Featured In Issue 209, September 2016

WSR Score3
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Traded takes place in 1880’s Kansas. Sharpshooter turned rancher, Clay Travis (Paré), goes from a happily married father of two to a man on a mission after the disappearance of his 17-year-old daughter Lily. Determined to protect what little family he has left, Clay leaves his quiet ranch and heads to Wichita where, after confronting the ruthless Ty Stover (Adkins), he discovers that Lily's been traded away into an underground sex ring in Dodge City. And it's there, with the help of an unlikely companion—hardened old barkeep Billy (Kristofferson)—that Clay makes a stand to bring his daughter home, leaving trails of gun smoke and bodies in his wake. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette Five Minutes To Dodge (HD 08:02), four deleted scenes (HD 05:32), and upfront previews.

The 2.34:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa camera system, and exhibits a natural appearance with warm, earthy, western hues and rich primaries. Contrast is excellent, with bright highlights and deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are naturally hued, often under layers of dirt and sweat. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed in facial features, grime, hair, clothing, hats, and object texture. Production design appears quite authentic, with all sorts of western objects. Overall, this is a pleasant visual experience in a old western setting. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack has its fair share of western violence, fights, and gunfire. Atmospherics fit the setting, with horses, wagons, saloon sounds—the usual for a western—as well as realistic Foley. Sound effects are typically pistol fire and trains. The orchestral music score is present throughout, projecting a wide soundstage and a subtle surround presence. Deep bass is pretty limited but natural sounding. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with decent spatial integration. Overall, a satisfactory sonic accompaniment to a traditional western. (Gary Reber)