The Big Gundown finally arrives on BluRay/DVD in the USA

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Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the first-ever U.S. home video release of the greatest Spaghetti Western you’ve never seen: Sergio Sollima’s widescreen epic THE BIG GUNDOWN!

Starring the legendary Lee Van Cleef as a relentless bounty hunter on the trail of Cuchillo (Eurofilm superstar Tomas Milian), a savage Mexican outlaw accused of the rape and murder of a twelve-year-old girl, this release contains fifteen additional minutes of gunslinging action never before seen in America.

THE BIG GUNDOWN is one of the most highly acclaimed and long sought-after films in the spaghetti western genre, hailed by critics for its stunning cinematography, the amazing performances of Lee Van Cleef (following his iconic role in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY) and Tomas Milian, the classic Ennio Morricone music (recently used by Quentin Tarantino in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), and the riveting direction of Sergio Sollima.

The Big Gundown BluRayThe 4-disc deluxe Blu-ray/DVD limited edition of THE BIG GUNDOWN, including a bonus Blu-ray of the uncensored director’s cut and a bonus CD of Ennio Morricone’s classic soundtrack, arrives in stores December 10, 2013. Pre-order now from

Special features are as follows:

  • Spectacular new 2K digital restoration of the uncensored English-language version NEWLY EXPANDED WITH THREE ADDITIONAL SCENES!
  • BONUS Blu-ray disc – LA RESA DEI CONTI – the complete, 110-minute director’s cut presented in Italian with optional English subtitles and special musical subtitles.
  • BONUS CD – THE BIG GUNDOWN original soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
  • Exclusive, in-depth interviews with director Sergio Sollima, actor Tomas Milian and screenwriter Sergio Donati
  • Audio commentary by Western film experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • 24-page booklet featuring liner notes by C. Courtney Joyner and Euro-music expert Gergely Hubai
  • Extensive still galleries, trailers, and TV spots… AND OTHER SURPRISES!


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  • Dodanonielol Flynch Neira

    Whats this italian directors cut? Difference between that and the regular cut?

    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives

      I think it is just a slight difference. I will try to dig up the info…

  • Gritzen

    I am very curious to the difference in the cuts on this too. The explosive sidc had to switch between English and Italian audio for the full cut. Do these 3 additional scenes make up that difference for it to be fully in English and that would mean Grindhouse found English audio for these scenes which I was under the impression never existed in the first place.

    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives

      naw, the full italian cut does have pieces without english audio, i dont think grindhouse unearthed that, i think those were never properly dubbed. same with the German dub

  • Chuck Afterburner

    The only cuts I really remember from this movie were mostly at the party scene at the beginning, just randomly in parts of dialogue that seem weird spots for a cut.

    • The Quentin Tarantino Archives

      there are some more. at the party, those cuts made the movie less political… and more shallow I think

    • Tom Betts

      There’s several missing scenes such as of Lee in Camardiel’s office after the killing of the three outlaws, a longer party scene, the Father Smith & Wesson scene, a longer cane field scene.

  • Sartana Sartana

    How does this compare for completeness with fan restorations like the one from Franco Cleef?