hickok

Infamous gunslinger and outlaw Wild Bill Hickok (Luke Hemsworth) attempts to escape his past by settling in the small town of Abilene, Kansas. The mayor (Kris Kristofferson), captivated by Wild Bill s unparalleled gun skills, offers him a job as the town marshal. Attempts to protect the town are soon challenged when a band of outlaws threaten Wild Bill and the laws he administered. Among the outlaws are powerful saloon owner Phil Poe (Trace Adkins), whose relationship with Bill s ex-lover (Cameron Richardson) stirs tension. Poe puts a bounty on Wild Bill s head but with the help of lawman Hardin aka Little Arkansas, Wild Bill sets out to fight the villainous bandits and save Abilene from danger.

hickok4hduhdStudio: Cinedigm
Year: 2017
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Run time: 88 mins
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA 5.1/DTS:X mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD50
Region: A

Wild Bill Hickok played by Hemsworth is shown charging confederate soldiers and leaving a friend to die at the beginning of the film. Seven years later he is almost arrested for horse theft. He runs and ends up in a small town where he becomes sheriff virtually overnight. He institutes a policy where no one is allowed to carry firearms withing town limits. Obviously this displeases a lot of people who then try to kill him. This is basically the plot of the movie. There is a love interest and old flame thrown into the mix who just happens to be engaged to the main villain.

Overall Hickok is a low budget production with characters resembling cardboard cut-outs. It also seems to borrow quite heavily from other westerns: charging the confederate soldiers in the beginning (From Dances With Wolves), almost being arrested while in the bath in a hotel (Maverick), the final shout-out in the Saloon (Unforgiven). The acting for the most part appears wooden although that might be due to the lack of an actual story. While the story wasn’t solid, I did sit back and enjoy this film as if it were just a popcorn film.

Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p/UHD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. This is one of those films that shows how much picture quality is beautiful in UltraHD in the wild wild west. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details. Colors are vibrant providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Blacks look inky. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. Not once did I feel like I was at a loss for details making this a very strong presentation. For a film set as a period piece, this western really shine through.
Print Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 and DTS:X mix. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The rears provide quite a few times where sound effects panned across the speakers. There are many scenes that are outside which also take advantage of the soundfield providing some dynamic sound. The soundtrack shines through so ever beautifully in this film with the western themes running rampant throughout. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • The Road to Abilene: The Making of Hickok
  • 3 Deleted Scenes [HD]
  • Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 5/10

The Final Word

This film allowed me to suspend reality for a short while as our guides breathed life into the history of the Wild West. While the story is not the greatest in westerns history, you will still enjoy!
Overall Rating: 9/10