THE PLOT THUS FAR
Various factions including a Mexican Bandit, a gang of Homosexual Cowboys and a Priest feud over stolen gold in a surreal town.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The Stranger arrives in the town known by the local Indian tribes as “The Unhappy Place” to see the bodies of his recent partners in crime hanging in front of him. Flashbacks have already revealed that he had been betrayed and left for dead by the gang, led by Oaks, following a theft of gold from the army. The two most prominent townsfolk, Tembler and Hagerman have split the stolen gold between them, and are keeping it hidden from Sorrow, a larger than life bandit whose “muchachos” dress all in black and, lets say, presumably enjoy the pleasures of men. Throw into the pot the mysterious figure of Hagerman’s imprisoned wife, who beckons the Stranger from her cell window, and you have a very strange, yet apt, setting for this highly entertaining and frankly bizarre movie.
Thomas Milian takes the lead role and it has to be said that he does rather well with it. For obvious reasons, he’s always going to get compared with Franco Nero, and while the performance doesn’t have the same rough pitch as Nero’s drifter did, Milian works so well in the lead role because he’s manly, but also somewhat vulnerable; which makes the whole thing more believable. Milian is certainly very good in a role that is essentially passive for most of the film, his character looking blankly on at greed and cruelty. The actor in later interviews felt ambiguous about his performance, but I find it hard to imagine another person in the role. The rest of the cast act in a highly stylized way that actually suits the material, however, only the splendid Roberto Camardiel seems to be enjoying himself.
The Blu-Ray comes with interviews, trailer and promo gallery. The DTS-HD Mono track continues Blue Underground’s dedication to restoring the original audio tracks. The 1080p transfer is good for a flick of its age. However, it falls slightly beneath the presentation of the first Blue Underground “Django” release. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 07/03/2012