Along with Django,Companeros must rank as one of the best non Leone Spaghetti Westerns as well as being yet another classic, written and directed by the legendary Sergio Corbucci.
Compared to previous work in the Corbucci cannon this is a complete change of execution.Less moody than Django and less grim and down right depressing than the excellent The Great Silence,Companeros is much more like a Leone movie with well timed and intelligent comedy,likeable lead players and rousing,well made action scenes not to mention superb if slightly strange Ennio Morricone soundtrack.
The cast are also excellent with two of the best Spag Western stars,Franco Nero and Tomas Milian in superb buddy,buddy lead rolls.Jack Palance also adds a touch of class and a more American feel as the one armed bird loving bad guy.
Very well made and slick,Corbucci shot this one in scope unlike Django and The Great Silence and utilises every inch of the widescreen frame.Thankfully Anchor Bay have released this and as always from this company the results are superb.The transfer is in fantastic shape and anamorphicly enhanced at 2.35:1.Detail and colour are both dead on and grain is non-existant.Sound is a choice of either the English dub or original Italian in Dolby Digital mono.Both sound very good for mono.
Extras consist of a documentary featuring input from stars Nero and Milian as well as music composer Ennio Morricone.
Definatly recommended to Spaghetti Western fans and well worth a look if you enjoyed Leone's Dollars trilogy