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"Blackthorn" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In BLACKTHORN, Cassidy (Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.

Specifications

  • Magnolia
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 42 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Sam Shepherd, Eduardo Noriega
  • Directed by Gil Mateo
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I found Blackthorne to be an overall enjoyable film when I watched.  I have not seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, so perhaps coming in with more knowledge of that would have provided a better basis for having knowledge of the characters, but overall it was still a well done film.

Technical

Blackthone typically looked good, though a little bit soft overall.  Fine details and textures sometimes looked great, and sometimes were a bit soft.  It was inconsistent though there was good shadow detail in the nighttime scenes.  The soundtrack was relatively sparse but dialog was clear, though surrounds were not used as much as they could be.  Scenes of horses galloping across the plateau were trapped in the front of the room, instead of surrounding you all around and really pulling you into the film.

Extras

Deleted scenes, featurettes on the making of the film and the director, short films by the director, and the trailer.