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The Duel (2016/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

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

The Kieran Darcy-Smith 2016 western The Duel stars Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Alice Braga (Predators), and Woody Harrelson in a villainous role. While the film is strong from a production standpoint (and has a wonderful score), it tends to fall under the typical 'revenge' plot as a Texas Ranger (Hemsworth) is drawn a town to investigate a string of murders where the man who just so happened to kill his father (Harrelson) is running the town and calling the shots. Trying to find proof and protect those close to him, the Ranger ends up biting off a bit more than he can chew.

As both actors (Hemsworth and Harrelson) play interestingly well off one another, the film moves at a snails pace and has some character motivation that seems to be misguided and out of place. There's nothing particularly original about the film that warrants a second viewing, like so many film in the long, tired genre of late.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossless English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) track, the film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc and continues Lionsgate's strong presentation standards. Also included is a digital copy of the film.

Special Features include a feature length audio commentary track with Director Kieran Darcy-Smith and Production Designer Tony Corbett and Previews for other current Lionsgate releases.

While it's always nice to see a western, there isn't anything particularly grand about this one.

- James Lockhart



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