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Showdown Blu-ray Review

“Showdown” is a solid 70’s western.

In 1973’s western “Showdown,” a Sheriff (Chuck) is tasked with tracking down a train robber (Billy) who just so happens to be his childhood friend. Chuck isn’t the only one after Billy, however, as Billy double crossed his partners in crime who are after him and his loot. 

Directed by George Seaton and scripted by Theodore Taylor, “Showdown” isn’t going to win any points for originality, but the movie doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is- a very simple western tale of two friends pitted against one another (with flashbacks of the two in the past). It doesn’t waste any time and gets straight down to business and I respect that. Add in the lush location shooting, costumes by Edith Head, and a strong cast and you’re in for a good time if you’re a fan of the genre.

Speaking of the cast, Rock Hudson and Dean Martin may have been aging stars at this point in their career, but the two still turn in memorable performances. Martin has the better role of the two as he gets to crack wise and be a sharp shooting bad guy (with a good guy heart), but Hudson shines as a Sheriff/husband who reluctantly has to hunt down his friend. Donald Moffat (Art) also plays a good villain while Susan Clark shows depth as Kate (Chuck’s wife and a longtime friend of Billy).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Dirt specs are present, but the lush Technicolor print has never looked better.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A nice clean 2.0 track.

Extras include trailers for “Showdown,” “Doc,” “Rough Night In Jericho,” “Shoot Out,” and “Hornets’ Nest” and a commentary by film historians Steve Mitchell and Howard S. Berger.

March 9, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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