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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Location: Tabernas - Ryan's Rocks

Once released from Prison in Death Rides a Horse, Ryan must get rid of the two men following him.  Instead of shooting them (in typical LVC fashion), he opts to trick them into thinking he is camped out at the rocks of this location (smoke!), and when they get off their horses to investigate, he loosens their saddles so they slide right off the horse.  Tricky stuff!  

This sequence was shot in one of the many ramblas of the Tabernas desert.

Ryan lures the men in with his campfire

These gigantic rocks are gone!

Ryan approaches the horses to loosen the saddles

Ryan rides off as the men discover him

Also shot in this location, Chato's Land starring Charles Bronson and Jack Palance.

Jack Palance

Charles Bronson

Saturday, August 18, 2018

eBay Watch: Commandos Original VHS Artwork

From time to time I will post interesting items that I see on eBay that would be of interest to a LVC fan. These are not endorsements of the sellers, just merely my observations of interesting or rare items.

This week there is an original piece of LVC artwork commissioned in 1987 for a VHS release of Commandos for Heritage Entertainment.  I cannot find any evidence thus far that this tape with this artwork was ever released.

Item has a "Buy it Now" of $349.00, and also an option for "Make Offer"


Item Description-

The dimensions are approximately 20" by 30" and signed by Greg Winters. The painting is on premium art board and overall is in great condition aside from some wear around the edges and old tape residue.  
Greg Winters has been a freelance illustrator since graduating from UC Berkeley and then Art Center College in 1982.  
He has done the movie posters and product art for numerous movies including Gremlins 1 & 2, Witches, The Goonies, Hook, Back to the Future and many others.


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Location: Tabernas - Salt Flats

Very near the location of the Apache Camp from El Condor, lies the salt flats that Chavez stakes Luke and Jaroo to.  I imagine the "salt" was added by production, but the rest of the location remains the same.

Jaroo and Luke

The soldiers tie up their horses

Jaroo's approximate location

Below is an interesting tidbit from the El Condor pressbook on the filming of this scene-

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Captain Apache and Bad Man's River Coming to Blu-ray in Japan

Released July 28, both Captain Apache and Bad Man's River will be released on in Japan individually with each film available in a box set with a blu-ray and DVD copy.  I assume the transfers will be the same as the US Kino releases (here and here), which were both highly acceptable.

Cover artwork below-