Django is a cowboy with a skilled hand and a gun. While Django is travelling, he bumps into a bounty killer who happens to be carrying his dead father. He successfully shoots and kills the bounty killer, leaving him questioning what to do next with his dead father. Instead of burying him on the spot, Django reminds himself that his father had a bounty on his head for $5,000. Instead of having that money go to waste, he decides to ride into town and claim the bounty for himself.
But as Django claims the bounty, people are not overly excited when they discover who he is. While Django has no problems standing up for himself against those who frown upon him, he soon makes even more discoveries about his father. It turns out that his father owned several properties, and now these properties should be in the ownership of his only son, Django. While this may seem exciting, Django also learns about his father’s business partner, Clusker, who double-crossed his father and perhaps is the man who placed a bounty on his head to begin with. Now Django seeks vengeance for his father and has a score to settle with a dangerous man.
As a leading character, Django is relatively fun to watch. He’s always positive no matter what situation he finds himself in, plus he’s somewhat witty and humorous. We get to learn about Django while his chatting to his dead father about life and his future. Django also meets several other characters who join him in taking down Clusker. These side characters were pleasing to watch and differ from Django’s personality, giving the film a great mixture of lively people to follow right from the start.
The plot is fun. There are many moments where Django finds himself in trouble, including being framed for a bank robbery that he didn’t commit. The plot follows Django from one challenge to the next, and at no point did I feel bored thanks to the pacing and little moments of randomness along the way. The old school gunfighting is great, and I can appreciate the filming style and stunt work. Thanks to Umbrella Entertainment, I was also pleased with the film’s new Blu-ray release featuring a nice DTS-HD audio track.
Overall, while I’m not usually a fan of western films, I certainly had fun watching Django Shoots First. It’s a fun film with likeable characters and little moments of humour. Pacing is pleasing with multiple turns along the way, keeping viewers invested and entertained for the entire duration. The moments of classic action were tremendous and brainless. In the end, this classic undoubtedly exceeded my expectation, and I had a wonderful time watching on Blu-ray thanks to Umbrella Entertainment. Django Shoots First (1966) is Now Available on Blu-ray!