THE GREAT SILENCE REVIEWED
“The Great Silence” is a revolutionary Western that has just been getting its due in the last 15 years. Long remembered for its classic score, so many miss the boat on what Corbucci is laying down in the film. Jean-Louis Trintignant is the great Silence who targets crooks and gunmen preying upon outlaws. The local townspeople have pushed to the outer boundaries of their town, as they rely on Silence to restore some sense of order. Klaus Kinski gets to play a super creepy goon that helps to attack the townspeople.
Alex Cox and others pay tribute to the movie in the special features, but I want newbies to see this movie. Take a giant step back and take in this film on a purely visual level. That haunting score from Morricone contrasted against those rich landscapes will pound its way into your brain. Watch it and be better.
- Cox on Corbucci – filmmaker and author Alex Cox surveys Sergio Corbucci’s career and how The Great Silence fits within the maestro’s oeuvre.
- Western, Italian Style – This 1968 documentary on Italian westerns includes prime behind the scenes footage of The Great Silence.
- Two never-before-seen alternate endings, including the option to play one of the alternate endings with Alex Cox commentary.
- The Great Silence original theatrical trailer.
- The Great Silence 2018 theatrical trailer.
- Italian and English language versions.
- Ending the Silence – a new essay about The Great Silence by film critic Simon Abrams.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 6/5/18
- Video - 95%95%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Special Features - 96%96%
- Film Score - 97%97%
The Plot Thus Far
On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant The Conformist) stands between the innocent refuges and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren’t always clear and good doesn’t always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci’s bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.