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Has anyone here seen the Animated film Vampire Hunter D or its sequel, Vampire Hunter D II: Bloodlust?  Although the genre is very different, I see influences in the film from Eastwood's work.  Most notable is probably High Plains Drifter.  

In the these Anime films, the staring character, the Vampire Hunter named "D" rides into town on a horse dressed in black with a hat on.  The people look at him funny and wonder what he is doing there.  

The similarities end there, but I got the same kind of feeling as I did when the Stranger rode into town in High Plains Drifter.  Vampire Hunter D and it's sequel are set in a European transylvania type setting but have a distinct western atmosphere in many scenes.  It is known that many of the Japanese animators are fans of American films.  It would not surprise me in the slightest to find out that at least some of these similar elements were because there was a Eastwood fan on the production staff somewhere.  

Just some interesting observations I noticed that any interested parties are free to discuss further.  

Joe is a wanderer, someone who appears and causes quite a stir then disappears over the dunes and plains never to be seen again.  Not this Rubbish of being released from prison.  How can they even do that Legally without permission?  

Oh well, I was not born until 1981 so I never saw such nonsense.  Good thing too, I might add.  

He still came back because his friend the Bartender was in danger.  I am the same way, everyone is driven to act by greed in some way or another.  It is your conscience that makes you do the right thing in the end.  I always saw Joe as the hero, just a tough guy killer sort of hero.  :D

That scene was quite brutal, especially considering the time period in which that film was made.  The only thing in an Eastwood Western that I believe comes close is English Bob getting the tar kicked out of him in Unforgiven.  

The way he holds those cigars in his mouth, the facial expressions, the calm stride of a man unbeatable.  It all adds up to a performance that few can forget.  When he gives people the look, (ya'know the "What the hell's yer problem" kind of look) you know someone is about to take a dirt nap.  

I appologize that I do not remember the exact words to quote.  The scene is Joe and the Bartender setting up the dead soldiers in the Cemetary.  The Bartender says something about being with the dead when he's dead and wanting to be with the living while alive.  I forget exactly how it went, but I remember chuckling at it.  

As far as the Man With no Name Movies go, I think his work got increasingly better.  Fistfull of Dollars music was simply amazing, For a Few Dollars More was ever better than the previous, and the Good the Bad and The Ugly was by far the best.  Two Mules ofr Sister Sara seems to have the same kind of feeling in it, but it just isn't in the same boat as GBU.  

In the Line of Fire's Musical score is also quite good.  It fit the film well.  I never knew it was the same guy who had done GBU until.  You learn something interesting every day. ;D

Matt, I agree on that sentiment.  You may have noticed Two Mules for Sister Sara was last on my list.  It is my least favorite of Eastwood's Westerns.  I liked Joe Kidd much better than it.  A Nun who is actually a whore, yeah that's real great.  The movie just never appealed to me all that much, that and I hate the actress that played said Sister Sara. :P

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:GBU ending
« on: May 15, 2003, 08:18:28 PM »
I think he was saying to him, "I could have killed you too, but I'm a decent guy so we stick to the original deal and you get half the gold.  DON'T get greedy and think you'll have mine too."  

That's the message that was symbolicly sent to me by that awesome finale.  

By the way, I missed AMC's showing of it on the 10th, any idea when the next showing is going to be of the version with the restored footage?

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Collecting Eastwood Westerns on DVD
« on: May 12, 2003, 12:56:13 AM »
Oh yeah, My uncle told me Play Misty for Me was good.  I forgot all about Alcatraz!  I've seen that one before, and I loved it.  Thanks for the other recomendations, if I see them I will get them.

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Collecting Eastwood Westerns on DVD
« on: May 12, 2003, 12:43:12 AM »
Now that I know they are available on DVD, I will check Best Buy this week and see if I can find them.  After I get all the Westerns, I have a few other Eastwood favorites I intend to collect:

- Dirty Harry Box Set
- The Guantlet
- Absolute Power
- In the Line of Fire
- Blood Work (Never seen it yet, can you believe it?!)

My sister has Space Cowboys, and I am trying to convince her to hand the DVD over to me.   ;D

Any recomendations besides these I am open to.  Although Pink Cadillac can be forgotten as I do not like that movie.  

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re:Collecting Eastwood Westerns on DVD
« on: May 12, 2003, 12:29:26 AM »
Thanks for the warm welcome.  :)  I really appreciate it.  I guess I will pass on Paint your Wagon.  I recall hearing about it now.  I personally hate musicals, so I don't imagien I'd like to see the rough Man with no name breaking into song.   :-\

I just did a ranking like this in another topic.  I don't mind doing it again. ;)

1- The Good the Bad and the Ugly
2- The Outlaw Josey Wales
3- Unforgiven
4- For a Few Dollars More
5- Fistfull of Dollars
6- High Plains Drifter
7- Joe Kidd
8- Pale Rider
9- Hang em High
10- Two Mules for Sister Sara

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Favourite Clint Western
« on: May 12, 2003, 12:06:50 AM »
Here is my order:

1 - The Good the Bad and the Ugly
2 - The Outlaw Josey Wales
3 - Unforgiven
4 - For a Few Dollars More
5 - Fistfull of Dollars
6 - High Plains Drifter
7 - Joe Kidd
8 - Pale Rider
9 - Hang em High
10 - Two Mules for Sister Sara (I hate this one)

I like 1 - 8 a lot, 9 is okay, and I just do not care much for 10.  The Good the Bad and the Ugly was the first one I ever saw.  My dad made me watch it with him on a sunday afternoon when I was around 15 or so and I absolutely loved the film.  The emotion you feel in so many of the scenes is deeper than in any other of Eastwood's Westerns.  Only Wales and Unforgiven give it a serious fight for the top spot on my list.  

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Collecting Eastwood Westerns on DVD
« on: May 11, 2003, 11:52:28 PM »
First off, I would like to greet everyone.  Hello, I am a 22 year old College senior who has been a long time fan of Clint Eastwood's movies, and his westerns in particular.  I think I have seen them all, but I want to be certain.  

With the advent of DVD, and finding his films for extremely reasonable prices at places like Wal*Mart, I decided to collect them all so I could enjoy them whenever I liked.  

The first of his Westerns I ever saw was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and I absolutely loved it.  It is still my favorite by far.  

Anyway, let me know what I may be missing.  I have the following on DVD so far:

-Fistfull of Dollars
-For a Few Dollars More
-The Good the Bad and The Ugly
-Hang em High
-High Plains Drifter
-The Outlaw Josey Wales

I know of thes eemovies and have seen them all at least once when they have been on television:
-Pale Rider
-Two Mules for Sister Sara
-Joe Kidd

Are these out on DVD yet?  I have not seen them at any stores near me.  Are there any other Eastwood Westerns that I may not know about and haven't seen yet?  

I look forward to many interesting discussions here.  I had no idea there was a message board devoted to Clint Eastwood until tonight.  What a great place this is.  :D

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