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Outlaws & Con Men has a few solid enough western-adventure flicks, including two Django films and although I’m not a fan of the genre, these were at least fairly entertaining.

 

 

Outlaws & Con Men
— Django Shoots First/Django’s Cut Price Corpses/Bad Man’s River/Sting of the West —
(1966-1972)

Genre(s): Western
Mill Creek Entertainment | NR – 345 min. – $9.98 | March 12, 2019

Date Published: 03/11/2019 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Alberto De Martino (Django Shoots First), Luigi Batzella (Django’s Cut Price Corpses), Eugenio Martin (Bad Man’s River), Enzo G. Castellari (Sting of the West)
Writer(s): Various
Cast (Alphabetical Order): Jeff Cameron, Gina Lollobrigida, James Mason, Jack Palance, Giancarlo Prete, Fernando Sancho, Glenn Saxson, Lionel Stander, Evelyn Stewart, Lee Van Cleef
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78; Full Frame 1.33
Subtitles: None
Region(s): 1

 

ABOUT THIS RELEASE


Django Shoots First (1966) — Django (GLENN SAXSON) recovers his father’s dead body from a bounty hunter, whom he has dispatched, and instead of burying him, decides to collect the reward himself. On his arrival in town, however, he learns that his father wasn’t a criminal, but a businessman, framed by his former partner, compelling him to stay and avenge his father and try to claim his rightful inheritance.


Django’s Cut Price Corpses (1971) — The Cortez brothers rob a bank and flee beyond the Mexican border. On their trail are various people, each for a different reason: Sheriff Fulton (GENGHER GATTI) is sent by the robbed bank to recuperate the money; Django (JEFF CAMERON), a head-hunter, is after them for the reward money; Pickwick (JOHN DESMONT) is after a saddle stolen from him by the Cortez brothers; Pedro (GIANFRANCO CLERICI) and Dolores (ANGLEA PORTALURI), saloon owners, also would like to have the loot.


Bad Man’s River (1971) — A Mexican revolutionary offers four marauding outlaws a million bucks to destroy an arsenal owned by the Mexican army. The arsenal gets blasted, but the million bucks doesn’t get delivered in this “outsmart and outsmarters” and “double-cross the double-crossers” western saga.


Sting of the West (1972) — A pair of frontier sharpsters (JACK PALANCE, GIANCARLO PRETE) who are trying to sell a supposedly worthless gold mine. When the mine turns out to be real, our two misfits, along with their inept entourage, must try and recover the dead to the mine.


The “Outlaws & Con Men: 4 Movie Collection” offers four second (or third) tier westerns including Django Shoots First, Django’s Cut Price Corpse, Bad Man’s River  and Sting of the West. Now, outside a few classics like The Man With No Name Trilogy, The Magnificent Seven and Unforgiven, I’ve never been a fan of westerns and none of these films were great, but still held some entertainment value for me.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


The four movies are crammed onto one disc. There is a code for the digital copy which can be accessed on Mill Creek’s web site.

 

VIDEO – 2.5/5, AUDIO – 2.75/5


Django Shoots First, Django’s Cut Price Corpses and Bad Man’s River are all presented with a 16×9 enhanced widescreen 1.78 aspect ratio while Sting of the West is shown with a 1.33 full frame aspect ratio. These transfers are unsurprisingly poor with soft detail even by standard definition standards and colors are tame. Each movie comes with basic Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks where you can hear hissing in many scenes though dialogue at least sounds decent.

OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, Outlaws & Con Men has a few solid enough western-adventure flicks, including two Django films and although I’m not a fan of the genre, these were at least fairly entertaining. The DVD release from Mill Creek Entertainment offers up okay video and audio transfers but lacks any bonus features.
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