'Day Of Anger'
(Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2015 / MVD)
Overview: Giuliano Gemma plays street cleaner Scott Mary, relentlessly bullied by the people of the small town of Clifton. When legendarily ruthless master gunfighter Frank Talby (Van Cleef) rides into town, Scott seizes the opportunity to lift himself out of the gutter, and possibly even surpass Talby's own skills.
Blu ray Verdict: Lee Van Cleef is at his very best in this movie (that was originally called 'Gunlaw' back in 1967) as Talby, the slick, intelligent, and ruthless gunfighter. As is the case with many spaghetti westerns, this movie draws a very thin line between "good" and "evil." Talby is a killing machine who is out for his own personal gain, yet he is also very likable in many ways.
When he takes Scott under his wing and teaches him not to put up with being treated with disrespect from the "good" citizens of Clifton, Talby actually becomes the only person who represents any real sort of "justice" in the whole town. Then we find out that the pillars of the community have something to hide, and Talby delivers his own brand of justice to them also.
Giuliano Gemma always delivers a great spaghetti western performance, and he is at the top of his game here as well. In the role of Scott Mary he has to play a character who goes through a lot of different emotions, and a couple of life-changing events. When Scott becomes a gunfighter like Talby, we relate to him and like him even more as he demands and gets respect from the people who used to spit on him. Talby's comment to the townsfolk of Clifton sums up why: "He was born a wolf, but you made him rabid." What a great line!
The final showdown at the end is one of the classics. It is wonderfully choreographed with the film's music, and has that artistic, operatic quality that the very best spaghetti westerns possess. There's lots of emotion going on in this one, as it is plain to see that the two men squaring off still have respect and admiration for each other.
On some level, it even still seems like they are friends, but this moment was inevitable, like an uncontrollable force of nature. As Talby says, "once you start killing, you can't stop." Talby's killing finally draws that thin line, Scott ends up on the other side of it, and the final showdown begins. I will say no more for you have to watch this incredible Blu ray for yourself! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Brand new restoration of the original 35mm Techniscope camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both the Italian and International versions of the film
Original uncompressed mono audio
Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for English audio
Brand new interview with screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi
Brand new interview with Tonino Valerii's biographer Roberto Curti
Previously unreleased 2008 interview with Tonino Valerii
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by spaghetti western expert Howard Hughes, illustrated with original archive stills
MVD Entertainment Group have announced the distribution of Arrow Video (UK) in North America with a host of cult titles receiving deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork. The launch titles are: 'Day of Anger,' 'Blind Woman's Curse,' and 'Mark of the Devil.'