Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Fistful of Dollars

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 22, 2018
Price: DVD $8.82, Blu-ray $18.89
Studio: Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber continues to go to town on the Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dynamite)  library, offering classic titles with new 4K restorations and extensive bonus packages featuring both archival and newly produced supplements. The latest title to receive the Kino Lorber treatment is the first entry in Leone’s Dollars trilogy, 1964’s A Fistful of Dollars.

Yes, this was the film that started it all… the genre of “Spaghetti Western” was born, The Man with No Name was introduced and the iconic talents of star Clint Eastwood (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), director Leone and composer Ennio Morricone (Navajo Joe) were launched.

An instant international phenomenon, this hard-hitting epic stunned audiences with its violence, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek humor. A lean, cold-eyed, cobra-quick gunfighter (Eastwood) arrives in a grim and dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers terrorize the impoverished citizens. Though he receives lucrative offers of employment from each gang, his loyalty cannot be bought. He accepts both jobs… and sets in motion a deadly plan to destroy the criminals, pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated setups, showdowns and deadly confrontations. Dollars co-stars Marianne Koch (The Devil’s General) and Gian Maria Volontè (Investigation of a Citizen Above Concern).

Here’s the trove of supplements:

-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-Audio Commentary by Noted Film Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
-Interview with Actress Marianne Koch
-“Trailers From Hell” with John Badham
-A Fistful of Dollars: Original Outtakes
-A A Fistful of Dollars in Pictures – Animated Image Gallery (14:52)
-Promoting A Fistful of Dollars – Animated Image Gallery (15:48)
A Fistful of Dollars – On the Set – Animated Image Gallery (3:57)
-Restored Opening UA Logo
-The Christopher Frayling Archives: A Fistful of Dollars
-A New Kind of Hero: Featurette
-A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood on the Experience of Making the Film
-Tre Voci: Three Friends Remember Sergio Leone
-Not Ready for Primetime: Renowned Filmmaker Monte Hellman Discusses the Television Broadcast of A Fistful of Dollars
-The Network Prologue with Harry Dean Stanton
-Location Comparisons: Then to Now
-10 Radio Spots
-Double Bill Trailer
-5.1 Surround and 2.0 Audio
-Trailers for All Five Sergio Leone Westerns

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.