WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Comancheros, The

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Lee Marvin, Nehemiah Persoff, Mivhael Anasara.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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Four of the film’s stars provide running commentary with an introduction by actor Ned Romero. There are production stills, script pages, posters and lobby cards and the theatrical trailer.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1177-85
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1961
(LD Release Date): 12/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Curtiz
(Screenplay/Written By): James Edward Grant & Clair Huffaker
(Story): NA
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jack Martin Smith & Alfred Ybarra
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(Editor): Louis Loeffler
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): George Sherman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the 1952 novel by Paul I. Wellman The Comancheros was director Michael Curtiz’s (Casablanca) last film (he died shortly after completion). In a sense, this Collector’s Edition is a tribute to both director and one of the biggest stars ever, the immortal Duke, John Wayne, here playing a duty bound Texas Ranger on the trail of a band of gun-running white men who have corrupted the Comanche tribe with arms and liquor. Both John Wayne and George Sherman, a veteran director himself directed much of the film.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture is fairly pristine, but exhibits inconsistencies in color balance and fleshtones. Some scenes are under-saturated.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack is a good attempt to recreate the original directional dialogue, which was placed across the screen.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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