Bone Tomahawk (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Zahn McClarnon, Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson
Rated: UR/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Image Entertainment
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy. Kurt Russell leads an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins in this gritty, brutal adventure chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West.
Bone Tomahawk is really something. Perhaps the best shot for shot, line for line, actor for actor film you’ll find out there this year to be fact. You don’t see good storytelling like this come along everyday and that makes you appreciate this genre-bending movie even more. Some have called this a horror film, and I will admit there is some frightening things to be seen in it. For a movie this rich is characters and story, you get moments of graphic gore. Those moments may be a bit brief, but they are very memorable. The stuff of that nature is probably why most consider this a horror flick, while otherwise it packs enough to be seen as more of an all-around great movie without much need of a label. But if you are a die-hard horror fan, I can assure you that while this movie is much more than that, you will see enough stuff here to fill your horror needs. Otherwise you get an all-star cast that seem to be in the know at just how good of a movie they are apart of. Some of the best characters you’ve seen in years is in this movie and they also deliver some of the best dialogue you’ll see this side of a Quentin Tarantino movie. Director S. Craig Zahler was already known for his writing, but I think something like Bone Tomahawk will be proof that the man arrived behind the camera as well.
When you dig deep inside Bone Tomahawk you’ll find a bloody Western that is very much dripping with shades of some of the most bloody spaghetti Westerns out there. Add in that cannibal element and you have something that digs even deeper into the things that most of us love about genre films. This is also a must watch for any fan of Kurt Russell. The man just keeps getting better with time and he plays one of the most bad ass and rugged sheriffs you’ll find in this movie. While there is a whole lot to love in this movie, I’d probably put Kurt Russell at the top of the list. Every character matters, you care about them all regardless of their flaws, but I think this is Kurt Russell’s show and that’s not a bad thing. If you have heard people say Bone Tomahawk is one of the best overall films of the year, you can rest a sure that they are telling you the truth. If you are still looking for something to watch before the end of the year and you haven’t seen this movie, by all means do so. This is as must-see as you can get.
– The Making of Bone Tomahawk
– Deleted Scenes
– Image Gallery
– Fantastic Fest Q and A
Quality of Transfer: 96%