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The Comancheros [DVD] [1961]

  • SKU: 5402058
  • Release Date: 05/20/2003
  • Rating: NR
Michael Curtiz's The Comancheros will prove something of a disappointment on DVD, at least for those of us who owned or have seen the laserdisc of the movie. The latter, also produced by Fox, contained a very enjoyable and rewarding commentary track by movie co-star Stuart Whitman that is nowhere to be found on this digital disc. The movie itself is transferred well enough here, at least by the standards of the early 21st century, though there are limits to the resolution of both the source print and the transfer technology. One longs to see how a high-definition transfer, even bumped down to NTSC, would look on this movie; between the expansive outdoor locales and the fact that Curtiz filled just about every corner of the Cinemascope screen with something worth seeing, it will probably be mighty impressive. Until then, we have this more modest effort, proportioned in letterboxed format to fit the 'Scope image (2.35:1), fairly sharp and reasonably crisp, even if the reds bleed a bit and the finest printing on the opening titles blurs slightly. The bonus features include the original American trailer and one in Spanish as well; a brief Fox Movietone newsreel clip of singer Claude King and composer Tillman Franks, who wrote the song "The Comancheros" (which was never used in the movie) accepting an award; and trailers for two other John Wayne movies released by Fox. It's not much of a supplement compared to the laserdisc, but at least the two-layer menu accessing all of it -- which opens automatically on start-up -- is easy to use.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (79 out of 79)

    Special Features


    • Movietone News: Claude King and Tillman Franks receive award for "The Comancheros"
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Spanish trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Comancheros

    Cast & Crew


    • John Wayne
      John Wayne - Capt. Jake Cutter
    • Stuart Whitman
      Stuart Whitman - Paul Regret
    • Ina Balin
      Ina Balin - Pilar Graile
    • Nehemiah Persoff
      Nehemiah Persoff - Graile
    • Lee Marvin
      Lee Marvin - Tully Crow



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 79 reviews

    100%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A pretty good Western!

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      SM469
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      The Comancheros is a fun Western staring John Wayne and Stuart Whitman. At first the interactions between Wayne and Whitman were a bit annoying but as the movie progresses they really seem to meld well together. Personally I think the highpoint of the movie was the small role played by Lee Marvin. Marvin, as was the norm in the 60's, plays a perfectly despicable dirt bag. Western fans will find plenty of open scenery, gunfights and horse action to keep you interested and some pretty well written characters to keep you engrossed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, great dvd

      Posted
      CD65
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      Had heard about this movie for years but had never seen. Saw it on the shelf at Best Buy and decided now was the time. Not disappointed! It's a John Wayne western movie of course, but I enjoyed Stuart Whitman's portrayal of a likable bandit turned good. Good interaction with him and Wayne in a story about chasing down gunrunners. DVD quality is quite good. At a bargain price I suggest it for your Western collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Solid Blu-Ray From The Duke

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      CharlieRay
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      I had never seen this movie when I picked up the disc on a whim. The price was right, and it had John Wayne. so why not? Picture quality was excellent -- really beautiful. And for a "lesser" John Wayne, it was quite a good film too. The very ending was a little weak (IMO) but getting there was lots of fun. If this is a favorite of yours, get it by all means. An excellent hi-def presentation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Come on it's John Wayne!

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      Redrock
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      Admittedly I really like John Wayne and have many of his films. He is who he is and plays that part very well. This is all about a criminal (Stuart Whitman) who John Wayne captures (he's a Texas Ranger after all) but then they have to work together to stop a criminal gang selling guns and whiskey to the Comanche Indians. It shows changes (positive) to the criminal during this time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid entry from the Duke

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      coachtim
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      If you liked "Rio Bravo", "El Dorado", and "The Sons of Katie Elder", you will enjoy "The Comancheros". Wayne is in fine form as a Texas Ranger/bounty hunter looking for a Cajun rogue (Stuart Whitman) with a large price on his head. The duo end up combining efforts against a violent band of gunrunners and thugs known as the Comancheros.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best I've ever seen film look

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      fanboy64
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      Couldn't pass up a favorite John Wayne movie on Blu-ray for $5. Movie looks crystal clear and sounds great. It's the extras though that are unusual. Not much about the movie but historical background about time period and the Indians depicted. Then a bit about John Wayne's movie career. Both very interesting. A must have for John Wayne fans

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's a John Wayne Western

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      hound1
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      I do prefer blu-ray and this one is improved by it. Also being a Wayne movie his fans will enjoy. Wayne is a ranger on a secret mission and Stuart Whitman is the reluctant sidekick being forced to go along. Good action and should be enjoyed even by non Wayne fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Waynederful Western.

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      ringo6
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      If you enjoy a good western you're in for a treat. This one has it all: good western action, humor, a good story-told well, and of course, John Wayne. How can you have a good western without Mr. JOHN WAYNE ?!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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