I was contacted today by Jerry Whittington, the gentleman that recently posted highlights of the original 1973 featurette over at You Tube. Jerry was also responsible for posting the original Paint Your Wagon featurette (also featured on this site) and on You Tube. Jerry has been involved in the film industry for a great number of years and built a terrific body of work. He worked as an electrician on Paint Your Wagon and in between his electrical obligations, appeared in front of the camera as part of the community of 'No Name City'. Jerry also appeared in Kelly's Heroes and worked along side composer Dee Barton on films such as Play Misty for Me and High Plains Drifter.
Today, Jerry very kindly asked me if I would like to see the full version of the High Plains Drifter featurette (A Man named Eastwood). Naturally, I had to think long and hard about this, as I have only been waiting to see this little gem forever!
The new version is quite stunning. Jerry did look at the colour on the original 16mm print, but informed me that it just didn't work too well. Certain film stock (over years) does tend to turn, leaving the film either red or pinkish in colour. Transferring it in b/w remained the cleanest and best option.
The sound is superb and now includes full opening credits including the mini Eastwood bio at the start, which is fun in itself. I am deeply indebted to Jerry for providing the many fans an opportunity to view this unique and important piece of film history. This featurette has never appeared on any official video, laserdisc, DVD or Blu Ray release.Thank you again Jerry.
The Clint Eastwood Archive