Friday, January 11, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
3:10 to Yuma (R)
Movie: 3 1/2 stars out of 4
Disc: 3 1/2 stars out of 4
"Walk the Line" director James Mangold took a huge chance in remaking this 1957 classic, based on the original story by crime-master Elmore Leonard. Mangold's master stroke was in the casting. Both Russell Crowe, as crafty outlaw Wade, and Christian Bale, as his tentative escort Evans, supply crackling chemistry that practically sears the screen. As Wade's sick-puppy lieutenant, Ben Foster completely steals the show and easily deserves a supporting Oscar nomination. The disc comes with bountiful extras and Mangold's commentary - comparing his film to the original and pointing out the subtle differences - is a welcomed change to the usually rote and predictable jabbering.
Technical specifications: aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic (1.85:1), audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), subtitles: English and Spanish.
Special features include:
Optional audio commentary with Mangold
Documentary - "Destination Yuma"
Two featurettes: "An Epic Explored" and "Outlaws, Gangs & Posses"