Django Shoots First (1968)

Django spara per primo

Dorado Films, fresh off of their excellent release of Gatling Gun last month, brings us yet another fantastic looking release, Alberto de Martin's 1966 effort, Django Shoots First.

Glenn Saxson and Fernando Sancho

Glenn Saxson(aka Roel Bos) stars as yet another Django. This time, he's set up camp, where a bounty hunter rides in with a body on his horse, who just happens to be Django's father. Django kills the bounty hunter, and collects the bounty himself. He coms to find that in town, his dad was partnered with a seedy banker named Kluster (played quite weasely by Nando Gazzolo), who set up his father to be jailed, escape, and be hunted down. But there's a good side: he also finds that he owns half of the bank and saloon, which, of course, Kluster is not too happy about.

With the help of Gordon (Fernando Sancho, in a rare non-bandito role), the beautiful Lucy (Ida Galli) and the mysterious Doc (Alberto Lupo), Django has to take on the nefarious banker, who's framed him for robbery, as well as dealing with the banker's duplicitous wife and his gang, led by Ward (Guido Lollobrigida).

This one was an average, yet enjoyable genre piece. It started out interestingly enough, with the whole father/bounty scenario, and its pace moves right along without being dull. There were several well-choreographed fight scenes, and decent acting, all around. Glen Saxson seems sort of a generic choice in some ways, cheerful but thankfully not Trinity-like, more like a scruffy Gemma's Ringo. It was a treat to see Fernando Sancho in a non-bandido role, as with all of the spaghettis he's done, he's only done a few where he wasn't wearing a sombrero. It was a bit strange, however, to hear his English overdub with a distinctive southern accent, as opposed to the gruff, boisterous one we're accustomed to hearing. The English overdubs in general were somewhat on the generic side, but it's a minor quibble. The score by Bruno Nicolai was somewhat typical but appropriate, and there is some fantastic camera work from Riccardo Pallottini, replete with the extreme close-up shots and breathtaking landscapes that we see in many other genre films.

This is the third release from Dorado that I've watched, and like the other two, they did an incredible job on the restoration. The picture is sharp and clear, with vibrant colors, and very little scratch or damage, and the sound is pretty good, as well. As far as the actual packaging, there's an insert for their two most recent spaghetti releases, and there's a few images of some posters on the inside of the box, too. There are also five trailers for some of Dorado's other current and upcoming releases. These same trailers appeared on the release of Gatling Gun.

Like I noted, as far as spaghettis go, it's a pretty average affair, but worth picking up, as it's not a bad film, and Dorado once again put an incredible effort into the restoration.

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