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Valdez Horses [DVD]

Charles Bronson , Jill Ireland , John Sturges    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi, Vincent van Patten, Melissa Chimenti
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Producers: John Sturges, Dino de Laurentiis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039LAQ6K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,814 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Chino Valdez (Charles Bronson) is a ranch owner of mixed race who secretly plans to marry his neighbour's daughter Katherine (Jill Ireland). Her father threatens to destroy Valdez rather than let him continue seeing his daughter, and Katherine's brother Maral brings the wedding to a halt.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm surprised I hadn't heard of this before... 17 Jun 2012
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I blind bought this on the strength of the reviews here, and I'm glad I did. Most of what I would say has been said better by others; all I want to add is that it's atmospheric, the landscape looks great, and the music is gorgeous, and used effectively. I also think that it benefits greatly from having been produced in the late 60s-early 70s period of Western film, when film-makers were not afraid to play around with standard genre plots and have faith in their audience; overall I'd say it looks vintage, rather than dated.

There are no subtitles on this DVD (the Optimum release; there may be subtitles on the Momentum version that Andy B has reviewed), which is always annoying to say the least, but the sound is ok and the aforementioned music is not intrusive in scenes involving dialogue. Though that's not much help if you're deaf. Perhaps in view of that I should have knocked a star off, but I'm in a good mood, and it's not often one gets to see Charles Bronson bottle-feeding an uninterested foal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Valdez, il mezzosangue. 19 Feb 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Valdez Horses (AKA: Chino and Valdez the Halfbreed) is directed by John Sturges and adapted to screenplay by Clair Huffaker from the novel The Valdez Horses written by Lee Hoffman. It stars Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi and Vincent Van Patten. Music is by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis and cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi.

Chino Valdez (Bronson), half Indian, half Mexican, lives in solitude on his ranch and beavers away breeding and breaking horses. When one night a 15 year old stray youngster appears at his door looking for bed, board and maybe work, it signals a chain of events that will ultimately define the both of them.

It happens once in a while, a Western fan will observe the mixed notices for a particular genre piece and kind of dismiss it as being far from essential viewing, even if it happens to star an actor you greatly enjoy. The Valdez Horses is a beautiful Western, a thoughtful and reflective genre piece that seems to have been damned by those who got a completely different Bronson movie to the one they was hoping for. Regardless of the question of just how much directing John Sturges actually did on the picture (it's rumoured Italian Duilio Coletti did most of the work), the end result is a mature and engaging piece of entertainment.

It's a film that belongs in the company of Monte Walsh, Will Penny and Lonely Are the Brave, films that feature a macho male protagonist at odds with what is happening around him. In Chino Valdez's case, he's a loner, he likes a drink and he's constantly having to defend himself against the racists down in the town. He's at his happiest when it's just him and his horses, man and beast clearly understand each other.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the cheap copies go with this 12 Dec 2009
By Andy B
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This review is for the Arrow release of the film.

Full screen dvd, which is no surprise as it was filmed in 1:37.1 & it could be an open matt copy which gives you the full image any way.

Nice simple western story with Bronson giving a good performance.

Nice to see a clear copy rather than the awful public domain copies under the title Chino.

If your a fan of Bronson a must or just nice easy going westerns
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