Fort Yuma Gold & Damned Hot Day of Fire - Double Feature [Blu-ray]
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- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 167.83 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : BRMV63235
- Media Format : Blu-ray, NTSC
- Run time : 3 hours and 11 minutes
- Release date : 12 March 2019
- Studio : Mill Creek Entertainment
- ASIN : B013FDBGVU
- Number of discs : 1
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Gold & Guns Double Feature!
FORT YUMA GOLD (1966) aka "For a Few Extra Dollars"
Starring: Montgomery Wood, Dan Vadis, Sophie Daumier
After the end of the Civil War, the fanatic Southern Major Sanders (Jacques Sernas, La Dolce Vita) continues to fight and plans to attack Fort Yuma, home to a gold reserve. A captured Confederate soldier (Montgomery Wood, A Pistol for Ringo), agrees to lead Union solders to stop Sanders but their real mission and the charms of the beautiful Connie Breastfull complicate the situation and could cause more bloodshed.
*Theme composed by Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained)
**Tarantino's Runner Up to Top 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns
DAMNED HOT DAY OF FIRE (1968) aka "Gatling Gun"
Starring: Robert Woods, John Ireland, Evelyn Stewart
The creator of the Gatling gun and his famous invention have been kidnapped and are being held from the Union for a million dollar ransom. Hoping they won't fall into the hands of the Confederates, Captain Chris Tanner (Robert Woods; Battle of the Bulge, 4 Dollars of Revenge) must find and stop the villianous Tarpas (John Ireland; Spartacus, All the King's Men).
*Voted by Quentin Tarantino as one of the Top 20 Favorite Spaghetti Westerns
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Both films share a dual layer blu-ray with each film utilizing the AVC codec totalling about 3 hours 21 minutes of movie content. The bit rates for both films are great with each film staying in the upper 20's for the most part occasionally getting into the low 30's so no compression artifacts are visible. Now as far as the quality of the transfers go, the movies at times can look a bit rough with "Damned Hot Day of Fire" fairing a bit better in the detail department compared to "Fort Yuma Gold" which looks soft, very gritty and washed out. Not to say that the films look bad but considering these are both two lesser known Italian westerns from the mid to late 60's in addition to the fact that this is more of a budget minded release, they are still perfectly watchable. The gritty nature actually adds to the experience. So as long as you keep your expectations in check, fans should be satisfied overall. In the case of "Damned Hot Day of Fire", a disclaimer pops up before the film stating that this release presents the longest version of the film possible and to accomplish that they had to use multiple sources to piece together the transfer. The disclaimer also states that some of these sources did not have the English tracks available so now and then the film has to switch back to the Italian language track. It is not too jarring overall and the piecemeal approach to the transfer means that the image quality does change somewhat accordingly throughout but still looks solid overall. "Fort Yuma Gold" on the other hand is in English throughout. Sound is in 2 channel master audio sounding decent with good clarity. It would have been cool if the full Italian tracks for each film could have also been presented along with the English.
Mill Creek Entertainment has not provided English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Each film is broken up into 6 chapter stops each. No extras are included. Surprisingly a digital code is included with this release.
The reason that I am giving this release a 5 star review is based a bit on the fact I only paid $8.47 for it at release. The films themselves I would give 4 stars out of 5 each. The MSRP is $14.98. If you can get it as cheap as I did, it represents great value for your spaghetti western blu-ray dollars. The films while looking very rough around the edges at times still look and sound decent. I actually feel the gritty nature of the transfers add to the experience. If you pay the MSRP for instance of $14.98, I would deduct a star from my overall rating. It is evident that Mill Creek Entertainment worked with the best film elements that they were presented with on this release and it is nice for fans of spaghetti westerns that both of these fun films are getting another chance to be discovered on this particular blu-ray release. I highly recommend this release for fans of the genre and hope that more vintage Italian western double feature discs of this sort are forthcoming.