Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 29th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1966
Director: Franco Giraldi
Writers: Fernando Di Leo, Ugo Pirro, Piero Regnoli
Cast: Jack Betts, Soledad Miranda, Giuliano Raffaelli, Gina Rovere, Erno Crisa
DVD released: November 26th, 2004
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Imagica
Region Coding: Region 2 NTSC (Japan)
Retail Price: OOP
Synopsis: A former government spy named Sugar Colt with unmatched shooting skills is forced back into duty when a friend of his looking for some missing soldiers is gunned down in front of him. His friends dying words “Snake Valley” is the only clue he has to work with. Will Sugar Colt be able to find the missing soldiers and avenge his friend or will his nosing around get him killed?
Sugar Colt was the directorial debut of Franco Giraldi who would go on to direct three other notable Spaghetti Westerns Seven Guns for the MacGregors, 7 Women for the MacGregors and A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die. The screenplay was co-written by director Fernando Di Leo. The score was composed by Luis Enríquez Bacalov (Django, The Grand Duel, Milano Calibre 9).
The plot for Sugar Colt takes a few familiar plot devices used in other Spaghetti Westerns like Civil War era and a lone gunman who takes on a gang who have taken over a town and now terrorize its citizen’s. Visually director Franco Giraldi does a solid job capturing the action and the scenic landscapes within the 2.35:1 scope frame. The film moves along briskly with plenty of gunfights and rarely a dull moment. One of the film’s most memorable moments is a scene were Sugar Colt drugs all the patrons in the bar with a truth serum in hopes that they will reveal the whereabouts of the missing soldiers’. The Sugar Colt character is not your typical gunslinger and there is a little bit of James Bond that can be seen when the character gets into jams and uses tricks to get him out of trouble.
In the lead role of Sugar Colt is an actor named Jack Betts who would go onto star in several other Spaghetti Westerns including Halleluja for Django, Fistful of Death and Stranger That Kneels Beside the Shadow of a Corpse. Sugar Colt was an early starring role for Jack Betts and his performance while adequate its lacks the timelessness some of other peers like Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef or Franco Nero would achieve within the Spaghetti Western genre. Sugar Colt is most likely remembered for one of its leading ladies Soledad Miranda who would find her greatest success as an actress while working with Jess Franco. Performance wise Soledad Miranda is the only one who stands out in the whole film.
Ultimately Sugar Colt is a mildly entertaining Spaghetti Western that has plenty of action and an engaging story.
Sugar Colt is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The transfer looks clean, detailed and colorful. Overall Sugar Colt is one of the better looking transfers that I have seen out of the Spaghetti Western DVD releases from Japan.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The only subtitle option is in Japanese. The audio sounds clear and evenly balanced. There are no problems with hiss, distortion or any other audio defects.
Extras for this release include a theatrical trailer and a photo gallery. Sugar Colt is only available as part of Imagica’s “Final Dual Spaghetti Western Box Set” that also comes with The Hellbenders and a Man Called Sledge. The other two films are also presented in an anamorphic widescreen and they each come with a photo gallery and a theatrical trailer. This set is currently out of print and this is the only DVD release of Sugar Colt to date while the other two films in this set The Hellbenders and a Man Called Sledge have been released in region 1 at a much cheaper and more affordable price.