Forsaken takes place in 1872 as John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence. (Gary Reber)
Special features includes a making-of featurette (HD 11:32) and upfront previews.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC Panavision® picture exhibits natural imagery throughout, with warm earth tones of the Western flavor depicted in greenish-brown landscapes and weathered frontier buildings and interiors. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and bright skies. Resolution is revealing of fine detail, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, beards, clothing, and objects. The picture really delivers on realism of the period. This is a fine presentation that is absent special effects but features natural settings and earth tones. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack projects subtle atmospherics of western life both on the farmlands and in the quaint wood-structured town. All of this is predominately frontal focused with good stereo positioning and panning. Gunfire is robust and real sounding. The orchestral music score is softly supportive but at times thrusts in energy with solid .1 LFE support. Dialogue is natural and nicely integrated. This is a pleasing soundtrack that works well to complement the storytelling. (Gary Reber)