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Apache Rifles (1964/VCI DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C+     Film: C+



As the tradition Hollywood Western declined (in part because so many hit TV shows had succeeded them), with only so much even a development like the Revenge Western could sustain, you can imagine how tired the genre was starting to get.  Director William Witney directed on many of those shows and started his career in B-movies and movie serials, so he knew how to keep a film moving.  His 1964 Western Apache Rifles is not bad, with Audie Murphy battling the title Native American tribe until he falls for one of their females.


Then things get more twisted when gold is discovered and already challenged loyalties and allegiances will further disintegrate and who knows how wild things will get.  The cast that includes L.Q. Jones, Michael Dante, Linda Lawson and Ken Lynch is a plus and the overall film is not bad.  Western fans should see this one at least once.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image has some color limits, aliasing errors and even haloing, but the good color (by DeLuxe) and overall solid look (lensed by Archie R. Dalzell) just stop it from being an average transfer, but the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is more compressed than expected for whatever strange reason.  Extras are good here, though, including stills and three featurettes: Please Hold The Spaghetti about how the Western changed at this time, Cut To The Chase about Witney and Museum Of Lone Pine Film History.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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