Shalako

Shalako

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Director: Edward Dmytryk

Cast: Edward Dmytryk, Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Peter Van Eyck

     
 

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An absolutely bare-bones, movie-only DVD, this Anchor Bay release has the widescreen version (2.35:1, non-anamorphic) on one side of the disc and a pan-and-scan version on the other, though the viewer is left to guess as to which side has which (side 1 is the cropped version). There are 18 chapter stops, including one for about 15 seconds of end titles. The audio is

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An absolutely bare-bones, movie-only DVD, this Anchor Bay release has the widescreen version (2.35:1, non-anamorphic) on one side of the disc and a pan-and-scan version on the other, though the viewer is left to guess as to which side has which (side 1 is the cropped version). There are 18 chapter stops, including one for about 15 seconds of end titles. The audio is stock mono, with the tendency to be a bit rough on the ears -- voices, effects, and music tend to blur together at times. Viewers are fortunately able to skip past the opening credits, which come with one of the more irritating Western theme songs in known memory. Visually, the look of the film is okay. The widescreen mastering seems to have had more attention than the cropped version, which seems quite soft and murky. The colors are good (where there is much color; the locations are mostly grey and dull) and flesh tones accurate, and the image is for the most part reasonably sharp (it softens from time to time for no apparent reason) and free of blemishes, though some speckling is evident. Overall, this edition of Shalako is, much like the movie itself -- a mediocre effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/19/1999
UPC:
0013131062199
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:53:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Shalako
Brigitte Bardot Countess Irini Lazaar
Peter Van Eyck Frederick Von Hallstatt
Stephen Boyd Bosky Fulton
Honor Blackman Lady Julia Daggett
Jack Hawkins Sir Charles Daggett
Alexander Knox Henry Clarke
Valerie French Elena Clarke
Eric Sykes Mako
Woody Strode Chato
Don "Red" Barry Buffalo
Julián Mateos Rojas
Rodd Redwing Chato's Father
Walter Brown Peter Wells
John Clark Hackett
Bob Cunningham Luther
Bob Hall Johnson
Tim Hughes Loco
Charles Stalnaker Marker

Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Bill Blunden Editor
Trevor Cole-Rees Makeup
Mike Collins Special Effects
Jim Dale Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Farnon Score Composer,Songwriter
Scot Finch Screenwriter
J.J. Griffith Screenwriter
Herbert Smith Art Director
Hal Hopper Screenwriter
Euan Lloyd Producer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Clarke Reynolds Screenwriter
Bob Simmons Stunts
George Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Cynthia Tingey Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis L'Amour Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start/Credits [5:41]
2. First Kill [4:59]
3. Run-In With Apaches [6:42]
4. Shalako's Promise [3:58]
5. Society In The Wild [10:56]
6. Unsettling Evening [8:22]
7. Attack At Dawn [10:40]
8. Traitors In Camp [6:59]
9. Shalako Returns [7:38]
10. A Hint Of Romance [6:28]
11. The Plateau [3:02]
12. The Climb [4:20]
13. Stagecoach Massacre [9:25]
14. Reaching The Summit [9:19]
15. Romance On The Mountain [4:10]
16. Silent Approach [4:22]
17. Fight For Honor [4:54]
18. End Credits [:59]
Side #2 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start/Credits [5:41]
2. First Kill [4:59]
3. Run-In With Apaches [6:42]
4. Shalako's Promise [3:58]
5. Society In The Wild [10:56]
6. Unsettling Evening [8:22]
7. Attack At Dawn [10:40]
8. Traitors In Camp [6:59]
9. Shalako Returns [7:38]
10. A Hint Of Romance [6:28]
11. The Plateau [3:02]
12. The Climb [4:21]
13. Stagecoach Massacre [9:24]
14. Reaching The Summit [9:19]
15. Romance On The Mountain [4:10]
16. Silent Approach [4:22]
17. Fight For Honor [4:54]
18. End Credits [1:03]

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Shalako 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
"Shalako" begins with a crawl from original novelist author Louis L'Amour and that should tell you what's wrong from the start. There is much speechifying during the film but little dramatic dialogue, and this western comes off as more a poor civics lesson than a rousing adventure. The cast is a curious international mix featuring Sean Connery, Peter Van Eyck, Honor Blackman, Jack Hawkins and Woody Strode (as Chato??!). Stephen Boyd fares best as an untrustworthy hunting party scout, and 60's sex kitten Brigitte Bardot comes off the strangest; in fact, Ms. Bardot's seemingly endless supply of pancake make-up through a wilderness trek provides the film it's only (unintentional) comic relief. The dramatic highlight, an early morning Apache attack, comes far too late and far too early in the film to propel any kind of absorbing dramatic arc. Instead we are left with indifferent direction by Edward Dmytryk, and far too much free time to notice that both Connery and Blackman were far more interesting in "Goldfinger" than in this obvious career step-down. The DVD print is grainy, but this reflects the original release print.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago