The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – 50th Anniversary Edition BluRay available for pre-order

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We rarely report on new BluRay releases, especially if they’re not Quentin Tarantino movies. If you follow us on Facebook closely, you’ll notice however that we do keep up a habit of posting all sorts of cinephile content, from new books to BluRay releases. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is not only one of the quintessential spaghetti westerns, it also ranks among the best movies period, and it has a very special place in director Quentin Tarantino‘s heart as well of course (check out his personal top 20). Sergio Leone’s masterpiece has a complicated home video history, with fans being in constant disagreement whether the international theatrical version is to prefer over the extended cut. Leone is no longer around to ask, so it’ll remain up to your tastes. The US distribution rights have changed hands to the capable people at Kino Lorber Studio Classics, and what they’ve set out to do is amazing. They’re restoring the movie and making some very popular tweaks to the extended cut to ameliorate some of the bigger gripes fans have regarding the previous MGM restorations. As always, if you’re into spaghetti westerns, join the SWDb community.

The Good The Bad and The Ugly arrives this August on BluRay and DVD in a 50th anniversary edition, reversible cover sleeves, with the following extras

  • Disc 1:
    • 4K transfer of the Original U.S. Theatrical Cut (161mins)
    • New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    • “Trailers From Hell” with Ernest Dickerson
    • Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
    • M.O.S. Deleted Scene of Blondie in the desert finding skeletons
    • Trailers for Sergio Leone Westerns
    • Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
    • Animated image galleries
  • Disc 2:
    • 4K transfer of the Extended Cut (179mins)
    • Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
    • Audio Commentary By Acclaimed Film Historian Richard Schickel
    • Audio Commentary By Noted Cultural Historian Christopher Frayling
    • Leone’s West: Making Of Documentary
    • The Leone Style: On Sergio Leone Featurette
    • The Man Who Lost The Civil War: Civil War Documentary
    • Reconstruction The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
    • II Maestro: Ennio Morricone and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Featurette
    • Deleted Scenes; Original U.S. Theatrical Trailer; Original French Theatrical Trailer
    • English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio; Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. Optional English subtitles

Click here to pre-order from Amazon.com

If you’re fine with currently available BluRays (the above is an i-s crossed and t-s dotted version, to be sure), then check out Amazon UK here and Amazon US here, or visit the SWDb’s overview.

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Sebastian H

Sebastian H

Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives. He lives in Berlin. He also runs the SWDb and GCDb, Furiouscinema.com, robert-rodriguez.info and nischenkino.de

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