Film Review: The Ringo Double Feature from Arrow Video (1966)

Italian director Duccio Tessari isn’t as unknown as one would think. He has directed films and television across all genres of film. He started with literary and historically inspired films involving everyone from Hercules to Aladdin. He later moved into the Giallo genre, creating The Bloodstained Butterfly (which also has an Arrow release). Moving into the eighties and nineties, he started with action and revenge films similar to the films of Charles Bronson and Steven Seagal. In fact, his filmography really reminds me a lot of that of Bruno Mattei; because, he moved from popular genre to popular genre depending on the decade. The only phase I haven’t mentioned yet, is the one in which he spent a lot of his time…the western…or what us ‘mericans would call The Spaghetti Western.

Django was a copy of a popular character that was a copy of a Japanese samurai. Ringo is a copy of a copy of a copy that was the inspiration for even more copies. So when you watch a film in this genre, where hundreds of films were made over a couple decades, you need to know what you’re getting into…repetition. For me, this isn’t a huge deal, since Giallo, splatter, and every other genre has formulas as well. The issue here, of course, is that I’m not the biggest fan of the western genre.

Sure, I like checking out the classics once in awhile; however, the cult classics are even less frequent. All too often the western is a movie that I put on in the background, hardly paying attention to it…just waiting for the next shootout. So I definitely don’t have the experience in this genre to go comparing it to the numerous titles that are out there. There are also so many films following certain characters that I could barely compare them within the franchises. What I can say is that these are decent movies, and twenty seven dollars for the set it is a steal when it comes to Arrow’s releases. I have seen most of what they have to offer as far as westerns go, so outside of Day of Anger, this would be the western that I would definitely get off of this label. While they both have similar plots involving the infiltration of Mexican gangs, they come to different conclusions regarding revenge and violence. The real standout performance, however, is from classic composer Ennio Morricone. So it is still a very worthwhile purchase for lots of genre collectors, it just may be a little more “specialized” than many of Arrow’s releases.


Author: Steven Paul

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