Anthony Steffen stars in this rather unimpressive Spaghetti Western. German R2 New Entertainment World DVD.
young woman is attacked and killed in her home by a desperate gang. Her
husband, Django, is on the trail of the gang, seeking revenge. Arriving
in a small town he discovers that one of the gang members, Carranza,
is about to be hung. He frees the man but doesn't kill him because he
knows that Carranza was still in prison at the time of the attack.
Instead Carranza leads Django to the other members of the gang and he
gets his revenge...
From the outset, W Django
is a cliché and predictable Spaghetti Western, that could have been
cribbed from any number of earlier films. A man getting revenge for the
murder of his wife is the story behind the majority of genre entries,
the best of which manage to do something new and interesting with the
concept, but sadly W Django
is content just to go along in the normal way - Django is a perfect
shot and thinks nothing of killing, a hint at a romance is completely
wasted, there is some tiresome comic relief, and if the writer really
expected the end 'twist' to be a surprise, he is surely mistaken - it
is telegraphed from miles away. Fortunately the film is never
particularly 'bad', the pacing is good and there are plenty of action
scenes (although hardly any tension with these) with a suitably fitting
ending. There are a couple of moments that are impressive - a very grim
sequence with a peaceful man forced into a duel that he has no chance of winning, and a couple of clever
tricks played by Django (although these would be rather more suited to
a Sabata film).
Director Edoardo Mulargia doesn't do much to
help lift proceedings, with some rather by-the-numbers direction, not
helped by some very choppy editing. Experienced composer Piero Umiliani
does the best job - combining elements of the music-box theme into the
soundtrack at appropriate moments, which although not exactly original
does work well.
Steffen was not one of the best Spaghetti Western leads, and he gives a
rather typcial performance here - solid but uninspiring, although
admittedly the script gives him little to do. A few of the other faces
may be familiar (Spencer and Hill fans will doubtless recognise
Riccardo Pizzuti), but there are no other well known names in the cast.
Ultimately W Django
(1972) is a perfectly decent Spaghetti Western, but one that offers
absolutely nothing new to the table - and so most genre fans will
find many better films to watch first. Of interest really only to
completists and those who have seen everything else the genre has to
Anyone famous in it?
Anthony Steffen - one of the lesser known SW stars, who also appeared in several Gialli.
Directed by anyone interesting?
Edoardo Mulargia - a little known Euro-cult director who also helmed Don't Wait, Django... Shoot! (1967) and the Women-in-Prison flick Femmine infernali (1980).
Various deaths, no blood or gore.
Who is it for?
Of interest to Spaghetti Western collectors, but certainly shouldn't be high on anyone's list.
Original Aspect Ratio - 2.35:1. Anamorphically Enhanced. Colour The picture quality is strong, some noticable grain throughout with light print damage.
English, German and Italian mono - sounds fine. German stereo, some noticable hiss.
The disc includes:
Original German trailer, very low quality print.
Trailers for the NEW releases of 'Banditos', 'Wanted' and 'Shogun's Ninja'.
Lobby cards and stills - as a video file, with music from the film. (2 minutes)
Text notes about the film, in German only, as a video file with music.
DVD Title: Ein Fressen Für Django
Region 2 - PAL
Available in Italy and the US, very low quality bootlegs.
Believed to be fully uncut. Print is Italian.
Not without merit, W Django is just very unoriginal and contains nothing new. Only for genre completists.
The DVD looks amazing,
certainly compared to the fullscreen bootlegs that were the only way to
see the film until recently. Extras are light.