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3840 × 2160 wild west pixels for your viewing pleasure.

 

What do you get when you mix together Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, a bunch of horses, 4K TVs and a whole lot of dirt? If you guessed a celebrity petting zoo you’d be wrong, but I like where your head is. You’d be correct however, if you said 3:10 to Yuma on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc.

If you’ve seen 3:10 to Yuma starring Crowe and Bale, then you’d also know it’s one of the best westerns of the past 20 years. (Not that there’s a whole lot to choose from over that time span.) If you saw the original 3:10 to Yuma, then you’d also agree it’s one of the best remakes in the past two decades as well, from any genre.

This review won’t be going over the quality of the movie seeing as it’s already half my age (you do the math), but rather the new transfer to the 4K Ultra HD format.

 

A horse is a horse, of course of course…

 

VIDEO: Should you have the ability to watch both versions of the film side by side in 1080p and 4K on sets of the same size at a decent distance away, you’ll be hard pressed to see significant differences in overall quality. However, if you’re anything like this Outlaw and love to watch your 65” flat screen from approximately the same distance you hold your smartphone to your face, the advantages of 4K really shine. There were a few times I thought I could see the facial hair growing on Crowe’s face. Whether that’s a good things depends on what makes your watch tick. Overall though, the video was outstanding on 4K, and colors had a warmer hue to them, which helps the western genre immensely no matter what film your viewing.

 

Who knew a Gladiator could also rock a bowler hat.

 

SOUND: When it comes to audio, 3:10 to Yuma also delivers the goods, if not even more so than the visual experience. Thanks to the DTS:X digital audio surround track, you’ll get the feeling the wild west is in your living room, right down to the wind rolling through the desert plains. The surround track is so good in fact, if you’ve got your speakers setup properly, you’ll be reaching for your gun (or wish you had one) during some of the shoot-out scenes. On the other hand, you might also inadvertently draw some 911 calls from your neighbors.

 

It’s all fun and games until someone loses a major organ.

 

OVERALL: Thanks to the extra pixels and pumped up audio track, I have no hesitations recommending that my fellow western loving Outlaws pick up 3:10 to Yuma on 4K… if you own the equipment to handle it. It’s a prime example of a film that shows how the 4K was won.

 

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