Starring: Terence Hill, Horst Frank and George Eastman Directed by: Ferdinando Baldi Rating: 15 – 91 minutes
BluRay Released in the UK by Arrow Video – 10th June 2013
Following the restoration work by the world-renowned Cineteca Di Bologna of Ferdinando Baldi’s Django Prepare a Coffin, Arrow films have released a comprehensive Blu Ray transfer of this long lost sequel to spaghetti western masterpiece Django (1996) The Blu ray is released on the 10th June in the United Kingdom and comes highly recommended.
As usual Arrow have gone all out on this release which features reversible cover artwork, a brand new interview with spaghetti western historian and author Kevin Grant , both English and Italian audio tracks and a collectors booklet written by Howard Hughes .All of these features and extras combined with the typical Arrow attention to detail make this another must have release.
Terrance Hill (My Name is nobody) stars as the titular Django, hired by corrupt politician David Barry (Horst Frank) as an executioner who is framing local innocents as a ploy to overtake the land they own.
Django sets about to put an end to the corruption and in a clever turn of events frames the deaths of the condemned men using a rather ingenious method of placing a hook on the hanged men’s noose saving their lives, assembling them to wreak revenge on the man who played a part in his wife’s death. A brutal bloody revenge is what Django seeks and he will stop at nothing to avenge his lost love come along for the ride and prepare a coffin!
Terrance Hill casts a formidable shadow as Django and fills the character with as much presence as Franco Nero did in the original Django movie. A notable absence from most of the films 1:31 minute runtime is the casket which Nero carried in Django.
Prepare a Coffin (also known as VIVA Django) is the truest sequel to the original Django shining amongst the numerous cash in movies which followed the popularity of the original; the pacing is a lot slower and meticulous but this doesn’t hinder the film adding an extra dimension working well in the setting, making the hail of bullets which fly in the third act all the more satisfying.
The action pieces are exciting with the gang rounding up the men who had framed them resulting in some fantastic fist fights, gunplay and some particularly hard hitting scenes with a horsewhip all of which are effectively edited and complete with the requisite sound effects that litter late 60s action films.
The transfer is stunning, the picture quality is outstanding the effort and extent that the restoration team has undergone is remarkable, Arrow films take loving care of all of the releases a fact that shines throughout the catalogue.
The charm of the film lies within the sets, the scale and attention to detail is a credit to all the production crew and at some of the slower points of the movie there’s always something for the eyes to devour and at points it’s hard to not wander off and discover the surroundings.
Another standout point on this release is the soundtrack from the catchy opening theme (which Gnarls Barkley sampled on the track “Crazy”) which has a steady bass line accompanied by soaring graceful Trumpet work that you will be humming for hours after watching the film, to the grandiose scaling of the action scenes which capture the action on screen perfectly.
Going back the extra features; Django Explained is an 8 min interview with Kevin Grant explaining the influence of Django. This is a brilliant, informative interview proving the extent that Django had on the western landscape and is an essential interview to complete this package.
Although not as hard hitting as the original Django and not as exciting as the Dollars Trilogy or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Django – Prepare a Coffin is a worthwhile addition to any western aficionado’s collection. 7/10
Special Features: -New High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio -Optional English and Italian audio tracks -Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing on the English audio -Django Explained – A new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant -Original Trailer -Collector’s booklet by critic and spaghetti western expert Howard Hughes
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About Mark Pidgeon
A 29 year old Horror fan from the north east of England, Mark has a taste for the gore, Giallo and Japanese horror with a slight obsession with Battle Royale, Vinyl Soundtracks/Scores and Comics. He loved horror from an early age which started, as with many, discovering the video nasties and devouring as many of them as he could at an age which was far too inappropriate to be doing so. H.P Lovecraft and working in a video retail store for years (MVC sadly gone) opened his eyes to the weird world of cult horror and he hasn’t looked back since.