Mannaja: A Man Called Blade [DVD] [1977]

Once again, Blue Underground rescues a lesser-known European genre title from obscurity on their DVD of Mannaja. The video benefits from an impressive remastering job that restores the film to its full 2.35:1 theatrical ratio: the result captures the film's earthy color scheme and beautiful widescreen compositions in a truly vivid style. The audio offers English and Italian mono options: both serve up a solid, crisp soundtrack and removable English subtitles are also include for the Italian option. In terms of extras, Mannaja includes a trailer, a still and poster gallery and (best of all) a short interview segment with director Sergio Martino. The interview is guaranteed to delight fans of Italian genre films because Martino provides plenty of insight what it was like to be a journeyman director in the Italy of the 1960's and 1970's as well as plenty of fun tidbits about the making of Mannaja (like how fog and rain were used to cover the fact that the sets were in disrepair). Overall, Blue Underground has created a slick, bonus-packed DVD of an obscure cult favorite with Mannaja and it is well worth a look for spaghetti western fans.
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Overview

Special Features

  • A man called Sergio: interview with director Sergio Martino
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Sergio Martino bio

Synopsis

Mannaja
Despite coming along fairly late in the cycle, this spaghetti western is one of the genre's best. Maurizio Merli plays Blade, a bounty hunter who captures outlaw Burt Craven (Donald O'Brien) by throwing his hatchet and chopping off Craven's hand. In the nearby town of Suttonstead, Blade wins a poker game against Voller (Caligula's John Steiner), and -- because he can't get a reward for Craven -- frees his captive. Later, Voller ambushes Blade in the wilderness, burying him up to his neck and sewing his eyelids open so his eyes will be burnt out by the sun. Craven discovers Blade and repays his freedom by saving the now-blinded gunman, who learns to shoot by sound rather than sight. The conclusion has Blade getting his revenge in a dark silver mine, where he has the advantage against Voller and his men. Director Sergio Martino is best known for stylish thrillers and uses his considerable visual style to give this violent, grandiose film an almost mythical resonance. Fans of gritty realism in spaghetti westerns may not relate to Martino's flamboyant style, but most Euro-devotees will find it immensely appealing. Martine Brochard, Rik Battaglia, and Philippe Leroy co-star. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Martine Brochard
    Martine Brochard
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    Sonja Jeanine
  • Philippe Leroy
    Philippe Leroy
  • Maurizio Merli
    Maurizio Merli
  • Image coming soon
    Donald O'Brien
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