In the last and the best installment of his so-called "Dollars" trilogy of Sergio Leone-directed "spaghetti westerns," Clint Eastwood reprised the role of a taciturn, enigmatic loner. Here he searches for a cache of stolen gold against rivals the Bad (Lee Van Cleef), a ruthless bounty hunter, and the Ugly (Eli Wallach), a Mexican bandit. Though dubbed "the Good," Eastwood's character is not much better than his opponents -- he is just smarter and shoots faster. The film's title reveals its ironic attitude toward the canonized heroes of the classical western. "The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts," claimed Leone. "In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest." Immensely entertaining and beautifully shot in Techniscope by Tonino Delli Colli, the movie is a virtually definitive "spaghetti western," rivaled only by Leone's own Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). The main musical theme by Ennio Morricone hit #1 on the British pop charts. Originally released in Italy at 177 minutes, the movie was later cut for its international release.~Yuri German
Clint EastwoodThe Good
Eli WallachTuco, the Ugly
Lee Van CleefThe Bad
Mickey KnoxScreen Story
Tonino Delli ColliCinematographer
Bruno NicolaiMusical Direction/Supervision
Ennio MorriconeComposer (Music Score)
Carlo SimiArt Director
Carlo SimiCostume Designer
Eros BacciucchiSpecial Effects
Giancarlo SantiFirst Assistant Director
Franco di GiacomoCamera Operator
Spaghetti Western,Revisionist Western,Epic Western,Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film
I'll admit, I was a little concerned when purchasing this. A 4K restoration of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" should be awesome--but when it comes from a distributor I don't recognize, and it's the shorter version of the film (rather than the more recent "extended edition"), I popped in the disc a little worried about what I would find. And yes, the image is pretty grainy, but it's a nearly 60-year-old film that looks that way by default, so I got over it. Also, the scenes included in the "extended edition" are indeed included on the disc, but as isolated deleted scenes, which (for me) is not a huge issue either. And let's face it, this is a great movie. So yes, this purchase is worth it--I'd be interested to see MGM put out their own official 4K release someday, but who knows when that will happen!
The 4K is a huge improvement over the last Blu-Ray version as past transfers of this film had issues with color grading. It's still not without some issues here and there, but it's still the best this film has ever looked on home video. Do note that this 4K only contains the theatrical version of the film and does not include the extended version. There is also no Dolby Vision or HDR on this release. Hopefully Kino Lorber will do the 4K releases for Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More.
Absolutely brilliant job done by Kino on this disc. For the first time on an HD format, we have proper color timing and a beautiful crisp image. Special features are beautiful and at the proper framerate. The sounds is the lossless mono track from the Laserdisc that is rich and full compared to virtually every release since 1998.
The *only* thing this release is missing is HDR, but it's so good you don't really miss it. Finally, the proper theatrical cut in a pristine viewing format.
Im happpy to own this. This is the theatrical 2 hour 40 minute version which I like better. The 20 minutes of deleted scenes are also included and can be watched separately. The picture quality is the best Ive seen for this movie. It's still grainy, true to the film it was shot on but I thought the close up shots of the characters faces looked really good. I never had the regular blu-ray version but I'm pretty sure this is an improvement.
One of the best classics of any genre. Its Clint Eastwood in his prime, this movie is long but it is a must watch. Its full of action and comedy which is always a nice combo. The 4K restoration is nice and definitely worth a buy if you like westerns
I owned the standard Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber prior to this release. I must say, this 4K version is the superior version of this film to own. Despite the lack of HDR, the 4K picture looks absolutely fantastic. The film looks very natural with lovely grain and well-colored scenes (unlike the previous Blu-Ray). I'd highly recommend it to fans or those looking to upgrade their previous Blu-Ray.
Best disc issue yet…by far! Replace whatever you have with this…if you can find it. I’m a Leone fanatic and this is by far the best release. Praying for a Once Upon…West and Once Upon…America 4K packages as lovingly made as this. Not holding my breath.
This version is the best representation of the film on 4k blu ray so far. It worth the price. Addition to the special feature that carried over from other releases, this is up there. Only down part the 2003 restoration extended edition is missing in 4k. But maybe soon.