TheDigitalReview: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - DVD REVIEW

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Mike McGee, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Mike McGee

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    ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - DVD REVIEW
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    Mike McGee, Nov 19, 2003
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  2. Send this review to Mark A. Rivera so he can see how it should be done.

    But, I must, once again, take exception to the use of "European cut" -
    the DVD is the cut that ran in the US on its initial release. The film
    was pared down by Paramount about three or four weeks after it opened,
    but the original run (I KNOW this because I worked at the theater
    showing the film and watched it every day for two weeks) was the 165
    minute version. There IS a slightly longer cut on an Italian DVD - it's
    about ten minutes longer (if that), a good two minutes of which is at
    the end (the final shot goes on a bit longer because the credits start
    later).
     
    Brockhurst Pertwee, Nov 19, 2003
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  3. Mike McGee

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    Well, many refer to this extended version as the "European cut" even if
    that isn't the *only* location this cut could be seen in. According to
    the commentary track, you're right, this film was edited by 20 mins in
    order to satisfy U.S. Audiences who felt it was just too slow. Yet,
    this cut not only did well in Europe, but in one of the longer
    theatrical runs in France especially, it was looked at with great
    admiration as one of the only places you could see this extended
    version.

    Thus, this extended cut is usually dubbed the "European cut" even if
    that technically wasn't the only place it was seen. At least that's the
    term Alex Cox uses in the documentaries.

    Hope that clears things up. Excellent film, and a superb DVD.
     
    Mike McGee, Nov 19, 2003
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  4. So is this the same cut that Paramount issued as a widescreen laserdisc?

    Not that it matters much, I'm going to buy it anyway, but I'm just
    curious.
    And then you wound up working for Paramount yourself...who knew?

    swac
    *insert '70s Paramount trailer hi-hat solo*
     
    Stephen Cooke, Nov 19, 2003
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  5. Yes, Stephen Cooke, this is the same exact version as the laserdisc -
    the original US release version length.
     
    Brockhurst Pertwee, Nov 20, 2003
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  6. Thank you Brockhurst Pertwee.

    swac
     
    Stephen Cooke, Nov 20, 2003
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