Django: Prepare a Coffin (UK - DVD R2)
Marcus follows another cowboy called Django. Remember the 'D' is silent....
Django (Terence Hill) is a gunslinger hired by a corrupt local politician to kill innocent men for their land but Django has other ideas and instead bands the men together to turn the tables on the politician and get his revenge for the death of his wife.
As is regularly the case, Quentin Tarantino releases a movie ( Django Unchained as if you didn't know) and suddenly we are inundated with DVD releases of the titles in his chosen genre that inspired him over the years. Django: Prepare a Coffin is after all Quentin's 19th favourite Spaghetti Western (I love that we live in a movie world where that's a fact we can find out), so we should all really see it, right? Who am I kidding, this is Tarantino, of course we're gonna wanna see it!
This Sequel to the 1966 Django (another Tarantino favourite of course - No.3 I'm told) is full of revenge western goodness. There's plenty of twists and turns and of course a mythic type cowboy hero to get behind until justice is served. I could go on but given that I got this review disc a little late and I'm not really the biggest fountain of knowledge for westerns, I'll skip embarrassing myself with woeful amounts of observations fans probably know about the film already and skip right to the presentation of this release.
Well there's no escaping this is a standard definition release but for all of its softness and the odd digital feeling jagged edge from time to time, Django: PAChas some brilliantly effective bright colours and a fairly fresh looking presentation. Eye colours, set furnishing and costumes can have some real pop. Close ups do very well with elements such as stubble, fake blood and sweat and despite the slight presence of grain, dirt and damage within the print, this is an acceptable looking disc really.
Exterior scenes are a little more washed out but still provide a good bit of colour and even night scenes remain well lit and full of western sparkle. There's no real escaping the age of this sequel but there's a sense at least a little bit of care has gone into freshening this one up for it's DVD release even if there is still plenty of room for improvement.
This stereo track is a small rather confined affair. There's no hiss or any other signs of age deterioration, there's just a limited range given the source material. The overdubbed dialogue that rarely syncs up is of course unavoidable but the dialogue sounds consistently strong and clear (albeit disconnected).
The epic western score never quite gets the chance to explode like you know it wants to and its really only the main theme song that feels fuller and with a bit more bass boost to it. On a good note, the audio generally represents the sound of the genre well enough and is a large part of the enjoyment factor here.
The only extra here is the trailer (02:56), Viva Django!
Of course the Spaghetti Western is going to get a re-injection of life on our DVD/Blu-ray releases due to Tarantino's selling power and those wanting more of what QT fell in love with over the years will get a whole load of Django movies to sink their teeth into, starting with Django: Prepare a Coffin with the UK market.
Sadly with all these rush job releases, there's a distinct lack of extras but fans of the film should be pretty happy with bright, fresh feeling video presentation and the solid, if somewhat underwhelming audio track.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 14th January 2012
Disc Type: Single side, dual layer
Audio: Dolby Stereo 2.0 English, Doilby Stereo 2.0 Italian
Easter Egg: No
Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Cast: Terence Hill, Horst Frank, George Eastman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller and Western
Length: 128 minutes
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