Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russel) and his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliott) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) go to the town of Tombstone together with their wives. Wyatt has stopped being a US Marshall and wants to enjoy the rest of his life but once there it soon becomes clear that a force of law could well be used as the cowboys seem to terrorise the place. Together with his brothers he clears out the local casino and when the sheriff gets killed, his brothers take over the task of providing law and order in Tombstone. However, the cowboys aren’t really happy with the way things are going and are out for revenge. After they’ve killed Morgan and hurt Virgill, Wyatt leaves town to make them think he’s gone but in reality, he’s become a US Marshall again and together with a couple of friends like Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp will not stop until the last of the cowboys has been killed…
Sound and Vision:
The image is not anamorphic and therefore looks a bit flat. Also the bitrate is rather low so there are some compression errors. Moiré and aliasing is also present so we believe this could have been done a lot better. The image is sharp, has good contrast and shadow detail, and looks warm due to lots of use of red and orange filters to give it that classy western feeling.
The 5.1 track is actually a remastered 2-channel track and the result is decent. All channels are used and sounds spacial but unfortunately the rear channels are sometimes used when they shouldn’t have, making it rather confusing from time to time. Also the sound level of rear channels and subwoofer is a bit too high compared to the front channels. The also present Dolby Digital 2.0 track is a bit better than the 5.1 track as it gives a more natural sound
A couple of biographies and stills from the movies are all we get as extra’s. Hardly worth talking about.
Tombstone is one of those westerns that is based on the old stories of the Far West, in this case Wyatt Earp and the fight at the O.K. Corrall. With a magnificent cast and great story, Tombstone has become one of the classics in the genre and should therefore already be part of your collection. Unfortunately, Indies didn’t manage to get their hands on the director’s cut so we have to do with the normal version and to make things worse, the technical quality isn’t as good as it could have been. Lastly, some more extras would have been nice