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Ringo Starr Cult Spaghetti Western Coming To DVD and Blu-Ray

10/11/2016
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ABKCO Films have announced that they will be releasing a newly restored version of Blindman, the 1971 cult Spaghetti Western starring Tony Anthony and Ringo Starr on November 4th.

The film was directed by Ferdinando Baldi (David and Goliath starring Orson Welles) and the DVD, Blu-ray and digital download versions are in HD, mastered from the original 35mm negative.

The release is preceded by midnight theatrical screenings at IFC Center in New York City on October 7 and 8, and a double feature with Jodorowsky's El Topo at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on October 21.

Blindman is Baldi's take on the immensely popular Zatoichi films of Japan. A blind gunman (Tony Anthony) escorts a group of fifty women to Texas, where they are to be married to miners. When the mail order brides are kidnapped by a gang working for two Mexican banditos (one of whom is played by Starr) and their villainous sister, the captors find out their opponent, dependent on his horse and his hearing, is a deadlier challenge than they might have expected. Full of humor, sarcasm and featuring an unforgettable 5.1 audio soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani, Blindman is one of the most stylish and absurdist of the Spaghetti Westerns from the early '70s.

Shot at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, and on location in southern Spain, Blindman was co-produced by Tony Anthony, Allen Klein and Saul Swimmer, the latter of whom co-produced the Beatles film Let It Be and directed George Harrison's The Concert for Bangladesh. Blindman features many classic Spaghetti Western locations in their heyday - the Western town of Decorados in the Tabernas desert, the massive fort built for the American film El Condor, the railroad station from Once Upon a Time in the West, the cortijo from Duck, You Sucker, and the "mission" location featured in The Bounty Killer and Death Rides a Horse.

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