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Old 07-31-06, 09:01 PM
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'Once Upon A Time In The West' - good blind buy?

I like Leone's Eastwood westerns, but have never had the chance to see this - I've read the reviews here on DVD Talk and other sites that seem positive and on others that say the movie is over-long, drawn out boring in spots, so I don't know which way to jump. Our local ShopKo has a two disc edition for $7.99. Now I'll leave it in the hands of my DVD Talk brethren...

Get it -or- Pass?
Old 07-31-06, 09:05 PM
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Buy it. If you like Leone's other westerns, then I'm sure you'll like OUATITW. It's actually my favorite of the group, and everytime I see it, I think I like it a little bit more.
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
Buy it. If you like Leone's other westerns, then I'm sure you'll like OUATITW. It's actually my favorite of the group, and everytime I see it, I think I like it a little bit more.
I echo this. It is my favorite of the group and I do think it gets better everytime. However, it does jump around in certain places storywise and you just have to roll with it. For $8, it is a no brainer.
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Don't even think, just get it. If you like the Eastwood flicks, you'll love this one as well. I'm constantly torn over which is better, OUATITW, or GBU. The leads in OUATITW strike me as somewhat of a poor man's version of the 3 leads in GBU, but I think overall it's a better film, as it's not quite as meandering as GBU.

Bottom line is, for 7.99 this DVD is a steal. You will not regret picking it up.
Old 07-31-06, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Gonzo
...that say the movie is over-long, drawn out boring in spots
People say the same thing about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

I recommend everyone who likes the Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood westerns buy this movie STAT!
Old 07-31-06, 09:23 PM
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This was a blind buy for me, and I certainly don't regret it. An incredible price for a two-disc edition, and when the movie was over I knew it was one of the best westerns I'd ever seen, a classic of the genre.

I had seen some of Leone's other work beforehand, so I was pretty confident it would be something I'd enjoy.

I say give it a try. Wonderful movie.
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Good thread since i havent seen this one either and its always been on my list of to see's
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I didn't care much for Westerns until a few years ago. This movie gave me a new appreciation for the genre. An excellent movie, worth many times its asking price.
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I love Leone's other westerns and really disliked this movie. The story is just not very interesting and the movie drags badly. I bought this DVD and quickly sold it. However, its very inexpensive to buy so there is really no reason not to take a chance on it since some people seemed to enjoy it.
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Originally Posted by rocket1312
Bottom line is, for 7.99 this DVD is a steal.
Exactly!

The opening of this movie is my favorite of all westerns. The bit with the fly and the barrel of the gun. I chuckle every time I see it.
I also think that Harmonica's (Bronson) eye close ups are better than Blondie's (Eastwood).
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gotta say this is one of leone's best westerns. its not really a typical western/hollywood/blockbuster ytpe of movie. its more conceptual and artistic (ergo the complaints of boring spots).

dont hate me!
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Absolutely!

Without a doubt, OUATITW is one of the top 5 westerns of all time...
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I did the blind buy. Never regret.
Old 07-31-06, 11:06 PM
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Buy it just to see the beginning AND ending!
Old 08-01-06, 12:39 AM
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Amazing film that looks stunning on this DVD and has some great extras. I bought it blind and I'm very glad that I did.
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One of the best westerns I have ever seen... It may be THE best. Get it like yesterday.
Old 08-03-06, 03:41 AM
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My lord yes. It is probably my favorite movie ever.
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One thousand times yes.
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Nobody's even mentioned the extras, which are quite good. Commentary from a number of parties on the movie, including big fan John Carpenter, three documentaries (really one long one but broken up into three because license fees are higher for docs over 30 minutes, I believe), the original theatrical trailer, and a very nice brand-new trailer. A great scene in one of the documentaries is

Spoiler:
When they interview the still-beautiful Claudia Cardinale, they give her a glamour entrance shot worthy of an old-time Hollywood trailer


The opening sequence
Spoiler:
introducing Harmonica
is really one of the best of any movie ever IMHO. And the second sequence
Spoiler:
introducing Frank
is incredible as well.
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I bought this movie blind as well and never regretted it.
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Originally Posted by Meglos
I bought this movie blind as well and never regretted it.
Ditto...and, dear God, is it a beautiful, pristine, looks like it was filmed yesterday transfer...
Old 08-04-06, 06:04 PM
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Just buy it. Hell buy two.
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I bought this movie blind as well and never regretted it.
It's even better if you can see the pictures
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It should be a crime to sell this film for so cheap. For $7.99 you shouldn't even think twice. It's an amazing film, awesome Morricone score, superb cast and a great disc. It's one of my top 5 films of all time so I couldn't possibly recommend it enough.

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