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3:10 To Yuma 4K UHD Steelbook Review

‘3:10 To Yuma’ still stands as a top tier remake.

2007’s ‘3:10 To Yuma” is both a remake of the classic original 1957 film and an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard short story. In this version, the story primarily revolves around 2 characters. There’s Dan Evans who is a disabled Civil War veteran with a wife and 2 children. He’s a broke rancher that is on the verge of having his land taken from him. The other key character here is an outlaw named Ben Wade who leads his own gang. The two characters meet when Dan volunteers to help deliver a captured Ben (for $200) to the town of Contention where Ben is set to board the 3:10 train to the Yuma prison. Alas, this job is easier said than done as the odds are against Dan and company are slim given that Ben’s own gang is hoping to free him.

Directed by James Mangold (best known for ‘Logan’ and soon to be helming the fifth Indiana Jones film) and penned by Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, ‘3:10 To Yuma’ is the type of remake movie fans hope for. Not only does it depart somewhat from the original story, but Mangold brings a different vibe by making it both a more character centric and an action packed one. The dueling personalities, moralities, and ideologies of Dan and Ben really drive the story to the very end. Ben is a law breaking criminal and killer (albeit a smart and thoughtful one) trying to get free while Dan is a man of moral conviction who wants to do right, redeem himself, break free of his mundane existence, and also act as role model to his son William (who eventually joins in the journey). Despite their clear differences, Ben forms a bond with Dan and even grows to respect him and his choices. Seeing the dynamic between the two evolve is what makes this a special story. Add on some intriguing themes about progress (ala the railroad) and honor, a memorable score by Marco Beltrami, and some picturesque New Mexico location shooting, a great cast, and you’ve got yourself a good old western movie.

Speaking of the cast, it’s absolute gold. The film features Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Alan Tudyk, Ben Foster, Peter Fonda, Logan Lerman, Gretchen Mol, Vanessa Shaw, Luke Wilson, and Kevin Durand. Obviously, Bale (Dan) and Crowe (Ben) are the heart of the movie and indeed their performances and interactions with one another give the movie life. However, Ben Foster makes the biggest impression here as the unhinged, violent but loyal Charlie Prince (the right hand man to Ben). Looking back at it now, this is the performance that essentially cemented Foster’s career trajectory (not to mention showcased his range as an actor).

If ‘3:10 To Yuma’ has any shortcomings, it’s that it’s not quite as impactful as it was upon the first viewing. There’s a few elements that don’t quite jive here too such as how Byron could be on the trip after he was shot or why Ben would hold up somewhere so long where he could easily be found.

Note: The gorgeously designed ‘3:10 To Yuma” 4K Steelbook is a Best Buy exclusive. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? The image quality (and the location shooting) shines on 4K.

Audio Track: DTS:X. How does it sound? An effective track through and through (especially during shootouts).

Extras:
* Blu-ray copy and Digital copy
* Commentary by director James Mangold.
* Nearly 8 minutes of deleted scenes.
* ‘A Conversation With Elmore Leonard’- An interview with the author.
* ‘3:10 To Score’- A featurette on the score by Marco Beltrami.
* ‘Destination: Yuma’ contains interviews, set footage, production discussions and so forth.
* ‘Outlaws, Gangs And Posses’- A look at the myths and truths of the western era.
* ‘An Epic Explored’- Discussions about westerns and themes.
* ‘From Sea To Shining Sea’- A featurette on the transcontinental railroad.
* ‘The Guns Of Yuma’- A look at the weapons used in the movie.

August 30, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , , ,

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