S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Three Ten to Yuma')
The classic western holds as one of my favorite genres and I was all fired up and ready to dump all over this new adaptation 50 years (and a few months) hence the Glenn Ford/Van Heflin classic helmed by stalwart Delmer Daves - a stellar example if ever there was one. How dare they tread on this hallowed ground? Well, they did... and I'll get re-fitted for my fire-retardant suit to say it's the overachieving kin, the grandson standing on his patriarch's shoulders, of the original.
Theatrical Release: September 6th, 2007
DVD Review: Lions Gate Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Lions Gate Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.78 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)|
|Subtitles||English, Spanish, None|
commentary with director Mangold
My exuberance over this film could have something to do with the DVD image quality which looks absolutely fantastic. It's about as good as I have ever seen an SD DVD look. We've also reviewed the Blu-ray HERE.
Detail is crisp, digital noise is limited - even in vast open sky vistas. Colors are bright and true - contrast is stellar. Visually the film has some striking moments and gets full marks in that category. I was immensely impressed.
The 5.1 audio more than does the job with bountiful separation and lively bullet-careening echoes - when called upon.
The DVD doesn't stop there with the splendid transfer of a 2 hour film - no - we have extensive extras starting with an adept commentary from director Mangold. Not technically stellar but he covers quite a bit of ground. The there are 3 featurettes - dealing with production, history and a quasi 'making of..' . Finally there are 7 short-ish deleted scenes - I was kind of uninterested at the time of viewing these but some may enjoy. In my opinion the included scenes were all the correct choices.
Bottom line is that if you had any reservations about this film, but enjoy westerns - I'd like to encourage you to watch this DVD and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It might be the best western film made in the last two decades. 3 hours later I'm still reeling - Wow!