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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)
Disc Size: 19,605,379,309 bytes
Feature Size: 18,893,838,336 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.65 Mbps
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)
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).
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.
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.
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.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1689 kbpsin 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.
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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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