Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 12th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, March 11th, 1970
Director: Enzo Barboni
Writers: Franco Rossetti, Mario di Nardo
Cast: Leonard Mann, Woody Strode, Peter Martell, Helmuth Schneider, George Eastman, Ida Galli, Alain Naya, Dino Strano, Andrea Aureli
BluRay released: January 10th, 2017
Approximate running times: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English, DTS-HD Mono Italian
BluRay Release: Kino Lorber
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: Suffering from amnesia a young man named Chuck Moll escapes with three other patients from an asylum. Chuck with the help of his three new friends return his home town only to discover that a war has erupted between two rivaling families. Chuck’s family has a long-standing feud with another family. And Shortly after his arrival a man who says that he is Chuck’s father. talks him into killing a man.
The Unholy Holy Four is the directorial début of Enzo Barboni, who’s next two films, They Call Me Trinity and Trinity Is Still My Name!, would make him one of the more prominent directors’ working the Spaghetti Western genre in the 1970’s. The score for The Unholy Four was composed by Riz Ortolani, who’s other notable scores include, Day of Anger, Don’t Torture a Duckling, House on the Edge of the Park and Cannibal Holocaust.
With The Unholy Four Enzo Barboni creates one of his most intense and gritty looking westerns. Visually The Unholy Four is overflowing many great moments that are wonderfully realized by cinematographer Mario Montuori. The Unholy Four really shines when it comes to its action sequences. With this film’s greatest strength being it’s ability to create memorable action sequences.
The Unholy Four has solid cast that includes Leonard Mann (Forgotten Pistolero, Death Steps in the Dark) in the role of this film’s protagonist Chuck Mool, Peter Martell (The French Sex Murders, Death Walks at Midnight), George Eastman (Rabid Dogs, Absurd), Ida Galli (The Bloodstained Butterfly, The Weekend Murders) and Woody Strode (Once Upon a Time in the West, Scream). The performances are strong all around. Ultimately The Unholy Four is an underrated Spaghetti Western that is waiting too be rediscovered.
The Unholy Four comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Flesh tones and colors look accurate, black levels fare well and details look crisp. The source used for this transfer is in very good shape and grain looks natural.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and DTS-HD mono mix in Italian. Both audio mixes sound, clean and dialog comes through clearly. The ambient aspects of both audio mixes are well represented and the score sounds robust. Included with this release are removable English subtitles. It should be noted that the English subtitles are a direct translation of the English language tack.
Overall The Unholy Four gets a strong audio / video presentation from Kino Lorber.
Note: This film is also being released by Kino Lorber on DVD.