A PISTOL FOR RINGO / THE RETURN OF RINGO REVIEWED
“A Pistol for Ringo” is pretty tame. Montgomery Wood is OK at Ringo, but so much here just feels flat. The bank robbery is the big set piece, but there’s not enough material to keep a film going. These Spaghetti Westerns can be a dime a dozen some times. It’s just that this is my first viewing of the original film after seeing The Return of Ringo repeatedly over the years. Sometimes, movies are the equivalent of Parks and Recreation’s first season.
“The Return of Ringo” is The Odyssey as a Spaghetti Western. A beaten down man returns from the Civil War to his tiny Western town. Everyone believes he’s dead and his wife is about to be married off to a rival. Dealing in the darker aspects of the West, you’d think this would be a different kind of film. What you get is probably one of the most gritty Westerns ever shot. Were there more violent? Sure. I’m talking about tone.
- Audio commentaries for both films by Spaghetti Western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke
- They Called Him Ringo, an archival featurette with star Giuliano Gemma
- A Western Greek Tragedy, an archival featurette with Lorella de Luca and camera operator Sergio D’Offizi
- Original trailers
- Gallery of original promotional images
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MONO
RELEASE DATE: 4/24/18
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 92%92%
- Special Features - 93%93%
- Film Score - 88%88%
The Plot Thus Far
The original Ringo films introduced another iconic hero to the spaghetti western; a clean-cut sharp shooter who was markedly different to Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name. In A Pistol For Ringo, the eponymous hero, played by Giuliano Gemma (Day of Anger, Tenebrae), infiltrates a ranch of Mexican bandits to save a beautiful hostage (Nieves Navarro, Death Walks in High Heels). In The Return Of Ringo, the gunslinger, now a veteran of war, disguises himself as a Mexican in order to take revenge on outlaws who have stolen his property and taken his wife. Hugely successful upon their original release, thanks in part to the skilled direction of Duccio Tessari (The Bloodstained Butterfly, Death Occurred Last Night), the Ringo films proved influential on the Italian western, spawning numerous unofficial sequels, due to their gripping set-pieces and unforgettable musical scoring by Ennio Morricone. Arrow Video is proud to present both films in sumptuous new restorations that truly brings their stylish cinematography to life.