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DEAD IN TOMBSTONE (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Roel Reine

Starring:
Danny Trejo
Mickey Rourke
Anthony Michael Hall
Dina Meyer
Richard Dillane

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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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 damsel-in-distress type.

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
Video1.78:1 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!
The Extras
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 and Explosions.

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.
Last Call
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.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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