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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part II

ARTICLE INDEX

"3:10 to Yuma" (Blu-ray)

movie-3-10-to-yuma.jpgSynopsis

In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 To Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny.

 

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
    2007, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 2 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • English PCM 7.1
  • English DD EX 5.1
  • Directed by James Mangold
  • Starring Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Ben Foster
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

It’s rare these days to get a Western out of Hollywood, and even when we do it seems even harder to get a really good one. Thankfully 3:10 delivers. One of the best this genre has seen since Unforgiven in my opinion, and cast perfectly. Crowe and Bale play off each other beautifully, and set up a dynamic interplay that is rare in this genre. Ben Foster also turns in an award worthy performance as Crowe’s henchman and all around bad guy. Easily one of the most enjoyable films I saw in 2007 and highly recommended.

Technical

Lionsgate has been doing a great job with their day-and-date titles in terms of presentation, and this is no exception. The HD transfer is sharp and beautifully rendered. Fine detail is excellent throughout, and the image has a very dimensional look with lots of depth. Blacks are slightly elevated at times but shadow detail is still quite strong. Colors are a bit confusing though. At times some of the hues in the desert landscapes take on an oversaturated look, especially in some of the orange and yellows. I don’t remember this during the theatrical presentation, so it is hard to call whether it was intentional. It wasn’t really bothersome, but I did notice it from time to time. Overall though, this is a great looking HD transfer.

Lionsgate delivers a full 7.1 discrete PCM soundtrack for this one. This track has some serious range to it, with intense bass response and great dynamics. Atmosphere is almost spooky at times, especially during the night scenes out in the desert. The gunfights are quite good and liven up the soundstage, but they don’t quite have the dynamics of some other Western favorites such as Open Range. Still, I didn’t find much lacking in this presentation.

Extras

There are plenty of extras on this release, including a feature commentary, quite a few production features, interviews, documentaries on the west and its outlaws, deleted scenes, lots of trailers, and an interactive look at the film.