Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Grand Duel / Keoma (Spaghetti Western Double Feature) (1976)

Grand Duel / KeomaThe print used for the transfer is titled "The Big Showdown". Like many spaghetti westerns The Grand Duel has many titles. I think the first time I saw it on VHS it was called "Storm Rider".

This version is longer than the previously released Wild East DVD. While I have not done a complete side by side comparison, I did notice a scene on the blu-ray that I have often seen in the trailer, but never in the actual film on DVD; the scene where the dying old man wipes his bloody hand on Adam Saxon. I am sure there are many more.

The presentation on this blu-ray far exceeded my expectations. Admittedly I was worried at first as the background for the blu-ray menu showed an intentionally scratchy washed out print.

The print is pristine and blemish free. It looks to be pulled from the original negative and not a interpositive based version as there are subtle jumps occasionally in between cuts. As an original negative is literally glued together between cuts, over time the print will reveal these "bumps". Not a huge deal.

Color is solid throughout, and film grain is well defined without being distracting. Details are are very sharp on the extreme close ups.

The audio is nothing spectacular, but is clear. There are some serious sync issues. For example in the scene where LVC spins around and says "I never kill for money", was out of sync, which was not a problem in the Wild East version. These type of sync issues are probably in 50% of the movie, and seem to occur in large chunks of run time. I know Spaghetti Westerns are known for their dubbing, but the English should match! Bummer.

Aside from the audio sync issues, I feel it is a great disc. I popped in the Wild East DVD afterwards and found it to be unwatchable (but I am a Blu-ray snob).

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Mill Creek is really doing some superb releases lately, add this Spaghetti Western dbl feature starring Lee Van Cleef (Grand Duel/aka The Big Showdown) and Franco Nero (Keoma).

The 2.35 anamorphic transfers are very clean, the sync of the sound is a tad off, but that is a minor quibble.

And its available at a nice afforable price tag.

The Big Showdown looks the better of the two films, but considering the tight budgets these had, they look DARN good!

The theatrical trailers for each film are also included for good measure.

This is a great release for fans of the spaghetti western genere.

Very recommended!

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I was surprised how good these two films looked considering the price. A must buy if you are a fan of Spaghetti Westerns.

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These are not legendary Spaghetti Westerns...but very good ones and this BR disc contains two very good prints at a tremendously low price which makes this a solid 4 star value in my book. If you are a fan of Lee Van Cleef or Franco Nero or Spaghetti Westerns (see copycat Sergio Leone) this double bill will reward you with some good action, cringe inducing moments and overall a reasonable time. I would say only order this AFTER you check out The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars / For a Few Dollars More / The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) [Blu-ray]Once Upon a Time in the West [Blu-ray] as all four of those movies are highy recommended!

Mostly I wanted to inform the curious that this budget priced twofer is solid.

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Like the other reviewers I was a little skeptical of a Mill Creek Blu Ray but was pleasantly surprised of this bargain priced gem. The movies are classic spaghetti and the transfer was better than expected. If you like spaghetti westerns, decent transfers, and bargain prices than this one is for you. I can only hope Mill Creek keeps up the good work.

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