unforgiven

Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris star in his unsparing Western saga of a man who cannot escape his violent destiny. Heroes and legends rise and fall on the harsh American frontier in Unforgiven. Eleven years have passed since Billy Munny (Eastwood) laid down his weapons, dedicating himself to his young children and struggling farm. But when a huge bounty lures Munny back into action with his loyal partner, Ned Logan (Freeman), the tortured former gunslinger faces vicious sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Bill Hackman) and the lethally elegant mercenary English Bob (Harris). Even more terrifying, Munny finds himself regressing into the cold-blooded killer he once was.

unforgiven4kbdStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2016
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Run time: 131 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD50
Region: A

Clint Eastwood is a man who, as an actor, I’ll always associate with Westerns. Sure, he has had some other projects like the “Dirty Harry”-movies or for instance “Absolute Power” or “True Crime”, but never ever was he has good as when he played the not very talkative, rather mysterious and strange cowboy. In my opinion every actor has a genre that suits him best and for Clint Eastwood that definitely is the Western.

This time he’s William Munny, a former criminal who now lives somewhere on the prairie with his two little kids, where he grows some crops and raises pigs. His wife, who’s already dead, was the one that brought him back to the right way of life and since then he hasn’t done anything wrong again. Life is very hard, but than he gets an interesting offer from “The Schofield Kid”. A young prostitute was stabbed several times and now she has several awful looking scars in her face. Her colleagues have put a prize on the head of the two cowboys who did it. William Munny will try to kill the two cowboys with the help of The Schofield Kid and his long-time friend Ned Logan…

Most Westerns don’t take the time for some character development, but this one does and it has to be said, it’s done excellently. What makes this movie so interesting and good is the fact that the characters in this movie aren’t black and white at all. The line between good and evil, between heroism and villainy is very thin and is crossed several times in an excellent way. You always think you know the characters, but than they act completely different from what you think they will do.

Movie Content: 9.5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 2160p/4K Ultra HD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Clint Eastwood has such a way with the atmosphere in his western films and the way they are produced to make you feel like you’re a part of that time period. 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 has transitioned from the various formats over the years and now on to the 4K Blu-ray format. What is interesting here is that this is a rather darker looking film that does benefit with the transition to 4K. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details that the film gets in this new presentation. Colors are natural looking providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. HDR isn’t as prevaliant here as one would hope for, but that is very understandable considering the age of the film. For a film set as a period piece, this western really shines through.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. I am excited to say that ‘Unforgiven’ on 4K BD finally receive a much needed upgrade to lossless audio 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 Eastwood is at his best with the soundtrack used in the film. Being a Eastwood film, there is a mix with dialogue and action. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.

Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Richard Schickel
  • Eastwood On Eastwood [SD]
  • All On Accounta Pullin’ a Trigger [SD]
  • Eastwood & Co.: Making Unforgiven [SD]
  • Eastwood…A Star [SD]
  • “Duel at Sundown” Maverick TV Episode [SD]
  • Theatrical Trailer [SD]

Special Features: 6/10

The Final Word

‘Unforgiven’ won four Academy Awards in its year, these awards were Best Picture (Clint Eastwood), Best Director (Clint Eastwood), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Hackman), and Best Film Editing. Clint Eastwood himself was nominated for Best Actor, but he lost to Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. If you have not gotten a taste of this classic movie, maybe it is high time you did, ‘Unforgiven’ is a wonderful movie to have in your collection, the acting was second to known and the script was both funny as it was thrilling.

Overall Rating: 9/10