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on 7 November 2003
In my opinion one of the best comedies I have seen.
With Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short all on top form as the three dim-witted unemployed Hollywood actors who are enlisted to help a little mexican village from the terrors of a man called "El Guapo"! The thing is...they think its just a show, that is until the real bullets start flying.
This film has some truly brilliant slapstick moments which I won't ruin for you (but the "my little buttercup" song and "male plane" joke had me in fits).
This film will keep everyone entertained with the various gunfights, a fight with invisible swordsman (doesn't last long), singing bushes, sing alongs and "male" planes. What is not to love about this film. It is Highly recommended.
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on 27 November 2001
I love it every moment of it is so funny and I can watch it over and over again. The singing bush, Little Neddy, Germans, Mexicans, and pretty ladies this film has it all. Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short are so funny and it is there best film. In one words this film is Brillant and a must buy.
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on 8 February 2002
I first saw the Three Amigos a number of years ago and recently bought it on DVD. Along with digital enhancments it is still one of those comedy classics. Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short all give brilliant performances with great individual touches to the characters they portrait. There isn't a moment without comedy, "toungue in cheek" romance or mass gun fighting (with amazing gun skills) in this film.
Buy it! Its one of those movies you will want to watch over and over again.
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on 6 September 2015
A minor Landis but nice and enjoyable film, which is amusing and naif enough to be enjoyable if you approach it with the right spirit, that of a gentle and innocent comedy with 3 hilarious actors (especially Steve MArtin and Cheevy Chase) and the fantastic guest appearance of the singing bush (that is the composer and singer Randy Newman)
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"We're just going to have to use our brains."
"Dammit!"

Back in 1986, Three Amigos! was considered a bit of a disappointment considering the talent involved, but it's aged surprisingly well even if it's more pleasantly amusing than side-splitting. The idea's pretty foolproof, replaying the old Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven plot of a village beset by bandits (led by Alfonso Arau, Emilio Hernandez's sidekick in The Wild Bunch, but promoted to lead villain duties here) calling on a bunch of down on their luck heroes to defend them. Only this time, instead of ronin or guns for hire, after mistaking a movie for the real thing they call on three silent movie stars who have just been fired by their studio without even the shirts off their back in the form of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. The hapless trio aren't any the wiser either because the poor villagers couldn't afford to send them a detailed telegram, and from the ten peso version they ended up with they think they're just making a personal appearance south of the border where they still have some fans left...

It never quite makes enough of the comic possibilities, but even if it's more of a steady canter than a gallop it throws in just enough that does work or raise a laugh, much of it based on the various characters' ignorance (no-one knows what infamous, plethora or foreplay mean). It's a thoroughly good natured film, filled with a love of old movies and old Hollywood, and along the trail there's an invisible swordsman, Joe Mantegna playing his studio chief like Jimmy Durante, co-writer Randy Newman cameoing as a singing bush, a genuinely charming campfire singalong that attracts the local wildlife and a splendidly rousing and heroic Elmer Bernstein score that plays it all perfectly straight. And it's a lot more fun than A Bug's Life.

While the DVD release was barebones - just a trailer on the PAL DVD and not even that on the US DVD - HBO's remastered US Region A-locked Blu-ray makes up for it. From the surviving deleted scenes included, it's clear that it's a film that was badly compromised by a studio in too much of a hurry to get its three hapless heroes to Santo Poco. While it's understandable cutting some of the additional footage of the Amigos on the Hollywood backlot, it's pretty hard to explain the rationale for dropping the rather well-staged original opening sequence of El Guapo raiding the village, especially since it's what sets the whole plot in motion. Sadly too much is missing for a proper director's cut - most of Fran Drescher's scenes as a rival star and all of Sam Kinison's part as a cannibal mountain man were thrown out - but the 18-minutes of scenes taken from an earlier cut of the film are pretty decent quality and worth keeping in the picture. Aside from unedited footage of a brief and very flat on-set interview with the three stars that finishes just as they're starting to cook a little and a booklet containing a reprint of an Empire article reuniting the stars and director it's the only extra but, aside from a slightly oversaturated opening scene, it boasts a very impressive transfer.
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on 18 March 2016
This, the second part of the Corleone family saga, picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone (Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone crime family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone (De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City. A gripping and enthralling epic. Liked the invisible swordsman.
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VINE VOICEon 12 December 2011
An overlooked comedic classic (and pretty darn silly, too) "The Three Amigos" was overdue for a Blu-ray release.

Three silent film stars (Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short)known as the Three Amigos from their westerns. When the three are fired by their producer Harry Flugleman for demanding more money they desperately take the only job offered to them by telegram--to "perform" in a small Mexican village unaware that the villagers have mistaken them for real heroes and are hiring them to get rid of the bandit El Guapo.

Playing as a delicious parody of "The Magnificent Seven" (which was, in turn, an adaption of "The Seven Samuri"), "Three Amigos" plays with the conventions of the western genre and Hollywood personas. Written by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels and Randy Newman (who also composed the campfire song), it was a box office flop when released back in 1986 but has gained a cult following since then. The premise worked so well that it appeared again in the film "Galaxy Quest" and even "A Bug's Life".

While I'm happy to finally have this on Blu-ray the transfer itself suffers from some compression problems and grain management is a bit inconsistent with some shots appearing grainer than others. The transfer also shows evidence of over processing over processing. This looks to be pulled from an old HD master but it is evidently a recent transfer which makes the sometimes sloppy presentation even more inexcusable. The film comes on a 25gig disc and while grain is quite prominent at times there are some problems with moire (which appears as "strobbing")aside from these problems the film looks pretty good if inconsistent in its presentation here. I'm guessing that most folks won't notice any of these issues.

Audio sounds exceptionally good with a lossless DTS-Audio 5.1 mix. It would have been nice to have an isolated score for Elmer Bernstein's marvelous music (which parodies his own score for "The Magnficient Seven")but it's possible the individual elements no longer exist.

We get deleted scenes some of which were cut by the studio when Landis was preoccupied with his trial for "The Twilight Zone" debacle (Landis could only edit the film at night and work on the post production then because his time was spent during at the trial during the day). These include an alternate opening sequence for the film. The deleted scenes were pulled from a preview copy of the film and are in decent shape but lack the sharper detail and presentation of the finished film. The rest of the deleted scenes and trims were sadly trashed years ago. We also get a vintage interview from 1986 with stars Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. It's not color corrected and hasn't been restored. It was shot on video. We also have a reproduction of the interview the three comedians and director Landis did this year that appeared in Empire Magazine.

Although the presentation of "Three Amigos" isn't flawless, it looks pretty darn good for a mid-80's film. It's a pity there isn't a commentary track from the stars and director Landis but the limited extras we do get are quite nice and it's hard to argue with the price.

Recommended.
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on 11 August 2015
I hadn't seen this in a long time (maybe 25 years or more) and it wasn't at all as funny (invisible swordsman aside) as I remember - history hasn't been kind, it's slow and with the calibre of the cast, it's not as funny as it seems to think it is. It looks lovely and it's wonderfully staged, but it's still quite disappointing.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 April 2016
PLUSES:
First time on Blu Ray in the UK
Cover has original theatrical poster (which is always nice)
Presented in anamorphic widescreen
Sound is decent enough - levels are good.

NEGATIVES:
Below par transfer. Bright and colourful, but grainy and soft. Blurry at times also when there are faster scenes happening.
The only option on the menu is 'PLAY'
There are no bonuses whatsoever
No subtitles

OVERALL:
A very poor release but as the American Blu Ray is region locked, this is your only option if you want Three amigos on Blu Ray. Still a decent upgrade from the DVD.
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on 27 August 2015
I bought this for a friend as I already have it. It's one of my favourite films and is a bit more "PC" than my other favourite comedy western "Blazing Saddles". She loved it and so does her 9 year old daughter.
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