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. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Director James Mangold; the documentaries Destination: Yuma (HD 20:58) and From Sea To Shining Sea (HD 19:39); five featurettes: Outlaws, Gangs, And Posses (HD 12:58), An Epic Explored (HD 06:22), 3:10 To Score (HD 07:38), A Conversation With Elmore Leonard (HD 05:24), and The Guns Of Yuma (HD 06:17); the Historical Timeline Of The West (HD 02:48); Inside Yuma: An Exclusive Blu-ray Disc Interactive Experience; upfront previews; and an Ultraviolet digital copy.
The 2.40:1 2160p HEVC H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture quality is terrific with a glorious warm color palette of earthy hues. Brown and grayish-black hues dominate against a blue sky and bright sunlight. The white steam puffs from the train are incredibly realistic. The darker scenes exhibit excellent shadow delineation, with fine detail evident in object textures. Black levels are deep and solid. Fleshtones are healthy in appearance with a warm glow, accentuated at times with candlelight. Resolution is superb, with fine detail evident throughout. Facial features, beards, hair, hats, leather and wool clothing and object textures, as well as close-ups of rock formations, is impressive. While photographed on film with a Panavision® Panaflex Millennium XL camera, grain resolution is never an objectionable artifact. This is a superb HDR picture with effective highlights that heighten the dramatic and intriguing cinematic imagery. (Gary Reber)
The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack features a dynamic and spatially dimensional holosonic® presence, with plenty of galloping horses, pistol and rifle gunfire that ricochets off rugged canyon rock facings and at the train station shootout, stagecoach wheel sounds, the train movement, as well as mind explosions. Often deep bass enhances the sound effects with powerful sub-25 Hz .1 LFE energy. Foley effects really enhance the realism, from nuanced atmospheric sounds to the hoof movements of horses. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with good spatial integration. The orchestral score is beautifully recorded and spans a wide and deep soundstage with surround envelopment that nicely expands the soundfield experience. This is a wonderful western soundtrack that is well produced. (Gary Reber)