“Get Mean” is a mid 1970s Western that realized the cinematic world was expanding. Facing the end of the Spaghetti Western, director Ferdinando Baldi just went for it. You want Vikings, Moors, barbarians, ghosts and a hunchback to fight a cowboy? Well, you got it. This film is the boner that the Internet never knew it had.
Tony Anthony had played The Silent Stranger for a few years by the time this iteration hit. However, I can’t quite find a proper explanation for cutting lose in this 90 minute jaunt. The Stranger only gets involved when he’s hired by a Spanish princess to take her back to Spain. But, there’s a tangential battle involving the Moors and displaced Vikings who battle for the sake of battling. The Shakespearean hunchback gets involved, as he realizes that the Stranger is a fly in their ointment.
The Silent Stranger also enters a church during the middle of this event. The entire scene is a set up just to have a ghost slap him around. The film is a farce that plays absurd in its scene setups. Nothing really matters other than getting the Princess to her destination. Potential foes fly in and out of the film like gusts of wind. There’s no real reason for what they do, they just hate this Stranger.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, interviews, deleted scenes, trailers, radio spots, poster & still gallery and a bonus booklet as the special features. The A/V Quality is stunning for this kind of release. The DTS-HD mono master audio track is strong for the original elements. But, the 1080p transfer shows a healthy amount of grain without trying to smooth out other issues. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.