100 Rifles DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

Burt Reynolds and the rest of the cast give very strong performances.
  • OVERALL
    3.0
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
Burt Reynolds and the rest of the cast give very strong performances.
THE BAD
Minimal extra features.
THE FEATURE
100 Rifles is an interesting tale of different people with similar fates. Lyedecker (Jim Brown) comes to Mexico to arrest a man named Yaqui Joe (Burt Reynolds). What Lyedecker doesn't know is that he has now entered a battle between the Indians and the Mexican Government. Throw in Yaqui Joe's beautiful partner Sarita (Raquel Welch) and Lyedecker's job gets even more complicated. As the tension meets between the Indians and the Mexicans, there is also an escalation between the three characters. Eventually, all of them come to realize that their biggest goal is stop the Mexican General Verdgo and his rugged army.
THE EXTRAS
Galleries

The only bonus features that this DVD comes with are a "Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery," a "Production Still Gallery" and a "Poster and One-Sheet Gallery." I actually liked the third gallery the best simply because I felt in the first two sections, the pictures could have been grouped into one. I always like looking at older movie artwork because I feel you can tell a lot about the time period in which a movie was made, by examining the materials created to promote it.
THE VIDEO
Widescreen Anamorphic - 1.85:1. Released in 1969, the best way to describe the look of this film is muted. Dark nor neutral colors really dominate the scenes. In fact this film looks like it was shot on technicolor and then purposely had the color taken out so that it doesn't look too slick. I wonder how this movie might look on VHS because I know that the DVDs compression probably bumped things up a notch.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital - English (Mono and Stereo). French and Spanish (Mono). Close Captioned. Subtitled in English and Spanish. I think the fact that a lot of older movies had their sound redubbed in a recording studio, probably helps to account for why a movie like 100 Rifles is as crisp sounding as it is. All in all, I didn't notice any points where the audio dropped out or became inaudible.
THE PACKAGE
A luminous picture of an extremely dressed down Raquel Welch is the main image on this front cover. Underneath this is a wide shot of the vast expanse of Mexico and our main male stars riding up on horseback. The back offers up some images from the movie, a well written description of the plot, a "Special Features" listing, a credits list and technical specs.
THE FINAL WORD
I had always heard about Raquel Welch and I remember being taken by pictures I'd seen of her when she was younger. However, she looks positively incredible in this film. What is also impressive is that she can really act. I never got the impression that she was a woman who relied on her looks to get her parts or carry her through. In fact, a large part of what engaged me about the film was seeing her carry a lot of the scenes. Burt Reynolds is also having a good time here as he "chews the scenery."

All in all, 100 Rifles is a solidly made film that tells an action packed story. In a film where there really isn't a main star, all of the actors shine both in and out of the spotlight.

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