Review

Synopsis:

Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native American girl helps both outlaws and plays both sides against each other.

Review:

Two long suffering buddies / enemies for life – Roy Colt (Brett Halsey) and Winchester Jack (Charles Southwood) – get wind of a stash of gold dust buried in the desert somewhere, and they go on a quest to claim it together. Along the way, they rescue a comely Native woman (played by Marilu Tolo) from certain death, and both guys bicker and fight over her, and she plays it cool with both of them. Their biggest opposition to finding the gold dust is a scuzzy outlaw priest, who captures the two heroes and their girl and forces them to lead him to the treasure. Will the girl be their wild card to escaping, or has she already made up her mind to betray them all?

From horror maestro Mario Bava comes this lightweight spaghetti western that lampoons the genre while it was at its zenith. Meant to be funny and a sock in the arm to all the other films in the genre, Roy Colt & Winchester Jack will best be enjoyed by tried and true fans of spaghetti westerns. Bava fans will be mystified by it, as it doesn’t play like any of his more well known films.

Kino Lorber restored this title in a 2K transfer, and if you’re a devoted collector of such films, then it should be a nice addition to your collection. The Italian dialogue track is the preferred option with subtitles, as the English language track is incomplete (with full disclosure on the box). FIlm historian Tim Lucas provides an informative audio commentary.

 



About the Author

david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.