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Django, a review by Antares

Django (1966) 68/100 - Good beginning and a good ending, unfortunately the rest of the film makes you truly appreciate what a genius Sergio Leone was with his four westerns. It appeared to me that Corbucci never really had the same love of the American west and Hollywood's vision as Leone did. When Leone created for the screen, it was a love affair, with Corbucci, it's all just matter of fact, mud and violence. There were times when it bordered on camp with so many ridiculous moments of unreal violence, something that must have inspired Sam Peckinpah when he made The Wild Bunch, as the ambush scene is eerily similar to Peckinpah's blood bath at the fiesta. I did enjoy Franco Nero's performance though, he definitely had that certain something that screamed screen presence. I watched it in its original Italian soundtrack, maybe I should have used the English dubbing. I may have liked it more, because the cheesy dubbing is what makes most spaghetti westerns entertaining. Oh, and one final note, I spoke of the campy nature of certain scenes, well, this was definitely further augmented by the horrible soundtrack by Luis Bacalov. Ennio Morricone he is not.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is

(From Antares' Short Summations on January 24th, 2013)

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The Man with the Golden Gun, a review by GSyren

TitleThe Man with the Golden Gun (Disc ID: 7654-3EAA-D664-374B)
DirectorGuy Hamilton
ActorsRoger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Hervé Villechaize
Produced1974 in United Kingdom
Runtime125 minutes
AudioEnglish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German DTS 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Czech Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
SubtitlesDanish, English, French, German, Finnish, Commentary, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, Czech
OverviewJames Bond has been marked for death, and he'll need all his lethal instincts and seductive charm to survive in this action-packed adventure! Roger Moore returns as Agent 007 and faces off in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Featuring a wild automobile chase though Bangkok and Bond's stunning confrontation with an entire martial-arts school. The Man with the Golden Gun delivers nonstop excitement!
My thoughtsThis is my next to last Bond on blu-ray from the Bond 50 box, and one of my least favorite Bond movies. While both Roger Moore and Christopher Lee are quite good, there are several reasons why I don’t particularly like this movie.

First of all, I never really liked Moore for Bond. I read most of the Bond books during Connery’s reign, and I just didn’t think Moore was the right person to play Bond. Secondly, the script had too many silly jokes. Clifton James as Sheriff J. W. Pepper was bad enough once, making him return here was adding insult to injury. Nick Nack was pretty silly, too. If it hadn’t been for Denise Richards in The World is Not Enough, I would have said that Britt Ekland was the worst Bond girl ever. Fortunately Maud Adams was very good, so we Swedes don’t have to be totally ashamed. To top it off, the filmmakers had to ruin a great car stunt - the 360 flip - by adding a silly sound effect.

The only Bond films I liked even less were Moonraker and Quantum of Solace. Moonraker because it was even sillier than TMWTGG, and QoS because it bored me to the point that I fell asleep. Maybe I need to rewatch that one, but I don’t think it will happen any time soon.

For all its faults, at least this movie wasn’t boring. But neither was it terribly memorable. The thought that lingered in my mind after watching it was ”Did Bond ever honor his promise of 20,000 baht to the little boy?”
My rating3 out of 5

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on August 30th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Show Reunion Movies, a review by addicted2dvd

The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
In Reunion!, folks come home to Hazzard and discover a plot to turn Hazzard Swamp into a theme park...leaving the swamp critters high and dry. Before you can say wait a durn minute, the cousins are back in the General Lee, tearing up the roads to stop the nefarious scheme.

My Thoughts:
The Dukes of Hazzard has been a favorite of mine since my childhood! Good Ole Boys... General Lee... and of course Daisy Duke! What more could any all American Red-Blooded country boy ask for? It was so good to see so many of the original cast back for this reunion movie. Unfortunately Sorrel Brooks, who played Boss Hogg, passed away before the making of this movie. But they were sure to do right by his memory in this movie. Back in the '80s and '90s I was huge into Martial Arts movies... since then I have not watch many. But it was cool seeing Cynthia Rothrock... and her talented feet in this movie. Almost makes me want to go out and pick up some of her old martial arts movies. Whatever happen to her anyway?... I haven't seen or heard much of her for a long time now. Unfortuinately there is no extras what so ever on this disc.

(From Weekend Movie Marathon: TV Show Reunion Movies on June 14th, 2008)