Once Upon a Time in the West (2-DVD) PG-13

There were three men in her life. One to take her... one to love her... and one to kill her.
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 12, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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User Ratings: 65,549
Gunslingers, one-road towns, horse and buggies... Once Upon a Time in the West has them all, and spread across a sprawling near three hour running time that is as punishing on the ol' rickety knees as it is rewarding to the eyes. Full Review
Trespass
Sep 8, 2013
Rating: 5/5 -- For a lesson in how to resuscitate a dying genre, you could do worse than Once Upon a Time in the West, Sergio Leone's masterpiece from 1968. Full Review
Times (UK)
Jul 24, 2009
...Brilliant....Brutal, bloody and poetic, this is, without hyperbole, one of the greatest Westerns ever made...
Total Film
Nov 1, 2003
Rating: 5.0/5 -- Is Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) the best western of all time? Full Review
tonymacklin.net
Jun 6, 2016
[A] masterpiece....Leone's epic about a trio of outlaws is set during the last death-rattle days of the Old West. -- Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 3, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- Perhaps the clearer and crisper this film appears, and the more its reputation grows, the more unsettling its indulgences and ellipses appear to be. Well ... never mind. It's still a landmark. Full Review
Guardian
Jul 24, 2009
Rating: 3.5/4 -- ...an exaggerated, fairy-tale variation on the Western, big bad wolf and all. Full Review
LarsenOnFilm
Jun 24, 2018

Product Description:

Morton (Gabriele Ferzetti), the power-hungry owner of a railroad company, hires Frank (Henry Fonda, playing against type), a gunfighter without a conscience, to kill anyone who stands in the way of the completion of the railroad. After Frank murders land owner Brett McBain (Frank Wolff), McBain's widow (Claudia Cardinale) hires two killers of her own to protect her and gain revenge: a mysterious, harmonica-playing desperado (Charles Bronson) and his rogue sidekick (Jason Robards). Using techniques previously unseen in the genre, Sergio Leone utilizes close-ups, color, and Ennio Morricone's trademark score to create a tense and somber meditation on death which is widely considered to be one of the best westerns in cinematic history. Soon-to-be legendary Italian directors Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA) and Bernardo Bertolucci (THE LAST EMPEROR) collaborated with Leone on the screenplay.

Plot Synopsis:

Sergio Leone's epic homage to the Hollywood western has become a cinematic classic. Leone plays with the genre's conventions primarily through evocative camerawork and music, and with a minimum of dialogue.
The film follows several stories, all centering on greed, murder and revenge. In one, gunmen slaughter an entire family who are awaiting the arrival of their father's new bride. The wife valiantly attempts to hold on to the land she has inherited. But the cold-blooded outlaws who committed the massacre want to complete the job by killing her.
There's also a mysterious "Nameless Man" who has his own reasons for hunting down these bandits... and he has murder on his mind.

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Production Notes:

  • According to Dario Argento, who is credited with co-writing the film's original story, he and Bernardo Bertolucci were on the set during the filming, and both constantly rewrote the script.
  • Co-produced by Safran and San Marco.
  • Color by Technicolor; shot in TechniScope on location in Monument Valley, also Spain and Cinecitta Studio in Rome, Italy.
  • The film has been shown on the AMC Cable Network in Letterbox format, in its original uncut version.
  • When Henry Fonda first received the script from Leone, he was not impressed with it. But close friend Eli Wallach, who had been in Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," convinced him to take the part. Wallach told Fonda that Leone used the script only as an outline for the film, which was improvised as the production went on and strengthened by the addition of evocative music and stylized action. Fonda got hold of the scripts of other Leone films, and then watched the finished products; he quickly realized that what Wallach had told him was true.
  • Original distributor United Artists refused to release the film with Henry Fonda cast as the cold-hearted, sadistic killer in the lead role, so Leone took the deal to Paramount, who ultimately distributed the film.
  • The music, composed by Ennio Morricone, is broken up into the following themes and sections:
    1. Once Upon a Time in the West
    2. As a Judgment
    3. Farewell to Cheyenne
    4. The Transgression
    5. The First Tavern
    6. The Second Tavern
    7. Man with a Harmonica
    8. A Dimly Lit Room
    9. Bad Orchestra
    10. The Man
    11. Jill's America
    12. Death's Rattle
    13. Finale
  • Music published by Famous Music. Corp (ASCAP), distributed by BMG Music.

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