In many ways McQ is John Wayne’s version of a Dirty Harry style character. It has a simialr vibe and that can only be a good thing. Is it a classic that deserves more attention? Let’s find out in my McQ blu-ray review.
- McQ (1974)
- Blu-ray – American Import
- Genre: Crime, Action
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
Several police officers are killed in what appears to be an organised hit. Police Detective McQ (John Wayne) is determined to find out who’s behind it all. However his efforts are dealt a blow as he finds himself at odds with the police hierarchy which results in him leaving the force.
Style / Direction
Director John Sturges delivers a highly entertaining crime action film that never has a dull moment. Harry Stradling Jr. provides the cinematography.
Music / Audio Effects
The film’s score comes from William H. Ziegler and is distinctly 70’s which I love.
Acting / Characters
There’s nothing to complain about on the acting front, its a well cast film.
John Wayne is excellent as Det Lt Lon “McQ” McHugh, a no nonsense cop that wants answers as to why his friend and fellow cop have been murdered.
- John Wayne as Det. Lt. Lon “McQ” McHugh
- Eddie Albert as Capt. Edward Kosterman
- Diana Muldaur as Lois
- Colleen Dewhurst as Myra
- Clu Gulager as Frank Toms
- David Huddleston as “Pinky” Farrell
- Jim Watkins as J.C.
- Al Lettieri as Manny Santiago
- Julie Adams as Elaine
- Roger E. Mosley as Rosey
- William Bryant as Sgt. Stan Boyle
- Richard Kelton as Radical
- Richard Eastham as Walter Forrester
Conclusion: McQ (1974) Film Review
John Wayne’s delivers an entertaining performance as cop McQ. It’s a decent story and the film has plenty of good action sequences. I highly recommend giving this a look, especially if you are a fan of films such as Dirty Harry.
If you’ve enjoyed my McQ blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Dirty Harry (1971)
- The Anderson Tapes (1971)
- The New Centurions (1972)
- Badge 373 (1973)
- Magnum Force (1973)
- The Seven-ups (1973)
Conclusion: McQ Blu-ray Review
The version I’m reviewing here is an American import as the UK has not to my knowledge had an offical release. I had thought being a Warner Bros film it may have appeared as a HMV exclusive but I couldn’t find it.
Anyway as with pretty much Warner Bros releases the picture quality is perfect. There’s nothing to complain about, its sharp, clean and the colours pop like they should.
On to my movie rating for McQ (1974)
- Movie Rating: VERY GOOD
- Blu-ray Picture: PERFECT
Amazon UK Links
McQ (1974) is available now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip NOT representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my McQ (1974) blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more action films soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: McQ (1974) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: McQ (1974)
Duration: 111 mins
Director(s): John Sturges
Actor(s): John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Jim Watkins, Al Lettieri
Genre: Crime, Action
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
John Wayne’s McQ is highly entertaining
- John Wayne
- 70’s Crime Action
- Decent Story
- Excellent Picture Quality
- Yet To Receive UK Blu-ray Release