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3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection)
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As far as this Blu-ray goes, Criterion has done a respectable job here. The wonderful 4K restoration was supervised by Sony's Grover Crisp last year to coincide with the film's entry into the National Film Registry. Featuring superb detail that showcases the film's crisp cinematography, every visual aspect of "3:10 to Yuma" has been rendered flawlessly in 1080p. A new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is also included along with the original Mono mix, so purists and those looking for more surround activity will have their choice of presentations.
The only slightly disappointing aspect of this release is its lack of meaty extras, somewhat atypical for a Criterion release. Only a pair of short (10-15 minute) interviews with author Elmore Leonard and Glenn Ford's son are included, but they're entertaining and informative. So while this release is definitely overpriced a bit---even by Criterion's standards---fans of the film should really appreciate the work that went into it.
The movie is full of worthy morality. This movie goes to my stack for the grandchildren. I would like to see it used in high schools.
about gunplay and chase scenes.
Led by a great performance by Glenn Ford, going way against type as a low key, but highly charismatic, sexy bad guy,
who its hard to hate. And he's almost matched by a jittery Van Heflin as a down-on-his-luck rancher who agrees to bring
the very dangerous Ford to the titular train to be taken to prison. Heflin doesn't take the job out of any great moral belief,
but just because he desperately needs the $200 to have some shot of keeping his cattle alive and his family fed.
Beautifully shot, keeping the open feel of the south-west for the first act, the real climax of the film is a 30 minute set
piece in a hotel room that still manages to feel cinematic as Ford tries to gently, almost comically, bribe and woo Heflin
into letting him go, promising far more money than the $200 Heflin is being paid. And we see just how tempting that
offer is to Heflin, and how confusing doing the "right" thing can be.
A truly tense film. Its flaws or dated touches fade beneath its great images, sly dialogue, forceful direction, complex
characters, and 1st rate acting.
The Criterion image quality is second to none. The mono sound is crisp and clear. Just an outstanding release! A definite keeper that bears repeated viewing. Thank you, Criterion!
(ps "Jubal", by the same director, is also an excellent Criterion release.) Jubal (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
"3:10 to Yuma" was made when Glenn Ford was at his peak as a box office draw and actor. Ford plays Ben Wade a charming but ruthless outlaw captured after he lingers in town a bit too long. Separated from his gang, he's arrested and, reluctantly, rancher Dan Evans (Van Heflin in a perfect, performance that nicely captures his conflicted feelings)agrees to guard and escort Wade to the 3:10 train to Yuma because he needs the money; his cattle are dying and his farm is failing because of a drought. Wade and Evans do form a bond with Wade trying to bribe Evans while he's guarding him and even assisting him as he develops a begruding respect for the rancher.
What gets overlooked is Ford's brilliant, subtle performance (one of his best)--he makes Wade a complex character at a time when most westerns were more likely to simplify characters and their motives. In fact "3:10 to Yuma" and "High Noon" are the two films that pushed Howard Hawks to make "Rio Bravo" because he wanted to return to a time of psychologically less complex characters (ignoring the complexity Hawks own "Red River").Read more ›
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So much better than the remake...highly recommend this movie! The special feature with Glenn Ford's is a nice addition to the DVD.Published 4 months ago by Jay
I was 13 when this movie came out. I saw "Shane," "High Noon," and "The Man from Laramie" (and a bunch of less-distinguished but enjoyable Westerns), but I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stanley Crowe
This classic good guy/ bad guy western on Blu-Ray from the Criterion Collection, arrived on time and intact, with no damage to either the disc and movie guide booklet or the case,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Andrew Curry
Thank you for such an awesome tape. Beautiful quality and sound.Published 10 months ago by Michael ellender
This is probably director Delmer Dave's best known western. He managed to get career best performances from both Glenn Ford and Van Heflin in a suspenseful tale of the humble... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peter Cresswell
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