Rent Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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2h 39min
Rent Once Upon a Time in the West (aka C'era una volta il West) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Sergio Leone's monumental epic 'Once Upon a Time in the West' ranks among the five or six all-time Western masterpieces. The picture itself is as big as its Monument Valley locations, as grand as its fine, distinguished cast. Henry Fonda plays the blackest character of his long career. He's Frank, the ruthless, murderous psychopath who suffers conscience pangs after annihilating an entire family. Jason Robards is the half-breed falsely accused of the terrible slaughter. Charles Bronson plays the harmonica playing man who remembers how his brother was savagely tortured.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Fulvio Morsella
Writers:
Sergio Donati, Sergio Leone
Aka:
C'era una volta il West
Studio:
Paramount Home Entertainemnt
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/10/2003
Run Time:
159 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary Track: With contributions from directors John Carpenter, John Milius & Alex Cox, film historians Sir Christopher Frayling & Dr. Sheldon Hall and cast and crew
  • An Opera Of Violence, The Wages Of Sing, Something To Do With Death: Documentaries including extensive interviews with Claudia Cardinale, Gabriele Ferzetti, Bernardo Bertolucci and Cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli. Plus archive interviews from Sergio Leone and Henry Fonda
  • Rail Road: Revolutionising The West - Featurette
  • Locations Then & Now: Stills Gallery
  • Production: Stills Gallery
  • Cast Profiles: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Gabriele Ferzetti
  • Original Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
Includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/09/2011
Run Time:
165 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 1.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary featuring directors John Carpenter, John Milius and Alex Cox, film historians Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr. Sheldon Hall, plus cast and crew
  • Theatrical trailer

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Reviews (1) of Once Upon a Time in the West

Images Linger Long After the Film - Once Upon a Time in the West review by CV

Spoiler Alert
17/02/2021

The first two sequences of the film are quite extraordinary: no music except the amplified natural sounds of a squeaky wind-fan, dripping water and a door slam create a nerve-jangling opening to this epic Western. The next sequence, seemingly unrelated to the first, is also nerve-jarring in effect, also created by the stopping and starting of natural sounds, in this case the interrupted chirrupping of cicadas. After this the drama unfolds and the audience has to work out how the characters relate to one another as their paths constantly cross throughout: who are directly involved in the main action and who are incidental. My mind was still putting in place the earlier events way after the film had ended.

I chose the film as I wanted literally a change of scenery from my recent choices and if you have a large screen it will be all the more impressive. There are both amazing panoramic visions of Monument Valley and disturbing close-ups of the characters. Henry Fonda is cross-cast but my favourite performance was that of Charles Bronson who seems omnipresent, hovering, always observing what's going on. He has no name and has a cypher existence until the ending.

After the film had ended I looked at the extras and there was a running commentary on the film in its entirety. I was quite happy to watch it all again where the direction and photography was discussed as the film was running but time prevented.

I was surprized there were no reviews here already for this film where my Film Guide had praised it to the skies. The images linger long after the film has ended.

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