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Django & Texas, Adios

#1 Post by domino harvey » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:43 am

NEW US/CA TITLE: Django + Texas Adios (SteelBook Blu-ray) Limited Edition

Presented here in an exclusive new restoration with a wealth of extras including the newly restored bonus feature Texas Adios

Release date: 19 November

In this definitive Spaghetti Western, Franco Nero (Keoma, The Fifth Cord) gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperilled prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciak), Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries...

With Django, director Sergio Corbucci (The Great Silence) upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in Westerns, depicting machine gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations. A huge hit with international audiences, Django’s brand of bleak nihilism would be repeatedly emulated in a raft of unofficial sequels.

The film is presented here in an exclusive new restoration with a wealth of extras including the newly restored bonus feature Texas Adios, which also stars Franco Nero, and was released as Django 2 in several territories.

2-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• New restoration from a 4K scan of Django from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
• New restoration from a 2K scan of Texas Adios from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
• Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
• Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• Limited edition fully illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes and original reviews

DISC 1 – DJANGO
• Audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
• Newly filmed interview with star Franco Nero
• Newly filmed interview with assistant director Ruggero Deodato
• Newly filmed interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
• Newly filmed interview with Sergio Corbucci’s wife Nora Corbucci
• Archival interview with co-writer Piero Vivarelli
• Archival interview with stuntman and actor Gilberto Galimberti
• Discovering Django, newly filmed appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher
• An Introduction to Django by Alex Cox, an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
• Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
• Original trailer

DISC 2 – TEXAS ADIOS
• Audio commentary for by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
• Newly filmed interview with star Franco Nero
• Newly filmed interview with co-star Alberto Dell'Acqua
• Newly filmed interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
• Hello Texas!, newly filmed appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher
• Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
• Original trailer

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#2 Post by Big Ben » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:33 pm

The selling point here is obviously Django. It's been a hit whenever I put it on for people and this new version looks worth the upgrade from the Blue Underground version. I have not however seen Texas, Adios which is clearly piggybacking here. Has anyone seen it?

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:56 pm

I'm curious about the Alex Cox archival featurette on Django: Cox introduced the film for Moviedrome in 1993 and I think he also introduced it again for ITV4 in 2009 or so (there is a partial clip of it here), so it could be either of those. Or maybe something else!

I have not seen Texas, Adios either but here's its trailer

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#4 Post by Craig Wallace » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:41 pm

There is an Alex Cox introduction on Argent Films DVD of Django from 2004. It closely resembles the Moviedrome and ITV intros.

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#5 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:10 pm

That sounds more likely to be it then! Thanks Craig!

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#6 Post by Finch » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:12 pm

Texas Adios is a UK title as well, sadly someone else has Django for the UK.

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#7 Post by rapta » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:45 pm

Finch wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:12 pm
Texas Adios is a UK title as well, sadly someone else has Django for the UK.
Somebody else presumably being Cult Films (fka Argent/Nouveaux). Maybe Arrow will allow them to license it, or they'll just wait for their rights to expire and release it to the UK (obviously on its own though, since Texas Adios is getting a standalone UK release).

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#8 Post by jlnight » Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:01 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:56 pm
I'm curious about the Alex Cox archival featurette on Django: Cox introduced the film for Moviedrome in 1993 and I think he also introduced it again for ITV4 in 2009 or so (there is a partial clip of it here), so it could be either of those. Or maybe something else!

I have not seen Texas, Adios either but here's its trailer
Texas Adios always turns up on Movies4Men. In fact it's on Sun 9th Sept at 10am.

Cox also introduced it on ITV4 back in 2005/6 (this spag season launched the channel):
Texas Adios, alias Texas Addio, or Texas Goodbye, also known as The Avenger was directed in 1966 by Fernando Baldi (sic). 1966 was a vintage year for Spaghetti Westerns. It was the year The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was made and A Bullet for the General. Baldi was a prolific director of action films, if not always a good one. Among his other westerns were Little Rita of the West (a western universally disliked by Spaghetti enthusiasts), Blindman, the only western ever to feature Ringo Starr as a Mexican bandit, and Comin' At Ya!, the first and only 3-D Spaghetti western.

Texas Adios was made soon after Django and it stars Franco Nero. Nero was and is a very good looking actor, with impressive blue eyes. He starred in over 150 films. In this one he seems to repeat a lot of what he did in Django. The film has the same cameraman, Enzo Barboni, and he backlights Nero in a very similar way. It also has the same costume designer, the highly talented Carlo Simi, and needless to say Simi even dresses Nero similarly to heighten the resemblance.

Nero made something of a speciality of playing the gringo who was involved in the Mexican Revolution, usually as an arms dealer or an expert in tactics. Here he plays Burt Sullivan, a Texas sheriff who goes to Mexico with his kid brother Jim to hunt down the Mexican bandit who killed their dad. So far, so good! Burt Sullivan has a wonderful name, as always in Spaghetti Westerns, but he doesn't have the same mystery or the doomed nobility that Django did. He's rather a colourless revenger. And worse is the kid brother, Jim, who you just loathe. Don't worry though, Jim's going to get what's coming to him!

The film's also prone to mysterious delays at times. Why has Burt Sullivan waited so many years before deciding to go after the murderers of his pa? And why, when they finally get down to Mexico and catch up with the murderer, don't the boys get on with it? Delay always leads to disaster in these movies but in this way Baldi's film is like Yojimbo, One-Eyed Jacks and Hamlet, other films in which the hero mysteriously tarries and puts off the showdown.

The best thing about Texas Adios is its villains. Being modelled after a Corbucci film there are 2 of them - a refined gringo and a more fiery Mexican. The gringo is the exotic Englishman McLeod, whom we first see inhaling vapours in a bath chair, offering them a couple of shots of creme de menthe. Cisco Delgado is unusually refined as well, wearing brocade vests, inhabiting a baronial hall and playing a giant organ.

Texas Adios is not as great as Django but it's almost certainly the earliest imitator of that film. The benefits are often Barboni's camerawork and there's enough sporadic action and mowing down of extras to satisfy all but the most deranged Spaghetti Western fan.

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#9 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:01 pm

Thanks jlnight! Especially for reminding me of Little Rita of the West, which is a sort of feminist musical western(?) featuring a diminutive Calamity Jane-type meeting every male spaghetti western hero (The Man With No Name, Django, Bud Spencer as someone in the same vein as Trinity) and mostly exploding them with her golden gun that fires golden hand grenades, resulting in some of the finest dummy deaths ever committed to film!

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#10 Post by tenia » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:14 pm

I wanted to skip the UK version to get Django through its newer restoration, but it looks like Amazon and Wow HD put the product page down. DVD Diabolik still seems to have it up for preorder though (but that'd be way more expensive for me to get it in Belgium : it's already expensive enough at $34.99, but $22.33 shipping fees minimum only makes it even more expensive).

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#11 Post by dwk » Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:49 pm

The Django release has also disappeared from MVD's site, but Arrow has supposedly said that the release is still happening.

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Re: Django & Texas, Adios

#12 Post by dwk » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:43 pm

Delayed:
Texas Adios UK - December 10
Django US - December 11

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