Blu-ray DVD: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


I wanted to enter the world of High Definition DVD with a true visual feast, a film bursting with rich compositions and vivid colors that would display this new format’s worthiness. Andrew Dominik’s masterful Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford definitely qualifies, and aside from viewing this magnificent piece in HD, I also wanted to see if the film would live up to repeated viewings. First, I’ll say the Blu-ray transfer does look incredible. In a film like Jesse James, the subtle and somber mood is so dependent on the visuals, and here Deakins’ color scheme pops with glaring clarity while the fluidity of his camera movement remains epic even on the small screen. Second, Dominik’s vision does stand up and I’d venture to say becomes even more interesting as the historical threads of its subject matter are obscured.  The film moves along at such a strange pace, jumping effortlessly from Robert Ford to Jesse James to Dick Liddel back to Bob and then to Jesse all while bringing it together as if the story is on a leisurely walk down historiography lane. Maybe the reason I responded to this film so strongly is because it has such a distinct vision, such a rambling outlook on heroism and betrayal and unflinching style complimenting the characters. I’ll definitely be treading through the murky waters of Jesse James again, and it will be on nothing less than Blu-ray. Unless I get the privilege of seeing it again on the big screen. Now that would be a true visual feast. My original review of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford can be found here.

One thought on “Blu-ray DVD: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  1. I’m so jealouus you have BlueRay…….It is here now, but really, really expensive for the real Blue Rays disks.But guess what is now available in the copy version…..? I picked up Jesse (BlueRay?) same cover disk etc….but it works in my dvd player here (It is a dual layer Superbit type of disk). Certainly not BlueRay but it still looks damn good.

    Oh and I saw Clint’s Episode of Amazing Stories…..Vanessa in the Garden……Pretty weak. I was surprised. Again Sondra Locke’s performance is right on the nose, all subtly out the window, but actually it is not her fault. The story is just kind of lame.

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