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Slow West Blu-ray

Slow West Blu-ray

“Slow West” is an admirable western.

In “Slow West,” a 16 year old boy (Jay) makes an ambitious journey across 19th century America to find his true love (Rose). Eventually accompanying him on his trip is a stranger named Silas who Jay paid to help him out. What Jay doesn’t know is that Silas is a bounty hunter who is after Rose and her father (both of whom have a bounty on their head). As Jay and Silas travel around, the two encounter other bounty hunters that are after the same thing which further complicates matters to say the least.

Once upon a time, westerns ruled the big and small screen, but now they are somewhat of a rarity. Personally, I’m always happy to see one made and I’m even happier to see a good one. “Slow West” definitely qualifies as a good one.

Running a tight 84 minutes, “Slow West” doesn’t play like your average western. The violent film is like a cross between Jim Jarmusch’s quirky “Dead Man” with a dash of an old John Wayne film (think “True Grit”). Sure, some of the film’s eccentricities are questionable at times, but you’ll be hard pressed not to get swept up in this tale about love, violence, innocence, emotion, and redemption. On top of that, the film’s intense final act more than makes up for any shortcomings.

Of course, the film wouldn’t be anywhere near as engaging were it not for the two lead cast members. Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee. With his role as Silas the bounty hunter, Fassbender continues to be one of the most thrilling actors to watch. Likewise, Kodi Smit-McPhee’s career path remains fascinating as he chooses a lot of interesting and not so standard acting choices with films such as “The Road” “Let Me In” and even “Paranorman” (where he provided voice work for the titular Norman).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.66:1 1080p. How does it look? Few things are as cinematic as westerns and “Slow West” is no exception. Robbie Ryan’s cinematography is particularly gorgeous in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the character moments to the shootouts, this track delivers the goods.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* “On Strange Land: Making Slow West” contains cast and crew interviews, discussions about the film and characters, film clips, and set footage.

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June 30, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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