Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 2nd, 2005
Theatrical Release Dates: Italy, 1969, 1971, 1971
Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Writers: Renato Izzo, Gianfranco Parolini
Cast: Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Linda Veras, Yul Brynner, Nieves Navarro, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini
DVD Released: October 18th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 317 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: MGM/Sony
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $35.95
Return of Sabata
Sabata: Several high ranking town officials plan heist of n army safe which contains one hundred thousand dollars. They plan to use the money to build land that will fall directly in the path of the railroad that is currently being constructed. What the thieves didn’t count on was running into the legendary gunslinger Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) who kills the thieves and threatens to blackmail those in charge of the robbery. The towns’ people send several assassins after Sabata to silence him forever.
Adios Sabata: A leader of a group of revolutionaries hires the infamous gunslinger Sabata to steal a wagon containing gold from Colonel Skimmel. This time around Sabata is assigned few sidekicks to help him pull off the heist. Shortly after they pull off the robbery Sabata and his four henchmen decided to split the money up and go their separate ways. To their dismay when they open the sacks of gold they soon discover that they are filled with sand.
Return of Sabata: Now working in a circus Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) arrives in the town of Hobsonville and shortly there after he meets an old friend who clues him in on what is going on around town. A man named Joe McIntock is unjustly taxing the townspeople and instead of using the money for reinventions’ around town. He is pocketing the money and once he has stolen enough money he plans to flee town.
All three films included in this collection are presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves their original 2.35:1 aspect ratios. Colors are nicely saturated and black levels are strong with an exceptional amount of detail present through out. Overall these Sabata DVD’s are a vast improvement over their Japanese counterparts that were released a few years ago and they are on par with the recently released region 2 Sabata’s DVD released in the UK.
All three releases come with two language options English and French. Both are presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The dialog is easy to understand and the music and effects never overpower the other. Overall while these sound mixes may not push your sound system to its fullest they are more then satisfactory as they get the job done. English and French subtitles have been included that are easy to read and follow.
These three DVD’s are all essentially bare bones with the only extras amounting to trailers for some of Sony’s other westerns that are currently on DVD.
The first film simply titled Sabata is the best of the lot as the other two films are above average spaghetti westerns at best. What makes these movies include in this set so enjoyable is the performances’ of Yul Brynner and especially Lee Van Cleef who is in top form in the two films he stars in. Overall Sony has done a great job on the audio/video presentations of each of these and they sets asking price is cheaper then most spaghetti westerns titles making this a must purchase if you a fan of this genre of films.