This year Sergio Leone’s Western classic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST celebrates its 55th anniversary. To help mark the occasion Paramount Home Entertainment will release the fully restored film for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on May 14. The special release will be a limited-edition two-disc set that includes tons of bonus content. Keep reading for more details on the 4K Ultra HD release of one of the best Westerns ever made.


Set in the dying days of the Old West, a struggle to control water in a dusty desert town embroils three hard-bitten gunmen in an epic clash of greed, honor, and revenge.  

Once Upon a Time in the West is considered one of the most iconic and influential movies ever made. The film was even selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the U.S. National Film Registry in 2009. The Western stars Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Charles Bronson. Legendary composer, Ennio Morricone, who is responsible for some of the best film scores in history, provides an outstanding score for the film. One that some consider to be one of the finest Western scores of all time.

For this release, the film has been restored from the original 35mm Techniscope camera negative by Paramount’s archive team, L’Immagine Ritrovata, and The Film Foundation. This restoration honors the 2007 Film Foundation photochemical restoration overseen by legendary director Martin Scorsese by matching its build and color palette.  The result is the definitive home release of the film, which features the 165-minute extended cut restored to its glory.


A must-own for every cinephile’s collection, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST will be presented in a Limited-Edition two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set. The set includes both new and legacy bonus content, as well as access to a Digital copy of the film.  The film is presented in Dolby Vision and HDR-10, along with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English Restored Mono Dolby Digital for an exceptional home viewing experience.

Bonus content presented on the Blu-ray Disc is detailed below:

  • Commentary by the Hosts of the Spaghetti Western Podcast –NEW!
  • A Look Back with Leonard Maltin—NEW!
  • Commentary with contributions from directors John Carpenter, John Milius & Alex Cox, film historians Sir Christopher Frayling & Dr. Sheldon Hall, and cast and crew 
  • An Opera of Violence                                            
  • The Wages of Sin        
  • Something To Do With Death
  • Railroad: Revolutionising the West
  • Locations Then & Now (Gallery) 
  • Production Gallery 
  • Theatrical Trailer  


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