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Butcher's Crossing (2022/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B- Sound: B Extras: D Film: B-

Gabe Polsky's Butcher's Crossing (2022) is a western drama that is not as bad or phony as most too-clean films in the genre with nothing new to offer and worse. Here, this one is a little grittier without being dumb about it, or wallowing in it, featuring Nicolas Cage as a mysterious buffalo hunter who has more pelts from kills than expected. A young Harvard man (Fred Hechinger, whose not bad here) comes to town to 'see the country' and that includes getting involved with this blue collar trade despite his white collar credentials.

Though it is not a character study, there is more character development than we have seen in the genre in a while and makes it one of the few believable ones lately since Power Of The Dog (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and has more than a solid Cage performance going for it along with some graphic moments to match. As they go on their journey to look for a buffalo herd Cage's Miller thinks will offer better pelts than more numerous, easier to access and closer herds will that most would go for is an interesting premise in itself.

I did not know what to expect save a star and/or another well-acted Cage turn, but the film offers more than most of the dead-on-arrival westerns we've had to suffer from since the 1980s and fans should be pleasantly surprised. Others will still be impressed enough by its pace, ambition, maturity, consistency and what it has to say. The supporting cast of new and unknown actors do a fine job too. Those seriously interested should check it out.

The 1080p 2.00 X 1 digital High Definition image is an HD shot with some minor detail and blur issues, but the slightly dulled color is consistent and almost stereotypical, but plays as expected and framing is not bad. I even liked a few of the shots. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is consistent and not bad, maintaining a consistent soundfield with good mixing, decent music, well-recorded dialogue and convincing sound placement. Not much of it stuck with me otherwise, but its fine and professional enough.

There are no extras.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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