“Django, Prepare a Coffin” (“Preparati la bara!”)


Amos Lassen

Django defends obviously corrupt politician David Barry (Horst Frank), against an attack, and he is paid back for his good deed with grave injuries and the murder of his wife in an ambush organized by Barry while Django is transporting a shipment of gold from a bank to the central depository in Atlanta. Five years later, Django has reestablished himself as a hangman on the other side of the country, and he’s got a lot of business what with the many innocently condemned for the string of gold hijacks organized by Barry and executed by Lucas (George Eastman) and his gang. Using a harness device to fake the hangings, Django builds up an army of wronged men to expose the Lucas gang and whoever is behind them.

When he learns that Mercedes (Barbara Simon), the wife of Garcia (José Torres), another condemned man he has rescued – is also going to be hanged as an accomplice, Django sends his men to capture the Lucas gang during their next gold transport ambush while he rescues the woman. Garcia, however, convinces the men that they would be better off with the gold than in attaining justice; and Django soon finds himself at the mercy of Lucas and Barry who want him to lead them to men and the gold.

The international success of the original spaghetti western “Django” was a major boost for the Italian film industry in the late ’60s, with filmmakers made as many westerns as possible. Many adopted the name Django in their titles, though most had nothing to do with the first. One of the few films that actually does work as a genuine sequel is “Django, Prepare a Coffin” and it was an early western star role for Terence Hill.

Special features include:

– New High Definition digital transfer of the film in the original 1.66:1 aspect ratio

– Optional English and Italian audio tracks

– Newly translated English subtitles for Italian audio and English SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing on the English audio

Django Explained, a new interview with Spaghetti Western expert and author Kevin Grant

Original Trailer

Those who re lucky enough to get a first pressing will also receive an nllustrated collector’s booklet by critic and Spaghetti Western expert Howard Hughes

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