The Great Silence [DVD] [1968]

Generally regarded as one of the finest spaghetti Westerns ever produced, director Sergio Corbucci's snowbound oater arrives on DVD courtesy of Fantoma. Presented in 1.66:1 widescreen, the image is crisp, the colors vivid, and the transfer remarkably clean. Though there is a slightly distracting "waffle" pattern during a few scenes, this is a result of the cinematographer's choice of diffusion and not an issue with Fantoma's fantastic transfer. Though a minor annoyance, this effect does disappear rather quickly and very early on. Audio is presented in English Dolby Digital Mono with a barely audible but consistent background hiss present throughout. Of course, Fantoma should be commended for their efforts to get this release on the shelves in the first place, and their inclusion of some informative extra features certainly contributes to making this a disc worthy of adding to the collection. In addition to presenting the film completely uncensored and uncut, Fantoma includes liner notes and a video introduction by Repo Man and Straight to Hell director Alex Cox, which offers some valuable insight into both the production and Corbucci's career. An alternate, "happy ending" that was shot specifically for Western markets is also included (with brief commentary by Cox), and a theatrical trailer rounds things out nicely.
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Special Features

  • Uncensored director's cut
  • A new digital widescreen transfer (1.66:1)
  • Alternate "Happy Ending" with optional audio commentary by Alex Cox
  • Video interview and liner notes by director Alex Cox (Repo man, Sid & Nancy)
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis

The Great Silence
Italian filmmaker Sergio Corbucci directed this serious-minded populist spin on the spaghetti western, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, whose vocal cords have been slashed by sadistic bounty-hunters. Silence joins with local hillfolk in fighting the corrupt and tyrannical authorities in the town of Snow Mill. Corbucci's sympathies are clearly with his bandit heroes, who are only doing what they must to survive, while the law is represented by a corrupt sheriff, who lets his wealthy patrons run wild, and sadistic scum like Klaus Kinski, who kills the poor because he enjoys it. Politically charged in a way that only a film of its time could be, Il Grande Silenzio's themes of class struggle and violent revolution were a bit too hot for an American release in 1968. Vonetta McGee co-starred with genre regulars Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli, and Raf Baldassare. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jean-Louis Trintignant
    Jean-Louis Trintignant - Silence
  • Klaus Kinski
    Klaus Kinski
  • Frank Wolff
    Frank Wolff
  • Luigi Pistilli
    Luigi Pistilli
  • Vonetta McGee
    Vonetta McGee

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