View Full Version : Corbucci's The Great Silence - Worth $50? Need advice on this purchase...
10-18-2002, 12:16 AM
I've read all the posts on this film on the board. I know it is a classic spaghetti western, but is it worth the $50 Canadian asking price from Amazon.ca? (This is approximately everything, including shipping). I'm just starting to get into spaghetti westerns. I've seen all the big westerns (WILD BUNCH - my personal favorite, DJANGO - really liked it, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY - classic, and many others). I would consider myself a pretty big western fan.
Also, does anyone own the MACARONI WESTERN box set? THE GREAT SILENCE is in there too, and it is a pretty tempting set. Only downside - $300 + Canadian. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
10-18-2002, 03:17 AM
One of my top Two Spaghetti Westerns. I have the Fontoma disc, which I paid about 25 dollars US. 50 sounds kinda high for one disc.
10-18-2002, 06:45 AM
THE GREAT SILENCE is a wonderful western, but $50? You should be able to get it much cheaper from places like DeepdiscountDVD or DVD Planet (where I bought it).
I haven't seen MACARONI WESTERN BIBLE vol.1 (which also includes TODAY IT'S ME...TOMORROW IT'S YOU, BLINDMAN and IL PISTOLERO DELL' AVE MARIA), but I've heard some great things about it. If you order it from cdjapan.co.jp, it will cost you $160.45 plus $6.92 in postage. You could also order THE GREAT SILENCE separately.
In any case, THE GREAT SILENCE is essential viewing for anyone even remotely interested in Italian westerns and I can't recommend it enough!
10-18-2002, 05:49 PM
The Great Silence is a definite Italian Western to pick up, although not at $50. In my opinion the second best Italian Western behind Once Upon a Time in the West with some impressive performances by its actors, and solid direction by Corbucci.
10-19-2002, 02:05 AM
Thanks for all the feedback. I'm going to shop around for the disc, and if I have to order it from the US, then that's what I'll do. I certainly want to see it, and I'll try the sites everyone mentioned. DeepDiscount sounds good; think I'll try them first. Thanks!
11-06-2002, 05:52 PM
The ending is such a downer that there are few finalles which hit you in the nose like this one does. The final duel is done with a tragic sense of grace that makes it even more sad to watch.
11-07-2002, 08:13 PM
I paid $25.00 at dvd planets retail store here in California. A Great film. I was unable to find the film for less in u.s. currency. I truly like the film and think it was worth my 25 bucks.
11-10-2002, 12:04 AM
I ended up ordering the film from Amazon.ca (closest retailer to me..), and watched it. I was very impressed to say the least. Not many films have the courage to hand the viewer such a downbeat ending as this film. However, I respect that, and think that Corbucci did indeed choose the right ending (although it was cool to see the alternate ending...even without sound!). It's always a pleasure to see a film that defies expectations and does something bold like this. I agree with God of Death when he says that the end duel is tragic. You feel terrible as a viewer when it happens. I can honestly say it was worth the high purchase price, and I'm glad to have a film that is honest in its depiction of the old west and bounty hunters in my collection. In a weird way, I was reminded of some of the French new Wave films (Weekend, etc), because they also played with the viewer's expectations - we expect one thing, and another is given to us. This is a film that I will share with other friends; they will probably be as surprised and moved as I was with it! Thanks for all the advice in getting this one! It was worth it!
12-04-2002, 04:46 PM
While watching The Great Silence, Saturday night, it struck me that the turning point was when the sheriff interfers in the first confrontation between Loco and Silence as Loco is about to reach for his gun on the ground. I thought that moment was the best chance for Silence to kill Loco, and the sheriff's interference would set in motion the tragic fate that would bestow the main heroic characters of the film. Also, I found the final duel interesting because of the role reversal of Loco and Silence where it is Loco who shoots in self defense. Definitely an influence on McCabe and Mrs. Miller, with its landscape, and on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid in the escape scene which are similarly depicted, especially in the way Kinski grabs his rifle while going to relieve himself in the snow. The color of white in TGS is the color of death as the heroic and sympathetic become immersed in it during the majority of the film. It turns the western genre on its head many turns over, the way that Night of the Living Dead did for horror and Chinatown did for noir genres. The alternate "happy ending" reminds me of the "Love Conquers All" ending of Brazil in how a scene can be presented in a different manner.
12-04-2002, 04:49 PM
50 CAD = 31 USD
12-05-2002, 05:33 PM
BTW you can order it from http://www.dvdboxoffice.com/ for 39$ CAD including shipping.
12-06-2002, 08:09 AM
Don't order it from dvdboxoffice. You'll have to wait it forever.
12-12-2002, 05:52 PM
Yes, they have been little to slow last time. I have been waiting for my Shiver Of The Vampires 1 month now!
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