While my love for Westerns has been on a rise, I must admit that Cemetery Without Crosses didn’t quite keep up with movies like The Big Gundown or Los Companeros. True, it is a darker film that doesn’t quite have the same gimmicks, musical strength or even cast to truly bowl through the movies that share its genre. Perhaps that is because it is more of a carbon copy of movies like it while not fully realizing what made those films great albeit with a darker tone and less optimism. Still, for fans of the genre and for fans of this movie, you have a stellar release that truly gives you a complete vision of the movie from the making of to gathering a better appreciation for the genre in general. Arrow Video does well by a lesser known, but none the less much appreciated entry into the revenge Western wheelhouse.
The Arrow release offers some outstanding packaging including reversible artwork that features a newly commissioned cover and the traditional artwork. This also includes an illustrated essay booklet. The extras range from an older archived interview with the director to a French news report on the making of the picture. Perhaps the most touching extra is the newly created remembrance to the great Sergio Leone as offered by Robert Houssein. Cemetery Without Crosses being a tribute to the work of Sergio Leone, this extra is most important to understanding the direction of the picture. It's a remarkable transfer. I'm always astonished at just how beautiful large desert scapes look with the added bonus of a solid grain structure and rich color.
You can order the Arrow release now. Western fans must apply especially those impassioned about the work of Sergio Leone.
YOU BELIEVE IN REVENGE BUT I DON’T… IT NEVER ENDS
Inspired by the international success of the Dollars trilogy, and dedicated to director Sergio Leone, Cemetery Without Crosses offers a Gallic spin on the Spaghetti Western formula thanks to its star and creator, Robert Hossein (best-known to English-speaking audiences for his role in Jules Dassin’s Rififi).
After her husband is lynched by bandits, Michèle Mercier (Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath) seeks revenge and turns to an old friend, played by Hossein, for help. A solitary figure who lives in a ghost town and dons a single black glove before each gunfight, Hossein is initially reluctant but soon infiltrates the widow’s enemies to force a showdown.
Cemetery Without Crosses is a darker breed of Western, bleak and melancholy in tone amid the explosive set pieces. It also boasts an outstanding score by composer André Hossein (father of Robert) and the catchiest of themes, sung by cult figure Scott Walker.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Brand new 2K restoration of the film from original film elements
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono audio
Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Remembering Sergio – an all-new interview with star and director Robert Hossein, filmed exclusively for this release
French television news report on the film’s making, containing interviews with Hossein, and actors Michèle Mercier and Serge Marquand
Archive interview with Hossein
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by Ginette Vincendeau and Rob Young