When Sergio Leone turned Lee Van Cleef into a major star with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the actor sensibly stayed in Italy to make several more spaghetti westerns, including this one from Leone’s former assistant Tonino Valerii that genre aficionados rank amongst the best ever made.
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. But what is Talby doing in Clifton in the first place?
This lively, intelligent western, notable for the chemistry between its charismatic leads, some memorable action set-pieces (including a rifle duel on horseback that has to be seen to be believed), and a jazzy Riz Ortolani score, is presented here in an exclusive high-definition restoration from the original Techniscope negative.
Reviews"The real deal Van Cleef, complete with gunsight eyes [and] Giuliana Gemma in fine form and one of the best theme tunes you'll ever hear. All in all, this one is a winner."
- Spaghetti Western Database
"Day of Anger is a top shelf release from Arrow Video. A must-have for fans of Van Cleef and the spaghetti western genre. It's a fantastic film and a terrific showcase for an icon of cinematic badassery."
- Dread Central
"Arrow has put together quite an admirable package for this unduly under-celebrated Spaghetti Western, which receives our immediate recommendation for the genre's fans."
- Under the Radar
Brand new restoration from the original 35mm Techniscope camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of both versions of the film: the original Italian theatrical release, and the shortened version that was screened internationally
Original uncompressed mono audio, with English or Italian soundtracks on the longer cut and an English soundtrack on the shorter one
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
US, European and TV Trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Howard Hughes (author of Spaghetti Westerns), illustrated with original poster designs