Three Amigos [Blu-ray]
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Three Amigos (BD)
Three Western stars (Martin Short, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase) from Hollywood silent films go to Mexico for what they assume will be a publicity appearance, and find they've actually been summoned to fight a local bandit. John Landis directed this 1986 comedy with self-conscious artifice, and it's hard to get into his self-congratulatory joke. Even the three main stars, brilliant comics all, can't sustain anything funny in it. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There was no commentary track from the acrors, either. Have Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short disowned the movie?
Watching Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short is a pure joy, and every actor surrounding them is quite nice to hate or love as well. It's light-hearted, good fun, a movie that doesn't pretend to offer something it won't or can't. It's not 2001: A Space Odyssey, nor is it "Bloodrayne: The Third Reich" either.
Three Amigos is its own thing. A calm but wild ride that doesn't take itself seriously for a minute.
Three silent film actors that have been kicked out of Hollywood now look for work or somewhere to go... then, they receive a letter from a woman saying her village is under the evil watch of El Guapo, a nasty villain with neurotic tendencies and speeches.
Taking the same premise as Ghostbusters (three scientist kicked out of the university now go into business... mmmh, funny, both films have been made by Saturday Night Live actors too...), Three Amigos takes the road to comedy without breaking a sweat. The good old days of 80s comedies.
In terms of special features, we may not have much, but having deleted scenes surely makes it quite valuable, as well as a booklet with an interview of the three actors (compare the booklet to the blu-ray cover... times change) and a 1986 cast interview where they thought the movie would probably get a sequel... Dammit, I wanted it too!
Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short are all very funny as Lucky Day, Dusty Bottoms, and Ned Nederlander. They work very well together throughout with each of them having their moments. Look for a great scene with Steve Martin in a dungeon as he tries to escape by grabbing the keys that are just out of his reach. Why do the companies that release DVDs think that people like the snap cases? It is poorly made and easily falls apart. The print is not a good one with virtually no extras added unless you consider cast biographies and filmographies a quality extra. This is a very funny comedy that suffers greatly from a horrible DVD release. If you have the VHS stick with that or wait for a better copy to be released. Bad DVD or not, this is a hilarious movie that will keep viewers laughing throughout.
Much worse, HBO Films spared every expense in transferring this to DVD and it's really disappointing to see. They used an old print sitting around in the archives, with specks of dirt flecking across the screen in places. At several points in the DVD including the opening titles, the view jiggles slowly from side-to-side. Whether that was a transfer problem or was also apparent in the original film, I don't know, but it looks terrible. There are almost no special features. And the DVD maker bound the case of my copy with a security seal that is very difficult to remove without a tool and without tearing the case. Punish the legitimate customers along with the shoplifters... always a good business strategy.
Three stars for the film, one star for the DVD = a good rental and await a Collectors' Edition. If there isn't one, you won't have missed much.