Action, Comedy, Ghosts, Satire, Western

Get Mean (1975)

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Get Mean coverStudio: Blue Underground

Theatrical Release: May 1976

DVD Release: October 27th, 2015

Rating: Not Rated

Directed by Ferdinando Baldi

Review by Craig Sorensen

Finally we are getting some Tony Anthony love.  Blue Underground finally gives a proper release to the final film in the ‘Stranger’ series Get Mean and later this year we are getting a proper 3-D release of Comin’ At Ya!.  Maybe Blindman and a proper release of Treasure of the Four Crowns will be forthcoming?  Probably not.  Might as well enjoy what we get.

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OK, stick with me here, this plot isn’t going to make any sense.  Tony Anthony reprises his role as The Stranger who winds up stranded in a ghost town full of gypsies.  They offer him $50,000 to help get their princess (Diana Lorys of Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll) back to Spain to help fight off the barbarian hordes that have claimed their homeland.  Of course, being a greedy sonofabitch, he accepts the offer.  Of to Spain they go.  When they arrive they are immediately thrown into a war between the Moors and the Barbarians.  Yes, Moors and Barbarians, dressed like they are from a fantasy film, swinging swords around and everything.  Soon The Stranger is dragged into a hunt for a fabled treasure, fights some ghosts and battles a Shakespeare quoting hunchback (Lloyd Battista of The Cosby Show) and a lisping gay stereotype (David Dreyer of Fuzz). 

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Get Mean isn’t your typical Italian western.  We’re pretty close to the end of the cycle’s popularity here so in order to try to maintain audience interest they start getting stranger.  There were literally hundreds of westerns produced through the ‘60s and early ‘70s (think about that next time you complain about too many superhero films) so you’ve got to do something to differentiate yourself.  So, the idea was to take a popular breakout character like The Stranger and put him in increasingly different situations.  This film comes after The Silent Stranger which sees the character travel to Japan and fight samurais.  Of course, this film is more than just taking the character to a strange land.  This is almost taking the character and placing him in different genres.  You get a little bit of supernatural horror and period drama thrown into the mix.  All played fairly tongue-in-cheek.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  It’s an enjoyable film though and weird enough to hold my interests.  And hey, if you ever wanted to see Tony Anthony pretend to get beat up by ghosts while howling like a wolfman then this is the film to see.

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These are the types of films I like to see get released.  Something that has slipped into obscurity and needs rediscovering.  And it’s surprising to see it from Blue Underground.  I was beginning to write them off.  All we’ve seen from them lately are rereleases of films that have already seen multiple releases on DVD for years.  Hopefully this is the beginning of some new acquisitions.  They’ve done a really nice job on the disc as always.  It’s a low budget film so you have to take that into account but the film looks very nice.  Colors are very natural and everything has a very filmic look.  The only audio option is the original mono track which is more than adequate.  You also get some very nice special features.  First up is a full audio commentary from Severin Films’ David Gregory, producer Ron Schneider and stars Anthony and Battista.  You also get a 23 minute video interview with Tony Anthony called “The Story of the Stranger” in which Anthony talks a bit about his career, and the making of The Stranger films and Get Mean in particular.  You also get a short interview with Battista titled “Looking for Richard” and a third interview with Ron Schneider titled “Beating a Dead Horse”.  You also get a vintage interview with director Baldi called “Tony & I” and about 11 minutes of deleted scenes.  Round out the package with the requisite trailers and radio spots and you have a disc that should be a required purchase for Stranger fans. 

Rating: ★★★½☆

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