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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly finally comes to 4K in April

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The 1966 Sergio Leone directed spaghetti [Italian] western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on April 27th via KL Studio Classics. The film starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The 4K release has been something that KL Studio Classics officially rumored (polled on) since 2017 and it’s now finally becoming a reality. The tech specs for the release include a video presentation in 2.35:1 aspect ratio without HDR (it seems) as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and newly restored DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono sound on a BD-100 (100 gigabytes) UHD Blu-ray Disc. The theatrical cut of the movie has received a 4K scan and color grading, as mentioned below.

“162-Minute Theatrical Cut – Over 30 hours of extensive shot-by-shot color grading and a 4K scan of a 1967 IB tech print as the secondary source to restore the theatrical cut to its original glory.
A) The optical flip ending in Tuco’s neck back around the noose (14 frames)
B) Tuco Shoving the “open/closed” sign into the storekeeper’s mouth (5 seconds, 10 frames)
C) An extreme closeup of Blondie’s eyes shortly before Tuco’s gang comes barging in through the door (1 second, 14 frames)
D) The fade up to Tuco and Blondie riding up to the mission after Tuco forced Blondie to walk through the desert (1 second, 3 frames)
E) The tail end of the shot of the train station (2 seconds, 1 frame)”

You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available to preorder over at Amazon. The full details regarding the bonus materials and contents for this upcoming 4K release of the film can be found below.

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1972 spaghetti Western “The Grand Duel” gets Arrow Video Blu-ray release in May

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The 1972 spaghetti western film The Grand Duel starring Lee Van Cleef is getting a Blu-ray Disc release on May 7th, via Arrow Video. The film, directed by Giancarlo Santi, co-starred Philipp WermeerAlberto DenticeJess Hahn, and Horst Frank. Tech specs for the new Blu-ray include 1080p video from a new 2K restoration (taken from the original 35mm camera negative) and uncompressed Linear PCM Mono sound. The Blu-ray is now available to pre-order over at Amazon. Details regarding this release and bonus materials set to be included are listed below (taken from the Amazon listing).

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews

Sergio Leone’s “For A Few Dollars More” 4K restoration on Blu-ray in March

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The 1965 Sergio Leone directed spaghetti western For A Few Dollars More starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef has received a new 4K restoration and is coming to Blu-ray Disc on March 26th, 2019 via Kino Lorber Studio Classics. The tech specs for the release include 1080p video with a variety of lossless restored 2.0 Stereo, the original Mono, and 5.1 surround mixes. The upcoming “Special Edition” Blu-ray is available to pre-order now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below, along with details regarding the release.

  • BRAND NEW 2018 4K RESTORATION
  • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
  • NEW On location in Almería and Granada with Filmmaker Alex Cox
  • Audio Commentary by Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • FAFDM: The Christopher Frayling Archives
  • A New Standard: Frayling on FAFDM
  • Back for More: Clint Eastwood Remembers FAFDM
  • Tre Voci: FAFDM
  • FAFDM: The Original American Release Version
  • Location Comparisons
  • NEW TRAILERS FROM HELL with Ernest Dickerson
  • NEW Promoting FAFDM: Posters & Lobby Cards
  • NEW FAFDM: On the Set
  • NEW FAFDM: Color Stills
  • NEW FOR A FEW Pictures MORE
  • Newly Restored 2.0 Stereo / Original 2.0 Mono / 5.1 Surround
  • 12 Radio Spots
  • Restored UA Logo
  • Double Bill Trailer
  • FAFDM Trailer 1
  • FAFDM Trailer 2
  • A Fistful of Dollars – Trailer
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Trailer
  • A Fistful of Dynamite – Trailer
  • Death Rides a Horse – Trailer
  • The Mercenary – Trailer