The 1968 revisionist Spaghetti Western, The Great Silence, directed and co-written by Sergio Corbucci is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a brand new Blu-ray release of sourced from a recent 2K restoration from U.S. label Film Movement.
On an unforgiving, snow-swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski, Nosferatu) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant, The Conformist) stands between the innocent refugees and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren’t always clear and good doesn’t always triumph.
Film Movement released an official trailer to announce the release of the upcoming Blu-Ray and the film’s restoration:
The Great Silence features stunning photography and a haunting score by the imitable Ennio Morricone. The film is a bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.
The film also acts as a footnote in the career of Quentin Tarantino who has been an ardent admirer of the film, and its director, for years. Corbucci’s other notable western is 1966’s Django, acted as the main inspiration for Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained. Most notably, The Great Silence and Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight both share the snowbound aesthetic and gleeful commitment to the depiction of cruelty among criminals and scoundrels.
The new Blu-Ray for The Great Silence doesn’t have an official release date at this time but is expected to land before second half of 2018.
Images: Film Movement, 20th Century Fox