The Blu-ray edition of Sergio Leone's Once upon a Time in the West is not only a vast improvement over the 2003 DVD release, but the lavish tribute a classic of its stature has long deserved. The much-discussed inclusion of both the American theatrical version and the restored Italian cut will undoubtedly be the chief attraction for fans, though it should be noted that the differences between the two amount to less than a minute of footage involving Jason Robards's Cheyenne.
The so-called spaghetti Western achieved its apotheosis in Sergio Leone's magnificently mythic (and utterly outlandish) Once upon a Time in the West. After a series of international hits starring Clint Eastwood (from A Fistful of Dollars to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), Leone outdid himself with this spectacular, larger-than-life, horse-operatic epic about how the West was won.
From the innovative "James Bond Western" style of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) to the complete restoration of Duck You Sucker (1971), The Sergio Leone Anthology pays lavish tribute to one of the greatest of all Italian directors. A lifelong film buff deeply influenced by the movies he enjoyed as an uneducated youth in southern Italy, Leone (1929-1989) had officially directed only one previous film (1961's The Colossus of Rhodes) when he recruited a relatively unknown American TV star named Clint Eastwood (on a modest salary of $15,000) and made cinema history with A Fistful of Dollars, not the first Western made by an Italian but certainly the first truly Italian entry in the "Spaghetti Western" genre that Leone virtually invented.
COVER BILINGUE - PISTE AUDIO EN FRANCAIS (ENGLISH AND FRENCH LANGUAGE) Le Bon, la Brute et le Truand (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo) est un film germano-hispano-italien réalisé par Sergio Leone et sorti en 1966. Parmi les plus célèbres westerns de l'histoire du cinéma, il est considéré comme la quintessence du style « western spaghetti ». Pour conclure sa Trilogie du dollar (également appelée Trilogie de l'homme sans nom) et pour éviter de se répéter, Sergio Leone augmente de deux à trois le nombre de protagonistes : Clint Eastwood et Lee Van Cleef, qui partageaient la vedette dans Et pour quelques dollars de plus, se voient adjoindre Eli Wallach dans ce troisième film.