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DVD reviews: 'Django' double features

Unofficial and unintentionally funny ‘Django' sequels abound.
Published: December 7, 2012
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The second DVD, sold separately, offers “Django Kills Silently” (1967), starring 6'9” tall Italian B-movie actor and screenwriter George Eastman (birth name Luigi Montefiori), who looks a little like George Hamilton, playing Django as a young cowboy who stumbles upon the massacre of a family, saves a young woman and takes her to Santa Anna to avenge the murder of her husband. Directed by Italian horror specialist Massimo Pupillo crediting himself as Max Hunter, this one is fraught with truly bad acting, right down to the melodramatic way that everyone falls dead when they're shot.

Finally, there is “Django's Cut Price Corpses” (1971), with Jeff Cameron (born Goffredo Scarciofolo), a stuntman with little acting skill but a great talent for fighting and shooting realistically. Unfortunately director Paolo Solvay is an amazingly inept filmmaker prone to shaky hand-held cinematography that resembles a very nervous person's home movies, while his dubbed voices and audio effects sound like they were recorded inside a tin shack.

But this is the kind of accidentally uproarious stuff that inspires spaghetti-Western/martial-arts geek Quentin Tarantino, and come Christmas we'll see how well he fares with his version of the character in “Django Unchained,” starring Jamie Foxx in the title role as an ex-slave turned bounty hunter. He's bound to better these other bozos by a prairie mile. Until then, this fistful of Djangos delivers as many belly laughs as it does bullets.

— Gene Triplett


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