Bone Tomahawk

WSR Score3.5
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RLJ Entertainment
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S. Craig Zahler
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Bone Tomahawk begins when a group of cannibal savages kidnap settlers from the small town of Bright Hope. An unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy, the Troglodyte Indians, is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission—and survival itself— in serious jeopardy. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 10:04), a deleted scene (HD 02:30), the “Fantastic Fest” Q&A (HD 34:40), a poster gallery, a theatrical trailer, and upfront previews.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Red Dragon camera system and exhibits a cinematic and pristine appearance. The color palette is natural throughout with hues that embellish Western landscapes, namely dirt, bush and rock. Night shots are dark and with limited highlights, which obscure detail. Daylight scenes exhibit excellent resolution, and close-ups are nicely revealing of detail in facial features, hair, clothing, and objects, such as pack gear and guns. The cave images, while dark, have good highlights, which exhibit good detail. The Troglodyte Indians appear covered in a gray powder, which conveys a freakish look. Contrast is good, with revealing shadow delineation. Overall, this is a compelling visual experience with imagery that is quite unusual in the natural sense of a Western setting. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is minimalist and focused on the front channels, with occasional surround energy, with limited directionality. But mostly this is a dialogue-focused Western with good intelligibility. Foley sound effects dominate the soundstage with footsteps and other movements, and ambient sounds. Sound effects, such as gunfire, are dramatized with dynamic transient and bass impact. The music score is comprised of a sextet of string instruments and perhaps 13 musicians all together, but their presence is limited throughout the soundtrack. This is an unusual soundtrack, with a predominant Foley and dialogue presence that is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)