A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More and 2 Blu-Rays

It’s 2011. Before this year, I had never seen The Man with No Name trilogy.

What kind of movie critic am I?

Don’t answer that.

Earlier this month, MGM and 20th Century Fox released A Fistful of Dollars and its sequel A Few Dollars More to Blu-Ray, bringing four hours of high definition, Clint Eastwood goodness to the small screen.

Go buy them now.

No, I’m not being paid to say that. But both Sergio Leone westerns are classics among the genre, gritty, violent and highly entertaining action films that even now, 45 years later, stand out. Eastwood – and in A Few Dollars More Lee Van Cleef – turn in great performances, but it’s Leone’s storytelling capabilities that really makes these movies special.

Both Blu-Rays come with some great special features, which look back on the productions and what make them so great. While the nostalgia factor is high, Eastwood and others contribute to paint a seemingly honest portrayal of what worked – and where there were challenges. For those of us who grew up decades later – in the twilight years of the classic western – the features provide a glimpse at how groundbreaking these movies were.

A Fistful of Dollars bonus features

  • The Christopher Frayling ARchives: Fistful of Dollars
  • Feature commentary by film historian Sir Christopher Frayling
  • A New Kind of Hero
  • A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film
  • Tre Voci: Fistful of Dollars
  • Not Ready for Primetime: filmmaker Monte Hellman discusses the television broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars
  • The Network Prologue with Harry Dean Stanton
  • Location Comparisons: Then to Now
  • And some of the original marketing material

A Few Dollars More bonus features

  • The Christopher Frayling Archives: For a Few Dollars More
  • Feature commentary by Sir Christopher Frayling
  • A New Standard – Frayling on For a Few Dollars More
  • Back for MOre – Clint Eastwood remembers For a Few Dollars More
  • Tre Voci: For a Few Dollars More
  • For a Few Dollars More – a look at alternate scenes and releases
  • Location comparisons
  • And some of the original marketing material

Needless to say, the bonus features are plentiful. And the two Blu-Rays are well worth the bounty.

Now to watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, of which I’ve owned two copies for several years but have never watched…

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, DVD Releases