Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns Vol 3 (1968) artwork

Savage Guns: Four Classic Westerns Vol 3 (1968)

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Four of the Italian western's hardest, cruelest, bloodiest classics erupt from the screen in Savage Guns, the feature-packed limited edition box set from Arrow Films released on Blu-ray 11th December 2023.
Craig Hill, Robert Woods, Terence Hill, Fabio Testi
Paolo Bianchini, Edoardo Mulargia, Mario Camus, Lucio Fulci
Arrow Video
10 hours 0 minutes
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Maniacal outlaws thirsting for blood! Corrupt capitalists profiting from the suffering of the common folk! Desperate people pushed to violent revenge! The Italian western has never been grittier than in this quartet of later-period cult classics, in which the trademark cynicism of the genre escalates into the radical pessimism of the late 1960s / early 1970s world.

In Paolo Bianchini's I Want Him Dead (1968), American actor Craig Hill (The Bloodstained Shadow) stars as an ex-Confederate soldier who vows revenge after his sister is raped and murdered, in so doing setting him on a collision course with a dastardly plot to disrupt peace talks between the North and South. Next, in Edoardo Mulargia's El Puro (1969; a.k.a. The Reward's Yours... The Man's Mine), western icon Robert Woods (My Name is Pecos) gives arguably his greatest performance as a legendary gunfighter forced to emerge from hiding after the bounty hunters on his tail murder the tender-hearted barmaid (Rosalba Neri, Smile Before Death) who offered him a new life.

Then, in Mario Camus' Wrath of the Wind (1970), genre superstar Terence Hill (They Call Me Trinity) shows his darker side as an assassin who finds his conscience when he and his brother (Mario Pardo, Knife of Ice) are hired by a ruthless landholder (Fernando Rey, The French Connection) to kill the leaders of a growing labor movement. Finally, Fabio Testi (What Have You Done to Solange?) and Tomas Milian (Don't Torture a Duckling) star in Lucio Fulci's Four of the Apocalypse (1975), in which a quartet of misfits go from sharing the same jail cell to embarking on a savage odyssey that will lead to torture, rape and cannibalism. Preyed upon by a ruthless bandit, the foursome fight for their lives - until the time comes for revenge.

Four of the Italian western's hardest, cruelest, bloodiest classics erupt from the screen in this feature-packed box set from Arrow Films. Featuring dazzling High Definition restorations and a wealth of brand new bonus materials produced specially for this release, Savage Guns delivers - from both barrels!

Savage Guns is released on Blu-ray 11th December 2023 from Arrow Films.

    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all four films
    • 2K restorations of all four films from the original 35mm camera negatives, with El Puro newly restored by Arrow Films for this release
    • Italian and English front and end titles on all four films
    • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks on all four films
    • English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
    • Brand new introductions to each film by journalist and critic Fabio Melelli
    • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by author and critic Howard Hughes
    • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
    • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeves featuring original artwork and a slipcover featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
    • Brand new audio commentary by critics Adrian J. Smith and David Flint
    • The Man Who Hated Violence - brand new interview with director Paolo Bianchini
    • Cut and Shot - brand new interview with editor Eugenio Alabiso
    • Nico Unchained - archival interview with composer Nico Fidenco
    • English theatrical trailer
    • Image gallery
    • Two versions of the film: the 98-minute cut, presented in Italian and English, and the longer, 108-minute version, assembled from the original camera negative and an archival print and presented in both Italian and a newly created hybrid English/Italian mix
    • Brand new audio commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
    • Brand new interview with actor Robert Woods
    • Brand new, in-depth appreciation of the soundtrack and its composer, Alessandro Alessandroni, by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon
    • Alternate, 106-minute Spanish-language version of the film, featuring additional and extended scenes not found in the Italian or English versions
    • Brand new audio commentary by author and critic Howard Hughes
    • The Days of Wrath - brand new interview with camera operator Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli
    • They Call It... Red Cemetery! - a short film from 2022 by filmmaker Francisco Lacerda, serving as a love letter to the spaghetti western genre
    • Alternate "Revenge of Trinity" opening titles, newly restored for this release
    • Image gallery
    • Brand new audio commentary by author and producer Kat Ellinger
    • It Takes Four - previously unreleased interview with production manager Roberto Sbarigia
    • Brand new, in-depth appreciation of the film by author, critic and Lucio Fulci scholar Stephen Thrower
    • Brand new, in-depth appreciation of the soundtrack and its composers, Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi and Vince Tempera, by musician and disc collector Lovely Jon
    • Newly restored theatrical trailer
    • Image gallery

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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