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Roy Colt & Winchester Jack, a review by Achim


Title: Roy Colt e Winchester Jack
Year: 1970
Director: Mario Bava
Rating: NR
Length: 85 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: Italian: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English

Brett Halsey
Charles Southwood
Marilù Tolo
Teodoro Corrà
Guido Lollobrigida

In perhaps the most atypical film of his career, director Maria Bava combines elements of THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID for one of the first tongue-in-cheek comedies of the 'Spaghetti Western' genre. Brett Halsey (FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT), Charles Southwood (FISTFUL OF LEAD) and Marilù Tolo (DJANGO, KILL!) star in a tale of two good-natured outlaws, one wily Native American prostitute, and a fortune in gold that triggers the greed of ruthless gunmen, dyspeptic clergymen, and even a Sergio Leone look-alike. Teodoro Corrà (5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON) co-stars in this little-seen charmer blending rousing action and bawdy humor with inventive visuals that remain undeniably Bava.

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My Thoughts:
This is something different, a spaghetti western as a comedy. Unfortunately that's where (my) problem begins, as I have never really enjoyed Italian comedies all that much. The first half was quite funny and the jokes, while silly and partly almost slapstick very enjoyable. But after the intermission (yes, this 85 minutes movie has an intermission point half way through!) it couldn't keep up with itself and fell apart, at least watching from where I was sitting. The comedy is far and between during this stretch of the film and I was quickly beginning to look at the clock to see how much longer I had.

The story, if predictable, was entertaining. A pair of bandits split at the beginning of the movie, with one of them pursuing an honest career. Ultimately they end up going after a gold treasure, from different sides of the law with a third gangster, the Reverend, in between. Of course there is a love interest to make things interesting. As appropriate for such film, there is a sufficient amount of twists and turns.

(From Mario Bava marathon on July 7th, 2009)

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*batteries not included, a review by Rich


*batteries not included

Set in New York's Lower East Side, this amusing story tells of a group of poor tenants with nothing more than determination to stop the destruction of their building, who are more than delighted when a few friends from outer space drop in to help out...

In the vein of ET and Flight of the navigator, this is an amusing film which neither offends or excites. Surprisingly good effects which have not dated, and touching moments throughout, a perfect feel-good family film  :D

(From November Alphabet Marathon - Discussion/Review Thread on December 1st, 2008)

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Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs (1984/Japan)
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Length:100 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

Als das neue Grenzland von den finsteren Outridern überfallen wird, ist das Star Sheriff-Team mit seinem neuentwickelten Super-Roboter Ramrod die letzte Hoffnung für die Siedler...
Doch sind Saber, Colt, Fireball und April den Plänen des gerissenen Überläufers Jesse Blue gewachsen - der noch eine ganz persönliche Rechnung mit ihnen offen hat...?

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
1.01 Episode 1

I loved this series as a kid. This was originally a Japanese anime, but it was completely recut and restructure by an American company. Even the names of the characters and the dynamic between them changed. In the original it was not Saber Rider who was the leader, but the young Japanese hothead.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 27th, 2012)