Both are Recommended 4 Stars

I’m joining two of Twilight Time’s new Blu-rays, the 1959 Warlock, with Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Anthony Quinn, directed by Edward Dmytryk, with Bandolero! (Andrew McLaglen) (1968), with James Stewart and Dean Martin, for no other reason than the ability to compare and contrast the appearance of the two westerns, which have presumably spent time in the same vaults, albeit produced nine years apart.

Warlock came toward the end of the Kodak 5248 era, which means that stock had certain fade characteristics. Bandolero!, most like shot on 5254, which skipped two generations, 5250 and 5251, both of which had far better fade strength, than 48.

If you look at Warlock, which I personally favor over Bandolero!, you’ll be able to note a bit of fade, which is nicely covered by the dust and dirt of Warlock, the town in which it all takes place.

Bandolero! appears more like a modern film, with no discernible fade, and just an overall more viable look.

What one receives from these two films, is the continuity, especially for those who collect specific actors, as one gives us another performance from Mr. Fonda and Mr. Widmark, while the other adds another notch to belts for those collecting Mr. Stewart. There may be those who collect Dean Martin films, but I’ve never personally met any in the wild.

Both films sport their original stereo mixes.

But it’s the overall appearance of the two films that might be instructive to some viewers, trying to understand film stocks and their aging characteristics.

As these are Twilight Time releases, one should make note of the music scores. Warlock has a score by Leigh Harline, which is interesting, as he’s best known (or not), for his scores for Walt Disney films, inclusive of his work on Pinocchio and Snow White, in addition to a library of earlier shorts. He went on to score many features, primarily for Fox – Susan Slept Here, Broken Lance, Good Morning, Miss Dove, 23 Paces to Baker Street, Ten North Frederick, et al)

Bandolero! is the work of Jerry Goldsmith.

Image – 4 (Warlock)
5 (Bandolero!)

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Both are Recommended

RAH

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There may be those who collect Dean Martin films, but I've never personally met any in the wild.
Hello Mr. Harris! While we've never met in the wild, and I'm not a completist (though I'd be all over a Blu-Ray of TEN THOUSAND BEDROOMS, not that I expect one) in addition to Messieurs Fonda, Widmark and Stewart, I am a Dean Martin collector.
 

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Hello Mr. Harris! While we've never met in the wild, and I'm not a completist (though I'd be all over a Blu-Ray of TEN THOUSAND BEDROOMS, not that I expect one) in addition to Messieurs Fonda, Widmark and Stewart, I am a Dean Martin collector.
That’s one...
 

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No question "Warlock" is the superior film in my opinion as I've been waiting on it being released in Region A for years. The German Blu-ray is lacking. Also, Quinn was excellent in "Warlock".
 

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I'm also a fan of Dean Martin and although I wouldn't call myself a collector, I do have several films and albums of his. I always enjoy Dean Martin in movies.
 

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I have 44 Dean Martin films in my collection. Does that make me no. 3?

MARTIN, DEAN (44):

My Friend Irma (1949)
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
At War With The Army (1950)
That's My Boy (1951)
The Stooge (1951)
Sailor Beware (1952)
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Road To Bali (1952)
Scared Stiff (1953)
The Caddy (1953)
Money From Home (1953)
Living It Up (1954)
You're Never Too Young (1955)
Artists And Models (1955)
Pardners (1956)
Hollywood Or Bust (1956)
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Young Lions (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
All In A Night's Work (1961)
Ada (1961)
Sergeants Three (1962)
Who's Got The Action? (1962)
Toys In The Attic (1963)
4 For Texas (1964)
What A Way To Go (1964)
Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964)
Kiss Me Stupid (1964)
Sons Of Katie Elder (1965)
Marriage On The Rocks (1965)
The Silencers (1966)
Murderers Row (1966)
Rough Night In Jericho (1967)
The Ambushers (1967)
How To Save A Marriage & Ruin Life (1968)
Bandolero (1968)
5 Card Stud (1968)
Wrecking Crew (1969)
Airport (1970)
Something Big (1971)
 

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I have 44 Dean Martin films in my collection. Does that make me no. 3?

MARTIN, DEAN (44):

My Friend Irma (1949)
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)
At War With The Army (1950)
That's My Boy (1951)
The Stooge (1951)
Sailor Beware (1952)
Jumping Jacks (1952)
Road To Bali (1952)
Scared Stiff (1953)
The Caddy (1953)
Money From Home (1953)
Living It Up (1954)
You're Never Too Young (1955)
Artists And Models (1955)
Pardners (1956)
Hollywood Or Bust (1956)
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Young Lions (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Ocean's Eleven (1960)
All In A Night's Work (1961)
Ada (1961)
Sergeants Three (1962)
Who's Got The Action? (1962)
Toys In The Attic (1963)
4 For Texas (1964)
What A Way To Go (1964)
Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964)
Kiss Me Stupid (1964)
Sons Of Katie Elder (1965)
Marriage On The Rocks (1965)
The Silencers (1966)
Murderers Row (1966)
Rough Night In Jericho (1967)
The Ambushers (1967)
How To Save A Marriage & Ruin Life (1968)
Bandolero (1968)
5 Card Stud (1968)
Wrecking Crew (1969)
Airport (1970)
Something Big (1971)
How many did you acquire primarily for the Martin content?
 
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My wife and I watched Warlock last night. She had never seen it. She had to agree with me (I'd seen it before) that it is an excellent film. Looks good too.
 
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Like me you have/had the horrible German blu-ray. Interested in your comments about the TT release in due course.
Yeah, I'm patiently waiting for my postman's delivery. Recently, I did watch it on the TCM app and I can tell it was derived from a new transfer that is much better than the German BD. I'll be buying "Bandolero!" BD again too as I liked that film quite a lot too. I actually watched that film in a movie theater during its theatrical run as there weren't too many westerns from that era that I didn't see in a movie theater.:)
 
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Yeah, I'm patiently waiting for my postman's delivery. Recently, I did watch it on the TCM app and I can tell it was derived from a new transfer that is much better than the German BD. I'll be buying "Bandolero!" BD again too as I liked that film quite a lot too. I actually watched that film in a movie theater during its theatrical run as there weren't too many westerns from that era that I didn't see in a movie theater.:)
I just ordered Warlock today. I, too, have the German BD and am looking forward to receiving the TT release.
 

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I got my copy of Warlock yesterday ! It looks Excellent !! ! Much better than that German Bluray copy I had. That went out yesterday with the trash.
 
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