Let me tell ya cats, I have no idea how me, the horror kid supreme, has become the go to guy to review spaghetti westerns on this site, but here I go again (on my own…admit it, you just sang that lil’ ditty in your head).
Todays flick in question is Luigi Bazzoni’s 1967 Spanish-set Western (the hell?), MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE (which I’m assuming you already guessed thanks to that handy header and those pictures above…and if you didn’t you may want to seek medical help right away…and by right away I mean after you’ve read this review and told me how much you love me in the comments section). Anyway, MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE.
First things first, I have to clear the air on something. MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE is also known as WITH DJANGO COMES DEATH!. Now, while Franco Nero stars in both this film and Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 masterpiece, if he is Django in this flick, then I’m Christina Hendricks and I just looked in the mirror and I’m still the pasty ol’ ghoul I’ve always been! Nope, ol’ Nero plays a cat by the name of Don Jose, a soldier who starts a fiery relationship with a gypsy woman; a woman who proceeds to cheat on him with a Lieutenant from the same outfit as ol’ Donny. He of course goes blood simple and kills the dude, then high tails it out of town. Before long he becomes a bandit, and stage coaches are robbed, knife fights are had, and everybody’s favorite lunatic/sexual maniac Klaus Kinski shows up for a bit.
MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE has a lot goin’ for it; the actors are of course awesome, the action (while used sparingly) is intense and the Spanish locales are breathtaking. The only negative is, MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE moves at a rather slow pace. This can go either way, but with this film I found myself enaged throughout so it wasn’t a problem (and believe me, I am easil…oh, look, a penny! Wait, where was I, oh yeah, I’m easily distrac…awesome! A moth!)
As for the Blu-ray itself, BLUE UNDERGROUND delivers a nice transfer, and the extras, including an informative commentary from film journalists C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke (what’s with all the “C.”‘s?) and interviews with Nero and Camera Operator (or is that C.amera Operator?) Vittorio Stovaro offer great insight into the production as well!
So why not mosey on over to here and pre-order a copy of ol’ MAN, PRIDE, AND VENGEANCE today!!