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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Take a Hard Ride - Blu-ray Review



I must have been asleep at the wheel as this one got by me.  Over the summer Timeless Media released a Blu-ray 4-pack titled Movies 4 You: Timeless Westerns that included Take a Hard Ride.

Also included are 3 other films, Rio Conchos, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, and The Last Hard Men.
 
This blu-ray can be found for under $15.

I'm not going to review the actual film, just the quality of the disc. 


Overview

The print used looks to be the same a the Shout Factory DVD that was previously released.  Of course it is in glorious HD this time!  Running time looks to be the same as all other versions released to date.
 

Video

While this is by no means the best HD transfer you will ever see, it is a vast improvement over anything we have seen before.  There is a high level of grain throughout, but overall this is the best looking we have ever seen this film (and probably the best we ever will).
 
click to see grain (thanks to Blu-ray.com)
 
Audio

The audio is actually a lot better than I anticipated.  While I by no means am an expert on this film, I did notice background effects I had not heard before.  Dialog is very clear.  Jerry Goldsmith's score shines (I love the synth theme he made for Kiefer, LVC's character)


Extras

The extras are the same as on the Shout Factory DVD previously released, but upscaled to 1080i.

  • Take a Hard Ride Trailer
  • Interview with Fred Williamson
  • Interview to Jim Kelly

This is a nice set of extras.  Fred has some nice things to say about LVC.
 
Take a Hard Ride main menu
 
In Conclusion
 
Toss out those DVDs, and pick this up!
 

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