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Bury them Deep Film/DVD Review

From The Spaghetti Western Database

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An army captain teams up with a convicted murderer to retrieve a stolen gold shipment. The films uses sets and ideas from Leone's Dollar movies and some footage from other movies. Cianfriglia steals the show as the notorious bandit

Director: Paolo Moffa - Cast: Craig Hill, Ettore Manni, Giovanni Cianfriglia, José Greci, Francesco Santovetti, Luciano Doria, Ruggero Salvatori, Alberto Bucchi, Lorenzo Robledo - Music: Nico Fidenco

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Clive Norton, a captain in the Northern army, is asked to retrieve a gold shipment that was stolen from an army convoy. He saves El Chalaco, a convicted murderer, from the gallows because the man is said to have useful info on the bandit who stole the money. El Chalaco is reluctant to assist Norton on his quest until Norton reveals the name of the man they're after: Billy the Gun. This causes an abrupt about face in El Chalaco’s attitude because he has a personal score to settle with the bandit.

With two reluctant partners chasing a sadistic bandit, one for professional, the other for personal reasons, most fans will immediately think of For a Few Dollars More. The movie even uses some sets of Leone’s movie, notably the famous bank of El Paso, but with a series of double-crosses and changing alliances, the second half is closer to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The turning point is a revelation about El Chalaco’s character and a knife fight between him and Billy the Gun. The first half of the movie is rather dull, with far too many scenes of the two riding on horseback to the tunes of Nico Fidenco's whimsical score, but the second half is more lively, with a few melodramatic turns, lots of action and – how’s that for a spaghetti western – the cavalry coming to the rescue in the final minutes.

References to Leone are to be expected in a spaghetti western, but Bury them Deep also uses footage taken from other films. The bank robbery sequence includes footage from Taste for Killing (another western with Hill), and a scene in which Union soldiers are decimated, is taken from a Robert Woods western, Four Dollars for Revenge. The opening sequence with a stage coach robbery also seems to be taken from another movie (a shot of Cianfriglia on horseback is inserted to suggest otherwise, but it was clearly filmed on another location). What makes things even more confusing, is the fact that genre stalwart Lorenzo Robledo only appears in one single sequence. Was this scene shot for this movie or for another one? One that was never finished?

With entire scenes taken from other movies, the film understandably lacks coherence. Some scenes are shot on beautiful Spanish locations, others have that infamous gravel-pits look. The lair of the bandits is set in a grotto complex, illuminated as if we’re in a peplum movie. The script – by Enzo Dell’Aquila and director Paolo Moffa - mixes picaresque action and violent melodrama, and there are also some Trinity-type jokes like the scene with two Samaritans coming to the rescue when Craig Hill and Ettore Manni are tied to poles in the middle of the desert. How do our heroes show their gratitude? By knocking the Samaritans out and stealing their clothes! This is definitely a patchwork movie, but there’s plenty of action - shoot outs, fistfights, a knife fight ... The score by Nico Fidenco mixes light-hearted, whimsical tunes (one of them vaguely reminded me of the whistling theme of Bridge on the River Kwai) with rolling drums and an occasional plaintive trumpet. It seems to be a popular soundtrack among the fans of this composer.


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The DVD

French release, R2, of All'ultimo sangue, PAL, Running Time: 1:32:52

- The Film in 2,35:1, Non Anamorphic

- Audio: French 2.0 Mono, No Subtitles


This French release, called Jusqu'à la Dernière Goutte de Sang seems to be the only regular DVD release around. Evidis is known for its cheap, ultra-cheap bare-boned releases with ugly video quality, only French audio and no extras at all, not even a menu. But they have released several hard to find spaghettis, so occasionally crazy prices are asked (and paid) for their discs. This must be one of their best releases. There’s some print damage in the form of specks and vertical lines, and colors have faded considerably, but overall video quality is more than tolerable. The French mono sound does the job pretty well, although Fidenco’s score sounds a bit shrill on a few occasions.


Simon Gelten
Simon Gelten is a long time contributor to the SWDb. "I'm not as old as Tom B. but I'm working on it. I hope to catch up with him by the end of the next decade.", he says. Simon saw all movies by Sergio Leone and several by Sergio Corbucci in cinema, most of the time in Eindhoven, the city where he was born. Currently, Simon is living in Turnhout, Belgium. Simon is active within the database as both Scherpschutter and his alter ego Tiratore Scelto.
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