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"True Grit" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

True Grit is the story of a daughter seeking vengeance for the unjust murder of her father.  
At just 14 years of age, Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) seeks to hire a man to help hunt down Chaney, the man who killed her father.  Mattie finds the help of the toughest US Marshall in town, Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), a man she was told possessed “true grit.”  A Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Damon) joins them in their hunt as he has business with Chaney as well.

Specifications

  • Paramount
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 50 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper
  • Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Like most Coen Brothers movies, True Grit is funny at times, but always with a dark cloud of Coenism looming above. I very much enjoyed this movie and all the fuss about Hailee’s performance is well deserved. The movie is worth watching just for the sake of seeing her and Bridge’s performances.  Sorry Matt Damon, didn’t mean to leave you out as your character was very good as well! There isn’t too much to the story, and it isn’t going to leave you wanting to discuss it like some of their other movies such as No Country for Old Men, but True Grit is entertaining and fun.  I for one, am happy to add this to my collection of movies.

Technical

Paramount gave us a beautiful Blu-ray with this release of True Grit. Image quality is top notch and will not disappoint. The audio on the disc is a treat for your ears, Carter Burwell’s western-inspired score has a wide soundstage that will really fill up your home theater. The gun shots are some of the best I have heard and really pack a punch.

Extras

Theatrical Trailer, A look at the Cast, Feature on author Charles Portis, Interview with Steinfeld. Fairly weak in the extras department.