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Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
USA 1968

 

James Stewart and Dean Martin are atypically cast as outlaws in Bandolero! The film begins as Dee Bishop (Martin) and... his gang are about to be hanged. The Scripture-spouting executioner turns out to be Dee's brother Mace (Stewart), who helps the desperadoes escape. They are pursued by a sheriff (George Kennedy), whose lady friend (Raquel Welch) has the hots for Dee. The brothers try to go straight, but before they can make up their mind they find themselves surrounded by Mexican bandidos and are forced to team up with the sheriff to fight them off.

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An affably unpretentious Western, particularly attractive in its lazily offbeat opening as Stewart arrives in town to find the flophouse full because of an impending hanging, meets the hangman while luxuriating in the open-air bathhouse, waylays him for a lugubrious lecture on the secrets of the trade, and returns in the hangman's top hat and frock coat to compliment the sheriff (Kennedy) on the magnificence of his five-man gallows. Calmly staging a last-minute rescue of the condemned gang headed by his brother (Martin), he equally calmly robs the bank they failed to breach before, with the sheriff now safely in pursuit of his vanishing prisoners. A spirited chase of course ensues, with Raquel Welch as hostage, a troublesome faction in the gang, and hordes of bloodthirsty bandoleros in wait across the Mexican border. Script and direction both flag latterly, but the admirable cast keeps things going.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 1st, 1968

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Film Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Film Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:46:28.882         1:46:29.299
Video

2.35:11 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,725,413,708 bytes

Feature: 21,302,519,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,159,640,419 bytes

Feature: 32,804,358,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Film Media Blu-ray:

Bitrate Twilight Time Blu-ray:

Audio

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3150 kbps 4.0 / 48 kHz / 3150 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 4.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1605 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1605 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1748 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1748 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1800 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1800 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles French, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Film Media

 

2.35:11 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,725,413,708 bytes

Feature: 21,302,519,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Interview with Patrick Brion (22:40 576i - in French)
Trailer (2:53)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 14th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Film Media

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 33,159,640,419 bytes

Feature: 32,804,358,144 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Interview with Patrick Brion (22:40 576i - in French)
Trailer (2:53)


Blu-ray Release Date:
February 14th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Twilight Time Blu-ray (June2019): The Twilight Time Blu-ray has a small amount of a different color grading, as well as grain structure. Other than those two minor differences, this would seem to be from the same 2.35:1 HD source as the Region 'Free' Film Media Blu-ray. The Twilight Time dual-layered Blu-ray has a slightly higher bitrate, and the feature takes up a larger file size. The Twilight disc can look superior in motion, but you would really have to squint to notice.

Now the audio department is where Twilight Time absolutely bests the Fox Blu-ray. The recent Film Media
Blu-ray strangely did not include a lossless audio track. There is the choice of watching the film with an accompanying (24-bit) 4.0 DTS-HD Master audio, (24-bit) 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio, (24-bit) 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio isolated music track, or the commentary. Phew! There are also optional English subtitles on this Region 'Free' Blu-ray from Twilight Time. Jerry Goldsmith's (Breakout, The Salamander, The Mephisto Waltz, Seconds, Hoosiers, The Blue Max, Breakheart Pass, The Omen) early compositions sound even better than they did on the previous Blu-ray.

The main draw here is an all new commentary track with Film Historians Tony Latino (Music in film Historian (concentrating on the Rat Pack years), Lee Pfeiffer (Editor-in-chief of CinemaRetro Magazine, dedicated to the films of the 60's and 70's), and Paul Scrabo (another great voice heard on previous commentaries). The three dive right into the climate of the Western genre, as this film was being released. This is a fascinating and extremely well-informed commentary, highly recommended to those interested. Aside from the aforementioned isolated music track option, the only other two bonus features are The film's original theatrical trailer, either in Spanish or English.

Bandolero! gets the proper audio treatment here, with a bevy of fine choices, of which is a wonderful new commentary track recorded for this very Twilight Time
Blu-ray release. To those that had not previously picked up the F
ilm Media Blu-ray, I would recommend this one instead.

Colin Zavitz

***

Bandolero! looks quite good on Blu-ray from Film Media in France. Outdoor scenes are bright and there is some sneaking depth to the 2.35:1 image. This is only single-layered but has a supportive bitrate. Colors are passive, earthy and seem accurate. There is minimal noise and contrast exhibits solid levels. Daylight scenes are impressive but there is also some decent shadow detail. This Blu-ray produces a consistent presentation without notable flaws. Overall, I was surprised at the adeptness of the 1080P visuals.

No boost going on here - it's a 2.0 channel stereo track (original English or French DUB) that, strangely, didn't get a lossless treatment. With a decade of TV scores under his belt this is an early 'feature' for Jerry Goldsmith and his compositions help create the perfect aura for each scene - from tension and the majestic Utah scenery. All good although less robust than some fans might desire. There are optional French subtitles (Yes, you can watch the film with original English and NO French subs). Surprisingly, my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

The supplements offer an SD interview with film historian Patrick Brion running over 20-minutes in French (no English subtitles) and a trailer (2:53).

I had never seen this before and was just hoping it was not too 'light' a western - which I tend to enjoy less. George Kennedy's stern face seemed to keep things honest. This is a much more enjoyable film than I was anticipating - implausible but solid performances. It is dark in many respects. Andrew V. McLaglen knows the territory well and helps spin an intriguing 'olde-west' yarn. The region FREE Blu-ray should appeal to fans of the actors and the western genre. 

Gary Tooze

 


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