The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

8.82 h 58 min1967X-RayUHDR
The final chapter of the Man With No Name trilogy - director Sergio Leone's spaghetti western classic about a drifter, an outlaw and a sadistic gunman racing to claim a treasure buried during the Civil War.
Sergio Leone
Clint EastwoodEli WallachLee Van Cleef
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Aldo GiuffreChelo AlonsoMario BregaLuigi PistilliRada Rassimov
Alberto Grimaldi
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K&TReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
2014 Man with No Name Trilogy blu-ray compared to 2017 Kino Lorber's 50th Anniversary Edition blu-ray
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I wasn't a huge fan of the extended version that came out in the 2014 trilogy blu-ray because of added scenes with the older voices of the original actors. When I got Kino Lorber's 2017 50th anniversary blu-ray of the original US theatrical cut I was expecting it would be of equal or better quality minus the added scenes. However, I can't say that's the case.

I don't think the yellow tint in the 2014 version is terrible or all that distracting. In fact I never noticed it before, but it is noticeable when I compare it to the 2017 version. The contrast seems lighter in 2017 and the blacks aren't as black as in 2014. I am watching this with an Epson 3020 projector so the blacks may not be as crisp anyway, but there is a difference between 2014 and 2017 versions.

I think the 5.1 sound is better in the 2014 version. The sound is more pronounced in the rear speakers giving it more dimension. The syncing of the first scene with Lee Van Cleef is a little off in 2017. As he is walking into the house his boot heals are clicking mid step. In 2014 they are synced correctly. There is another audio issue in the scene where the three bandits are walking up to Eastwood's hotel room. When the third bandit reaches the top of the steps there is a sharp noise for a split second as the shot cuts away. Considering this is a quiet scene it is noticeable. This isn't in the 2014 version.

With all that said, I'll probably watch the 2014 blu-ray trilogy extended version and skip through some of the added scenes. I prefer the deeper blacks and better 5.1 sound over the attempted color correction of Kino Lorber's 2017 50th anniversary version.
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robin friedmanReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2020
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Watching The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly During The Pandemic
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Directed by Sergio Leone, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is one of the most famous of the Italian Spaghetti Westerns, filmed almost entirely in Europe. The Spaghetti Western plays a large role in Quentin Tarantino's film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" which takes a nostalgic look at the Western. Over the past few weeks, I have been enjoying seeing various way the Old West has been represented in the movies, including the best of the Spaghetti Westerns such as this film.

"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a lengthy epic set in 1862 in New Mexico during the Civil War. Many people are unaware of the Civil War history depicted in this film, which is a valuable reason in itself to see it. The Union Army turned back a serious Confederate push through the Southwest to reach California at the 1862 Battle of Glorietta Pass, a battle regarded by historians as one of the key engagements of the Civil War. This film is set in the aftermath of the battle, during the Confederate retreat following the destruction of its supply trains.

The film turns on an effort by three outlaws to recover $200,000 in Confederate gold buried in a cemetery. The outlaws, each out for himself. form shifting alliances and fight with each other to recover the stash. Clint Eastwood plays a taciturn bounty hunter known as Blondie. Lee Van Cleef, the most vicious of the three, plays a sadistic killer, Angel Eyes. The third outlaw, Tuco, played by Eli Wallach, is a comic figure yet also ruthless and unrelenting in killing and in his quest for the gold. These three outlaws at times team up and work together, especially Blondie and Tuco, when it seems advantageous to do so. But they also will abandon, double-cross, and kill each other without compunction, when given the need and the opportunity.

The film is meant to capture the American Southwest with its desolation and small settlements during the Civil War years. The early parts of the film show a great deal of violence, killings and hangings against the background of the Confederate retreat. The three outlaws function separately but are gradually brought together. Some of the most memorable parts of this film take place in a Union prisoner of war camp and on a battlefield. This film portrays convincing the folly and anguish of the Civil War as the outlaws use it to pursue their own private ends. Of the three outlaws, only Blondie shows a degree of sympathy with the soldiers and their unfortunate fate. The final part of the movie shows what has become an iconic gunfight between the three outlaws, spaced triangularly from each other in a cemetery where the gold is to be found. The scene builds slowly and with high dramatic tension.

This film builds deliberately with music and long shots of the characters' facial expressions and of the surroundings adding a great deal to the story. The film is presented almost like an Italian opera with its music, gestures, and passion. Even so, there is a gritty realism in this film, with the ever-present dirt, the random, senseless violence, and the war. The main themes of the film are greed and ignorance, set against the West and with some religious symbolism in the background.

The Spaghetti Western was heavily critiqued at first, but films such as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" have deservedly come to be recognized as among the best of the western genre. This film offers a different, harsher portrayal of the West, showing the consequences of rampant individualism and violence, than do the earlier American Westerns and a different way of understanding the history of the West. Westerns of a variety of types offer fascinating insight into American history and character. It is valuable during this time of pandemic to see different portrayals and interpretations of the American West and to think about the West, its history, and the character of its people.

Robin Friedman
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the little blue gremlinReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Probably the BEST Westerns Ever
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[[VIDEOID:deaf892ab22b56156fd621b6f8dd528a]] [[ASIN:B07288ZH3P The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (50th Anniversary Special Edition)]]

I'm a long-time fan of movies and have seen many westerns over my lifetime but Sergio Leone's epic film "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” is probably the best western I have ever seen. No, I'll take that back. It IS the best western I have ever seen. It currently has a 97% “fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes and deserves it. It has a score of 8.9 at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) making it the 9th best film on IMDb among ALL genres. The musical score by Ennio Morricone is stunning and unforgettable. It is unlike any music score ever heard in a western. It becomes a integral part of this film. And what can I say about Leone’s use of tight close-ups and long, wide shots? They add so much to the character of the movie. Leone was truly an artist.

GBU stars Clint Eastwood as “Blondie” (the Good), Lee Van Cleef as “Angel Eyes” (the Bad), and Eli Wallach as “Tuco” (the Ugly). This 1966 film is the last, and best, film of Clint Eastwood’s “Spaghetti” western trilogy, sometimes referred to as the "Dollars Trilogy." But the real star of GBU in my opinion is most assuredly Eli Wallach. He almost steals the show with his very entertaining “antics.” It is without a doubt his best performance in a film, worthy of an Oscar.

This 3-disc 50th anniversary edition of GBU has two versions of this great film. On the first disc is the 161-minute version released in the United States in 1968. It also has a full commentary track. On the second disc is the 179-minute 2003 extended English version. It is this version that is closest to what Sergio Leone intended when he made this film in 1966. This disc has two full commentaries on it. The commentaries are done by film historians and/or biographers of Sergio Leone. They are very insightful and entertaining. Both versions have been fully restored. The third disc is filled with miscellaneous tidbits (see below). Talk about extras…

Here’s the full rundown on all three discs…

Disc 1:
- 4K transfer of the Original U.S. Theatrical Cut Available for the first time in HD
- New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
- Trailers From Hell with Ernest Dickerson
- Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
- Restored 1967 UA Logo
- Alternate Scene: The Optical Flip
- Deleted Scene 1: Skeletons in the Desert
- Deleted Scene 2: Extended Torture Scene
- GBU on the: animated behind-the-scenes image gallery
- Promoting GBU: Posters & Lobby Cards animated image gallery
- Sergio Leone Westerns: Original Theatrical Trailers
- Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
- English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
- Optional English subtitles
- Reversible Art

Disc 2:
- 4K transfer of the Extended Cut
- Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Schickel
- Audio Commentary By Noted Cultural Historian Sir Christopher Frayling
- English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
- Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
- Optional English subtitles

Disc 3:
- Leone's West: Making Of Documentary (19:55)
- Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone and GBU Featurette Part 1 (7:48)
- Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone and GBU Featurette Part 2 (12:26)
- The Leone Style: On Sergio Leone Featurette (23:48)
- The Man Who Lost The Civil War: Civil War Documentary (14:24)
- Reconstruction GBU (11:09)
- Deleted Scene 1: Extended Tuco Torture scene (7:15)
- Deleted Scene 2: The Socorro Sequence - A Reconstruction (3:02)
- Vignette 1: Uno, Due, Tre (0:40)
- Vignette 2: Italian Lunch (0:43)
- Vignette 3: New York Accent (0:09)
- Vignette 4: Gun in Holster (0:58)
- Original French Theatrical Trailer
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JJReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The 4kUHD 2021 Release Is the Best The Film Has Ever Looked
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I, like many reviewers here, hold this film in high regard and esteem. There has never been a film made like the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and there will never likely be again. With that said, many of us have purchased multiple copies of the film beginning with the advent of DVD in the late 90's. The 2004 double DVD was a particular favorite.

When Blu-ray hit the scene - I picked up the "Man with No Name" trilogy. The color timing with that release was all wrong, so in 2014 when a 4K was of the film was released, I bought that version to replace the 2009 version. It looked a lot better, but even so, the new 4K version still had color timing issues that just didn't feel right. Fast forward to 2017 with the KL double release of both the extended version and for the first time in Blu-ray, the theatrical version. The release of the theatrical version was the only highlight of that KL release. The rest was a mess. The extras transferred over looked horrible; and again, the color timing was not correct.

The April 2021 4kUHD: The folks at KL went back to the drawing board and this time focused first and foremost on correcting the color timing. They succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. The film has never looked better. With that said, the version presented here is not the extended version, it is the theatrical only. This will not please some folks, and it would have been nice to include the extended version as those extended/cut scenes had their color timing also corrected and are included in this release as extras. The audio is the original soundtrack in both lossless audio and the original mono. This hasn't been available since the laserdisc era of the early nineties. What extras transferred over look a lot better than what they did in the 2017 release to.

This 2021 release is not perfect, but well worth the double/triple/quadruple dips a lot of us have taken purchasing this film over the years. It just simply has never looked or sounded better. That doesn't mean we are not still waiting for the grand-all release of both versions of the film with all of the extras and all of the commentaries carried over, but we're getting closer. It'll take a company with some deeper pockets to make that happen, but for now, this will be my go to when I need my fix.
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J. C.Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 4K UHD Review
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Thankfully this movie is excellent entertainment from start to finish. The 4K transfer is disappointing, it was sourced from a 4K scan of a 1967 35mm IB tech print. It is not clear why the transfer was not made from the original film if the original even exists. Why it is disappointing is simple, I was expecting a pristine version that solved the horrendous degradation artifacts from earlier releases of the film, sadly this version still has heavy degradation artifacts when the background scenery is present throughout the entire film although some closeups of actors look great. In my opinion this film could look a 100 times better and be way more enjoyable if only the background scenery stood out more, after all it is a western that takes place in the gritty countryside, but in this version as in previous versions even the still faded blue sky is awash in a pixelated mess. Frequently throughout the movie you go from coloring issues with the skin tone of all the actors and frankly it is distracting. The blacks in some scenes are too black and actually excellent in other scenes. When Clint Eastwood's label as "The Good" is splashed on the screen it looks really bad like worse than an old re-run from a really badly broadcast TV movie. The sound is very good, the explosions and gunfire sounds great as does dialogue spoken by actors, the audio rarely drops in or out or raises unexpectedly. I have watched the 4K version twice now and attempted to adjust every setting on my very high end tv and 4K player to no avail. This 4K version is what it is another version of the same that we have all witnessed before with a very few if any spectacular 4K moments. No this film does not shine in 4K. I would not recommend this 4K version to anyone, save some cash and buy the blu-ray version.
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James TapscottReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Slightly better than upscaled version of my 1998 MGM dvd
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Equipment used: Sony 65" A8H OLED tv, Sony UBP-X800 BD player, Denon 4K AVR, and Zeskit HDMI cables.

The KL 4K release of TGTB&TU was a big disappointment. KL says this 4K release was a 30 hour restoration. The only difference on my equipment when compared to the 1998 MGM dvd, is the lack of dirt, scratches and additional color in the opening credits on the 4K release. Other than that, color looks no different throughout the feature. The grain is heavier in numerous scenes. The only scenes without grain are a handful of close-up's.

This film deserves a proper multi-hour restoration with HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track is clear and audible throughout the feature. No hissing present on my Denon AVR/Polk speaker system. The center channel is crystal clear, the L/R fronts are present, as well as the sub getting a workout on explosions. The L/R surrounds are very weak, with very light use during wind or after explosions. I was hoping for bullet ricochets and bridge explosion fragments in the surrounds but none were present.

This release has numerous extra features that are interesting and nice to have in your collection.

I purchased this at $15.00 from Amazon. If you must have this, wait for it to drop to $15 or lower before purchasing. The 4K PQ just isn't worth full price. YMMV!
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K CrowleyReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Made over 50 years ago and still one of the best movies of ANY genre
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IMHO, this is without a doubt the Best Western EVER made. It's long, but the story never
completely slows down enough that you get bored. The entire scope and atmosphere has
often been imitated but has never been and will never be duplicated. This was Sergio Leone's
greatest achievement, PERIOD!!! He naturally had an outstanding cast to work with and made
many more fine films, but this is his CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT!!! This movie is still influencing
movies made today, 50 years later. Clint Eastwood set a standard in this movie, set another in
"High Plains Drifter", set a huge standard in "The Outlaw Josie Wales", then "Pale Rider" and
another huge one in "Unforgiven". Clint Eastwood has basically, single handily, kept the western
genre alive throughout the past 5 decades. Not until the remake of "True Grit" has another western
even come close to ANY of the Clint Eastwood westerns mentioned above.
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Garland CarrReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The scenery is absolutely beautiful when it is not cruel
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This is an all time cinema classic Western. It is a unique western with a different plot. The three stars, Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef, each give magnificent performances. The plot is utterly fascinating, having you wondering until the very end how it will turn out. The scenery is absolutely beautiful when it is not cruel. The movie is filled with varied scenarios, each somehow related to the main plot. This is a must see movie for anyone who has ever watched a motion picture and a grand prize for Clint Eastwood fans. The music is quite fascinating and the theme is played even today in many different venues. It is a popular cell phone download ring. I cannot praise this movie enough. I have watched it many times, each time more interesting than before. Of course I own the video. I highly recommend the purchase of the DVD, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. You will be glad you did. I purposely did not elaborate on the main theme as I did not want to spoil the thrill of watching it the first time.
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