Featured In Issue 164, February 2012

WSR Score4
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Magnolia Home Entertainment
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Mateo Gil
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It's been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In Blackthorn, Cassidy (Shepard) survives that famous shoot-out to quietly live out his final years in a secluded Bolivian village under the new name "James Blackthorn." However, he later tires of his long exile from the U.S. and sets out on a journey home to see his family one last time before he dies. Yet after an unexpected encounter brings him face-to-face with a young criminal (Noriega), he is soon thrust into what may be his final adventure. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 10 deleted scenes (HD 22:24), a making-of featurette (HD 10:27), an HDNet preview (HD 04:57), short films by Director Mateo Gil (HD 32:31), the theatrical trailer, up-front previews, and BD-Live functionality.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed with Sony's F23 HD camera. The result is a warmly yellowish, rich photographic visual experience. The color palette is stylized with a filtered filmic tone. Fleshtones are generally naturally hued. Saturated hues do appear with reds, but for the most part the palette reflects the browns of a mountainous desert. Resolution is excellent during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture, but mid to background focus is soft. Contrast is generally good, with revealing shadow delineation and decent black levels. Overall, this is a pleasing, warmly hued filmic western visual experience that is sure to please. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced with an expansive, nuanced soundfield presence supported with effective atmospherics and sound effects and a beautiful acoustic guitar-lead orchestral score. The music is wide and deep within the soundstage and extends to the surrounds, for a holosonicģ presence. While much of the dialogue is ADR, the spatial integration is effective. Deep bass is limited, but the .1 LFE channel is used effectively to punctuate gunshots naturally. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack that sounds dynamic and nuanced, and never overpowering or unnatural. (Gary Reber)