I just picked up this box set at Best Buy for $12.99 and while I’m not one to advocate shopping at chain stores, it’s significantly cheaper than I’ve seen it anywhere else (literally the best buy) so I thought I’d spread the word. Plus, the sell-through DVD industry really needs all the help it can get right now- so if you like buying movie, go buy some DVDs, someone has to. I’m sure the quality of the films isn’t great, but they’re spread out over 11 DVDs (2 per side), there’s a booklet with synopses of all the films in the set, and (you cheap bastard) it comes to less than $0.30 per movie so you can’t really complain.
The DVD case does the usual 1 star per movie listing on the outside (with 3 actors per movie in the booklet) with no mention of the crew, so for those who are interested here’s some of the behind-the-camera talent included in this set: Sergio Corbucci (Minnesota Clay), Sergio Martino (Mannaja [my review]), Lucio Fulci (Four of the Apocalypse and Challenge to White Fang), Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma [aka Django Rides Again]), Antonio Margheriti (And God Said to Cain), 4 films written by Ernesto Gastaldi (Man from Nowhere, It Can Be Done Amigo, The Price of Power, and Grand Duel), 2 scored by Ennio Morricone (Run, Man, Run and Death Rides a Horse), and one by Stelvio Cipriani (Cry of the Wolf). Plus you also get a lot of films starring Klaus Kinski, Lee Van Cleef, Gianni Garko, and George Hilton, and a bunch of characters named Django and Sartana (including If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death [my review]).
With Tarantino announcing his next project is a “spaghetti western,” I’m sure sets like this will start appearing everywhere- maybe, if the DVD industry isn’t dead by then (fingers crossed).
At my current review-posting rate, this set should give me enough stuff to write about for the next decade.