The Original Django!

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Just as excitement amounts to an unprecedented scale for the latest Tarantino release, the original and greatest Spaghetti Western of all time, and subsequent inspiration behind Django Unchained, the highly-visceral and bloody Django – out on Blu-ray on 21st January 2013.

From renowned director Sergio Corbucci, this iconic cinematic masterpiece was originally banned in several countries and denied a certificate by the BBFC in the UK until 1993 due to it’s highly controversial and brutal presentation of the traditional Western. Still, Django has since become one of the greatest Spaghetti Westerns ever made, and is without a doubt the most influential! Who knows what Tarantino would be doing now if it wasn’t for Corbucci!

On foot and dragging a coffin behind him, a mysterious lone drifter calling himself Django (Franco Nero) arrives on the outskirts of a bleak, mud-drenched town located near the Mexico-US border. He saves the life of a prostitute, Maria (Loredana Nusciak) who is being abused, first by a group of Mexican bandits and then by a gang of racist, Ku Klux Klan-like radicals under the command of corrupt former Confederate soldier Major Jackson (Eduardo Fajardo). Accompanying Maria back to the town, Django discovers it consists of nothing more than a brothel serving the warring factions of Mexican outlaws and Jackson’s followers. Loyal to none, Django soon finds himself caught in the middle of the violent dispute and, armed with a devastating weapon, he is forced to defend himself against both sides. But when a chance encounter with a former acquaintance presents him with an opportunity to make some money and settle an old score, Django decides to team up with his adversaries, risking everything in a deadly plot that could end his life.




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