McQ Blu-ray Review – John Wayne’s 1974 Dirty Harry?

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
McQ Blu-ray Review


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.

McQ Blu-ray Review

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.

McQ Blu-ray Review

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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.

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Popcorn Cinema Rating: McQ (1974)




McQ (1974) Film Trailer

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…

What Do You Think?
Summary: McQ (1974) Blu-ray Review
McQ 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