A western film starring a desperate Civil War veteran played by Christian Bale and a ruthless outlaw played by Russell Crowe — and it’s got my man Ben Foster in it? Hell yea, let’s take a look at 3:10 to Yuma’s new 4K UHD release!
I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one. Ben Foster is sort of the golden child for me, I really enjoy watching anything he’s in. However, having said that, I believe that I can speak for almost anyone when I say that he plays one hell of an outlaw. In 3:10 to Yuma, Foster plays Charlie, one of Ben Wade’s most faithful lackeys. Ben Wade, of course, is the ruthless and cunning bank robber/murderer who’s been plaguing the land…until he got caught.
Wade (played by Crowe), in robbing a well fortified stage coach, happened to use the wrong man’s cattle in a stampede that ultimately got him inside this coach. When confronted about this, Wade lets Dan Evans (Bale) and his two boys live, but takes their horses and leaves them in a tight spot.
While Wade sees his action as mercy, Evans, who is in a bind financially, simply cannot afford the loss of his cattle or the loss of his time. Fortunately for him, Wade is soon caught and the opportunity to earn his farm back presents itself — Evans will help transport Wade from their town to a nearby train station to be transported to be tried and hanged.
Of course, this is no easy task, as Charlie and the rest of Wade’s gang have no intention of letting their leader hang. Similarly, Wade has tricks up his sleeve that makes him far from the easiest criminal to transport.
3:10 to Yuma is a remake of a 1957 classic, which immediately will put a bad taste in some people’s mouths. I understand why people tend to dislike remakes, but I would encourage viewers have an open mind here. Crowe and Bale play their roles very well, and never seem out of place, which I think is a bit uncommon in westerns these days. The dynamic between these two characters goes through several stages in this film, as they start out as enemies, and along the way, a sort of respect develops, making things a lot more grey than you would imagine.
Also, Ben Foster just slams it home in his role (I know, I know, but he’s that damn good).
In the end, this movie culminates in one hell of a showdown that I will not describe here, but you owe it to yourself to see this.
Since this movie is ten years old, I was quite skeptical about the need to upgrade from my trusty Blu-ray copy, and, for the most part, I think I was right. Don’t get me wrong, the picture does look stellar, and it is an upgrade over the Blu in places, but for the most part, it isn’t all that noticeable visually.
On the other hand, the audio… holy shit.
With a 7.1 channel track and a DTS:X on offering, the audio might very well be the reason we have this on UHD. The surround on this film is simply amazing. Bullets are whizzing around, screams and curdles are coming from all angles — it’s pretty much the best sounding western I’ve heard to date.
- Audio Commentary with Director James Mangold
- 3:10 Score
- Sea to Shining Sea
- A Conversation with Elmore Leonard
- The Guns of Yuma
- Historical Timeline of the West
- Inside Yuma: An Exclusive Blu-ray Interactive Experience
- Destination Yuma
- An Epic Explored
- Outlaws, Gangs, and Posses
- Deleted Scenes
With all the same features from the previous Blu-ray release, and a handful of new ones, it’s safe to say this is a good lineup.
For packaging, we have the standard UHD setup here. There’s a black amaray case with a UHD and a Blu-ray inside. On the outside, there is matching sleeve and slipcover. Nothing fancy, but the discs at least have full color art.
Also included is a UV copy of the film.
3:10 to Yuma is one of my favorite newer western films, and not just because I have a man crush on Ben Foster. If you’re interested in the genre I highly suggest this film, and if you can get it for a good deal I would definitely suggest this UHD set over it’s Blu-ray predecessor.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.