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The Complete Sartana (Arrow Video): A Quick Look


Studio: Arrow Video

Release Date: August 14th, 1968 (If You Meet Sartana...Pray For Your Death) (theatrical) / November 20th, 1969 (I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death) (theatrical) / August 7th, 1970 (Sartana's Here...Trade Your Pistol For a Coffin) (theatrical) / October 8th, 1970 (Have A Good Funeral, My Friend...Sartana Will Pay) (theatrical) / December 24th, 1970 (Light the Fuse...Sartana Is Coming) (theatrical) / July 3rd, 2018 (Blu-ray)

Run Time: 95 mins (If You Meet Sartana...Pray For Your Death) / 90 mins (I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death / 93 mins (Sartana's Here...Trade Your Pistol For a Coffin) / 91 mins (Have A Good Funeral, My Friend...Sartana Will Pay) / 99 mins (Light the Fuse...Sartana Is Coming)

Region Code: REGION FREE

Picture 1080p (1.85:1 Aspect Ratio) (If You Meet Sartana...Pray For Death) (2.35:1) (The rest of the films)

Sound: English LPCM 2.0 & English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Starring: See Each Film

Written by See Each Film

Directed by See Each Film

Rated: Not Rated (Contain Violence)

PREFACE:

I get a lot of screeners and I don't have the time to watch them all (I really wish I did). Instead of leaving them sitting on my shelf, collecting dust while not being watched, I have decided to do "Quick Looks" at some of the ones that I can't get around to.

These "Quick Looks" will contain all of the important information about a release (release date, specs, etc) along with screenshots and a list of the special features with run times for each special feature. There might also be my opinion on something pertaining to the release, but not always.

The first of these "Quick Looks" is The Complete Sartana, which is a series of five films that follows the adventures of Sartana, who is comparable to the Clint Eastwood character in the Dollars Trilogy.


If You Meet Sartana...Pray For Your Death (1968)

Run Time: 95 mins

Starring: John Garko, William Berger, Sidney Chaplin. Gianni Rizzo. Fernando Sancho. Klaus Kinski

Written by Renato Izzo, Gianfranco Parolini, Theo Maria Werner

Directed by Gianfranco Parolini

Special Features:

Commentary by Mike Siegel

If You Meet Frank Kramer...(22m 25s, HD) Brand new interview with director Gianfranco Parolini made exclusively for this release. In Italian with English subtitles.

Light the Fuse: Sartana's Casting (16m 43s, HD) Visual essay by Jonathan Bygraves

Gallery (28 images) Promotional material from the Mike Siegel archive.

Screenshots:


















I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death (1969)

Run Time: 90 mins

Starring: Gianni Garko , Frank Wolff, Klaus Kinski, Gordon Mitchell, Ettore Manni, Sal Borgese, Renato Baldini, Federico Boido

Written by Tito Carpi, Enzo Dell'Aquila, Ernesto Gastaldi

Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo

Special Features:

Commentary by C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Peake

From the Life of a Stuntman (24m 18s, HD) Interview with actor and stuntman Sal Borgese. In Italian with English subtitles

Violent Tales For Kids (19m 10s, HD) Interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi. In Italian with English subtitles.

Gallery (30 images) From the Mike Siegel archive.

Screenshots:














Sartana's Here...Trade Your Pistol For A Coffin (1970)

Run Time: 93 mins

Starring: George Hilton, Charles Southwood, Erika Blanc, Piero Lulli, Nello Pazzafini, Carlo Gaddi, Aldo Barberito, Linda Sini

Written by Tito Carpi

Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo

Special Features:

Sartana Shoots First (20m 12s, HD) Interview with actor George Hilton.

Lady Colt (29m 21s, HD) Interview with actor Erika Blanc

A Very Good Job (15m 16s, HD) Interview with actor and agent Tony Askin

Gallery (22 images) From the Mike Siegel archive.

Screenshots:
















Have A Good Funeral, My Friend...Sartana Will Pay (1970)

Run Time: 91 mins

Starring: Gianni Garko, Daniela Giordano, Ivano Staccioli, Helga Liné, Luis Induni, Franco Ressel, George Wang

Written by Roberto Gianviti and Giovanni Simonelli

Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo

Special Features:

Commentary by C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Peake

The Man Who Came From the Circus (22m 24s, HD) Interview with actor, screenwriter, and stuntman Robert Dell'Acqua.

Gallery (21 images) From the Mike Siegel archive.

Screenshots:
















Light the Fuse...Sartana Is Coming (1970)

Run Time: 99 mins

Starring: Gianni Garko, Nieves Navarro, Massimo Serato, Piero Lulli, José Jaspe, Frank Braña, Bruno Corazzari

Written by Eduardo Manzanos Brochero, Tito Carpi, Ernesto Gastaldi

Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo

Special Features:

The Mute Strikes Again (22m 1s, HD) Interview with actor and stuntman Sal Borgese. In Italian with English subtitles.

Guiliano, Luciano, and Me (20m 29s, HD) Interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi. In Italian with English subtitles.

Sartana Lives (24m 14s, HD) Archival featurette containing interviews with actor Gianni Garko and director Guiliano Carnimeo. In Italian with English subtitles.

Gallery (21 images) From the Mike Siegel archive.

Screenshots:
















As you can tell from the screenshots, the picture quality from this set is really nice. All the films actually feel like films with a nice grain structure and natural looking colors. There is a lot of damage to the first reel of the first film, but after that everything looks great.

The set comes in the same type of packaging as Phenomena and The Thing and is packaged with a booklet that features an essay from Roberto Curti and a spaghetti western timeline by Howard Hughes. There is also reverse cover art for each film, featuring each film's original theatrical art on one side and newly commissioned artwork from Matthew Griffin on the reverse side.


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