Conclusion: The original 3:10 to Yuma holds up better than the vast majority of American westerns, remaining a tense, gripping thriller without a wealth of style or action. Criterion's Blu-ray provides one of the all-time great restorations, making this 1957 film look new without betraying its original designs.
Conclusion: Howard Hawks may not have appreciated it during its own time, but Delmer Daves's '3:10 to Yuma' is a genuine classic western, through and through, and a striking masterpiece of filmmaking from one of the great names of the genre.
Excerpt: I vividly remember reading Roger Ebert’s review of the updated version of “3:10 to Yuma” starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Westerns aren’t exactly a dime a dozen these days and when the predecessor to this movie was released in 1957, they were.
Excerpt: A dusty street in a small western town is all but empty, all townsfolk have sought shelter in the local saloon or haberdasher, huddled around the windows to bare witness the match of the day. The villain dressed in black makes his stance on the street.
Conclusion: 3:10 to Yuma might very well be the pinnacle of the Blu-ray format thus far. In addition to an absolutely fantastic, Oscar caliber film with marvelous acting, direction, cinematography, and music, Blu-ray owners are treated to mesmerizing video quality and a stunning audio track that must be heard...
Conclusion: '3:10 to Yuma' didn't quite revitalize the Western genre as its makers may have hoped, but it's an entertaining (if flawed) movie. The Blu-ray has excellent picture and sound, plus some worthwhile supplements, especially the ones that provide historical context. Recommended for sure.