Django (1966)
By: J.R. McNamara on March 25, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Big Sky Video (Australia). All Regions, PAL. 1.66:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 2.0, Italian DD 2.0 87 minutes
The Movie
Director: Sergio Corbucci
Starring: Franco Nero, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak, Ángel Álvarez
Screenplay: José Gutiérrez Maesso, Piero Vivarelli, Bruno Corbucci, Sergio Corbucci
Country: Italy
Saddle up, partners, as Digital Retribution goes into territory rarely seen 'round these parts: the western. The western was an important part of cinemas evolution, giving a cheap way for many film makers to show heroism, and simple morality plays in a classical American setting. The first American western was the silent 'The Great Train Robbery', released in 1903, and spawned an entire genre, and the careers of directors like Howard Hawks and John Ford. Italian filmmakers, realizing that a quick buck could be made in America, jumped on the bandwagon and produced some of the more well known Westerns during the 60s and 70s. These films, known as 'spaghetti westerns, are notable for their replacing the American romanticism of the west, with violence and bloodshed. In actual fact, the more well known westerns, such as Once Upon a Time in the West, and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly were produced during these times, making a star of a lesser known actor Clint Eastwood, a hit director of Serio Leone, made Enrico Morricone THE man for western music and somewhere along the line gave Dario Argento one of his first scriptwriting jobs. Amongst these sometimes hilarious films, came Django.

Django (Franco Nero) is a man who has abandoned society, and travels the wilds of the American/ Mexican border, dragging a coffin behind him. Upon seeing a young lady in trouble from some lecherous locals, Django decides to step in and save her, executing the miscreants who were abusing her. He takes the girl, Maria (Lordana Nusciak) to the closest town, where he discovers the bandits he executed are part of gang run by a renegade Major, who own the town, and the people in it. A loner in black discovers an injustice against innocents? Get your six shooters, cause thems fightin' words.

From the opening strains of the song 'Django' sung with a grand attempt of being reminiscent of Elvis Presley's Flaming Star, you pretty much well know what you are in for: the hero wears black, the bad guys twirl their moustaches and laugh, the girls dance between the line of demure and slutty, and guns are the answer to everybody's problems. The dubbing is bad, but being a movie where blatantly fake blood drips from the screen like spilt bolognaise sauce, it is excusable, and probably expected. Franco Nero cuts a grand and handsome Clint Eastwood-esque figure, his icy blue eyes gaze through any scene like a knife through butter and his screen presence is quite intimidating.

This film was incredibly popular at its time, and spawned many unofficial sequels, this mainly being due to the fact that many European countries would stick the word 'Django' into the title of ANY film that Franco Nero starred in. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to this film, like most westerns I guess, and it seems a little hokey.
The film has restored scenes that have not been 're-mastered' to fit in seamlessly. In general the picture is OK, but these reintroduced scenes are apparent from the amount of artefacts, stains and scratches that fly across the screen. The color mix is vibrant and in general the picture has held up well.
This being dubbed, the sound is obviously not going to be in sync with any of the visuals at all. Now I can understand this being so with the dialogue, but the sound effects are all over the place as well, guns fire with the BANG coming a split second later and bands play music different to what you are hearing. Funnily enough this doesn't take away from the feature; it just makes it more antiquated. The original Italian language track is also provided, minus English subtitles.
Extra Features
Django: The One and Only (13 minutes 27 seconds) is a documentary both about Franco Nero and the character of Django. I actually found this little featurette more interesting than the feature itself.

Theatrical Trailer (2 minutes 52 seconds) is one of those SEE!! HEAR!! Type of trailers, with the voiceover so generic it could have been for any spaghetti western ever made.

There is also text Filmographies for Nero and Corbucci.
The Verdict
While I am not a fan of the western genre, I will say I have a great love for the way Sergio Leone set a scene and filmed his Wild West stereotypes. Unfortunately, Django doesn't really cut the mustard, due its aging quite badly. What was probably a highlight of western adventure is now hammy and really worthwhile only for comedy value. This is not for the horror or violence fan at all.
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