, wasn’t on the previous special-edition DVD – and contributes to the making-of shorts that cover everything from Leone’s filmmaking style to the unlikely Civil War scenario’s historical accuracy. Among the revelations: Eastwood thought Leone’s westerns would bomb but at least he’d get a trip to Italy or Spain, the non-cigar smoking star flew in much of his own wardrobe (including his Rawhide gunbelt), and the mythical Man With No Name tag was a marketing convenience of United Artists when it released A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in quick succession in the US (in each, Eastwood plays essentially the same character but with a different name). There’s also a poster gallery as well as a French trailer with alternate camera angles and several shots not seen in the movie.

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