DJANGO, PREPARE A COFFIN Blu-ray Review
After an attack on the gold transport he is guarding, it leaves Django wounded and his wife is killed. One of his so-called friends names David Barry orchestrated the robbery to fund his shady political career. He fakes his death to stay under the radar, Django becomes a hangman who pardons the innocent that have been sentence by Barry. He creates a group to appose the crooked politician and end his campaign.
DJANGO, PREPARE A COFFIN or its original Italian title Preparati la bara! is a spaghetti western that released in 1968. Ferdinando Baldi who had 38 directorial credits by the time of his death in 2007 directs it. He made a few other westerns so he definitely understood the genre. The film is straightforward and has a strong representation from the time period.
The character was in westerns long before Quentin Tarantino made DJANGO UNCHAINED but he, of course, popularized the character by making him more mainstream. The idea is that Django does what’s right for the people and makes sacrifices to get the job done. Both directors got this across with their films.
The transfer is a 1080p AVC presentation and it is from a 2k-resolution video from the original 35mm film. The process was done at the L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy where they also digitally restored the color. The coloring isn’t exactly bold or brilliant but I’m guessing the color correction was more to make the video feel even and not from multiple sources. There are a lot of details that come through the Blu-ray presentation and you get the feel of the gritty time period that it has been set in. The facial lines are present and you can also see the imperfections with some of the rougher looking characters. There is a light grain present that is sometimes lost in edge enhancement.
The audio is an English LPCM mono mix that has also been restored from the original soundtrack negative from the Chase Optical Sound Processor. The mix has a claustrophobic sound that has no real depth. This is mostly due to the mix only made for the front, center speaker. The dialogue is clear and natural.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Django Explained: This featurette is a look at the character from Kevin Grant.
2-Disc set w/1 Blu-ray Disc and 1 DVD
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
English LPCM Mono
Italian LPCM Mono
THE BOTTOM LINE:
DJANGO, PREPARE A COFFIN plays out like your average western but with that good old revenge thrust being quenched. The extras are light on the release but the audio and video come in just above average. If you’re a fan of spaghetti westerns or just westerns in general, this is worth a look. The ending alone makes this film worth watching.