Stagecoach (1986) Blu-ray Review
1986’s “Stagecoach” is an odd curiosity.
The story: Inside the coach (which is being driven by Buck and Marshal Wilcox), drama between a pregnant woman (Mrs. Mallory), Doc Holliday, a gambler (Hatfield), a “banker” (Henry), an escaped convict (the Ringo Kid), and a lost woman (Dallas). Outside the stagecoach, tension mounts as the coach is destined to run into Apache Indians. Who will survive? Who will reach their destination? That would be telling.
By all accounts this 1986 TV movie should not work. Not only is it a pointless remake of a cinematic classic starring John Wayne, but it’s also a poorly scripted one (seriously, listen to that dopey dialogue). Miraculously, however, the movie is somehow better than you think it will be due to some interesting casting.
The cast (for those that don’t know) is almost entirely comprised of country music super stars. The film features Willie Nelson (who also produces and provides some killer music including that catchy title song), Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Also included here are John Schneider, Mary Crosby and Elizabeth Ashley. As you can see, it’s a truly weird cast for a remake, but it actually manages to work for the most part. Kris Kristofferson shines as the Ringo Kid, Johnny Cash commits as Marshal Wilcox, and Willie Nelson hams it up in the best way possible as Doc Holliday (who was added to the story of this remake). Yes, you read that right, Willie Nelson plays Doc Holliday. The movie is worth seeing for that alone.
Presentation: 1.33:1. How does it look? The transfer is surprisingly impressive. The colors really pop here.
Audio Track: DTS. How does it sound? The Unspecified DTS track is decent. No more, no less.
Overall Thoughts: Flaws aside, “Stagecoach” is worth watching just for the eclectic cast.
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