'3:10 to Yuma' [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital HD]
(Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Ben Foster, et al / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD / R / (2007) 2017 / LGF)
Blu-ray Overview: A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
DVD Verdict: Before we begin the review, let's start by acknowledging the INCREDIBLE, brighter, deeper, more lifelike color that these 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays bring forth, each and every time. For they are, well, INCREDIBLE and truly allow you to see things that the generic Blu-ray vision simply cannot. I mean, the color alone on this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc - which comes as a two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 BD-66) - is just so crisp, so clear, so crystal.
For those that wish to be in the know, let's break down some of the geeky stats, shall we. This is a Codec: HEVC / H.265, with a Resolution: 4K (2160p), and an overall Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1. The Audio is English: Dolby Atmos + English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 + Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 + French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1, and the Subtitles are: English SDH, French, and Spanish.
Finally, and leaving the best for last, this 4K Ultra HD movie experience means that we have a 4X sharper picture image than regular HD, HDR (High Dynamic Range) means we get brilliant brights and deepest dark's within the film, and with Immersive Audio, we get that multi-dimensional sound experience throughout.
OK, on to the actual film review and the story pivots around Dale Evans, a dirt-poor farmer raising a family. One day he happens upon the charming outlaw Ben Wade, and then has the good fortunate to capture said outlaw. When it is declared that Wade will be escorted to Contention, to be put aboard the 3:10 train to Yuma Prison, Evans volunteers to help, in order to raise funds for his family. Things go wrong, of course, as Wade's gang is in hot pursuit.
Let the bullets fly! Christian Bale is a knockout as always; the man is a chameleon. Russell Crowe lightens the screen with his portrayal of the seductive Wade (as he declares in a deleted scene: "People like me!"). The scenes between these two great actors provide more tension than any gunfire director James Mangold has to offer (and he has a lot).
Peter Fonda adds a sense of class - not to mention plain old menace - as a corrupt Pinkerton detective. Ben Foster, as the psychotic Charlie Prince, is a delight to watch; he actually manages to steal some of the pivotal scenes. The film is layered with roles from actors you know; Alan Tudyk provides some jokes as the veterinarian-turned-doctor, and Luke Wilson shows a surprising knack for western menace in his cameo role.
The action is quick, of course. '3:10 to Yuma' is a western, after all, and so it never (thankfully) really tries to be anything else but. Sure, it's more a thinking-man's western in some regards; the budding relationship between Wade and Evans is the focal point of the movie. But if you want action, you'll get it; bullets fly, wagons crash, caverns cave in, and quite a few people die. The main focus, though, is on the acting, which is all top notch; as Peter Fonda says in one of the delicious behind-the-scenes Making-of Featurette: "I ride like the wind. I hate it, but I make it look good. That's acting."
Speaking of bonus features, this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Digital HD edition comes equipped with a bevy of really interesting Featurettes and such, the one that stood out for me being a documentary about the reality of what we perceive as the "Wild West." Hope you aren't too surprised to learn Hollywood blew things are of proportion! The addition of the documentary speaks volumes for Mangold's ideas for the movie; this is a western that never tries to transcend its genre - and by staying in place, it becomes great.
Sometimes, it's nice to see a movie revel in what it is, and never try to be more than it should. Plus, it's still nice to see a good contemporary western some 10 years on; they don't make 'em much anymore. It doesn't matter if '3:10 to Yuma' is a remake; it is a good movie on its own. See the original, of course; but watch this one too.
For you western purists, you'll enjoy it; while it does, in spots, try to be a bit more realistic, there's still plenty of the western bravado you've come to expect from Hollywood. If you like action movies look no further. Simply put, '3:10 to Yuma' is one of the best action films in recent years, with Oscar-worthy performances and enough bullets to satisfy even the most ruthless outlaw's blood lust. Enjoy!
Chock full with delightful Special Features, some of my own personal favorites were aforementioned, but another couple include both “The Guns of Yuma” Featurette and the Historical Timeline of the West. Wow, both are as exciting, for all fans of westerns as anything that has gone before; especially the latter, which details seemingly every step in the West's evolution.
Another great one, if you are into the musical elements of any film (which you should be as they make the film - I mean, imagine watching a film, any film, in complete silence save for the words spoken from the TV and speakers attached therein; you would go nuts, so that's where the score's importance comes in) is the “3:10 to Score” Featurette. Helming it is the talented Marco Beltrami who actually scored five movies released in 2007: the American thriller Captivity, the Danish comedy Vikaren, the American mystery called The Invisible, the Bruce Willis action-adventure comeback Live Free or Die Hard, and, finally, yep, this one from director James Mangold.
Beltrami made sure that this prestigious remake of the classic western was going to pulsate accordingly to the era, and so he created a fabulously engaging back track to '3:10 to Yuma'; one for the ages, in truth. In closing, watching it all unfold in the West once again, but this time on 4K Ultra HD it is truly an amazing viewing experience. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Audio Commentary with Director James Mangold
• “3:10 to Score” Featurette
• “Sea to Shining Sea” Documentary
• “A Conversation with Elmore Leonard” Featurette
• “The Guns of Yuma” Featurette
• Historical Timeline of the West (Blu-ray™ Only)
• Inside Yuma: An Exclusive Blu-ray Disc™ Interactive Experience
• “Destination 3:10 to Yuma” Making-Of Documentary
• “An Epic Explored” Featurette
• “Outlaws, Gangs, and Posses” Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
'3:10 to Yuma' - Official 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack Trailer