Young Guns: Special Edition
Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez, et al.
The year is
1878, Lincoln County, John Tunstall, a British ranch owner,
hires six rebellious boys as "regulators" to protect his ranch
against the ruthless Santa Fe Ring. When Tunstall is killed in
an ambush, the Regulators, led by the wild-tempered Billy the
Kid (Estevez), declare war on the Ring. As their vendetta turns
into a bloody rampage, they are branded outlaws, becoming the
objects of the largest manhunt in the western history.
YOUNG GUNS is presented in an
aspect ration of 1.85:1; the image has been enhanced for 16X9
televisions. Artisan has done a fine job with this Special
Edition DVD. I thought the film presented an accurate and
excellent transfer. Detailed and colorful this DVD was truly
fantastic to watch. This was a generous upgrade from Artisan.
Artisan truly knows what its DVD fans look for in a Special
Edition and YOUNG GUNS makes for another reverence.
Sharpness was strong;
appearing crisp and sharp throughout the film. Print flaws
appeared virtually non-existent. I witnessed some instances of
specks and grain, but not enough to merit a major concern;
overall Artisan presents a clean and unsullied film. Colors were
terrific, the palette featured a bright and neat presentation as
colors came across bold and exact. Black levels were deep and
rich, and shadow detail was fittingly dense but not terribly
thick. Ultimately, YOUNG GUNS: SE is presented an eye-catching
visual experience; a noteworthy upgrade from the original DVD
offered years ago.
YOUNG GUNS is
presented in both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS track. Both tracks
contained a nice stereo presence with the DTS track offering a
little more boost in its presentation. Overall, I felt the film
delivered excellent audio quality. The soundfield seemed
extremely spacious and engaging throughout the whole film, with
audio placed accurately in the environment. All five channels
were active, and they also blended together smoothly and
cleanly; sounds moved between speakers naturally and the entire
package created a very strong presentation. Gunfire flied around
the room and I felt totally involved.
The track also
maintained an effective ambiance during silent moments. Audio
was also excellent. Dialogue came across distinct and natural,
with no problems. Music sounded clear and smooth. Ultimately
YOUNG GUNS produced a naturalistic audio track and the
re-mastered version of the film is truly significant.
Commentary by Lou Diamond
Phillips, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko
All-new digitally remastered
"The Real Billy the Kid"
Trivia track: Gunning for the
GUNS is the way to go. There are two versions of the film that
have been released. I encourage owners of the original disc to
purchase this one. For those of you like myself who waited for a
special edition we won't have to wait any longer, because
Artisan has presented a very nice DVD package here. Although the
film may not be for everyone, I felt YOUNG GUNS was both
enjoyable and exciting.
The disc comes
highly recommended for fans of the western genre. The DVD
provides great picture and sound with a abundant amount of
extras. For those of you who have never seen YOUNG GUNS, the
special edition is worth a look.
Film Rating: 3 out of 4
Review originally appeared on
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