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Cemetery Without Crosses (2-Disc Special Edition)
(Michele Mercier, Robert Hossein, Guido Lollobrigida, et al / Blu ray+DVD / NR / (1969) 2015 / MVD)

Overview: Manuel is a leather-clad killer, drawn into a tragic kidnap/murder plot by his former flame Maria Caine.

Blu ray Verdict: Newly re-mastered into a brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film elements, 'Cemetery Without Crosses' (otherwise known as 'The Rope and the Colt' (1969) is a very good "eurowestern" that will have you in its grip from start to finish. It is beautifully filmed with lots of desolate wide open desert, and impressive mountain scenery. The film has a feeling of loneliness as much of it takes place in a deserted ghost town which has apparently become the home of the protagonist.

The movie is populated with bitter characters that are primarily motivated by revenge. There are no happy endings here. This definitely wasn't "the feel good movie of the year," which is a good thing. The female lead, Maria Caine (Michèle Mercier) is a beautiful woman in black with little left to live for other than seeing her husband's killers pay for his death. Her relationship with Manuel, the man she goes to for help with her plan, is a very intriguing one. This is because we are left to wonder what their history is until close to the end of the film when it is finally revealed.

The music score is excellent. The opening/closing theme is a great spaghetti western ballad with vocals. The music during the film is mostly guitar designed to create feelings of suspense and sadness. There's also a touch of organ thrown in for good measure. It all works wonderfully with the film. This is a high-quality spaghetti western that is riveting and entertaining. I highly recommend this one and if you can now watch it - for the first time or the tenth time on this brand new Blu ray 2K restoration of the film from original film elements, well, if you get that chance don't pass it up! [FYI: It's been said, interesting, that the infamous dinner scene at the Rogers house was directed by Sergio Leone!] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film elements
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
* Remembering Sergio: an all-new interview with star and director Robert Hossein, filmed exclusively for this release
* French television news report on the film's making, containing interviews with Hossein, and actors Michèle Mercier and Serge Marquand
* Archive interview with Hossein
* Trailers
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by James Flames
* Illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by Ginette Vincendeau and Rob Young