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The Homesman (2014/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B

Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in The Homesman (2014), which is a very moody, tense, and operatic Western that looks and sounds great on Blu-ray disc! Based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout, the film stars Jones and Hilary Swank and also features an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, and James Spader. The title refers to the task of taking immigrants back home, which was typically a man's job to carry out, hence The Homesman.

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her.

The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

Hilary Swank is extraordinary in the film and you totally buy into the harsh conflicts that she faces throughout. Jones is a great anchor to her throughout their journey and at first gains more and more connection to her and becomes a guardian to the women that they are transporting despite coming up against deadly Indians and Drifters along the way.

Presented in glorious 1080p digital high definition transfer in 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio and also incredible sound mix with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) 5.1 track that mirrors theatrical exhibition in your home entertainment system, this disc offers strong playback throughout. Extras include three in depth behind the scenes featurettes including Origins, Shooting The Film, and Beyond The Western.

If you're a fan of Westerns then this is definitely one not to miss with great performances and breathtaking production design.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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