The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Extended Collector’s Edition DVD Review
Sean W. Gibson / May 25th, 2004 No Comments
Arguably the greatest western movie ever made comes in the DVD edition it was meant to be in, with this Extended Version Collector’s Set. Clint Eastwood reprises his role of “The Man With No Name” with Eli Wallach (Tuco) and Lee Van Clef (Angel Eyes) about a movie set during the Civil War that involves treachery, murder, and at the very heart of all – $200,000 in gold.
The original DVD release had zero extras and the film transfer wasn’t even much to look at. This time around, this movie has been given the golden treatment to say the least.
What an unbelievable set of extras for this movie … you will absolutely love the mini-posters … when I read that extra I figured they were prints that were on the DVD for your computer … oh no, they are ACTUAL mini-posters that are definitely fit for framing!
I love this movie, it’s truly the best western ever made, at least in my opinion (I’m sure it’s debatable). The movie is top notch and the entertainment value is a “no doubt about it” 10 out of 10. The acting, the setting, the directing, and the sound effects all blend into a style that shaped western and action movies to this very day (see Kill Bill for example).
The other “good” thing about this DVD edition is the restored quality of the audio and video – they look absolutely stunning! I can’t believe how well they got the video to look considering this movie was made in 1966 Italy … the restored visuals will undoubtedly be the highlight for the film buffs that have already seen the movie dozens of times.
There’s not that much that’s bad about this DVD set. If I were to pick out one thing it would be integrating the deleted scenes into the original picture … I’m not a fan of that at all. Leave the deleted scenes on the extras, and the original movie the way the director intended it to be. There’s one “extra” scene that is integrated into the movie that evidentially couldn’t be visually restored (the screen turns yellow for 2 seconds) which completely threw me off when watching the film
Come on, there is no “ugly” with this comprehensive DVD edition!
From an entertainment perspective, it’d be hard for me to come up with a better movie about the old west that didn’t play on stupid stereotypes or large amounts of gun blazing to get audiences to care. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was different from the standpoint that this movie was the “Western Epic” that defined the genre for the rest of time. Clint Eastwood cemented his star status (ironically overseas) and went on to his brilliant career, later giving homage to the Leone westerns in his own Academy Award winning film, The Unforgiven.
The entertainment value of this DVD is top notch and receives full marks. The lasting factor also gets a top score because of the richness of the film and DVD – there’s plenty to see and do. The extras on the DVD are amazing – so much to check out and visit … you definitely won’t get through it all in one or even two sittings.
The best thing for fans who have already bought the first edition of the DVD, however, will be the restored visuals and audio track. They have been cleaned up so much so you’ll swear the movie was filmed only 3 or 4 years ago … MGM has done a masterful job with this DVD.
Overall – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Extended Version Collector’s Set is worth every penny you’ll pay for it. A fantastic movie, incredible extras, and stunning audio/video quality … a “no doubt 100% perfect” DVD to buy.
FINAL SCORE : 100%