Cast & Crew
Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native American girl helps both outlaws and plays both sides against each other.
Roy Colt and Winchester Jack - ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK
In terms of pure visual style, you might be hard pressed to recognize Bava's signature on Roy Colt and Winchester Jack but it's there in the details if you look for it; a close-up of an empty eye socket in a skull, an atmospheric shot of some gnarled trees, the menacing, skeletal-like presence of Blondie, the villain's chief henchman. While it might not be essential viewing for the uninitiated, it's definitely worth a look for anyone interested in Bava's work and the excellent DVD liner notes by Bava biographer Tim Lucas enhance one's viewing pleasure. For example, Lucas points out that "Bava's primary target here is director Sergio Leone, with whom he had worked on Mario Bonnard's comedy, Hanno Rubato un Tram (1954), starring Aldo Fabrizi. Leone is caricatured as the crippled Sam Lewis (note the shared initials), whose crutches are shot out from under him by a sharpshooter with Tourette's Syndrome, whose violent behavior is punctuated by involuntary bird-calls - a jokey reference to Ennio Morricone's famous music for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ."
Other than the aforementioned liner notes by Lucas, the DVD edition of Roy Colt and Winchester Jack doesn't offer any additional extras besides the same Bava trailers that accompany the other DVDs in Image's "Mario Bava Collection." The film, however, is featured in Italian with English subtitles and in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Another plus is the catchy, pop influenced music score by Piero Umiliani that will play on in your head for days.
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by Jeff Stafford