I’ve always wanted to see 3:10 to Yuma ever since I saw the trailers for it back in 2007, as the epic cast of Russell Crowe and Christian Bale being directed by James Mangold (who just blew the world away with Logan) based on a story by Elmore Leonard was just too good to pass up. I saw it on Blu-ray when it was released, and now it finally comes to 4K UHD a decade later that more than deserves viewing from fans and those looking for a great western to ride into the sunset with.
Director James Mangold (Logan, Cop Land, Walk the Line) gives us his take on the Elmore Leonard short story that was originally made for the big screen back in 1957 starring Glenn Ford and Val Heflin. Here the story follows a rancher named Dan Evans (Christian Bale) who is up to his eyeballs in debt and is looking for a way out of it while trying to keep his family from falling apart. His luck takes a turn for the better, when he volunteers to escort the feared train robber Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the town of Contention where he’ll receive $200 upon getting Ben on the 3:10 train to Yuma where he’ll go on trial and be hanged there. This proves to be problematic when Ben’s gang comes looking for their leader with guns blazing, leaving Dan and his escort group to fight off Ben’s gang as best they can while struggling to meet their goal before the train leaves.
I enjoyed this movie even more than I did back in ‘07, thanks in part to Bale and Crowe playing their parts perfectly as both show they’re not typical hero and villain tropes, as they both have good and bad things about them. Another underrated actor featured here is the always awesome Alan Tudyk (Rogue One, Firefly, Serenity) who does an amazing job as a doctor trying to fit into this chaos by pretending to be more gruff and tough than he really is. Of course the main thing I loved about this release is the 4K UHD with HDR treatment that makes the film look and feel brand new, as though seeing it again for the first time. Thanks to this, the visuals and audio are super clean and detailed, which places viewers right in the middle of the western action.
When the guns have been holstered and the adventure is over, you can check out a nice amount of special features, starting with the audio commentary featuring director James Mangold. Here he goes into his creative decisions on approaching this classic along with how he wanted certain scenes to be played out, how some production bits were handled and more. “Inside Yuma” is a nice picture-in-picture option that has an icon appear at certain parts during the movie that will show off behind the scenes bits and more for those scenes. “3:10 to Score” has composer Marco Beltrami sharing his thoughts on the score and how he came to compose key scenes. “A Conversation with Elmore Leonard” has the famed author talk about his career and how the original story differs between the 1957 version and this 2007 one. There’s a few other extras followed by some deleted scenes that round out the package of special features that should more than entertain those who view them.
If you love westerns, especially some of the more modern made ones, you’ll want to saddle up and pick up a copy of 3:10 to Yuma when you can. It’s a great film made even better with its 4K UHD treatment that has a nice amount of special features that deserves to gallop its way into your 4K collection.