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Traded (2016/Cinedigm Blu-ray)

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

It's rare these days to see a modern western, though in the past few years we have had some decent ones in Jane Got A Gun and Bonesaw Tomahawk. It seems however that these films fail to capture a wide audience theatrically, which is kind of sad as they are every bit as good if not better than most of the major films that get played in the multiplex.

From the director of the recent so-so action film, 4GOT10, Timothy Woodward Jr's Traded (2016) is a good-looking modestly budgeted Western that looks and feels appropriate and sports a decent cast in Michael Pare, Trace Adkins, Tom Sizemore, Martin Kove, Constance Brenneman, Brittany Williams, and Kris Kristofferson.

In 1880s Kansas, a Gunman turned Rancher named Clay Travis (Pare) has a quiet life with his wife (Brenneman) and two kids - a young boy and his teenage daughter (Williams). A freak accident occurs on the farm and the young boy is bitten by a snake and shortly after died. Traumatized by the incident and the dramatic reaction her family has to the incident, the troubled teen daughter runs away from home, sending her parents on a journey to find her where he crosses many troublesome figures along the way.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a sharp-sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track that delivers a solid impact. The color palette of the film is primarily deep yellows and browns, which are captured nicely on Blu-ray disc.

Special Features include:

Five Minutes to Dodge: The Making of Traded

2 Deleted Scenes With and Without Commentary

As the cover suggests, the film does owe a debt to the Taken series as it has the same basic plot line only with a traditional Western setting. I didn't find the film to be an instant classic but a decent watch and one that Western fans won't mind seeing.

- James Lockhart



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