Tombstone Bu-ray review

Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Kurt Russell and Bill Paxton in Tombstone
Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Kurt Russell and Bill Paxton in Tombstone

Tombstone was another 90s-era action film that supplied a large all-star cast, which included Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Dana Delany, Jason Priestly and Charlton Heston. However, unlike many of its contemporaries (I’m talking about big 90’s action films, not specifically Westerns) Tombstone also delivered a solid – although flawed and sometimes “bullet-ridden” – story. The immensely watchable cult classic features an array of strong acting performances, highlighted by Val Kilmer’s critically-acclaimed brilliant of Doc Holiday.

Tombstone – which is available for the first time on Blu-ray – tells the story of the notorious showdown between retiring lawman Wyatt Earp (Russell) & his comrade Doc Holliday (Kilmer), who go up against a outlaw gang known as “The Cowboys”, at the O.K. Corral near Tombstone, Arizona. Russell as U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp and Kilmer as the outrageous Doc Holliday both turn in iconic performances, telling a gripping tale of how the justice system worked in the Old West. Together, they struggle to rid Tombstone of a group of killer outlaws, ultimately leading to the showdown at the O.K. Corral.

Tombstone Blu-ray packagingFor those who’ve already watched Tombstone, you’ll appreciate the care that was taken in preparing the high-definition presentation. Watching Tombstone in the Blu-ray format was absolutely incredible. There was such attention to detail in the sound design of this film and the Dolby Digital surround-sound placed an emphasis on those subtle but important elements that add to the tension that punctuates the film’s story line.

Bonus Features

While still light on extra material, Tombstone does include a well thought-out and thorough 3 part making-of featurette, as well as a look at the director’s original storyboards, which showed remarkable execution.

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video: 1080p
Sound: English 5.1 DTS-Master Audio; French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English ESL & SDH, French, Spanish

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Writer: Kevin Jarre
Cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Jon Tenney, Stephen Lang, Thomas Haden Church, Dana Delany, Paula Malcomson, Lisa Collins, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joanna Pacula, Michael Rooker, Harry Carey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton, Tomas Arana, Pat Brady, Paul Ben-Victor, John Philbin, Robert John Burke, Billy Zane, Wyatt Earp, John Corbett, Bo Greigh, Forrie J. Smith, Peter Sherayko, Buck Taylor, Terry O’Quinn, Charles Schneider, Gary Clarke, Billy Joe Patton, Frank Stallone, Bobby Joe McFadden, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Michael N. Garcia, Grant Wheeler, Jim Dunham, Stephen C. Foster, Grant James, Don Collier, Cecil Hoffman, Charlie Ward, Clark A. Ray, Christopher Mitchum, Sanford Gibbons, Evan Osborne, Shane McCabe, Robert Mitchum

Theatrical Release Date: December 25, 1993
Blu-ray Release Date: April 27, 2010