A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars is the story about Joe (the unnamed gunslinger – Clint Eastwood) who arrives in the Mexican border town San Miguel where two rivalling families fight against each other. This is the perfect setting to earn some money so he starts playing both families out against each other but things can’t last forever and a final showdown is coming up.
Sound and Vision:
We get widescreen image but there’s edge enhancement present and some minor compression errors. Still, for a movie from 1964, the quality is decent with good color balance, sharp image, solid level of black, enough detail. The source has been digitally cleaned up so print damage and grain are down to a minimum.
The soundtrack has a problem with the synchronisation and sounds really dated. Also, this is a remastered track that turns the original mono sound into 5.1 but the problem is that sometimes the action on the screen doesn’t fit with what you hear. The Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono) track is to be preferred here.
When you start watching the intro, you’ll notice that the credits list Bob Robertson as director. Don’t be fooled however, this is an alias for Sergio Leone. A Fistful of Dollars is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and is also the first movie Leone got credits for. Next to that, it is also the first of the most memorable western trilogy that we’ve now until now with “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” as the other movies. This is also the movie that made Clint Eastwood a big star. Before “A Fistfull of Dollars”, he starred in the Tv-series Rawhide but it wasn’t until Leone put him on the big screen that he would become the big star he is today.
“A Fistful of Dollars” is a must-have for any true movie lover, if only for its historical value. A-Film has done a reasonable job with cleaning up the picture, but better soundtrack would not have hurt