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Captain Apache [Blu-ray]


(Alexander Singer, 1971)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Scotia International

Video: Kino Lorber



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:33:55.630

Disc Size: 19,605,379,309 bytes

Feature Size: 18,893,838,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.65 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 6th, 2015



Aspect ratio: 2.43:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1686 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1686 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)






Barquero Trailer (1:37) / Sabata Trailer (2:36)





Description: Newly Remastered in HD! The Wild West was Murder! Spaghetti Western legend, Lee Van Cleef (Bad Man s River, Sabata) stars in this western as Captain Apache, a Native American US Army officer on a secret mission. Van Cleef investigates the murder of an Indian Agent whose dying words April Morning is the only clue to who killed him. As he gets closer to solving the case, he uncovers an elaborate plot to assassinate the President. Directed by TV veteran Alexander Singer (Cagney & Lacey, Mission: Impossible) with a screenplay by writing and producing legends Milton Sperling (Merrill's Marauders) and Philip Yordan (Johnny Guitar.) The all-star cast includes Stuart Whitman (Sands of the Kalahari), Carroll Baker (Baby Doll) and Percy Herbert (Bridge on the River Kwai).



The Film:

A Native American working for the government must investigate the Indian Commissioner's death. Soon he uncovers the schemes of a wealthy land owner and an assassination plot which will further victimize the local natives.

Excerpt from MRQElocated HERE


This is "Captain Apache," whose mean, funny opening line, not suitable to a family newspaper, pegs the entire jape. Anyway, this slapdash slaughterfest has Lee Van Cleef, as an iron-jawed Indian captain in the Union Army, trying to solve an officer's murder. Peering in, under the broiling sun, are such artists as Carroll Baker and Stuart Whitman, who must have been hankering for Hollywood greenery.

Generally, under Alexander Singer's direction, the film simply lets fly, as the chips and bodies fall. In the last reel the story rather snugly works in a surprise or two aboard one of those old-time trains, carring the principals. You can't criticize a choo-choo.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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

The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Captain Apache looks decent enough in 1080P. Textures are a little blocky at times but there is some appealing heaviness and thickness to the visuals. Colors export a dash of richness and I can see the occasional glimpse of depth. Close-ups show some crispness although there is an inherent softness to the overall image. The source has a few marks, in spots - but nothing detrimental. The 2.43:1 scope is pleasing. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable viewing in regards to the picture quality.


















Audio :

Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1689 kbps in the original English language. There are plenty of effects in the film - the usual guns, horses and a train and they come through flat but with a pinch of depth. The score is by Dolores Claman and it's another odd one in my opinion - not as misplaced as Bad Man's River but it does sound both goofy and a little tinny but maybe the weak high-end is accurate to the original production. There are no subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.


Extras :

Only a, two Leef Van Cleef film trailers; Sabata and Barquero.




Captain Apache is another middling western but I did like it more than some I have seen. Van Cleef is another strong anti-hero and Carroll Baker an unpleasant but sexy 'bad girl pretending to be prim and proper'. The Kino Lorber Blu-ray
is nothing exceptional but it provides a decent way to view the film in your home theatre. Fans of the lead will get the most benefit - he's a very skilled protagonist dismissing his detractors with uncommon tough-guy ease. From that standpoint it does have some merit - just not a lot. 

Gary Tooze

September 29th, 2015


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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