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Slow West (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

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

John Maclean's Slow West is a beautiful film from frame one until its conclusion. A true Western in a time where there aren't many, the film stars Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, both of who are ironically mutants in Bryan Singer's X-Men universe. Though vastly different here, Fassbender plays a cutthroat drifter not-unlike Clint Eastwood's classic characters with a 'shoot first and ask questions later' mentality.

At the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Michael Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way. Little does the boy know but the woman he loves and her Father are worth a large reward and Silas is smart enough to use the kid to get to a good payday.

Beautifully presented on the Blu-ray format, this film has an incredible 1080p high definition transfer (with a 1.66:1 widescreen aspect ratio) that is picturesque and high in detail. Coupled with this glorious image is a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track and English and Spanish subtitles.

Extras include A Making of Featurette and Deleted Scenes.

If you are a fan of Westerns, definitely don't let this one pass you by. Excellent performances and beautiful cinematography are on full display here with an intriguing story that, while short, doesn't let up.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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