BLU-RAY REVIEW — “3:10 to Yuma” (4K)
When gunslinger outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is finally apprehended, rancher and Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale) volunteers to transport the dangerous criminal to his train: the 3:10 to Yuma. With his impoverished ranch on the line, Dan undertakes the dangerous task despite the relentless pursuit of Wade’s gang, including the likes of the scary-fast, guns-a-blazing Charlie Prince (Ben Foster).
Director James Mangold (Walk the Line, Logan) crafts one of the finest modern Westerns, a taught and solid classic that outdoes even the 1957 original. Bale and Crowe are perfectly matched as the weathered, worn out rancher — desperate to save his farm and redeem his pitiful view in the eyes of his sons, especially the older Will (Logan Lerman) — and the grizzled and dangerous criminal who surprisingly forms a bond with the determined Dan Evans.
Lionsgate Films beautifully transfers 3:10 to Yuma to its 4K presentation, with the UHD presentation easily outdoing its 1080p predecessor. Colors are richer and warmer (benefiting the dusty, sun-soaked Wild West and the dirt-covered world of 1800s Arizona), with more detail and texture than ever before. Mangold’s heartfelt and tragic story is enough to draw in any viewer, but the new 4K transfer transports viewers even further into the sweaty, unpolished desert. 3:10 to Yuma was always a must-have for any home film collection, with the 4K set (complete with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, a 1080p Blu-ray disc, and a digital copy code) worth the purchase for even consumers who already have the original 2008 Blu-ray disc in their collection.