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Tombstone - Blu-ray / Western DVD / drama DVD / action and adventure DVD review
TOMBSTONE Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Dana Delany, Michael Biehn
Director: George P. Cosmatos Studio: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 27 April 2010 Runtime: 130 min. (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 2.39:1, Audio tracks (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English; Dolby Digital 2.0 - Spanish, French), Subtitles (English, English SDH, French, Spanish), The Making of Tombstone ("An Ensemble Cast," "Making an Authentic Western," "The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"), Director's original storyboards, Theatrical trailers, Teasers, TV spots

*Tombstone* on Blu-rayIn 1993, two films about the legendary Wyatt Earp and the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral were released. The Kevin Costner vehicle Wyatt Earp took on a more epic, grander tone in telling the story, while TOMBSTONE focused more on the action. Perhaps surprisingly, it is the action-oriented TOMBSTONE that has held up over time and is the better regarded of the two films. Unlike the slow and rather pretentious Wyatt Earp, TOMBSTONE is action-packed from start to finish and very entertaining.

The story: retired U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless town of Tombstone, Arizona, with his wife, brothers and brothers' wives. They plan to make their living running a gambling hall. Trouble is, the town is actually run by the outlaw Dalton gang. Though the Earps try to avoid trouble, it seems inevitable that they will have to try to bring law and order to Tombstone. Fortunately, Earp has an invaluable ally in Doc Holliday, still among the fastest draws in the West.

Kurt Russell (as Earp) and Val Kilmer (as Holliday), give two of the best performances of their careers (Kilmer in particular). Both make their characters flawed and well-rounded yet are still clearly heroes worth rooting for. The story is also full of other familiar faces from many action films of the '80s and '90s, such as Powers Boothe (as villain Curly Bill), Michael Bien (quite effective as the Ringo Kid), Dana Delaney, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton and Charlton Heston.

Furthermore, the action set pieces are well done and intense, especially the climactic OK Corral gunfight. The action, performances and scenery make this film worth seeing and seeing again, particularly if you are a fan of Westerns.

  • The Blu-ray delivers a crisp picture and sound, as it should
  • "The Making of Tombstone" featurette from 1992
  • Director storyboards
  • Trailers and TV spots

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reviewed by Trent Daniel
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