¡Three Amigos! appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. A mix of ups and downs, this became an inconsistent transfer.
Most of the image’s problems stemmed from inconsistent grain management. While the movie showed grain, it could feel stiff and artificial, like the movie got scrubbed and then had “fake grain” added.
The use of noise reduction left a plastic feel to parts of the image, especially during interiors. Outside daylight shots seemed fairly good, but bars and other indoor elements came with the smeared feel typical of movies that suffer from too much grain removal.
Overall definition seemed fairly good overall, though. Enough of the movie took place in daylight that it managed to offer a reasonably appealing impression in terms of accuracy.
However, edge haloes created some distractions. These never seemed heavy, but they popped up through the film.
Amigos lacked moiré effects or jagged edges, and print flaws remained minor. I saw occasional small specks but nothing much.
Colors went with a semi-arid feel to match the desolate Mexican setting, and the hues seemed appropriately rendered. Reds from costumes boasted nice punch and added to the movie’s impact.
Blacks felt mostly deep and dark, while low-light shots brought adequate clarity. Though the image came with some strengths, its weaknesses left it no better than a “C”.
At least the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack held up better, as it seemed pretty good for its era. Though the soundfield didn’t bring tremendous breadth, the material added to the movie.
Mostly action scenes used the surrounds to flesh out the material. These created a moderately lively setting and gave us a good feel for the settings.
Quieter sequences brought decent environmental information, and music showed nice stereo imaging. Nothing about the soundfield dazzled, but given the film’s vintage, the soundscape seemed appealing.
Audio quality also worked well, with speech that came across as natural and concise. Music offered appropriate range and clarity as well.
While effects lacked a lot to do, they still became accurate and lacked distortion of other issues. For a film from 1986, this seemed like a quality soundtrack.
A few extras flesh out the disc, and we find a Cast Interview from 1986. In this five-minute, 39-second piece, we hear from actors Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short.
All three sit together, as they discuss aspects of the film. They mix minor notes with joking. We don’t really learn much, but the featurette seems moderately enjoyable.
Four Deleted Scenes span a total of 19 minutes, five seconds. We find “Original Opening” (7:45), “Hollywood – The Mansion and Extended Scenes” (10:14), “El Guapo’s Photo Tableau” (0:40) and “Dusty, Are You Ready Yet?” (0:26).
As implied by their brief running times, the last two don’t offer much. Each one provides tiny additions to existing scenes.
“Opening” and “Hollywood” prove much more interesting. The former lets us see Santa Poco and El Guapo before we meet the Amigos, whereas “Hollywood” brings more of the Amigos’ situation at the movie studio.
“Opening” would’ve worked just fine, and I suspect it got jettisoned because the producers wanted to get the Amigos onscreen more quickly. “Hollywood” makes no difference to the story, but it offers more of Joe Mantegna, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman, so it becomes a welcome addition.
“Hollywood” also brings a brief view of Fran Drescher as “Miss Rene”, another actor. She doesn’t get much to do, but it’s fun to see her.
Text intros accompany all the clips, and we learn Sam Kinison played a “mountain man” in the film’s original cut. Alas, those scenes apparently have been lost.
Finally, a booklet reproduces a 2011 Empire Magazine look back at Amigos. It also includes text insights to various parts of the movie. The booklet adds value to the package.
Back in 1986, ¡Three Amigos! offered a cinematic disappointment, and I can’t claim the years have made changed that view. While it comes with moderate entertainment value, it never manages to live up to the talent involved. The Blu-ray brings pretty good audio and a few bonus materials along with erratic visuals. Amigos remains a watchable but lackluster comedy.