Randall Bragg is the largest rancher in Appaloosa and he and his men tend to terrorise town. It even goes so far that when the local sheriff wants to pick up a couple of his guys for murdering a man and his wife, Bragg kills the sheriff. The town’s people decide they’ve had enough of Bragg and his hoodlums and hire Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, two gunmen for hire who’ve done this type of work already succesfully in the past. They arrive in town, set their own rules and wait for Bragg to do something wrong so they can arrest him.
Everything seems to be going as it should with Virgil and Everett having a tight grip on what’s going on in town but when Allison French arrives by train and starts working Virgil things get complicated pretty quickly.
Sound and Vision:
Nothing special to be said about the image and sound quality. Paradiso has delivered a decent transfer with good amount of detail, no compression errors, some minor grain and nothing that really spoils the fun.
The sound does what it’s supposed to do but nothing spectacular here either. The surround speakers are used for abience, music and some effects here and there.
– Audio Commentary Track
– Bringing the characters of Appaloosa to life
– Historic accuracy of Appaloosa
– The Town of Appaloosa
– Dean Semler’s return to the Western
– Deleted Scenes
Appaloosa is a typical western with gunslingers, shootouts and a bit of romance in between. Ed Harris has done a reasonably decent job in trying to make a combination of Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall, 3:10 to Juma and Unforgiven while adding a bit of Bridget Jones’ Diary. The latter sometimes tends to slow down the movie and tends to get boring at times, but on the other hand taking it out would have completely ruined the ending.
All in all Appaloosa is definitely a western fans of the genre will appreciate and although there’s better out there (3:10 to Yuma or Unforgiven again) it’s definitely not bad at all.