Under the Radar DVD of the Week: '10,000 More Ways to Die - Spaghetti Western Film Collection'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“10,000 More Ways to Die – Spaghetti Western Film Collection”
For most movie fans, the term “Spaghetti Western” sparks up vivid images of Clint Eastwood’s steely-eyed man with no name in classics such as “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” But the Italian film industry was nothing if not prolific when it came to mining every six-shootin’, sagebrush tumblin’, saddle bustin’ cliché and convention of the uniquely American genre – with zesty twists of Italian bravura. And a dozen lesser-known features of this low-budget, shoot-from-the-hip subgenre are collected in “10,000 More Ways to Die – Spaghetti Western Film Collection” (due out on DVD Tuesday).
This three-disc collection packs in 12 gritty, European-filmed horse operas that demonstrate the storytelling scope, operatic violence, dry humor, sly philosophical flourishes and cinematic resourcefulness of this odd hodgepodge of film cultures. Between 1960 and 1980, more than 600 so-called “Spaghetti Westerns” were filmed at various European locations.
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