- Actors: Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Katy Mixon, Kevin Rankin
- Directors: David Mackenzie
- Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: Lionsgate
- DVD Release Date: November 22, 2016
- Run Time: 122 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B01KP7LB3M
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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- Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.83 Mbps)
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
- English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 kbps)
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Hell Or High Water [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
A divorced dad and his ex-con brother decide to rob branch offices of the bank that's threatening to foreclose on the family ranch. Such a poetic act of justice will put them in the crosshairs of a ranger.
Hell or High Water is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1. The film was digitally captured with the Arri Alexa XT and finished at a 2K DI, and there's an appealing consistency to detail levels throughout this presentation. A lot of the film is understandably skewed toward dusty yellows, beiges and ochres, giving the film a kind of generally buttery or amber appearance, at least in the many outdoor scenes. The palette is generally pretty natural looking, though some of the interior scenes, while not graded, bear the look of the ambient lighting sources (some casino scenes therefore have a kind of unnaturally garish appearance which can look a little murky at times). Close-ups offer great levels of fine detail, and some of the aerial and other exterior shots offer some excellent depth of field. There are no instances of image instability and no issues with compression artifacts.
Hell or High Water features an occasionally pretty boisterous, even raucous, sounding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, one that derives a lot of energy and nice panning activity when the brothers make their getaways in their souped up cars. A couple of scenes involve gunfire (some pretty aggressive in a suitably Texan way), and those offer some punchy lower end. Dialogue is presented cleanly and clearly and effects and score are well prioritized and add to a winningly immersive listening experience.
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster star in this riveting story about two brothers who turn to crime to save their family's land and the Texas Ranger out to stop them.
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classic restaurant scene, with an older waitress, that should be instantly added to classic scene trivia. Overall, you may say you have seen some elements of this film before, but none of them all pulled together in such a satisfying, and successful way. Hats off to director David Mackenzie, and
props to Giles Nuttgens, for some beautiful scenes of the southwest. GO SEE THIS FILM NOW!
Hell or High Water begins with two brothers - Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and ex-con Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) carrying out an early morning robbery of a bank branch in a small West Texas town. Shortly afterwards, they rob a second branch of the same bank in a different small town. The bank in question happens the bank that is shortly to foreclose on their mother's farm unless the two brothers can come up with the money needed to pay back the reverse mortgage their mother (recently deceased) took out on the property. Toby, a divorced father of two boys, is grimly determined to pay off that mortgage because oil has recently been discovered on the land. The rights to that oil can guarantee a future for his estranged sons, who will never have to experience the poverty and Toby and his brother had to grow up with.
Two Texas Rangers, Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) are assigned to the case. Hamilton is mere weeks from retirement but is determined to solve it before that happens, somewhat to the exasperation of his more laid-back partner who still has decades ahead of him on the force. The situation quickly becomes a cat-and-mouse game between Hamilton and the two brothers, with Hamilton's decades of experience giving him an instinctive insight into the brothers' thinking and the ability to guess what they'll do next.
Highly recommended as a non-traditional crime film with great performances by Bridges, Pine and Foster.
Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) are brothers seeking a form of revenge against the bank that is about to foreclosure on their family farm. Toby is the handsome "good" brother and Tanner is the wild one who has spent time in jail for robbery. They are only robbing branches of the bank that did them wrong and only for the amount they need to save their farm. Sort of modern day Robin Hoods with a twist. Tanner has a dangerous and wicked side that can only lead to trouble.
Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) are Texas Rangers working to catch the robbers and end the crime spree. Hamilton shows his deep fondness and respect for his partner in the only way he knows how--with racist comments on Parkers Mexican and Native American heritage. Birmingham plays Parker as stoic and quiet. He stone faced reaction to Hamilton's slurs tell a story in itself. He's a remarkable character in an already remarkable film.
The setting is stark and dismal and it's part of the story. The actors are just perfect for their roles. Pine proves that he can act and is more than a pretty face. I'm not familiar with Foster's work but I see a very talented actor here who deserves a lot of attention. Bridges has found the perfect role here and he proves that he only gets better with age. Birmingham is a fresh face and a major talent.
There are a lot of movie clichés in this film. Toby's marriage has fallen apart and he is estranged from his son. Hamilton is on his last mission before retirement. Tanner is the violent wild card who shows up in every bank robber story. The odd thing is it all works and seems so incredibly new. It's a story of contrasts and who we actually want to see succeed in the end. There is a humanity and believability to this story that is so hard to find. Here is a super high recommend to a stunningly realistic drama.
But like the best film noirs, you might experience some moral ambiguity and root for the brothers.
Chris Pine is very good (so much better here than in the lousy Star Trek series) as the "smart" brother, as is Jeff Bridges as an aged but very capable Texas Ranger (just exactly the right role for him - nobody else could play it) who is only weeks from retirement. Bridges is very good throughout, and his final two scenes are just terrific.
Ben Foster as the ex-con brother and Gil Birmingham as a Ranger, both very good. Also a couple of fallen women, and an ancient waitress from Hell (at the "T-Bone" restaurant - one of the writers must have visited the Hoffbrau here in Austin TX?). Highly recommended!