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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complete agreement
I agree completely with every word the previous reviewer,Wayne,said about The Comancheros Blu-ray,this is a reference disc for the blu-ray format!!!!!! STUNNING/PRISTINE Picture Quality,and Audio too.
I have a fair collection of blu-ray films,and the "modern" films are excellent Picture Quality,as you would expect,however,it,s what blu-ray does to the "older"...
Published on July 27, 2011 by mr david cairns

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great looking blu ray with a nice collectors booklet
The picture and widescreen framing look fabulous on this blu ray release.
The booklet is informative and printed on glossy photo quality paper.

If your a John Wayne fan you will enjoy this movie and pick out detail you will never have seen before on the DVD release.

A great rainy afternoon movie but in my personal opinion not one of the top ten...
Published on May 21, 2012 by Alan Jarvis


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complete agreement, July 27, 2011
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mr david cairns "wesnut" (kennoway, fife Great Britain) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Comancheros (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray Book] (Blu-ray)
I agree completely with every word the previous reviewer,Wayne,said about The Comancheros Blu-ray,this is a reference disc for the blu-ray format!!!!!! STUNNING/PRISTINE Picture Quality,and Audio too.
I have a fair collection of blu-ray films,and the "modern" films are excellent Picture Quality,as you would expect,however,it,s what blu-ray does to the "older" films,especially westerns,that is so amazing.
The Searchers/How The West Was Won/Zulu/The Outlaw Josey Wales are a joy to behold,Home Cinema of the highest calibre,A+++++,well,The Comancheros Blu-ray joins that List,REFERENCE DISCS FOR BLU-RAY!!!!!
I say this as somebody who watched The Comancheros when it was first released at the Cinema,I must have been 10 years old,but that did not prepare me for the absolute pleasure of watching this Duke western on blu-ray,simply put,FABULOUS!!!!!!
Davy Cairns,Scotland.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Duke western, June 23, 2003
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T O'Brien (Chicago, Il United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Comancheros (DVD)
The Comancheros is another great John Wayne western with a great supporting cast. The story follows Captain Jake Cutter, a Texas ranger, and his efforts to capture a prisoner, and then to infiltrate a group of gunrunners and bandits, the Comancheros. This group has been supplying the Comanches with repeating rifles who then wreak havoc on the area. There is plenty of action here with numerous shootouts, and also plenty of great characters. At parts during this movie, I wondered why the Duke never took more comedic roles since he is very funny in several scenes.
John Wayne plays Captain Jake Cutter, the big, brawling Texas Ranger who attempts to bring in a prisoner who keeps escaping his grasp, "Monsoor" Paul Regret, played by Stuart Whitman very well. Another notable performance is Lee Marvin's Crow, the contact between Cutter and the Comancheros. He doesn't have a very big part, but what is there is very good. The film also stars Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Michael Ansara, Patrick Wayne, Bruce Cabot, and Joan O'Brien. Elmer Bernstein also turns in another excellent score that has elements of the Sons of Katie Elder and The Great Escape. The DVD offers a widescreen presentation which looks very good, two trailers(one in Spanish), and also Movie Tone News about an award presented involving the movie. More John Wayne movies should be put out like this, and I give credit to the companies putting out so many new ones recently. A very exciting, enjoyable Duke western that all his fans will love!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight but entertaining John Wayne western., May 24, 2000
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Robert S. Clay Jr. (St. Louis, MO., USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Comancheros [VHS] (VHS Tape)
John Wayne rules in this big, sprawling western adventure film. The screenplay, co-written by western novelist Clair Huffaker, struggles with the historical accuracy of Texas in the 1840s and the rifles seem a little advanced for 1843, but, nit-picking aside, this is an entertaining film. Texas Ranger Jake Cutter (Wayne) and sometime gambler Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman) go under cover after a vicious army of outlaw raiders known as "Comancheros," led by the diabolical Graile (Nehemiah Persoff). Hard-hitting, large scale action sequences deftly directed by Michael Curtiz, who directd some of Errol Flynn's better adventure films, will please action-adventure fans. The movie includes a comfortable blend of action, suspense, and humor with occasional serious overtones of duty, friendship, and the love of a good woman. Taken within the context of the film that isn't as corny as it might sound. Great outdoor color photography adds to the appeal. A pulse-pounding musical score by Elmer Bernstein matches the excitement. Lee Marvin makes the most of his costarring role as Tully Crow, one of the West's wildest bad men. Watch for the hilarious vignette featuring Edgar Buchanan as a judge of dubious integrity. Ditto the comic relief segment with Guinn "Big Boy" Williams as a seemingly bewildered gunrunner. There is nothing intellectual or artistic to say of this movie, but it's good old fashioned fun. Recommended viewing.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Crowd-Pleasing Duke!, May 24, 2000
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Thomas Gabriel "Dr. Morbius" (Solvang, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Comancheros [VHS] (VHS Tape)
You can see by the title that I am a John Wayne fan, and this rip-roaring Western is one of the reasons why. With equal portions of rousing action, humor, and drama, this film keeps your interest and, like the Duke's performance, never loses its authenticity. It's said that John Wayne took over direction of some of the action sequences, and they're great. There are well-drawn, clear differences between the good guys and bad guys, but the characters are human and developed enough for the actors to sink their teeth into, which all do with gusto. By this time in his career, the Duke only had to show up on screen to be the authentic Western hero, but as usual he goes 'way beyond that, giving a colorful, humorous, absolutely real and terrific performance as the Texas Ranger who helps a man on the wrong side of the law redeem himself and find the woman he loves--as well as stopping a motley, dangerous bunch of white renegades (Comancheros) who are selling weapons to warring Comanche Indians. It's great movie-making and a great couple of hours with the Duke, so check it out!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Crowing about, June 17, 2003
This review is from: The Comancheros (DVD)
Wayne as in any of his other great movies is larger than life. As a Texas Ranger his methods are not to be denied. Lee Marvin although only having a brief part plays it to the hilt as Crow, a hard as nails gun trader. Stuart Whittman is excellent as Monseur Paul Regret. We can understand why he was chosen to play in the TV series Cimarron Strip. He plays a credible Louisianan of class. Ina Balin does a fine job as the daughter of a wealthy outlaw. Several cameos including Patrick Wayne, the dukes son. The story, cast, and music add up to a sprawling western well worth owning. The DVD picture quality and sound are superb. I especially noticed how sharp the red credits are on the DVD since on most VHS or TV viewings they bleed like the bad guys.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic western, May 26, 2003
This review is from: The Comancheros (DVD)
Finally, "The Comancheros" is released on DVD. This is one of Wayne's best, and most enjoyable westerns(that says a lot, because the Duke's westerns were always classic). The acting is superb, Stuart Whitman turning out one of his best performances, and John Wayne underrated as usual. Lee Marvin also makes a powerful, short performance. That cast alone makes for a classic. Michael Curtiz's("Casablanca"-1942) last film, he creates one of the better 1960's westerns. Several people have mentioned the guns in the film. Historical facts are often changed to create entertaining films. This film is not a history lesson, it is an example of classic hollywood at it's best. A well crafted, fun, classic western. Recommended for both fans of classic westerns, and classic films in general.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cheerful and solid action - buddy film with Wayne and Whitman filling the screen, May 17, 2006
This review is from: The Comancheros (DVD)
This is a kind of movie that is not made any more. It is an action movie with a gentle heart and a happy spirit. Even the bad guys are somehow awful, but we don't hate them. One interesting thing about this movie is John Wayne's role in the movie. Yes, he is the star, whenever he is on screen anywhere he dominates it, but the story is really more about Paul Regret (wonderfully played by Stuart Whitman) and Pilar Graile (glowingly done by Ina Balin). John Wayne's role, while central, isn't the guy who gets the girl, and plays more as the protector and guide to Paul Regret, who ends up saving Jake more than once. Jake's a widower and more than friends with the widow of his best friend. Not too subtly, Melinda Marshall (the beautiful Joan O'Brien) has fences that need mending, and Paul Regret asks Jake for a good reason why he doesn't marry her.

How Paul and Jake meet each other and how they become friends is a big part of the movie and a very enjoyable part. In fact, this is really a buddy film and a darn good one, even with the wiseacre line when they are hanging by their arms and helpless in the bad guy camp, "I wonder if they know how much trouble they are in."

The head bad guy and leader of the Commancheros is Pilar's father who is also a paraplegic (superbly done by Nehemiah Persoff) and he rules his society of ne'er do wells with intelligence and a great political sense. It is his right hand henchman, Amelung, who is the most sinister character in the movie and played to a turn by Michael Ansara.

This is a movie with a plot that chugs along like the cheery Elmer Bernstein score that supports it. It has its interesting moments, but mostly it is a lot of fun. If you enjoy John Wayne, and I do, you get a good story for him with all the fine performances of the other stars plus some fire, Indian battles, and even a duel.

Not great, but a very worthwhile entertainment.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rollicking good time., February 28, 2003
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William W. Miller (Sparks, NV United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Comancheros (DVD)
John Wayne as the texas ranger whose job it is intially to bring in gambler Stuart Whitman is great fun with a great score to support this technicolor action and buddy film. The title refers to a group of white outlaws who rile up the indians against the settlers. Ina Balin is the lady with a connection to the outlaw clan that Stuart lays claim to and eventually wins. Wayne as the senior member of this buddy team helps out in the romance department being a little long of tooth to be the romantic focal point though there is a brief indication of a love interest for his character as well. Stuart becomes a reluctant ranger in order to save himself from deportation back to Louisiana and an appointment with a hangman for winning a dueling contest and he is teamed with Wayne to locate the outlaw gang. The scenes between the two while they travel together initially as ranger and prisoner and finally as evolving friends and allies are most entertaining.
Pleanty of action and entertaining dialogue. Cast is populated by a number of Wayne's stock company of actors and includes Lee Marvin in a relatively brief role as, what else, a bad guy. One of the most fun of Wayne's westerns before he started playing parodys of himself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, but strictly Hollywood, May 25, 2003
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Karl Spence (San Antonio, TX United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Comancheros (DVD)
I first saw "The Comancheros" as a kid at one of Houston's downtown movie palaces. I loved it and still do, as sheer entertainment. It's perhaps the greatest horseman's stunt extravaganza ever, with more falls per minute than any other movie I know. I'm glad to have it on DVD (and in widescreen, too). But BEWARE of thinking it is true to actual Texas history!
The film is set in 1840, during the days of the Texas Republic. Among its rampant anachronisms and inaccuracies:
* It shows a Texas Ranger arresting a fugitive from Louisiana. The Rangers in 1840 were not policemen. They were a frontier militia set up to fight Mexicans and Indians.
* The Winchester repeating rifle did not exist in 1840. Ditto the Army Colt "peacemaker" revolver.
* Texans in 1840 lived almost entirely in the eastern part of the state, not in the semi-arid West. They raised crops, not herds of cattle. There was as yet no such thing as a "cowboy." Hence the film's costumes and ranch-house sets are wrong.
* The Comancheros were not an outlaw band of Anglo renegades who rode along with Comanches on their raids and took vacations on Louisiana riverboats. They were virtually the entire population of what is now New Mexico, separated from the Texas settlements, never mind Louisiana, by the Comanches' impassable domain. They survived by staying on the Comanches' good side, and they did that by trading with them and ransoming the captives the Comanches brought up from Old Mexico. As T.R. Fehrenbach notes, the Comanches bragged that they allowed these people to live on the fringes of Comancheria only so that they might raise horses for them.
* Speaking of riverboats, those vessels kept to their rivers, and did not ply the Gulf of Mexico between New Orleans and Galveston as one does in this movie.
Enjoy "The Comancheros" for its action, scenery, music, star turns, humor and ripe dialogue, but if you want a more realistic portrait of a Comanchero, see Antonio Moreno's character in "The Searchers." He's the Spanish-American gentleman who guides Ethan and Martin to Chief Scar's camp. For a more realistic portrayal of an Indian raid and settler's pursuit, get the recently released Disney DVD "Savage Sam," starring Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Brian Keith, Jeff York and Slim Pickens. It's a sequel to "Old Yeller," and very nicely done (if you can get past its hokey title song).
And for a thrilling history of the Comanches and their 40-year war with the Texans, get Fehrenbach's book "Comanches: The Destruction of a People."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks GREAT on Blu-Ray, May 28, 2011
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This review is from: The Comancheros (50th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray Book] (Blu-ray)
Wow.................this 1961 film looks fantastic on Blu-Ray, and the Elmer Bernstein score in 5.1 Master Audio blew me away................what an entertaining film!! Loved Lee Marvin as Crow..........I guess the Duke did too because he recommended him to Ford for the part of Liberty Valance , and history was made.

I have not watched all the extras yet, but the newly produced Duke at Fox was very interesting and for me educational. I did not know that John Huston and the Duke had a VERY bad time with each other and came to blows during the making of The Barbarian and the Geisha. This and many other fascinating details are in this extra. This is really worth the double dip if you have it on DVD.
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