In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the “3:10 to Yuma,” a train that will take the killer to prison. During the grueling expedition, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other’s respect. However, with Wade’s posse on their trail, the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man’s destiny.
What We Thought:
3:10 to Yuma is one of the most underrated flicks of the past ten years. It has an amazing cast and is beautifully directed by James Mangold (Logan, The Wolverine).
I’m not a huge fan of remakes, but for some reason I don’t mind remakes of westerns. The recent The Magnificent Seven remake was entertaining. I didn’t hate the True Grit remake like some others I know. This is a remake of the 1957 Glenn Ford starring film of the same name. Of course having my favorite actor (Christian Bale) in it and one of my other favorite actors (Russell Crowe) certainly helps.
That’s what separates this film, the talent involved. Bale and Crowe are joined by Alan Tudyk, Peter Fonda, the royally underrated Ben Foster and Logan Lerman who was an up and comer at the time. Add in Mangold’s direction and it’s a very easy watch.
What I’ve always liked about the film (including the original) is the development of the characters. You start out with a basic concept of Bale taking a job to deliver Crowe’s outlaw to the 3:10 to Yuma train. But by the end, you aren’t sure if you want Crowe to be turned over. Both characters feel for the other and can see the other man’s point of view.
That’s what I get the most out of this film, the human element. Watching it again on 4K, having seen it probably close to a dozen times before, I still get that sense of humanity. Both men understand the other’s perspective. Crowe is an outlaw, but you see his human side by the end.
Speaking of the 4K, the film looks amazing in the new ultra HD format. Mangold’s use of classic western style long shots that span the countryside look fantastic. Coloring of costumes is muted like the time frame, but the sky and land pop in color. Audio is loud and easy to hear. The new 4K also comes with some fantastic bonus features that will keep me entertained for a long time.
If you are a fan of 3:10 to Yuma, the 4K is worth the upgrade. The film looks beautiful and is simply a good movie to begin with. It’s a must own for fans of Bale and/or Crowe. Nothing else to say besides…
4K ULTRA HD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
- “Destination 3:10 to Yuma” Making-Of Documentary
- “Outlaws, Gangs, and Posses” Featurette
- “An Epic Explored” Featurette
- “3:10 to Score” Featurette
- “Sea to Shining Sea” Documentary
- “A Conversation with Elmore Leonard” Featurette
- “The Guns of Yuma” Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary with Director James Mangold
- Historical Timeline of the West (Blu-ray™ Only)
- Inside Yuma: An Exclusive Blu-ray Disc™ Interactive Experience
CAST & CREW:
- Russell Crowe
- Christian Bale
- Peter Fonda
- Gretchen Mol
- Ben Foster
- Logan Lerman
- Alan Tudyk
- Director James Mangold
Recommended If You Like:
- The Magnificent Seven
- Modern Westerns