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The Grand Duel is an archetypal spaghetti western which boasts many of the genre s classic hallmarks including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown...

Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef (The Big Combo, Day of Anger) stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling shootouts before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch.

A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail), The Grand Duel benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov (Django, Milano Calibro 9) and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns.

Special Contents:

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Cowboy by Chance, an interview with the actor Alberto Dentice AKA Peter O'Brien
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Two Different Duels, a comparison between the original cut and the longer German cut of The Grand Duel
  • Game Over, an obscure sci-fi short film from 1984 directed by Bernard Villiot and starring The Grand Duel s Marc Mazza
  • Marc Mazza: Who was the Rider on the Rain?, a video essay about the elusive actor Marc Mazza by tough-guy film expert Mike Malloy
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
94 minutes
Certificate:
15
Main Language:
English

Italian
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Giancarlo Santi
Actor:
Lee Van Cleef

Alberto Dentice

Jess Hahn
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1972
Region:
B

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Arrow Video - Join the Cult!

The Grand Duel is an archetypal spaghetti western which boasts many of the genre s classic hallmarks including action-packed gunfights, wild stunts and an impressive climactic showdown...

Genre stalwart Lee Van Cleef (The Big Combo, Day of Anger) stars as a gnarled ex-sheriff called Clayton who comes to the aid of young Philipp Wermeer (Alberto Dentice), a fugitive framed for the murder of a powerful figure called The Patriarch. Clayton helps Philipp fend off attacks from bounty hunters in a series of thrilling shootouts before the two make their way to Jefferson to confront three villains known as the Saxon brothers, and reveal who really killed The Patriarch.

A complex tale of revenge penned by prolific giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail), The Grand Duel benefits from a beguiling central performance from Lee Van Cleef and assured helmsmanship from Giancarlo Santi (assistant director to Sergio Leone on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West). Add to this brew a memorable and tuneful score by composer Luis Bacalov (Django, Milano Calibro 9) and the stage is set for one of the grandest of all the Italian westerns.

Special Contents:

  • New 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 LPCM audio
  • Original English and Italian soundtracks, titles and credits
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • An Unconventional Western, a newly filmed interview with director Giancarlo Santi
  • The Last of the Great Westerns, a newly filmed interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
  • Cowboy by Chance, an interview with the actor Alberto Dentice AKA Peter O'Brien
  • Out of the Box, a newly filmed interview with producer Ettore Rosboch
  • The Day of the Big Showdown, a newly filmed interview with assistant director Harald Buggenig
  • Saxon City Showdown, a newly filmed video appreciation by the academic Austin Fisher
  • Two Different Duels, a comparison between the original cut and the longer German cut of The Grand Duel
  • Game Over, an obscure sci-fi short film from 1984 directed by Bernard Villiot and starring The Grand Duel s Marc Mazza
  • Marc Mazza: Who was the Rider on the Rain?, a video essay about the elusive actor Marc Mazza by tough-guy film expert Mike Malloy
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Extensive image gallery featuring stills, posters, lobby cards and home video sleeves, drawn from the Mike Siegel Archive and other collections
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kevin Grant and original reviews
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
94 minutes
Certificate:
15
Main Language:
English

Italian
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Giancarlo Santi
Actor:
Lee Van Cleef

Alberto Dentice

Jess Hahn
Subtitle Languages:
English / English SDH
Theatrical Release Year:
1972
Region:
B

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Giancarlo Santi's masterfully shot 'The Grand Duel' is Spaghetti western gold!

Blessed with a wonderfully layered script by prolific Giallo luminary Ernesto Gastaldi, and a strong, dominant, enigmatic lead actor in sinewy screen icon Lee Van Cleef, a triumphantly rousing score by Sergio Bardotti, vertigo-inducing stunt-work, adrenaline-spiking gun-play, all being expertly corralled by dynamic director Giancarlo Santi into one of the more richly satisfying spaghetti westerns that offers fans an extra generous helping of bang for your 15 odd bucks. Conspicuously shot in the burning desert heat, the painfully arid environment certainly no less a constant and present threat than the callously murderous Saxon clan, the powerful, grossly immoral family headed by the Machiavellian land baron David Saxon (Horst Frank), his preening, pock-marked psychopath son Adam Saxon (Klaus Grünberg), the sinful Saxon's ceaselessly grievous misdeeds slavishly assisted by the brutal, wholly corrupted, gun-happy law man Eli Saxon (Marc Mazza). Erroneously convicted of a murder he emphatically did not commit, the delectably dashing, fashionably fuzz-faced gunslinger Philip Vermeer (Peter O'Brian) finds that his only hope of succour from the pitiless ministrations of the hangman's noose is the curious intervention of gimlet-eyed, black-duster clad conundrum Sheriff Clayton (Lee Van Cleef) whose obfuscated modus operandi is certainly no less mysterious a prospect than uber-talented screenwriter Gastaldi's rewardingly labyrinthine, expectation-shifting narrative. Giancarlo Santi's masterfully shot 'The Grand Duel' while excitingly steeped in all the bravura, explosive widescreen spectacle that one usually expects of a classic Italian Western also has an additionally mischievous nature that makes this thrilling narrative all the more fascinating, and without belabouring the obvious Lee Van Cleef in on utterly god-like form!

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