A Fistful Of Dynamite (Blu-ray Limited Edition) (Eureka - Masters of Cinema) [UK]

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Eureka Entertainment to release A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (AKA DUCK YOU SUCKER!), Sergio Leone’s criminally underrated final western starring Rod Steiger and James Coburn, available for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 25 November 2019. Presented with a Limited Edition 60-page Collector’s Book and Hardbound Slipcase.

From Sergio Leone, the acclaimed director of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West comes his final Western, A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker! and released in some territories as Once Upon A Time... the Revolution).

Starring acting giants Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) as Juan Miranda, an amoral peasant-turned-outlaw, and James Coburn (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) as John Mallory, a dynamite-tossing Irish revolutionary who has fled to Mexico after becoming a fugitive in his own country. Together, they're a devilishly volatile mix of anti-establishment philosophies and violent tendencies as they attempt to liberate political prisoners, defend their compatriots against a well-equipped militia, and risk their lives on a train filled with explosives.

Featuring a haunting and rousing score by iconic composer Ennio Morricone, A Fistful of Dynamite has risen in stature over the years and is now recognised alongside The Dollars Trilogy and Once Upon A Time in the West as a true masterpiece. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present A Fistful of Dynamite in its UK debut on Blu-ray.


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Blu-Ray Special Features:

  • Hardbound Slipcase
  • PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION 60-PAGE Perfect Bound Collector’s book featuring new and archival writing on the film
  • Two versions of the film presented in 1080p across two Blu-ray disc, including a transfer from the 2K restoration completed by Cineteca di Bologna in 2009.
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Original Mono Audio available on both versions
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Sir. Christopher Frayling
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with film critic and writer Kim Newman
  • A brand new and exclusive interview with Austin Fisher, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema
  • The Myth of Revolution [22 mins] – Sir Christopher Frayling on Duck, You Sucker!
  • Sergio Donati Remembers Duck, You Sucker! [7 mins]
  • Sorting Out The Versions: An Analysis of Duck, You Sucker! [12 mins]
  • Once Upon A Time… in Italy [6 mins] – featurette
  • Restoration, Italian Style [6 mins]
  • Location Comparisons [9 mins]
  • Radio Spots
  • Trailer
 
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The cover makes this look like fun-fun western. But it's not.

I always remember the mass shooting/execution scene.
 
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Thanks.
Underrated film. It's great. :thumbs: Kinda wish they used the real title "Duck, You Sucker".
But, hopefully some Leone enthusiasts who didn't know about this film will get a chance to discover this gem.
A Fistful of Dynamite was UK title
Duck you sucker was used only in USA for a short period later was re issued using UK title A Fistful of Dynamite in USA

Italy title was Giù la testa and in France was Il était une fois... la révolution (Once Upon a Time in the Revolution)

Reason USA had title Duck You Sucker it was close translation of the Italian title Giù la testa, coglione! translated: to Duck Your Head, dumbass
United Artists in USA changed it to Duck you Sucker for obvious reasons :LOL:

The use of the UK title in USA was to meant to recall the notoriety of A Fistful of Dollars and For A few Dollars More Films

USA title Duck You Sucker did not work that well at the USA box office but performed better when re released in the Cinemas as A Fistful of Dynamite
 
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A Fistful of Dynamite was UK title
Duck you sucker was used only in USA for a short period later was re issued using UK title A Fistful of Dynamite in USA

Italy title was Giù la testa and in France was Il était une fois... la révolution (Once Upon a Time in the Revolution)

Reason USA had title Duck You Sucker it was close translation of the Italian title Giù la testa, coglione! translated: to Duck Your Head, dumbass
United Artists in USA changed it to Duck you Sucker for obvious reasons :LOL:

The use of the UK title in USA was to meant to recall the notoriety of A Fistful of Dollars and For A few Dollars More Films

USA title Duck You Sucker did not work that well at the USA box office but performed better when re released in the Cinemas as A Fistful of Dynamite
I would pay GOOD MONEY - for a copy of DUCK YOUR HEAD, DUMBASS.:LOL:
 
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FYI "The most recent submission of the film to the BBFC has been cut by 6 seconds. It removes 2 shots of horse tripping."
 

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FYI "The most recent submission of the film to the BBFC has been cut by 6 seconds. It removes 2 shots of horse tripping."
It's been that way since UK 2005 DVD release
6 Seconds for horse falls was cut by the BBFC. Closeups of horse falls, during the "Bridge Ambush

UK criminal law of the land under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937
Prohibition of films involving cruelty to animals

BBFC had to cut those 6 seconds under that law
 
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It's been that way since UK 2005 DVD release
6 Seconds for horse falls was cut by the BBFC. Closeups of horse falls, during the "Bridge Ambush

UK criminal law of the land under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937
Prohibition of films involving cruelty to animals

BBFC had to cut those 6 seconds under that law
There are a TON of old westerns they would be required to cut.
 

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There are a TON of old westerns they would be required to cut.
Yes some films it's not been done
It applies when actual harm has happened or stress to animal can be suspected.

Fistfull of Dynamite it was dangerous horse fall reason as to why was cut.

Another Example
Abyss in UK is cut for example
The rat is being put in breathing liquid was removed. This scene wasn't done with a trick, the rat really breathed the liquid
Even though James Cameron has said rat wasn't hurt during the scene
BBFC had to cut it to comply with the Law as it is perceived rat is under stress


Some films no harm was done to animals as in CGI effects not actual harm or animals are trained stunt performers and did not get harmed.
There is some exclusions when it's allowed and law is in progress soon of adding some more exclusions.
 
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Yes some films it's not been done
It applies when actual harm has happened or stress to animal can be suspected.

Fistfull of Dynamite it was dangerous horse fall reason as to why was cut.

Another Example
Abyss in UK is cut for example
The rat is being put in breathing liquid was removed. This scene wasn't done with a trick, the rat really breathed the liquid
Even though James Cameron has said rat wasn't hurt during the scene
BBFC had to cut it to comply with the Law as it is perceived rat is under stress


Some films no harm was done to animals as in CGI effects not actual harm or animals are trained stunt performers and did not get harmed.
There is some exclusions when it's allowed and law is in progress soon of adding some more exclusions.
What did they do with Steer slaughter in Apocalypse Now?!
 

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What did they do with Steer slaughter in Apocalypse Now?!
Steer slaughter was exempt as that was going to happen it was not done for the film itself

The animal (a water buffalo, or carabao) was killed - but not for the film. The tribe in the film was a real indigenous tribe that lived in the area, and they had already decided to slaughter it. Coppola merely decided to film the event.

Real live events of killing of animals is one of the exclusions as you often see for example in documentaries as in not done on purpose.
 

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Steer slaughter was exempt as that was going to happen it was not done for the film itself

The animal (a water buffalo, or carabao) was killed - but not for the film. The tribe in the film was a real indigenous tribe that lived in the area, and they had already decided to slaughter it. Coppola merely decided to film the event.

Real live events of killing of animals is one of the exclusions as you often see for example in documentaries as in not done on purpose.
Horse tripping was quite common in old westerns.
So they would have their work cut out for them.
 

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Yes some films it's not been done
It applies when actual harm has happened or stress to animal can be suspected.

Fistfull of Dynamite it was dangerous horse fall reason as to why was cut.

Another Example
Abyss in UK is cut for example
The rat is being put in breathing liquid was removed. This scene wasn't done with a trick, the rat really breathed the liquid
Even though James Cameron has said rat wasn't hurt during the scene
BBFC had to cut it to comply with the Law as it is perceived rat is under stress


Some films no harm was done to animals as in CGI effects not actual harm or animals are trained stunt performers and did not get harmed.
There is some exclusions when it's allowed and law is in progress soon of adding some more exclusions.
thanks for that, @paulboland. :thumbs: it's confused me for years that i remember very clearly seeing The Abyss rat scene in full in the cinema on original release, but never since on home release!