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Criterion Press Release: 3:10 To Yuma (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 7 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 15 2013 - 09:11 AM










3:10 TO YUMA - Blu-Ray & DVD Editions 
In this beautifully shot and acted, psychologically complex western, Van Heflin (Shane) is a mild-mannered cattle rancher who takes on the task of shepherding a captured outlaw, played with cucumber-cool charisma by Glenn Ford (The Big Heat), to the train that will take him to prison. This apparently simple plan turns into a nerve-racking cat-and-mouse game that will test each man’s particular brand of honor. Based on a story by Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty),3:10 to Yuma is a thrilling, humane action movie, directed by the supremely talented studio filmmaker Delmer Daves (Jubal) with intense feeling and precision.
 
1957 • 92 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio
 
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the 
Blu-ray edition
• New interviews with author Elmore Leonard and Glenn Ford’s son and biographer, Peter Ford
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones


TITLE: 3:10 to Yuma (BLU-RAY EDITION)                                     
CAT. NO: CC2260BD
UPC: 7-15515-10581-1
ISBN: 978-1-60465-724-1
SRP: $39.95                                                      
PREBOOK: 4/16/13
STREET: 5/14/13
 
TITLE: 3:10 to Yuma (DVD EDITION)                                     
CAT. NO: CC2261D
UPC: 7-15515-10571-2
ISBN: 978-1-60465-723-4
SRP: $29.95                                    
PREBOOK: 4/16/13
STREET: 5/14/13


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#2 of 7 Robert Crawford

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Posted February 15 2013 - 06:28 PM

Thank goodness!  I didn't like the remake and less so after each viewing of this great film.










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#3 of 7 Richard--W

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Posted February 16 2013 - 12:26 AM

Surprise, surprise. Three cheers for Criterion. 3:10 TO YUMA and JUBAL (1956) are not just classic westerns, but superior films. Both directed by Delmer Daves and yet completely different from one another in subject matter and approach. I don't know how Criterion discovered these, but they zeroed in on two of the most interesting westerns of the 1950s. They're going to look very, very. No doubt in my mind. Totally and completely bought. Some old notes after watching the Columbia DVD:

The original 3:10 TO YUMA (Columbia, 1957) is a character-driven suspense drama in the guise of a plaintive, understated outlaw ballad. I respond to its earthiness and stoicism. I like the time it takes to layer a story and flesh out characters. The motivations are personal. It's about real things that can make or break a man -- like saving your livestock from dying in a drought, being a good role model to your kids, living up to your wife's expectations, putting food on the table, paying the bills, persevering through adversity, taking a risk, and doing the right thing in the face of all the temptations to do wrong. If the rancher Dan Evans stumbles just once, if he takes the easier path, he'll be no different than the killer Ben Wade he's escorting to prison. Evans is really tempted, too, because Wade knows how to tempt him. These two men are opposite sides of the same coin, and they recognize the similarity in each other. The film builds methodically to a third act that is a masterpiece of direction, editing and suspense. Emotionally, this film resonates. Delmer Daves coaxes a finely tuned performance out of each actor, no matter how small the role. Everybody resonates. When Alice Evans (played by Leora Dana) looks at her husband, her expression is an accusation and a disappointment, even though her words deny it. When she serves dinner to her family and the outlaw, he reminds her of all the finer things she gave up to marry Dan Evans and come west. Watch how Ben Wade seduces the achingly lonely saloon girl (Felicia Garr), stuck in a dusty old town for the rest of her life if someone doesn't take her away from there. She'd follow Ben Wade anywhere, even though he gets the color of her eyes wrong. Instead, she opens the coach door that will take him to the train, her expression saying come hither even while her voice, full of resignation, bids a reluctant goodbye. 3:10 TO YUMA represents the best that the American western can achieve in the hands of film makers who know how. It is Delmar Daves best film, and one of the great westerns of the 1950s (that's saying a lot). No silly premise, no slap-happy gunfights, no trick shooting in this film, just down-to-earth grit. The two leads -- Van Heflin and Glenn Ford -- are cast against type. Normally they'd have switched roles. Heflin seems to inhabit his western rancher like tailored work clothes, a simple man who works hard and hopes for the best. Ford's charming outlaw is as much a revelation as Henry Fonda's villain in Once Upon A Time In the West.



#4 of 7 WadeM

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Posted February 16 2013 - 03:57 AM

Very nice to see this one coming from Criterion!

#5 of 7 Richard--W

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Posted February 17 2013 - 02:31 PM

Check out this savvy review of another Delmer Daves western: http://livius1.wordp...the-last-wagon/ Some perceptive discourse on 3:10 TO YUMA in the comments that follow.

#6 of 7 Randal Gist

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Posted February 17 2013 - 02:50 PM

Both Daves, The Last Wagon and The Hanging Tree deserve a quality blu-ray release. They are both highly intelligent and perceptive Western films.

#7 of 7 Russell G

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Posted February 20 2013 - 08:25 AM

I look forward to this one. I didn't mind the remake, but this is a heck of a film. Nice pairing with Jubal which I will blind buy.






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