Cemetery Without Crosses Bluray Movie Review

128684_front-2Cemetery Without Crosses

Bluray + Dvd

Release Date: July 21, 2015

Released By: Arrow Video

Cast: Michele Mercier, Guido Lollobrigida, Daniele Vargas, Serge Marquand, Pierre Hatet, Philippe Baronnet

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:

“YOU BELIEVE IN REVENGE BUT I DON’T… IT NEVER ENDS Inspired by the international success of the Dollars trilogy, and dedicated to director Sergio Leone, Cemetery Without Crosses offers a Gallic spin on the Spaghetti Western formula thanks to its star and creator, Robert Hossein (best-known to English-speaking audiences for his role in Jules Dassin’s Rififi). After her husband is lynched by bandits, Michele Mercier (Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath) seeks revenge and turns to an old friend, played by Hossein, for help. A solitary figure who lives in a ghost town and dons a single black glove before each gunfight, Hossein is initially reluctant but soon infiltrates the widow’s enemies to force a showdown. Cemetery Without Crosses is a darker breed of Western, bleak and melancholy in tone amid the explosive set pieces. It also boasts an outstanding score by composer Andre Hossein (father of Robert) and the catchiest of themes, sung by cult figure Scott Walker.”

My Review:

First, I want to start by saying that I love Westerns. I haven’t seen that many but I always seem to enjoy them when I do. I hadn’t seen Cemetery Without Crosses before, so I was glad when I heard that Arrow Video was releasing it. This movie starts off with a bang, as a man is seen injured on a horse, riding back to his home. Following him are a bunch of “bandits”, or men, who finally catch up to him, and kill him in front of his wife. That’s where the story truly begins, as the wife is dead set on getting revenge on the men who have killed her husband. She turns to an old friend, who then “makes nice” with the killers, so that he can bring them down from the inside out. Every time I saw the main character put his one black glove on, I knew something was about to go down…and I couldn’t wait. I really liked the story for this one, and I thought that it was well executed. The characters were unique, and the acting was great. The Picture and Audio Quality all together, looked and sounded great. The score added a lot to the movie, making it even better. It added a perfect feel, and set the tone nicely. Overall, if you’re a fan of old school Western movies, this is a good one to watch. It was a lot of fun, and it wasn’t predictable like a lot of them usually are. I definitely recommend watching it, and/or picking it up.


Special Features:

Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film elements

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

Original Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio

Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Remembering Sergio: an all-new interview with star and director Robert Hossein, filmed exclusively for this release

French television news report on the film’s making, containing interviews with Hossein, and actors Michèle Mercier and Serge Marquand

Archive Interview with Hossein

Trailers

Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by James Flames

Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by Ginette Vincendeau and Rob Young
 
Overall Rating:

7.5 Out Of 10 Stars

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