Summary: A fast paced, action heavy western. The chases and shootouts entertain with ease and will satisfy most who enjoy these offerings from the genre. What makes this film standout more so, is the somewhat engaging relationship between our main hero and outlaw, both awesomely acted by Bale and Crowe.
A beautifully-restored Western character study on Blu-ray.
The Great Owl, blu-ray.com
24 June 2013
Excerpt: Like most people today, my first introduction to this Elmore Leonard story was through the 2007 film version starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Just one viewing of the 1957 original Delmer Daves film adaptation via a DVD edition from a few years ago, however, was all that it took to make me...
Excerpt: Fantastic audio/visual presentation (1080P) on this Criterion blu-ray. (I have no idea what the first reviewer saw, but this is one of the best B&W HD transfers I've ever seen) The original film is obviously superior to the remake, which is not bad if you can ignore some of the superfluous shootouts...
Excerpt: I wanted to like this film but it was a snooze fest compared to the Bale/Crowe version . The opticals /dissolves were understandable soft but the rest of the film looked like a well mastered upscaled DVD. Waste of resources scanning at 4k when the source is devoid of fine details
Excerpt: Dan Evans (Christian Bale) together with his two sons witnesses Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his gang steal. Ben eventually gets captured and will be brought to the train while Evans assists for $200. Dan wants to redeem himself for his family while Ben has another side from the killer reputation.
Excerpt: 3:10 To Yuma is a remake of the 1957 Glenn Ford western in which an honest rancher injured in the civil war takes on the job of escorting a notorious outlaw to the prison train in order to save his family's ranch from the railroad.
Summary: This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. James Mangold's remake of the stellar 3:10 to Yuma is a mixed bag - there's some great acting, and beautiful camerawork, but also a fairly implausible script.
Summary: Human fleshed out characters with motives and a history to them, even if imagined off screen (that's how well they are written and played). Excellent performances, quiet moments of reflection, cruelty and understanding, great action sequences and a sly but honest script.