Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

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Released 10-May-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1983
Running Time 102:31
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (58:50) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Steve Carver
Studio
Distributor

MGM
Starring Chuck Norris
David Carradine
Barbara Carrera
Leon Isaac Kennedy
Robert Beltran
L.Q. Jones
Dana Kimmell
R.G. Armstrong
Jorge Cervera Jr.
Sharon Farrell
Daniel Frishman
William Sanderson
John Anderson
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Francesco De Masi


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.00:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
French
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Portuguese
Polish
Greek
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Want to see a classy action flick from the 80s? Grab yourself a copy of Die Hard.

††† Want to see a campy action flick dripping with one-liners, bad machismo, terrible 80s fashion and the Missing In Action man himself Chuck Norris strutting in a pair of tight jeans? Then Lone Wolf McQuade is the film for you!

††† Rumoured to be the plot basis for Norrisís ongoing and highly successful Walker: Texas Ranger series, the plot of Lone Wolf McQuade finds our reticent hero in a quiet, out of the way town down in good ole Texas breaking up gangs of horse rustlers and generally kicking ass down South Ė pun intended. Helping McQuade are his obligatory sidekicks, state trooper Kayo (Robert Beltran, later to become Commander Chakottay off Star Trek: Voyager), Colonel Sanders look-a-like and retired Texas Ranger Dakota (L.Q. Jones), and token black FBI agent Jackson (Leon Isaac Kennedy).

††† Into McQuadeís little arse-end corner of nowhere comes a big bad gun runner, murderer, and all round bad guy (David Carradine) with a penchant for really bad sweaters and set on stealing some weapons from the army and generally doing nasty things. Helping him out is the usual assortment of bad guy extras looking like they fell out of a dilapidated Spaghetti Western and, of all things, a dwarf on an electric wheelchair named Falcon (Daniel Frishman, who made his mark in cinema playing an Ewok). Exactly why these two are paired up is never really explained, but itís one of those things you just have to run with.

††† Well, the inevitable happens, with Chuck vowing to clear the rabble out of town or kill them trying, and Carradine vowing to kill McQuade or run out of town. There are the usual sprawling fist-fights and shoot outs and it seems that McQuade canít walk into a room without starting a fight or getting shot at. Then Carradine ups the ante by kidnapping McQuadeís daughter, which only makes things more personal and sets the scene for a showdown to the finish between the two head honchos down in good old Mexico. This gives Chuck the chance to keep his mouth shut and kick some ass, although he must be uncomfortable in those jeans doing head kicks. I can feel the circulation cutting off just looking at him.

††† This is no Invasion U.S.A., but I donít know if thatís a good thing or a bad thing. While that film abandoned all plot devices in favour of just blowing s*** up, itís like Norris is actually trying in this one, and you've got to give him some kudos for knuckling down (again, pun intended) and just getting the job done, even if at times that job is painfully laughable. Ah, yes, it gives me a nostalgic twinkle in the eye. I can remember all these Chuck Norris intentionally B-grade action flicks from when I was a kid, renting them after school from the guy at the video store who didnít care if you were nine or nineteen, and devouring them with my friends over a couple of bags of potato chips. Those were the days.

††† In an era when so many action flicks rely on CGI graphics and plots even more ludicrous than this one, I just wish they had the technology and filming techniques back then to get some of these simpler stories told a little better. Maybe some better writers and a better director too. While this is seriously B-grade, and bordering on C- or even D-grade, thatís what itís meant to be, aimed squarely at the rifle-toting, pick-up truck driving, redneck yokel crowd. So grab a few beers and quit your whining Ė itís time to see Walker, err, I mean McQuade sink a boot in for Texas!

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Presented in 2.00:1, 16x9 enhanced, this has been reformatted from the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, although I am not sure exactly why. I do not think that it makes a huge difference on this one.

††† The transfer is very grainy, which creates some nasty MPEG artefacts on the rocky scenery of outback Texas. The opening showdown between McQuade and the horse rustlers is marred by these distracting artefacts (not that the scene could be any more marred than it already is by the guns that just donít run out of bullets and the bad guys that miss at point blank range, but anyway, moving right along...).

††† Colour is a little faded, although Texas is pretty sun-drenched and devoid of colour a lot of the time. Skin tones were fairly on the money, but this has the look and colour palette of a 70s TV show as opposed to a big screen movie.

††† Shadow detail is pretty murky and grainy and this results in some background dot crawl which can be a little distracting.

††† The transfer has no other major MPEG artefacts, and suffers only from a little low-level noise resulting from the graininess and some minor aliasing and moire.

††† For a print this old, the transfer is fairly clean in terms of film artefacts, with only the odd dot here and there. The worst of it was a big hair across the screen at 77:55.

††† Subtitles are available in nine languages. They are white with a black border.

††† The dual layer pause is at 58:50. It occurs during a scene change and is not very noticeable.

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Audio

††† Well, weíve got a number of audio tracks, all in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. We have English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

††† With the original English track, there are no glaring audio sync issues, but the dialogue is not always clear and easy to hear. While this is of itself not fabulous, considering Chuck doesnít say much in this one, who really cares?

††† The mono track is, funnily enough, monaural. Itís also a little flat. There are no directional cues, but at least, the 2.0 Mono is well balanced.

††† The music is laughable, but thatís part of this filmís charm.

††† This could have used some subwoofer use to highlight various kicks and punches. But, beggars can't be choosers ...

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Extras

Menus

††† All menus are 16x9 enhanced and silent.

Theatrical Trailer (2:12)

††† Presented in the original aspect ration of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced, 2.0 Dolby Mono, this one gives away the entire plotline (what little there is) so do yourself a favour and donít watch it before you watch the movie.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† As far as I can tell, the R1 version is largely identical barring the NTSC/PAL format difference, the region coding, and the language options. Choose with your language barrier or your wallet.

Summary

††† Lone Wolf McQuade is a really B-grade action flick from the 80s. Itís pretty camp by comparison to modern cinema, and the fashion is really bad. But you will laugh and laugh and hopefully not choke on your rum and coke. Definitely a redneckís fantasy.

††† The video is okay, but marred by some nasty graininess.

††† The 2.0 Dolby Mono track does the job but is pretty unexceptional.

††† The extras include a lonely and pretty shocking trailer.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using S-Video output
DisplayBeko 28" (16x9). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersEnergy - Front, Rear, Centre & Subwoofer

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