This is very, very long. So I'm putting in each film in a different post. Sorry if it's destracting or something, but I think it'll be easier than putting them all in one post. DJANGO The first film (chronologically) in the Spaghetti Western Collection is the classic DJANGO. Django (Franco Nero) is a drifter, a man wandering through the desert dragging a coffin behind him everywhere he goes. He comes across a group of men whipping a woman and quickly gets rid of them. He takes the woman, Maria (Loredana Nusciak), to the near-by town and drops her off at the bar. He sits down, has a few drinks, and talks to the bartender. It turns out a man named Major Jackson (Eduardo Fajardo) who runs the town seems to have missed the end of the civil war and loves watching Mexicans run for their lives only to be gunned down in his own sights. He’s helped by a seemingly endless supply of men with red hoods, constantly at his side ready for disposal. Django, being the nice guy that he is (or is he?) decides to help the Mexicans fight back against Major Jackson and his army of shrouded followers. Will they win their independence, or is this just a lost cause? How much can one man really help? And what is in that damn coffin?? Watch the movie and you’ll soon find out. To be honest, DJANGO is the first western I’ve ever truly watched from start to finish. I’d always heard great things about this film (and the genre), so when I finally got this set and popped the disc into my player you can imagine my anticipation. Well...I wasn’t let down a bit. This is one awesome movie filled to the brim with all of the ingredients needed to make a great film. The acting is pretty good; Nero is great as the character he is most known for but Nusciak is a bit annoying. The rest are all pretty average, nothing special but nothing particularly bad either. The music to this movie rocks. The title song is the ULTIMATE in cheese but I guarantee you’ll be humming it for the rest of the day. The rest of the score is great as well and adds to the whole feel of the movie. Direction by Sergio Corbucci is great, there are plenty of long shots with a lot happening. The best part of this movie, however, is the action. There’s never more than 10 minutes without an awesome gunfight or altercation, and some of the battle scenes are just bad ass. In one scene (I won’t spoil it), we can all see where Tarantino got his inspiration for one of the more memorable scenes in RESERVOIR DOGS. There’s a surprising amount of blood in this movie, nothing overly gory or anything, but there is a fair amount of the good ol’ red stuff. I was surprised seeing this in a movie from ’66, but hey, I’m not one to complain. DJANGO is presented in 1.66 Anamorphic Widescreen, and the transfer here is for the most part very good. There are a number of scenes with apparent print damage, but this doesn’t seem to be Blue Underground’s fault at all. The colors are great, and the grain is often kept at bay, although in several scenes it's pretty noticable. It should be noted that this was “restored from the original negative”, so this is probably as good as it gets. The audio is presented in English and Italian mono and English subtitles are optional. The sound is fine throughout, and the English dub track isn’t bad at all. I think it even adds to the fun of this movie. The extras are a little thin but still get the job done. There’s a 13 minute featurette with Franco Nero and Ruggero Deodato (who was apparently First Assistant Director). A lot of cool information is discussed, from Nero not being their first choice to the ugly extras to the film’s countless clones. A cool little vignette. The theatrical trailer is also here, again it’s very cheesy but still well-done. There’s a posters and still gallery which is decent and talent bios which are alright (but they never really excite me). There are some cool liner notes by Christopher Frayling the Leone aficionado, which are worth reading as well. Overall, DJANGO is a cool flick, and the disc (restored and remastered) is only available in this box set. And hey, if you’re gonna have one, you’ve gotten have ‘em all. Highly recommended.