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3:10 to Yuma [Blu-ray]
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In 2007, the Western showed back up at the box office in a trio of films that came out roughly at the same time. 3:10 TO YUMA was the first out of the gate, but it was followed in quick order by THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
The movie had been made fifty years ago, and much of the plot in that version made it into the remake. Both movies were based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, who has had several of his Western and crime novels made into films.
Christian Bale stars as Dan Evans, a one-legged, down-on-his-luck rancher struggling to keep a home together for his wife and two kids. Russell Crowe plays Ben Wade, an intelligent and heartless outlaw who's leading one of the blood-thirstiest gangs to ever take up the owlhoot trail.
Both stars take turns stealing scenes. Bale has the hard-edged look of coarse rawhide. Crowe possesses some of the deadest eyes ever shown in movies.
One of the best portrayals in the movie was a surprise to me, though. It took me a minute to recognize Peter Fonda as professional bounty hunter turned Pinkerton agent Byron McElroy. Fonda reminded me a lot of his father Henry, but part of that is because Fonda has aged. He also delivers a quality of acting and honesty in the character that is just amazing, and he was content to carry the supporting character role and didn't try to upstage anyone.
Logan Lerman was another surprise.Read more ›
Brief Intro Story:
The Old West is hard place to live, not only you have to deal with criminals and desert weather, but also with creditors who can be just as dangerous.
Things are not going well financially for the crippled family guy Dan Evans (Christian Bale) who has to support his wife Alice and two sons--he didn't pay the bills and his creditors burned his barn. As he is going back to town with his kids to complain about what happened, they see the famous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) with his vicious gang who just busted a wagon full of cash (killing almost everybody). The gang members see Evans and his kids, but Wade (the boss of the gang) decides to only take their horses and leaves them standing there, but the gang makes a mistake--they left one wounded man. The gang goes to town and while Wade is alone and having fun with a local girl, he gets captured by the authorities while he is talking to Evans--who made it to town anyways. But they need extra help to transport him to catch a train that will take him to prison, and that's where Evans volunteers to help--for $200 dollars.Read more ›
Perfect acting by everyone. Russell Crowe is given the chance to show his amazing talent, to really dig into it. Christian Bale is marvellous as a father trying to make up for lost chances, finally doing it right.
But to me what struck me most, is the amazing talent of Logan Lerman who plays C. Bale's son. I have never before watched such a stunning performance by a 14 year old. No matter if he's in close up or riding a horse in the background, he's always focussed. Perfect!!!
Also the bad guys, most of all Ben Foster, are such dirtbags, you really wouldn't want to meet them. Neither in the dark nor the light.
Perfectly directed by James Mangold with a constant change in pace, great lighting, perfect composure - what is there left to say, I'm in awe!!!
One thing to reality: the bad guys somehow walk through almost any gunfight unhurt. Especially in the shootout scene at the end, there are many opportunities for Bale to finish off the meanest of the gang. Strangely enough he never gets the idea. Also when they are attacked by the Apaches, nobody puts out the fire which makes them the easiest target.
This is what makes it a five star movie, not more (with 5 extras for Logan Lerman). It's Hollywood, not real life.
As to the story: Based on a terrific short story by the great Elmore Leonhard, Christian Bale is Dan Evans, a poor rancher with a wife and two kids. He needs money badly to hold on to his farm. So he agrees to help out in getting Ben Wade, a captured outlaw (Russell Crowe) onto the train to Yuma.Read more ›
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Absolutely ridiculous. Not only did it take forever to receive it doesn't even work properly! It continuously skips and freezes. This is crap!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great western movie. They don't make them like they used to, but this one was worth watching.Published 24 days ago by Bman2912
I'll try to explain it the best i can without any spoilers.
Christian bale stars in the role of Dan, a ex-union fighter for the north, walking on one leg, Dan struggles to... Read more
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|how does this version compare to the DVD version?||
Top notch transfer (the DVD used the same master and encoding just at a lower resolution). Bonus material is terrific and there's only 1 bonus that isn't on the DVD.
Jan 12, 2008 by Wayne Klein | See all 4 posts
|3:10 Yuma: Is it region encoded?||
It's not region encoded and thus will play in a Region B blu-ray player.
Jan 11, 2008 by Can Erzi | See all 2 posts
|Startup time on your bluray player?||
i know for sure it has like aleast 6/7 previews which probably last 6 minutes
and u cant fast forward to the menu
u have to keep clicking the skip button for all 6/7 previews
Feb 21, 2008 by Ktown | See all 4 posts
|Bought blu-ray, "free" rental is SD...||
I had wanted to buy the BD (right now the BD version is 9$ here) of this film until I came across the DVD for just 4$ @ bestbuy. This is a good western and a good story IMO
Jun 3, 2011 by John Doe | See all 2 posts
|Why Do you Fools Buy Full Screen DVD's?||
i agree with you 100% i was one of them but that was before we bought WD TV, another problem is all the dvd bought before the HD TV came,the older dvd's are much grainer ,they are ok to watch on the tube. so the lesson is dont throw away your old picture tube tv if it is working in good condition.
Jan 12, 2008 by Dorian Marcus | See all 3 posts
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