Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)

P550

I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never seen this. I owned the DVD for around four years but never found the spare three hour moment to watch it. I was going to view it this past Christmas but the announcement of the American Blu-Ray release made me wait longer. The only phrase I can use to describe this film is ‘pure cinema’; it is a true masterpiece. Surely, one would have thought that a title such as this would have been worthy of a 4k restoration, like the excellent Blu-Ray release of Taxi Driver? Unfortunately Paramount did not lavish such deserved attention but it is still a good looking disc. Detail is strong; this is shown in Leone’s use of close-up shot. Contrast is also excellent. A must own. Thanks again to Planet Axel for breaking release date.

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