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"High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

A lone stranger rides into town and is immediately set upon by some of the locals. Unfortunately for these rough locals, they've picked Clint Eastwood to aggravate and they receive his quick six shooter justice for their efforts. The locals, being a cowardly bunch, eagerly set out to appease him in every way in order to secure his loyalty and protection from a group of criminals who are soon to be released from the territorial prison. But have the town folk picked the devil they don’t know over the devil they do know?

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: English 5.1 DTS-MA
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Mariana Hill, Mitchell Ryan, Jack Ging
    Director-Clint Eastwood
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

This is arguably one of Eastwood’s best films and one that he both starred and directed. Filled with dark humor and squinty-eyed menace, the film is chock full of allusions and metaphors. The line between good and evil are purposefully blurred, so you are never quite certain who the good guy is. It raises the question: Bad men are indeed bad, but are cowardly men worse? If you love Eastwood, you probably already own this on DVD. Should you upgrade to the BD? I’m going to paint the town red and say YES!

Technical

This film has been completely restored and cleaned up. The sound is excellent and the picture looks stunning. I’ve seen this flick on TV dozens of times and the depth and detail of this release are jaw dropping. Not perfect, but amazing none the less. Some of the darker scenes are a bit murky, but the details are razor sharp and the colors are bright and solid. I did not notice a single speck or blemish throughout the film. Not bad for a film that is over 40 years old. Kudos to Universal!

Extras

Only the original theatrical movie trailer in standard def. Now that’s a killer!