Steve Simels
February 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Comancheros

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Stuart Whitman, John Wayne, Jack Elam, Lee Marvin
director
Michael Curtiz
author
James Edward Grant
genre
Western

We gave it a C+

John Wayne didn’t live to see laserdisc become the video format of choice for movie buffs and filmmakers, but somebody somewhere thinks he should have. That’s one conclusion to be drawn from this idolatrous edition of The Comancheros, a middling good-guys-versus-faux-Indians Western. Sure, the transfer is gorgeous, as is the restored stereo soundtrack; sure, the bonuses — commentary by surviving actors, production stills — are agreeable time-wasters. But The Comancheros remains a standard shoot-’em-up, notable only as the last work of Casablanca director Michael Curtiz. As a result, the treatment here seems so overblown it diminishes the movie’s modest pleasures. C+

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