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A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

310yuma4kbluStudio: Lionsgate
Year: 2017
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Run time: 122 mins
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1/DTS:X mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD50
Region: A

Christian Bale plays Dan Evans, a reluctaDTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 and DTS:X mixnt rancher who lost a leg in the Civil War who witnesses the robbery of a stagecoach by famed charismatic outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe). When Wade is then captured by the authorities, Evans volunteers as part of a group to escort Wade to catch the 3.10 train from Contention to Yuma where Wade has a date with the hangman’s noose. But the journey to Contention is far from easy with Wade’s continued attempts to escape, ambushes by Indians and the relentless pursuit of Wade’s gang led by the vicious Charlie Prince (Ben Foster).

Without a doubt, this is one of the best performed movies I’ve seen for some time. Crowe and Bale are utterly convincing as opposing forces of good and evil and as the plot unfolds, you’re never quite convinced who will win the battle of wills between them. But the supporting cast led by Foster, Logan Lerman as Dan’s son William and the legend that is Peter Fonda as veteran mercenary Byron McElroy all deserve their share of praise as well, reinforcing the film’s authenticity and help maintain your interest in the picture. The film also looks the business, much like “Open Range” with its grand vistas of the Old West and provides a convincing snapshot of an all-but-forgotten way of life in America. Characters and sets all look like they have stepped out of an old photo and given a generous dash of colour. But as good and interesting as the story is, it is still a western and it struggles to forge new ground. Certain stereotypes such as good guys getting shot in the back and the rich being basically amoral do stick around and as different as this film may be from other films out there, it isn’t much different from other westerns that you could mention.

Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p/UHD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Director James Mangold has such a way with the atmosphere in his films and the way they are produced in 4K high definition. He show this film in 65mm. He takes the filming back to the time period of the western just really showcasing that era. This is one of those films that shows how much picture quality is beautiful in UltraHD even 10 years later. 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 7.1 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 as Tarantino is at his best with the soundtrack used in the film. Being a Mangold film, there is a lot of dialogue. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Audio commentary track with director James Mangold
  • Destination: Yuma [HD]
  • Outlaws, Gangs, & Posses [HD]
  • An Epic Explored [HD]
  • 3:10 to Score [HD]
  • From Sea to Shining Sea [HD]
  • Conversation With Elmore Leonard [HD]
  • Trailers [HD]

Special Features: 9/10

The Final Word

“Yuma” is the perfect merger of a glitzy Hollywood Western action film with great drama led by great acting: the ideal film in from a money standpoint and from a quality standpoint and arguably those films deserve the most praise.
Overall Rating: 9/10