Blu-Ray News #123: Death Rides A Horse (1967).

Directed by Giulio Petroni
Starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law

I’m rather picky when it comes to Spaghetti Westerns. While some of them are brilliant, you have to wade through a lot of crap to get to them. Death Rides A Horse (1967) is one of the brilliant ones. Van Cleef is excellent; John Phillip Law was about to make Danger: Diabolik (1968), so he’s at his supercool best; Giulio Petroni is one of the better directors for these things; and this has to be one of Ennio Morricone’s best Western scores.

It’s been available on DVD for ages, often pan-and-scan and looking like crap, so the upcoming Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber is good news indeed. They say to look for it this summer. Highly recommended.


Filed under 1967, DVD/Blu-ray News, Ennio Morricone, John Phillip Law, Kino Lorber, Lee Van Cleef, Spaghetti Westerns, United Artists

3 responses to “Blu-Ray News #123: Death Rides A Horse (1967).

  1. john k

    Could not agree more about the amount of crap you have to
    wade through to get to the odd gem.
    Of Lee’s starring vehicles DEATH RIDES A HORSE is second only
    to THE BIG GUNDOWN which is my all time fave Spaghetti.

    Sadly lots of these films were handled by small,independent distributors
    so sourcing high quality elements in nigh impossible.
    I recall FIND A PLACE TO DIE (partly directed by Hugh Fregonese)
    with Jeff Hunter as one of the better ones but the DVD is horrible-
    I also hope George Sherman’s only Spaghetti MURIETTA (aka VENDETTA)
    also with Hunter and Arthur Kennedy gets released,as far as I know
    decent elements still exist.
    I’d also love to see SUNSCORCHED directed by and starring Mark Stevens.

    Very interested to see how Kino’s sales balance between the Spaghetti’s
    and traditional Fifties Westerns…I note DEATH RIDES A HORSE has
    already generated 200 “likes” on their Facebook page.


    • Mike Richards

      This is definitely one of the better Spaghetti westerns. There was a very good UK widescreen DVD from MGM a few years back. I see there is also a Spanish Blu ray available from semi bootleg company Resen, not certain about the Blu ray quality, but it has a great front sleeve design. The German Blu ray has the traditional film poster cover.


  2. john k

    The German Explosive Blu Ray of DEATH RIDES A HORSE
    was a superb transfer,though I note there is some on-line debate
    about how the film was cropped…a bit technical for me,I might add.
    I wish Van Cleef had made more films of this quality-he’s such a
    class act in the right film.


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