Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" trilogy is without a doubt one of the most iconic westerns ever to hit the screen. The three films; A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, are among the finest spaghetti westerns made. The three films have already been available on Blu-ray in as a collection, but recently MGM has released them individually for viewer consumption.
Not long ago I had the opportunity to check out the A Fistful of Dollars release. The film proved to be as timeless as a I remembered, and the presentation quality was on par with expectations for a high definition release of a film from the '60s. It was a little disappointing that the individual releases are identical to those that were available in the aforementioned boxed collection, however, that didn't take away from the quality of the release itself. Just keep that in mind if these movies already have a home in your collection. With that in mind, let's take a look at For a Few Dollars More.
For a Few Dollars More starts out with a bang as a group of banditos frees a murderous criminal from the confines of his prison. He's paroled thanks to the barrel of a bunch of pistols and it's quite clear that this hombre, El Indio (Gian Maria Volonté), is a man to be reckoned with. After the villainous introduction we get to meet a bounty hunter by the name of Mortimer (Van Cleef) who is a slick individual that dresses in black. The manner with which he carries himself tells everyone he's cool as a cucumber and as dangerous as a cobra. One glance from him is enough to send people quaking in their boots and he's the kind of guy you don’t want to mess with. As evidence of that point he takes out a wanted man from several yards away to collect a $1,000. He even allows the man to pull a gun on him and doesn’t break a sweat as bullets dance ever closer to his feet.
With the new characters out of the way, Clint Eastwood's Stranger character returns to the screen on the hunt for a bounty of his own. He's noticeably injured from his encounter in A Fistful of Dollars, which left one of his hands wounded, but he's still deadly and full of grit. Eventually the Stranger and Mortimer catch wind of each other as they both pursue El Indio for that rather large bounty that was placed on his head. What transpires next is another deadly game of the Stranger getting caught in the middle between two forces. He remains the star, however, and everything that occurs in the film revolves around his actions.