Inspired by The Mayor Of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, The Claim takes us to the beautiful, yet harsh Sierra Nevada mountains of 1869 California. Daniel Dillon (Mullan) struck it rich in the gold rush a few years back and bought up just about every business in a small town. But he knows that if he is to continue his prosperity, he has to get a railroad to connect the new line through his bustling city. But Dillon holds hidden a dark secret about his past, and when the railroad man (Bentley) arrives, so do two women (Kinski and Polley) who have the knowledge to reveal this scandalous secret. (Laurie Sevano)
The anamorphically enhanced 2.30:1 DVD exhibits a picture with a rough appearance that complements the setting of the film. The picture mostly has a soft character, but detail is nicely rendered. Colors are warm and well balanced, with rich reds, and deep, undefined blacks. Source element artifacts are occasional, but film grain is perceived throughout. There is some pixelization noticed. However, edge enhancement is excessive, giving the picture an unnaturally hard edge. Its presence is downright distracting, and downgrades the picture immensely. (Suzanne Hodges)
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