DEAD IN TOMBSTONE (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Anthony Michael Hall
What's it about
Trejo's back, baby! Dan the Man stars as the head honcho of a group of nasty outlaws known as the Blackwater gang. This ragtag group of misfits run roughshod over the old west until the group decides to off their leader after a big heist. It doesn't end there, though as Machete finds himself confronted by the Devil himself (Mickey Rourke!) who offers him his soul back- as long as he can wipe out his former buddies within 24 hours.
Is it good movie?
Yee-Haw! What a stupid, good time this one was. Sure, you've seen the
plot before- a very straightforward and typical revenge story. This
horror-western doesn't advertise itself as anything other than insane
silliness, and it delivers. Trejo just plays different shades of pissed
off, and this is clearly his film- there's plenty of focus on his
weathered visage and the guy plays things straight (as he should!).
Sure, the Blackwater gang doesn't really stand out (with the exception
of the ever-showy Anthony Michael Hall's main baddie, Red Cavanagh).
Still though, watching Trejo take them down is a good time. Plus,
having Rourke as Old Scratch adds a fun cameo to things- it's the role
he was born to play!
Danny's a busy guy here, as he eliminates his foes one by one (and of
course, all of the expected character archetypes are here, each bad guy
has their own "gimmick" which adds to the fun). Of course, our hero
must team up with a chick, played by Dina Meyer who is tied to the
proceedings by trying to get a measure of revenge against the men who
killed her husband. Unfortunately, her role seems a bit wasted and
while she seems full of energy, she seems directed to be a lamer
The film's look is impressive and lends a great sense of authenticity
to the days of the Wild West. There's some great attention to detail
mixed with a cool visual style from director Roel Reiné that adds a
comic-book flair to things (and that's totally welcome in a film like
this). Lots of brown, gray and of course, the arterial spray of red
blood. It helps also that the action tends to be relentless, with so
many explosions, gunfights and of course, hand-to-hand bar clearing
combat. On the downside, some of the action scenes seem to suffer from
quick-cut, "what the hell was that" moments. On the plus side, the
effects are actually quite decent looking!
If a demon-Trejo from hell on a horse mowing through dem boys who did
him wrong seems to suit your fancy, you're in for a ton of fun with
this one. Yeah, it's a one-trick pony, but the trick works (lots of
fighting, killing and explosions). This, my friends, is a dude's movie
through and through.
Video / Audio
Video: 1.78:1 1080p, truly excellent.
You'll never doubt Trejo's age by looking at this picture (though you
might once you see what kind of wholesale ass he can kick).
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, again top
notch stuff here, but know that the action tends to be a lit louder
than the words. This is a real blitz!
A DVD and digital copy of the film are provided.
First up, 15 minutes of Deleted Scenes,
followed by 5 minutes of Deleted Shots.
After that, a 10 minute standard EPK style The Making of Dead in Tombstone,
though the cast seems to be having a good time.
Up next, a 5 minute piece on the stunts of the film called Horses, Guns
Roel Reine: Leader of the Gang
has a lot of the cast and crew patting the director on the back for 5
minutes, and comparing him to others. Strange inclusion.
A Town Transformed gives us
about 5 minutes of location stuff and how they managed to change the
location to match what they wanted.
Creating Hell: The VFX is
pretty straightforward- it's a silent couple of minutes showing off
different effects layers of a particular shot.
An Audio Commentary with director
Roel Reine rounds things out, and the guy isn't exactly exciting
to listen to. He provides a ton of facts and can be quite technically
detailed, but doesn't speak with the most excited tone.
Dead in Tombstone is a silly, adrenaline fueled horror-western jam-packed with loads of guy stuff headed up by Danny Trejo. If that sentence grabbed you, allow the fact that it's wrapped up in an excellent presentation with a decent amount of extras sway you into picking this up! Just don't expect to tax your brain and you'll be in for some silly fun.