In this movie, Adams recruits a new group of gunfighters to rescue Chico, who has been kidnapped by a band of desperados. We have here another set of villagers who need protection and as such, this sequel comes across as a bit of a repeat of the first movie. This movie was shot in Spain and as such could be classified as a spaghetti western.
Guns of the Magnificent Seven was written by Herman Hoffman and directed by Paul Wendkos. This movie brings in George Kennedy to play the part of Chris Adams and now adds Monte Markham, Bernie Casey (in his film debut), James Whitmore, Reni Santoni, Joe Don Baker, and Scott Thomas.
This time Adams and the bunch band together to help free a Mexican revolutionary (Fernando Rey) and help fight the oppression of sadistic militarist Diego (played by Michael Ansara). Out of the three sequels this is the one I liked best as it has more character development and Kennedy does a very good job in his role. This one was also filmed in Spain.
The Magnificent Seven Ride was written by Arthur Rowe and directed by George McCowan. This time the role of Chris Adams is played by Lee Van Cleef and the movie also stars Stefanie Powers, Michael Callan, Luke Askew, Ralph Waite, and Mariette Hartley.
This time Adams is an older marshal and is married. A terrible tragedy sends him on the trail of the killers and he must once again assemble a team of gunfighters to take on a ruthless bandit, Juan De Toro, and his men. For the first time, the series takes a turn away from its roots and becomes a bit more of a conventional western with subplots, more women, and romance.
The video quality of these films is very good and although there are some visible differences between the overall look of the films, they all still come across clean and are presented in their original aspect ratios.